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Summer Schools

The University of Worcester runs several summer schools from mid-June to mid-September each year. University summer schools are taught by our own faculty and have full access to all our facilities. Students are housed in our top of the range student accommodation and have a shared social programme so you can meet students from other countries and disciplines for a truly international experience. 

Tailor made

The University of Worcester is very open to suggestions from partner institutions or other accredited universities to host or co-host tailor-made summer schools or Continuing Professional Development courses. We can offer a wide range of subjects taught by specialist lecturers and social activities – either exclusive to the course or shared with other concurrent summer schools.

NB We are an accredited and preferred training institution of the central government of China.

Study tours 

If you are thinking of bringing a group of students on a tutor led study tour to the UK, the University of Worcester makes an ideal campus base. Within a short coach or train ride you can explore Shakespeare’s England, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Elgar and his music, the Dymock poets, Geology and Heritage and much more. Excellent residential and classroom accommodation is available as well as advice on local coach companies and local attractions.

To discuss your ideas and to get assistance shaping your study tour contact the International Development Officer in the first instance.

Note: Please can Social Work Summer School applicants complete this form.



Pre-sessional Courses:

10 week programme
Wednesday 24th June - Friday 4th September 2015 - Download the induction timetable

6 week programme
Wednesday 22nd July - Friday 4th September 2015 - Download the induction timetable

Includes a mandatory two day induction

The Language Centre's pre-sessional courses are for international students who have an offer from a British University for September 2014 but:
- need to raise their IELTS or equivalent score
- want to improve their level of general and academic English
- seek an introduction to academic English and develop their study skills to succeed in UK Higher Education

Visit the Language Centre website for more information.

Ball State

Ball State University

The Ball State University Worcester Centre is a five week humanities summer school co-taught by Ball State University and the University of Worcester. Students attend two out of four courses which each earn 3 US credits. The courses are based around weekly field trips which take students to places of cultural and historical significance.

Ball State students wishing to attend the 2014 summer school should contact the Rinker Centre immediately.

To get a flavour of the course view the student made video documentary.

Social work

Social Work

The International Summer School - "Social Work and Community Practice: responding to communities in transition" is an innovative summer school which brings together social work students from different partner institutions for a stimulating two weeks of debate, tuition and visits to social care settings. Students have the opportunity to learn about the UK social welfare system, put it into an international context and reflect on their own understanding of their national systems.

The course attracts 7.5 ECTS / 3 US credits at undergraduate level and 10 ECTS / 3 US Graduate Credits at postgraduate level. This will depend on your current level of study and the level of assignments you submit. Please check with your home institution that they will accept credit from this course.

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate social work or social welfare student from one of our partner institutions or a student from a related discipline such as Health, Politics or Sociology, please look at our form and fill in the application form if you would like to attend. Copies can be obtained from our Internationalisation and Study Abroad team.

Student views

Emily Eaton

“The University of Worcester was very welcoming and beautiful. With Worcester you get the real English experience outside of the city. The campus is very much like Ball State's, with the sense of being outside of a city, but not being stuck in the middle of nowhere. There is so much to do, both on campus and in town, and nothing is further than a 30-minute walk away. The nightlife is very lively and fun, without being out of control. I never, for one instant, felt unsafe on campus, or in town. The town is just small enough that you don’t need to worry about getting hopelessly lost. The staff, and many students at the University, always were very helpful to me, and made me feel at home. I hope to visit my second home someday again, and see all of the lifelong friends I made there. The worst part about going to Worcester was saying goodbye. I would warn anybody wanting to study in Worcester to be prepared for a little heartbreak when you have to leave. It was the only part of the trip I hated; a place like Worcester is very hard to say goodbye to.”