Summer School 2017: Session Two Highlights (Part One)

first dayHello from everyone in the King’s College London Summer Programmes team. This week began with welcoming our Session Two Undergraduate Summer School students, as well as over one hundred students who are studying on our JESIE programme.

We’ve held our second Instahunt, chatted with students at the welcome event, explored Trafalgar Square and attended a performance of Much Ado About Nothing with our Theatrical London class at Shakespeare’s Globe.

So here are just a few photo highlights from this week of the summer school. And if you you want to keep up to date with the goings on at the summer school you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on Instagram.

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Undergraduate Summer School 2017: Session One Highlights (Part Two)

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Hello from everyone at the King’s College London Summer Programmes team. Today marks the end of the second week for our Session One Undergraduate Summer School students.

This week has been full of lots of exciting activities, both in and outside the classroom. We’ve held an Arts & Humanities, Law and Business careers panels- where professionals from those industries came in to speak to our students about their industry. Our Summer School promotional video has also been filming in and around campus, capturing students in the classroom and outside of it during their module excursions. And finally we’ve also had our Boat Party along the River Thames.

So here are just a few photo highlights from this week of the summer school. And if you you want to keep up to date with the goings on at the summer school you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on Instagram.

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Undergraduate Summer School 2017: Session One Highlights (Part One)

Hello from everyone at the King’s College London Summer Programmes team. This week signalled the start of our Undergraduate Summer School, and believe us it’s been a busy one.

We’ve welcomed hundreds of students, held our very own Instagram style scavenger hunt and began the first week of classes. Here are just a few photo highlights from this week of the summer school.

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King’s Summer Weekends

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New for this year is our King’s Summer Weekends. We are working with the prestigious Tate Britain and National Archives to give you two programmes, aimed at those who are intellectually curious.These stimulating and informative bite-size courses are designed to fit around your personal and professional commitments.

Our Summer Weekend with Tate Britain will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain as well as Tate Britain’s ground-breaking exhibition ‘Queer British Art, 1861-1967′.

Speakers from King’s College London and Tate Britain will be joined by independent artists to discuss a wide range of genres from painting, installations and film and dance and literature. A number of the university speakers are part of Queer@King’s, an interdisciplinary research unit comprising colleagues interested in gender and sexuality that launched in 2003. It was recognised as an Arts & Humanities research centre in 2006 and its portfolio of activities continues to grow and to flourish.

This weekend will run on Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June 2017 and will also extend to an optional field trip to Charleston on 15 July 2017. This excursion will include a private tour of, and talks, in Berwick Church and to visit the country home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant of the Bloomsbury Group, whose creative hub of artistic and intellectual activity welcomed guests including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and E.M. Forster.

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The second programme is our Summer Weekend with The National Archives.This course is for everyone who wants to expand their research into their family tree. It combines instruction on practical researching techniques with academic insight into how key historic events shape stories across generations.

It is designed to help participants better read the information they discover, expand their investigation beyond the internet to include historical archives and guide them in their interpretation of details such as professions and social status to make their own journeys into their family’s history as rewarding and revealing as possible.

You can apply for both these summer weekends now. The deadline to apply for the King’s Summer Weekend with Tate Britain is 31 May 2017 and the deadline for the King’s Summer Weekend with The National Archives is 30 June 2017. If you have any questions about the programme please email us. Alternatively follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for up to date information about the Summer Programmes Team.

My Summer At King’s- Pablo Nolla

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Summer was arriving and I still hadn’t envisioned what I wanted to do after graduating. I kept thinking maybe university was not for me and I could get my own food truck and become a chef. After all, I still hadn’t found a subject to dedicate three years of my life to. UCAS applications were going to open in early September and I had to make the choice for the summer. I suddenly came to the realisation the best way to decide would be to attend a summer course.

I kept frantically searching and after trying to find the ideal summer camp I finally stumbled on the Pre-University Summer School at King’s. I had never studied politics but being given the opportunity to learn about what moves the world seemed like an amazing opportunity.

Summer came and before I could realise, I was on my way to Waterloo station. When getting to the Stamford Street Apartments I was greeted by a mass of bright orange shirted people, these were the ambassador, KCL students who would be our guides the two following weeks. I was taken to my room where I met my four other flat mates and Spencer, my ambassador. The room had a single bed, a wooden desk, a wardrobe and an inbuilt bathroom. Opposite to my room was the kitchen, which had all the basics and a table with 5 chairs. Aside from keeping some food in the fridge the only utility the kitchen had was to host our daily rendezvous.

Throughout the two weeks, the summer camp organised several activities which were all enjoyable. The first and most memorable was the icebreaker event where we went on a treasure hunt and had to take pictures around the city. Two and a half hours later we were lost somewhere around Borough looking for the London Dungeons. It came to us as a surprise when they announced we hadn’t won (everyone knew we took the best pictures) but the experience of learning about all my flatmates and Spencer was more than enough.

The politics course was taught in the building opposite our accommodation which made travelling easier. The course itself was extremely complete and interesting. We wrote an essay on “The tragedy of the Commons” and created a presentation on the sustainability of New Delhi. It was also during the course where I met students from all over the world such as two friends from New York and who I still keep in contact with. The course was also complemented with several lectures. One of them taught by a postgraduate philosophy student from Kings ended with the whole class arguing about Kant’s philosophy and the “trolley problem”. During this time, we also visited the “Imperial War Museum” where we saw the breath-taking WW1 exhibition which complemented the lecture on the “centenary of the Somme” by professor Spence.

Being fascinated by history and being able to attend the lecture finally made me settle to study War Studies and History at Kings. Since then, I have made KCL my firm choice and hope to meet my offer.

What truly made the experience memorable was the people. Living together and going to class with people you’ve never met before help create a strong friendship bond. Up to today I keep in contact with most of my friends from the summer course and we are trying to organise a trip for this summer. I urge everyone I know (who is in doubt or who wants to see what university life is like) to attend the King’s College summer camp as I believe it’s truly an amazing experience.

Undergraduate Social Programme 2017

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We are excited to announce the details of the Undergraduate Summer School Social Programme for this year. Our team works with the King’s College London Student Union to create a programme that give students the chance to explore London in their free time, whilst making friends from all around the world.

On the first day we are holding a new event for this summer. Our Instahunt is a free event to attend and is a great opportunity to meet new people, explore the city around campus and win prizes. Discover awesome locations around King’s and London, take a photo, upload to Instagram and possibly win a prize. Following on from the Instahunt is our welcome drinks at the Knights Templar, where you can grab a drink and a bite to eat, find out who the winners of the Instahunt are and mingle with fellow Summer Schools students.

Untitled design (2)We have a number of activities that take place during the weekends of the Summer School. For both sessions we have a Saturday day trip to Oxford and Windsor. Explore the beautiful architecture of the city, which is of course  home to the world famous Oxford University. If you wish to attend in Session One you can book your tickets here. For those wishing to attend in Session Two please book your tickets here.

Another full day trip we are holding for this summer is a trip to the fantastic Harry Potter Studio Tour. Explore Leavesden which the film series made it’s home for almost ten years. Take a walk along Diagon Alley, visit Privet Drive and (new for this year) explore the Forbidden Forest. Purchase your ticket for Session One here and Session Two here. Tickets for this event will sell fast so do get in quick.

For those interested in learning more about the city our London walking tours would be a great social programme activity for you. Our Session One walks, which are new for this year, are a Street Art Walking Tour and a Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour. In Session Two we are holding a set of fantastic tours, which were extremely popular with our students last year. The tours for this session are a Harry Potter Walking Tour and a Theatreland Walking Tour.

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As well as weekend activities we also have a number of events taking place during the evenings that you can get involved in. Each session of the Summer School will have a Boat Party on the Thames. Take in the spectacular views as you cruise along the river, with sights such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Shard making an appearance. For students wishing to attend in Session One please book here and Session Two students here.

In addition to this we have tickets to a number of different shows throughout the programme. For those interested in comedy, our night out to the Top Secret Comedy Club is a must see. If you’re interested in these events book your tickets for Session One or Session Two now. This year we are offering students tickets to a West End show and a performance at the Globe Theatre. Details for our West End shows are yet to be announced but you can purchase tickets to the shows at the Globe Theatre already. Session One students will be going to see Romeo & Juliet and Session Two students will be off to watch Much Ado About Nothing.

If you have any questions about any of these events please email us. We also want to see you having a great time at these events, so please do tag and share with us pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #SummeratKings.

New Undergraduate Summer School Modules: Maths & Engineering

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We are excited to announce the launch of two more new modules for the 2017 London Undergraduate Summer School, under the subject area of Maths & Engineering.

In Session One (26 June- 14 July 2017) you will have the opportunity to study Applied Maths: Understanding Engineering through Numbers. The focus of this module will be on the application of mathematical methods to a variety of real-world problems from physics and mechanics. The course will be taught by Dr Jordi Alastruey- Arimon and Dr Martin Bishop from the Biomedical Engineering Department here at King’s.

In Session Two (17 July to 4 August 2017) we will be running the Engineering: Creating Technologies that Help People. During this module you will engage in a project which aims to deliver a technical solutions to a challenging task, set by local community groups and NGOs working in sustainable development projects. You’ll learn how undertake these projects, from the initial planning stages to the delivery of an appropriate sustainable solution, whilst learning to manage your time and resources. Dr Jamie Barras from the King’s Department of Informatics will be teaching this module. He has recently written an article about the module for our SummerTimes blog, which you can read here.

You can submit an application for the Undergraduate Summer School now, and will have until 31 May 2017 to do so. If you have any questions about the programme please email us. Alternatively follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for up to date information about the Summer Programmes Team.

Summer@King’s Scholarships

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King’s College London Summer Programmes team have announced new scholarships for King’s popular, academically rich and rigorous Undergraduate Summer School. Eight successful candidates from around the globe will be given a tuition fee scholarship to study a course of their choice in London this summer.

Dr Sarah Williamson, Director of Summer Programmes at King’s, said: “At King’s great minds are studying together to serve society globally. I am delighted to offer for the first time in 2017 Summer@King’s scholarships to academically gifted students with great communication skills from all around the world. At the core of our ethos is our summer Education Programme, through which we are expanding the King’s community, increasing the diversity of our university in the summer months and inviting inquisitive and able students to join us. We are much looking forward to receiving applications.”

In times of seemingly drastic change, applicants interested in applying are asked to argue why London still “matters to the world in 2017” in a 1,000 word essay. Apart from original, well-structured thinking and classic academic writing skills, students will also produce a three minute video explaining the key points in their essay – a great opportunity to show how to communicate complex arguments effectively in little time.

The Summer@King’s scholarship covers the £1500 tuition fee. Students have until 1 April 2017 to submit an application and need to apply for the Summer School in the usual way meeting the standard academic criteria for the programme. Successful applicants will be contacted by 15 April 2017.

Interested in applying? Find out for detailed information about how to make a scholarship application online.

New Undergraduate Summer School Module: Understanding the Common Law

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New to the London Undergraduate Summer School this year, is our Understanding the Common Law module. You’ll have the opportunity to analyse and critically discuss key concepts relating to common law.

Module tutor, Dr Elin Weston, says that ‘this course will be an opportunity to gain an understanding of how the common law operates – for example, what parts of a judgement are binding? – and to think critically about issues like: should judges make law? And if a system of legal rules is ever-evolving, can it ever offer any certainty?

The common law has had a profound impact on many legal systems throughout the world, and continues to exert a major influence across a wide range of areas of law including business law, contract law and the law relating to human rights and civil liberties.”

Studying a law module this summer not only gives you the chance to enhance your knowledge on a chosen subject, it also allows you to consider career opportunities that may be available to you in the future.

Last summer King’s Summer Programmes collaborated with the Dickson Poon School of Law and Career Services to run two career panels for students enrolled on the law modules. These panels were moderated by King’s academics from the School, and the panellists included professionals and King’s alumni. See the below video for a glimpse at these law career panels.

If you think studying one law module isn’t enough, choose to study with us for both sessions. In Session Two you’ll have the opportunity to study one of two excellent Law modules; Criminology & Criminal Justice and International Commercial Law. Or if you want to study a module in a different subject area, take a look at our What Can I Study page for a list of all available modules.

Please note the Understand the Common Law module will only be running during Session One (26 June- 14 July 2017) of the Undergraduate Summer School. You can submit an application now and you will have until 31 May 2017 to do so. For more information about the programme please visit our website. If you have any questions about the Summer School, please email us. Alternatively you can send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy New Year from the Summer Programmes Team

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Happy New Year from everyone in the Summer Programmes team. We hope you have all had a relaxing holiday and are ready to begin the new school and university term.

For those of you who are already thinking about your plans for this summer we have a lot of exciting programmes on offer for you. If you are considering staying in London for the summer months, you may wish to take part in our Undergraduate or Pre-University Summer School, as well as our Pre-University Taster programme.

Choose to study one or two sessions with us on our Undergraduate Summer School. Session One will run from 26 June- 14 July 2017 and Session Two will run from 17 July- 4 August 2017. For each session you can study a module from a range of subjects areas. These include: Culture, Governances, Health & Science, Maths & Engineering, Law, Business and Ancient Languages.

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The Pre-University Summer School will run from Sunday 23 July to Saturday 5 August 2017. High school students who are in their final two years of study will have the opportunity to take part in this unique academic and social experience, whilst living and studying in the heart of London. Students studying on the Pre-University Summer School can choose from five exciting courses; Business Management, Law, Medicine, Politics and Psychology.

We are also excited to announce that applications are now open for our Pre-University Taster. This programme will run from 21-24 August 2017 and students can study in one of the following areas of study: Cultural History, Business Management, Law or Science. Use this experience to make the most of your summer and build your confidence ahead of university applications.

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Alternatively if you want to spend your summer living and studying in another country, we are also running a number of programmes for you too.

New to 2017 are our Summer Study Visits to World Cities. Students will have the opportunity to study in Mumbai and Berlin, where they will be able to delve intellectually and culturally into their city of choice. Details on fees and dates are yet to be confirmed, but please email us to register your interest.

We also have our two week India Summer School, which will be running from 29 May- 9 June 2017. The summer school will be held in Delhi and you will be able to study either International Relations or Marketing Management with International Marketing.

If you have any questions about any of the programmes mentioned in the blog please do contact us. Don’t forget to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates from the Summer Programmes Team.