Culture, Literature, Art, Film and More!

What better way to explore the vibrant city of London than to take a summer course highlighting its role in the arts, literature, media and film. Here is an overview of the culture modules offered by the King’s Undergraduate Summer School;

London & Film
This course is intended to introduce you to some significant debates within British film studies through a focus on London as a cinematic city, the divergent spaces of London, and capital’s relationship to film genres. Films that are screened across this module will explore both the tribulations of fictional Londoners, but also focus on its real-life inhabitants that have dually shaped and contributed to London’s own big-screen history.

Media, Gender & Culture   
Taught by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, this module is intended to give you the opportunity to undertake specialist learning in media, gender and contemporary culture. Taking full advantage of our location in central London, the class will visit many of the capital’s foremost cultural institutes and you will have the opportunity to meet with insiders from the media and cultural industries.

Museum of London: Curating the City
This module looks at the social, economic, and political history of London in the twentieth century by closely examining the various collections held at and the varied types of work carried out by museum curators. It is taught onsite at the Department of English and at the Museum of London with supervised access to museum artefacts and resources.

Wonderland: 100 Years of Children’s Literature
This course is intended to give you the opportunity, as an undergraduate student studying English Literature and/or History, to explore 100 years of children’s literature. The module will be taught by the Department of English, and will include a strong creative component where you will be given the chance to devise, and perform, your own children’s stories.

Jane Austen’s England 
This module examines Jane Austen’s life and work within the context of her time and in relation to her contemporaries. It will also explore Austen’s place within literary history, as well as locating her work and her world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by comparing and contrasting the original texts with TV and film adaptations, sequels and textual transformations at the hands of modern directors and writers.

Literature in the City   
This module will examine the relationship between urban space and narrative representation in three European cities: London, Dublin, and Berlin.Students will be encouraged to use a combination of political, social, and literary theory to navigate literal and figurative cityscapes, through class discussion, short assignments, and exercises in urban rambling.

Theatrical London 
This module will be taught by the Department of English, and will examine London’s diverse and vibrant scene from its historic development to contemporary performance in the city and through this examination introduces theories and vocabulary used to analyse actors, audiences and architecture, the key components of theatre making.

Session one of the King’s Undergraduate Summer School runs from 2 – 20 July 2018 and session two runs from 23 July to 10 August 2018. All applications must be submitted online by 31 May 2018. More information about the academic content can be found on this webpage. All the best with your application and we hope to see you in London this summer.

My King’s Experience- Anaelle Prioux

My name is Anaelle, but everyone calls me Ana. This year I was lucky enough to experience King’s College and the beautiful city of London. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about my experience at King’s is the international environment. It would have been easier for me to stick with people from my country- France, but King’s has students from over 100 different nationalities, so I wanted to take advantage of having a multicultural university experience.

My closest friends were from Hong Kong, Singapore and Ireland. They’ve taught me how to make dumplings and speak rudimental Irish. It’s honestly a lot of fun to be around students from different cultures and it’s made my time at King’s a lot more enjoyable.

Another important aspect is that this international culture is also present in the academic life. When studying at King’s, you get professors and seminar leaders from all over the world who specialise in interesting disciplines and are able to teach you new perspectives. In the History department, there are a lot of non-Eurocentric modules about post-colonial Africa, early modern China and the African heritage of Latin American cultures.

So, what makes studying at King’s a good experience? The location of it’s main campuses. Waterloo, Strand and London Bridge are all in the heart of London, in bustling areas that are also close to major monuments and attractions. It helps with discovering the city, especially if you’re new to London like me! Trafalgar Square, the West End and the National Gallery are all around the corner from Strand and Waterloo. From Guy’s campus, you can easily pop to the Tate Modern, the Shard and my favourite- Borough Market with all the amazing food options it offers (I highly recommend Ethiopian Flavours and Luminary Bakery).

The last point I’d like to mention is the variety and quality of non-academic activities organised by King’s College London Student Union (KCLSU). King’s Sports runs a great programme called BeActive and organises sport sessions in badminton, yoga, football, basketball, running (and a lot of other activities). It’s been a really good way for me to stay fit without the commitment of a formal sports team!

Undergraduate Summer School Modules in Maths and Engineering

Applications are now open for our Undergraduate Summer School in Maths and Engineering.

In Session One (2 – 20 July 2018) we will be running the Applied Maths: Understanding Engineering through Numbers module. This module is aimed at university students who are keen to improve and strengthen their knowledge of applied mathematics. The focus of this module will be on the application of mathematical methods to a variety of real-world problems from physics and mechanics. Previous mathematical and physics education will be expected. The course will be taught by Dr Jordi Alastruey-Arimon and Dr Peter Charlton from the Biomedical Engineering Department here at King’s.

Dr Peter Charlton explained his insight into the course: “The Applied Maths module provides an introduction to the mathematical techniques which are used to solve engineering problems. Students are given opportunity to put the techniques into practice by tackling real-world engineering problems, including a special focus on clinically-relevant problems in the field of biomedical engineering.”

In Session Two (23 July – 10 August 2018) you will have the opportunity to study 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 to 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.

These modules are often taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King’s summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit.

You can submit an application for the Undergraduate Summer School now, and will have until 31 May 2018 to do so. If you have any questions about the programme please email us at summer@kcl.ac.uk. Alternatively, follow us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram for up to date information about the Summer Programmes Team.

 

King’s & Stemettes Inspiring A New Generation of Women in STEM

Summer Programmes is proud to announce a collaboration with Stemettes, an award-winning social enterprise focused on providing confidence, inspiration and guidance for young women looking to pursue subjects and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Female representation in STEM fields is low worldwide. In the UK, only 21% of the STEM workforce is female, and stereotypes about gender differences in STEM fields become entrenched in girls’ minds by the age of six.

To inspire girls in the UK and Ireland to dive into STEM, Stemettes was co-founded by Anne-Marie Imafidon in 2013, and since then over 17,000 girls have attended their events, and 95% of those girls have reported an increased interest in STEM fields thereafter. Although they’ve already had a significant impact in bringing more girls into STEM, they have aimed to reach two million more by 2025, and to see a STEM workforce with greater female representation.

Building on the Women in STEM initiative at King’s and our belief that girls and young women should be encouraged to pursue degrees and careers in STEM, we are delighted to be offering 10 tuition-fee scholarships this summer to enthusiastic and motivated students nominated through Stemettes. These students will ensure that 50% of our intake for the Engineering course is female. The course is part of our Pre-University Taster programme which is designed to prepare high school students for university life and offers a variety of subjects in addition to engineering such as law, politics, history and literature and science. It willrun from 6-9 August 2018 and applications will close end of May 2018.

For more information on Stemettes visit their webpage. In addition, further details about our Pre-University Taster can be found here.

Summer Education Abroad- Berlin

Berlin’s combo of glamour and grit is bound to mesmerise anyone keen to explore its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture and tangible history. It is the capital of Germany and one of the most celebrated and renowned cultural epicenters in Europe.

This course is designed for King’s students studying a range of different subject areas. Students will discover the city of Berlin and explore how citizenship shapes how cities and communities are built and rebuilt through history. By joining this highly interactive, skills and knowledge-building programme, they will be intellectually stimulated and personally empowered.

We will be running two sessions in consecutive weeks, with 25 places on each course:

  • Session 1: 11 – 15 June 2018
  • Session 2: 18 – 22 June 2018

Participation in this programme is fully funded as part of the commitment to King’s institutional strategy to support the brightest minds regardless of background. King’s will cover all course-related content, economy return flight to Berlin, any local travel related to the programme and affordable accommodation in the city centre. Please see here for further information about funding eligibility.

The study tour will use excursions, museum visits and discussions with Berliners to offer expert insight into both Berlin’s past and its present, enabling participants to profoundly experience this dynamic city whose future will influence the development of the Western world.

The course will be led for the second time by Aida Baghernejad. She explained her thoughts in the upcoming Summer Times blog; “This course introduces you to dynamic people who have taken their life and their destiny into their own hands. It’s all about personal agency and responsbility; about not only dreaming of a utopia, but actually just creating it yourself.”

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 25th March 2018. Students can apply online here. Please see the webpage for further application guidance.

New Summer Programme- University Futures: Skills in leadership and innovation

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New to the King’s College London Summer Programmes Team portfolio for 2018 is University Futures: Skills in leadership and innovation conference.

Running from 1- 7 July 2018, this programme will be led by King’s College London’s Entrepreneurship Institute. This stimulating programme, aimed at high school students aged 14 and 15 years olds, will explore themes of innovation and leadership through a series of lectures, seminars and group work activities. More information about the academic content can be found on this webpage.

University Futures is a fully residential programme and all students will be housed in our Stamford Street Apartments. Every night there will be social activities for all students to take part in, including a treasure hunt along London’s South Bank, a trip to Covent Garden, a boat party on the Thames and a theatre trip.

You can apply online and you have until 15 May 2018 to submit an application to the programme. More information about the programme and how to apply can be found here. Good luck with your application and we hope to see you in July.

Summer School in Women’s Health and Child Health

Untitled design (1)Applications are now open for our Summer School in Women’s Health and Child Health. This intensive course intends to give medical students the opportunity to explore the fields of obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics for two or three weeks this July.

The Summer School in Women’s Health and Child Health Summer School runs from 16th July until 3 August 2018 and the two week Summer School in Women’s Health runs from 23 July until 3 August 2018.

The many practical sessions, which can include an examination or child birth simulation, as well as interactions with consultants, junior doctors, nurses, therapists and families, allow students to experience what it is like to work in pioneering health and research centres, whilst considering these fields as a potential career choice. A student from our 2017 Summer School said this about the programme, ‘A great way to network with other medical students from around the world, share experiences and acquire a bank of new knowledge that will aid you throughout your career in Medicine’.

If you’re considering applying to the programme please note that applicants should be current medical students who have completed at least one year of medical study by the time they attend the Summer School. You have until 31 May 2018 to submit your application, which you can do so here. Accommodation is also available for the programme if needed and can be booked via the estore.

Summer@King’s Scholarships

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If you’re interested in studying in London with us this summer, you may be pleased to know that we are offering a number of Summer@King’s Scholarships to our programmes. We are looking for candidates across all our programmes, who are passionate about learning, thinking and communicating.

For the 2018 Undergraduate Summer School there will be 8 tuition fee scholarships available. These scholarships will cover the tuition for one session on the programme, which costs £1,500.

There will be 10 tuition fee scholarships available to those wishing to study on the Pre-University Summer School in 2018. These scholarships will cover the tuition fee of £1,800. For Pre-University Taster students there are also scholarships on offer. There will be 10 tuition fee scholarships available and these will cover the £300 tuition fee.

All applicants need to apply for the programme in the usual way and must fulfil our standard academic criteria. For the guidelines on our available scholarships please visit our dedicated Summer@King’s Scholarships webpage. You have until 1 April 2018 to submit an application. Good luck!

Applications now open: Pre-University Taster 2018

pre-uni (6)We’ve now launched our Pre-University Taster programme for 2018.

Our Pre-University Taster is a chance to explore a subject at undergraduate level, whilst studying at one of the world’s top universities.

The programme will run from 6-9 August 2018. Choose from a range of study areas including Business Management, History and Literature, Law, Science and new for 2018 is Engineering.

You can submit an application now and you will have until 31 May 2018 to apply to the programmes. This year we are offering 10 tuition fee scholarships for students wishing to study on the 2018 Pre-University Taster programme. These scholarships will cover the tuition fee of £300 and the deadline to apply is 1 April 2018. If you would like more information about this and details on how to apply please visit our Summer@King’s Scholarships page.

Accommodation is also available to those wishing to study on the Pre-University Taster programme. Upon receiving an offer you can purchase your accommodation from the King’s College London e-store.

If you have a question concerning an application that you have submitted please email the admissions team through your King’s Apply account. If you have a question about accommodation, the e-store or any other aspect of the programme you may also find the answer to your query on our website. Alternatively you can contact us by email at summer@kcl.ac.uk or call the office during opening hours.

My Summer at King’s: Margherita Feleppa

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King’s College London Summer School offers a wide variety of modules. This past summer I took part in the Criminology and Criminal Justice module.

During the course we learned the core elements of crime starting from its understanding and moving on to analysing the major crime categories and finally discussing the criminal justice system. The course was organised in a interactive way: it was the tutor and the students – sometimes in groups- who held the lecture. It was very surprising to see how interactive participation can make the lecture not only more interesting, but also more efficient in terms of learning outcomes.

In this course I gained a comparative perspective of crime control and punishment in different countries. I believe that this is crucial for someone that –like me- is a law student, because in law courses the study of criminal law usually neglects a comparative view as it tends to focus on national law only. Moreover, as this course gives a solid understanding of criminology, it is also a tool that law students can use in order to better integrate and understand the criminal law and the criminal justice system.pre-uni (2)

As part of the course, we also went to some field trips. For example, we visited the Criminal Court and the Police Museum. These experiences helped us better understand the main issues in sentencing and policing.

Furthermore, the city of London was a very inspiring environment as it provides students – especially law students- with the possibility to visit the legal area, including the Royal Courts of Justice all within a very short walking distance from the campus. Not to mention the beautiful Maughan Library that was just the perfect place to study and meet other students.

pre-uni (4)Living in London for three weeks also meant living in a multicultural and vibrant city and King’s social programme combined city tours and events with the possibility of meeting new people. This is how I got to know most of the friends I made especially my Instahunt group.

It was culturally and personally enriching to meet students from different backgrounds and share this experience with them. Like myself, most of my friends were living in the student dorms and this made our friendship even stronger. Every day we walked together from the dorm to the campus and we shared meals, field trips and class projects.

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By sharing those every day little things, I have learned a lot from my friends in terms of culture and diversity. In our friends group there are people that come from different countries, cultures, studies but we all shared something: our summer experience at King’s. Our connection was so special that I also met some of my friends after the programme came to an end and I still keep in touch with all of them!

I made the most of this summer both on a professional and personal level and I am really thankful for this experience.