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Global Summer School

Over 30 courses, gold-rated teaching, students from around the world, all in one of the UK’s favourite student cities. Welcome to our Global Summer School.Join us from 5-30 July 2021 . Applications open August 2020.

Welcome to the NTU Global Summer School 2021

Create your perfect summer in 2021. Enhance your learning, experience UK culture and make friends from around the world.

There’s over 30 courses to choose from and whether you add to your current studies, or learn something completely new, you’ll get expert, gold-rated, teaching and access to our excellent facilities.

The Global Summer School 2021 runs from 5-30 July. Applications are open now.

Any questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions – or email us and we’ll be happy to help!

Summer school benefits

    • Create your perfect summer school - Combine different courses to build your own unique summer school experience.
    • Earn credits, increase your subject knowledge and improve your career potential - Credits can count towards your current studies and demonstrate to employers your skills and experience as well and an international outlook.
    • Learn from expert, experienced teaching staff at a TEF Gold university - Our research-active academics have their own specialisms and strong links with industry. You will be supported throughout the course so that you get the very best experience.
    • Experience life in one of the UK’s favourite student cities - Nottingham is a fantastic city for you to visit. It is small enough for you to quickly feel at home, yet it has great cultural sites, historic locations and wonderful cafes and restaurants.
    • Immerse yourself in UK culture and make friends with students from around the world - Get to know UK culture, improve your English and learn about other students’ cultures. It’s a great way to network, make friends and increase your confidence.
    • Join our action-packed social programme - Our summer schools not only provide you with fantastic learning opportunities but it is also a great way to have fun during your time away from traditional studies.
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Courses and entry requirements

We have over 30 courses to choose from. Courses are taught by experts in the subject and you will benefit from their knowledge and experience. As a TEF gold rated institution, you can be assured of our excellent quality teaching.  You’ll also enjoy access to some outstanding facilities providing inspiring teaching spaces and industry-standard equipment.

Take at our selection here.

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Courses and entry requirements

We have over 30 courses to choose from. Courses are taught by experts in the subject and you will benefit from their knowledge and experience. As a TEF gold rated institution, you can be assured of our excellent quality teaching.  You’ll also enjoy access to some outstanding facilities providing inspiring teaching spaces and industry-standard equipment.

Courses are arranged in two-week blocks. You can choose one course from either block or combine two courses from blocks 1 and 2 to create a 3 or 4-week programme.

A typical 2-week course gives you 10 UK credits or 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits that you may be able to use towards your degree.

You'll receive an official NTU transcript and a Certificate of Completion after satisfactorily completing your course(s).

The courses are designed for international and UK students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies.

Student studying

How to apply

Applications for next year’s summer school are now open.

Applying for your summer school is easy.

Just complete our application form and email it to the Global Summer School team.

If you're making a group booking, please contact us.

  • Application form and step-by-step guide

    Step 1 – Make your application

    Download the application form and email it to us.

    Step 2 – Confirming your place

    We will be in touch to confirm your place and let you know how to pay for your course and accommodation (if required).

    Step 3 – Apply for your visa (if required)

    If you need a short study visa we will give you an invitation letter. Please read these guidance notes about how to apply for a short term study visa.

    Step 4 – Enrol and pay your fees

    You’ll receive an email with the instructions on how to enrol when we've received your payment and confirmed your place on the course.

    Our courses require a minimum number of students to run. We will let you know as soon as this number has been reached.

    Complete your enrolment online.

    Step 5 – Arrival information

    Before your course starts, we will send your timetable and instructions about where to go on your first day.

    You'll also be contacted by your NTU student buddy.

    Application deadline

    The deadline for applications is 1 July 2021.

    Please email us if you miss this deadline, or if you're making a group booking.

    Discounts on fees

    • 'early-bird' payment discount available for applicants who pay by 31st March 2021
    • 10% tuition fee discount available to current NTU students and NTU or Global Summer School alumni.
    • book two courses and receive a 20% discount on your second course.

English language requirements

You'll need a good level of English proficiency for these courses.

For most courses you'll need an IELTS 6.0, or equivalent.

Because there is a little variation across subject areas please always check the course page(s) as well.

  • English language requirements for the Global Summer School

    Our Summer School courses are delivered in English and so to be successful and get the most out of your experience you'll need to have a good proficiency in English. Our requirements are listed in the table below.

    Most courses require the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 but there are some exceptions so please do check our course descriptions.

    We accept a variety of evidence of English Language qualifications, please email us if you'd like to check your qualification.

    If you're booking as a group, please contact us to talk about specific language needs.

    We are also offering an English and Cultural Studies course as part of our Summer School if you would like to refresh and improve your English.

    Language testAccepted for most coursesAccepted for Journalism courses
    English language O-Level/IGCSE/GCSEGrade CGrade B
    International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature, Standard or Higher Level)Grade 4Grade 5
    IELTS 66.5

    College English Test (CET) 4*

    *Students who have a CET 4 score of more than 470 (SET4: B) but lower than 532 may be admitted if they attend our two-week English and Cultural Studies course prior to beginning their summer school course.

    *Students who have a CET 4 score of more that 500 (SET4:B) but lower than 532 may be admitted if they attend our one-week English and Cultural Studies course prior to beginning their summer school course.

    532* (SET4: B)

    603 (SET4: A)

    College English Test (CET) 6*

    *Students who have a CET 6 score of more than 430 (SET6: B) but lower than 497 may be admitted if they attend our two-week English and Cultural Studies course prior to beginning their summer school course.

    *Students who have a CET 6 score of more that 460 (SET6:B) but lower than 497 may be admitted if they attend our one-week English and Cultural Studies course prior to beginning their summer school course.

    497 (SET6: B)

    568 (SET6: A)

    College Entrance Exam 120140

    Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTEA)54 with minimum 51 in each component68
    TOEFL iBT (taken outside the UK) EU students and students who do not require a Tier 4 visa onlyOverall score of 76Overall score of 83
    C1 Advanced (previously Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE))Scores of 169 and aboveScores of 185 and above
    C2 Proficiency (previously Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE))Scores of 180 and above
    Are you studying a degree that is taught in English?
    Applicants enrolled on a degree programme at a recognised institution for higher education from one of the following countries are not normally required to provide additional evidence of English language ability
    American Samoa
    Antigua & Barbuda
    British Virgin Islands
    Cayman Islands
    Christmas Island
    Cocos Islands
    Cook Islands  Dominica
    Falkland Islands
    McDonald Island
    New Zealand
    Norfolk Islands
    Papua New Guinea
    Sierra Leone
    South Africa
    St. Helena
    St. Kitts & Nevis
    St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Turks & Caicos Islands
    United Kingdom
    United States of America
    US Virgin Islands

Arriving in Nottingham

Fees and what they include

Tuition fees start at £990 for a two-week course, and this includes your social programme.

See below for a list of our standard tuition fees, what's included, and any discounts open to you.

Always check on the course information as there is a little variation in fees across subject area.

  • Tuition fees for Global Summer School 2020

    Two weeks (one course)

    ·         Standard fee: £1,100

    ·         With early payment discount: £990

    Four weeks (two courses)

    ·         Standard fee: £1,980

    ·         With early payment discount: £1,782

    • Please check the course pages for variations – we have some 3-week courses and some with additional charges for specialist activities


      • a 10% 'early-bird' payment discount is available to you if you pay in full, or a 10% non-refundable deposit, by 31 March 2021
      • a 10% discount is open to you if you're a current NTU student or an NTU or Global Summer School alumni
      • if you decide to study two 2-week courses (four weeks in total) you'll receive a 20% discount on your second course (as above).

    Group bookings

    If you are interested in booking as a group of 10 or more, please contact us for information on any discounts available to you.

    What your fees include

    • full social and evening events programme, supported by NTU student buddies
    • at least one weekend visit to a UK city (maximum of three trips available for those on the four-week programme)
    • English conversation café to improve your language skills
    • an end of course ‘summer school showcase’ at which student work is exhibited to NTU students, staff and summer school students
    • access to NTU’s Global Lounges and services, including a free international lunch and week-day refreshments
    • an employability / alumni session
    • summer school souvenir gifts
    • certificate of completion and a transcript of results

    Please note that accommodation is not included so you'll also need to pay for your room during the summer school.


You'll be living in the centre of Nottingham, on our City Campus or within a 10 minute walk of it, with easy transport links to our Clifton and Brackenhurst Campuses (if your course is based there). See images of our Byron Residence and Liberty Point accommodation, both of which have 24-hour security and reception.

You'll be in walking distance of the main bus and train stations in Nottingham, so you can easily explore the surrounding areas.

You'll have a single room with an en-suite bathroom and share the living and kitchen areas.

When you arrive there'll be a pack of bedding and kitchen equipment (pots, pans, utensils) in your room.

You can expect to pay between £145 - £185 per week for your room, and you'll also need to pay for your food.

Social programme

Join our summer school community on Facebook #NTUGlobalSummer

Summer school has a very busy social programme, including:

  • welcome and induction sessions
  • social evening activities such as bowling and rhythmic drumming
  • Nottingham walking tour with the famous Robin Hood!
  • visits to UK cities such as York, Oxford/Bicester Village and Liverpool
  • English language conversation cafés and games afternoons
  • movie nights
  • end of course exhibition and farewell.

You'll of course also have some free time to relax and explore Nottingham city.

Two girls having fun at Global Summer School

Student buddies

We want all our students to have a great experience, so you'll be supported by our friendly team of student buddies.

They'll be in touch before you arrive to say hello and help answer any questions you might have.

They'll be there to welcome you at your induction, take you on a campus tour and show you the best places in Nottingham to shop, eat, drink and visit. They'll accompany you on all social activities and may even be studying with you in your classes.


What students had to say..

The students that take advantage of our Global Summer School often find themselves with new skills, new friends and new perspectives on what they want from their career. We feel that the best way to really find out what the summer school is like is to read what previous students experiences were, take a look at what they had to say...

Find out more

We get asked a lot of questions about summer school, here are answers to the most popular.

If your question is not listed here please just email us and we'll be happy to help.

  • Frequently asked questions on Global Summer School

    1. Can I get a refund if I have to cancel?
    If you wish to withdraw from your course(s) please email us soon as possible. Requests for a refund will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    The following will be applicable:

    • If you cancel before 1st April = 90% refund of course and accommodation fee
    • If you cancel between 1st April and 1st June, you will receive a 50% refund of course and accommodation fee
    • If you cancel after 1st June – no refund of course or accommodation fee

    The following exceptional circumstances will be considered, on a case by case basis, for a full refund – supporting evidence will be requested:

    • Extenuating personal circumstances (for example, illness which prevents you from travelling, bereavement etc.)
    • Visa application refusal – however, refunds will not be considered if visas have been applied for too late or are the wrong type.

    2. What happens if my course is cancelled by NTU?
    We need a minimum number of students in order for our courses to run. If there are not enough students, the course will be withdrawn, and you will be able to either choose a different course or receive a full refund of your tuition and accommodation fees.

    3. When shall I make travel arrangements?
    In order to run, our courses need a minimum number of students. We will confirm this as soon as we can, at least four-weeks before the course start date. We do not advise you to book any flights until you have received this confirmation as any expenses made, other than course and housing fees, will not be reimbursed if a course has to be cancelled.

    4. Do I need a visa to participate in the summer school?
    If you do not hold a UK, EU or EEA passport you must check with the UK Border Agency regarding visas before you make your booking, you may require a Short-Term Study Visa. Allow yourself plenty of time to prepare your documents and submit your application. You can apply online for a visa up to three months before your date of travel to the UK and you should get a decision within three weeks. Once you have paid your tuition fee you will receive an invitation letter which you can use to support your visa application.

    5. Can I ask some questions about visa application?

    For guidance on applying for your short-study visa you can email our NTU International Student Support Service team.

    6. When will I get my invitation letter?
    You will receive your invitation letter when we have received your tuition fee payment. This invitation letter can be used to support your short-study visa application.

    7. Where will the Summer School take place?
    The Summer School will take place at Nottingham Trent University’s City, Clifton and Brackenhurst Campuses depending on your subject.

    8. How do I get to Nottingham?

    Nottingham is very well connected to different ports of arrival, but it is worth planning your journey to NTU ahead of time. The closest airport to NTU is East Midlands Airport, which mainly handles flights to and from Europe. The closest International airports you may fly into are Birmingham and Manchester. Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted are all close to London. Many students prefer to travel by coach or train from these airports to Nottingham. There is lots of useful information on our travelling to Nottingham webpage however, please note that we do not usually arrange airport pick-ups unless you are travelling as a group of 10 or more. If you are having problems working out how to get to Nottingham please email us.

    9. When should I arrive at Nottingham?
    You can check in to our accommodation from 5pm on the Saturday, or anytime on the Sunday, before the start of your course.

    10. If my flight arrives at midnight, can I check in?
    Yes, our accommodation has a 24-hour reception – but please do let us know in advance so that we can inform our accommodation teams to expect you.

    11. Can I stay longer in the accommodation?
    You are expected to leave our on-campus accommodation by mid-day on the day after your summer school course finishes (Saturday). You may be able to stay for one or two nights longer however, you will need to pay for extra nights’ accommodation and will depend on the availability of rooms. Please contact the Summer School Coordinator as soon as possible if you think you may need to stay longer.

    12. What are the eating arrangements in the accommodation?
    Our accommodation is self-catering – which means you cook your own food. Kitchens are shared and are equipped with basic utensils. You can buy any utensils you need that are missing from your kitchen at low cost from shops in the city centre – please ask your student buddy! You can buy food from our Students Union shop, which is underneath your accommodation, and just a short walk away are two supermarkets, with specialist food shops within the city centre. There are lots of cafes, fast-food, bars and restaurants in Nottingham.

    13. What will the weather be like in July?
    The weather in the UK can be unpredictable! The average temperature in July is 19 – 20˚C but it can get to around 26-28 ˚C. It can also rain unexpectedly! We recommend bringing light clothes which you can layer, and a raincoat / umbrella!

    14. Are there heaters in the rooms?
    There are heaters in your rooms but the weather in Nottingham in July is a nice temperature and so you shouldn’t need to use them!

    15. Can I change my course once I have arrived at NTU?

    If you attend the first session of your course and find your choice unsuitable you may be able to transfer onto an alternative course which runs at the same time if you inform the Summer School Coordinator by 12noon on the first day of the course. This is subject to you meeting any prerequisites
    for the new course and there being places available on it.

    16. What happens if I am late to my first class?
    Students arriving after mid-day on the first day of the course may not be accepted. If there are exceptional circumstances that mean you will be arriving late on your first day please contact the Summer School Coordinator as soon as possible.

    17. How many credits will I receive for my Summer School course?
    Most of our Summer School courses are credit bearing. Please check the course description online. Credits range from 10 to 15 UK credits. 10 UK credits are equivalent to 5 ECTS. Upon successful completion of your course you will receive a ‘Certificate of Completion’ to say that you have attended and achieved a level of attainment expected by your tutor, and, in September, after the Board of Examiners have met, you will be emailed a transcript confirming that you’ve passed your course and the number of credits you have achieved.

    18. How are courses assessed?
    Each summer school course is assessed differently and may include doing an individual or group presentation, producing and displaying work such as photos, models, clothing and photo books, or writing a report. Students must attend all classes and pass the assessment to be awarded credits.

    19. Do I need to attend all of my classes?
    Yes, all of your classes are compulsory and you will be expected to arrive at your class on time. All students must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner – students who are disruptive may be given a warning and asked to leave the classes. Please ensure your mobile phone is switched off unless you are using it for your class.

    20. Do I need to bring anything with me for my course?
    Most teaching materials are included in your tuition fee. If you do need to bring anything with you for your course we will let you know in advance.

Still need help?

Global Summer School
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