Monday 21 November 2016

UK Summer School Competition offers Hong Kong students to study at UK institutions
Five students receive round-trip sponsorships from Hong Kong to the UK and study opportunities at designated UK summer schools with accommodation

21 November 2016 (HONG KONG) – The British Council is organising the UK Summer School Competition for the third time. Five Hong Kong senior secondary, pre-university, or college students aged 16 or above will be awarded the opportunity to take part in different summer courses at colleges and universities in the UK, gaining first-hand experience of studying in the country.

To encourage participants to showcase their creativity, students can submit their entries in the form of an essay, or in a variety of other creative media in English, such as a website, a video or a blog, all based on the theme of ‘What would you do if you could spend a day in the life of your favourite UK celebrity, icon, historical figure or fictional character?’. The five winners will receive a sponsorship package that comprises a round-trip ticket from Hong Kong to the UK sponsored by Emirates Airline and a place of study at a designated UK summer school with accommodation at one of the following UK institutions: Chelsea Independent College, Concord College, the University of East Anglia, the University of Edinburgh and SOAS, the University of London.

‘We were grateful to send highly-enthusiastic Hong Kong students to the UK for a summer school experience that would last for a lifetime in previous years. All of them were deeply attracted to the UK by the good quality, cultural diversity, and interesting learning environments for which its education has been famous, and some of them went on to apply to UK universities for their undergraduate education. We look forward to seeing more students demonstrating their exceptional creativity this year for an unforgettable summer school experience in the UK,’ said Sophia Chan-Combrink, Head of Education and Society, British Council, Hong Kong.

Jose Lee from Diocesan Girls’ School, one of the winners of the 2015 summer school competition, learnt to be more independent after the trip. ‘I came to know myself better during this trip, with some self-discovery that could only be afforded without being under a parent’s watchful gaze. I am now more confident of my strengths, and will strive to work harder on my weaknesses. Being in a foreign country without the comfort of familiarity has made me more independent, and more experienced in dealing with logistics. Planning ahead and organizing were other soft skills I polished, and this experience has taught me more than I could ever expect,’ she said.

Applications are now open until 31 January 2017. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to win an experience that will last for a lifetime. For applications and more details on the competition, please visit http://www.educationuk.org/hongkong/articles/summerschoolcompetition/.

Media Contacts:
Mavis Ma (Communications Manager) 2913 5260 / mavis.ma@britishcouncil.org.hk
Daphne Ho (Assistant Communications Manager) 2913 5266 / daphne.Ho@britishcouncil.org.hk

Notes to Editor

(1) About the participating colleges/ universities
Participating colleges/universities include (in alphabetical order): Chelsea Independent College, Concord College, the University of East Anglia, the University of Edinburgh and SOAS, University of London. The five institutions, all with highly trusted sponsor status (HTS), are able to:

  • provide one full summer course including residential accommodation
  • provide academic and residential support for students under 18 years of age
  • offer the summer programme for students between June and August 2017

(A) Chelsea Independent College

 

Website

http://www.chelseaindependentcollege.com/international/summer-courses/

 

Duration and dates of summer school

Duration: 2 weeks (two options)

1.    16 July – 29 July 2017

2.    30 July – 12 August 2017

 

Six options on subject:

A.   Art & Design *

B.   Business & Finance

C.   Engineering & IT

D.   Law, Politics & International Relations

E.   Media & Communication

F.    Medicine

 

*not available for period 2 (30 July – 12 August)

 

Age specification

Age of 16 – 17

 

English language

The school requires a minimum of IELTS 4.0 or equivalent. If the winner has not sat the IELTS exam, the college may arrange for the winner to sit for an internal assessment and/or a Skype interview.

 

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Please refer to the website above.

 

The winner may be asked to complete forms related to the summer school and submit supporting documents as advised by the institution.

 

(B) Concord College

 

 

 

Website

http://www.concordcollegeuk.com/summer-school/

 

Duration and dates of summer school

Duration: 3-4 weeks (two options)

 

1.    2 July – 27 July 2017

2.    30 July – 20 August 2017

 

Two options on subject:

A.   English

B.   Science, Maths & Economics

 

Age specification

Age of 16 – 17

 

English language

No specific criteria required for the English programme. If you wish to apply for the Science, Maths & Economics programme, you need to have a minimum English level of Intermediate or B1 or IELTS 4.0 equivalent, or HKDSE English language level 2.

 

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Please refer to the website above.

 

The winner may be asked to complete forms related to the summer school and submit supporting documents as advised by the institution.

 

(C) University of East Anglia 

Website

Institution website:

www.uea.ac.uk

 

International Summer School: www.uea.ac.uk/summerstudyabroad

 

Duration and dates of summer school

Duration: 4 weeks, 24 June – 21 July 2017

 

Subject: TBC*

 

*Subject options will be released on the UEA International Summer School website in November: www.uea.ac.uk/summerstudyabroad

 

Age specification

Minimum age of 17

 

English language

Proof of English skill level, if English is not the first or taught language. Level should be at a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent (a number of other English language tests are also acceptable). A Skype interview or academic reference may be required for students who do not have this proof, and we welcome applications from these students.

 

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Please refer to the website above.

 

The winner may be asked to complete forms related to the summer school and submit supporting documents as advised by the institution.

 

 

 (D) University of Edinburgh

 

Website

Institution website:

www.ed.ac.uk

 

Summer School website:

www.summerschool.ed.ac.uk

 

Duration and dates of summer school

Duration: 2 weeks (three options on date, eight options on subject *)

 

1.    03 July – 14 July 2017

·      Introduction to Entrepreneurship

 

2.    17 July – 28 July 2017

·      Preparing for University: Humanities ^

·      Preparing for University: Social Sciences ^

·      Introduction to Leadership and Management

·      Art and Architecture through the Ages: Edinburgh and Beyond

 

3.    31 July – 11 August 2017

·         Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment

·         Business Communication and Social Media

·         Introduction to Sociology

 

*The University has the right to decide to run these subjects or not. Winner will be asked to choose a first and a second choice on subject.

 

^Specially-designed courses for high school students who are planning to go to university, with a programme combining academic classes, social and cultural excursions, university preparation advice, wider study skills and personal development sessions

 

Age specification

Minimum age of 16

 

English language

You will need to provide a reference to support your application, to ensure that your English level is appropriate for your chosen Summer School course.

 

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Please refer to the websites above.

 

The winner may be asked to complete forms related to the summer school and submit supporting documents as advised by the institution.

 

(E) SOAS, University of London

 

Website

Institution website:

https://www.soas.ac.uk/

 

Summer School website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/ifcels/summer/

 

Duration and dates of summer school

Duration: 3 weeks (three options on date, eleven options on subject)

 

1.    10 July – 28 July 2017

·           English Language Skills

·           Art of the World in London

·           International Relations

·           World Literature in London

 

2.    31 July – 18 August 2017

·           English Language Skills

·           Art of the World in London

·           Global Business Studies

·           International Relations

·           Introduction to Film Studies

·           Politics and Development

 

3.    21 August – 08 September 2017

·           English Language Skills

·           Intermediate Reading and Writing

·           Introduction to the Media

·           Global Business Strategy

·           International Relations

·           Environment and Development

 

Age specification

Minimum age of 17

English language

For subject courses, students should have an upper-intermediate level of English.

 

For English language courses, students should have a pre-intermediate level of English.

 

Academic ability

N/A

 

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Please refer to the website above.

 

The winner may be asked to complete forms related to the summer school and submit supporting documents as advised by the institution.

 

 
(2) About Emirates

Emirates fleet is one of the youngest in the world, it made up of Airbus 380s and Boeing 777s most advance wide-body aircraft. Passengers can enjoy exceptional service and inflight entertainment in all cabins. Emirates operates daily 4 flights service between Hong Kong and Dubai. Through the convenience hub in Dubai, passenger have choice of daily 21 flights to 6 destinations in U.K., they are including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and New Castle. Besides, competitive fares available in local market, special student ticket is also available for student who study in U.K. Special offer for student ticket is including 45kgs baggage allowance, ticket valid for 12 months and flexible change of travel date without charge. Tickets can be purchased through travel agents and Emirates website, all types of ticket are eligible to earn Skywards miles. For details, please visit www.emirates.hk

 

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