Thursday 12 March 2015

 

British Council invites students to demonstrate creativity to win a summer school experience in the UK
The UK Summer School Competition is now open for application

Overseas summer school experience has been gaining popularity as it exposes students to a different culture and language, arouses their creativity, and prepares them for pursuing higher education overseas. As the UK remains the most popular English-speaking destination for Hong Kong students to study abroad, there is also a strong interest among students to join a summer school programme in the UK. Riding on last year’s success, the British Council is organising the UK summer school competition again this year, giving the opportunity for six Hong Kong senior secondary, pre-university, or college students aged 16 or above to take part in different summer school courses in the UK, and to have first-hand experience of studying in the UK.

To encourage participants to showcase their creativity, students can submit their entries in the form of an essay or any other creative forms in English, such as website, video, or blog content 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 six winners will receive a sponsorship package that comprises a round trip from Hong Kong to the UK, sponsored by British Airways; a place of study at a designated UK summer school with accommodation at one of the following UK institutions, including Aberystwyth University, Bath Spa University, Concord College, University of East Anglia, Swansea University and University of Worcester.

‘We were grateful to send highly-enthusiastic Hong Kong students to the UK for a summer school experience that would last for a lifetime last year. All of them were deeply attracted by the good quality, cultural diversity, and interesting learning environments for which UK education has been famous. 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 at the British Council.

'British Airways is delighted once again to be supporting the UK Summer School Competition. Studying abroad, and particularly in the UK, can be an exciting and extremely rewarding experience for Hong Kong students, so we have always taken great pride in enabling more and better opportunities for students and their families to travel and get the most out of their time in the UK,' said Tracy Dedman, British Airways regional general manager for Greater China and the Philippines.

Doris Lam from St. Margaret’s Co-educational English Secondary and Primary School, one of the winners of the UK summer school competition in 2014, enjoyed making friends with people of different nationalities. She commented, ‘winning this competition gave me the opportunity to travel all the way to Norwich, Norfolk, to attend the summer creative writing programme at the University of East Anglia, where I made friends with people from all over the world, and learnt  about their cultures and languages. It was exciting to have people from Mexico, Italy, Thailand, Switzerland and Australia in the same course. I often found myself transfixed into their beautiful accents and writing, which I am still missing a lot.’

Application is now open until 4 May 2015. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to win an experience that will last for a lifetime. To apply and for more details of the competition, please visit http://www.educationuk.org/hongkong.

Notes to Editor

About the participating universities

Participating universities/ colleges includes (in alphabetical order): Aberystwyth University, Bath Spa University, Concord College, University of East Anglia, Swansea University and University of Worcester. The six 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 2015

A.      Aberystwyth University  

Duration and dates of summer school

For 18 year olds: 4-week English & Communicative Skills Course (14 July – 8 August)

For 17 year olds: 6-week Pre-sessional Course (28 July – 5 September)

Age specification

Minimum age of 17

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Refer to website above. 

 B.      Bath Spa University

 Website

http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/


Duration and dates of summer school

Two options:

  • English Language Summer School 2015;
  • Business and Management Summer School

Duration: 3 weeks

Dates of the summer programme:

  • 4 July 2015
  • 25 July 2015
  • 15 August 2015

Age specification

None academic or language requirement but must be aged above 16.

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Refer to website above. 

C.      Concord College

Website

Concord College website:

http://concordcollegeuk.com/

 

Concord College Summer School section:

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

Duration and dates of summer school

5 – 30 July 2015 (26 days)

Age specification

Student must be aged 17 or younger (date of birth later than 1 September 1997)

English language

Any level of English acceptable for the English course as student will be placed in the appropriate class for their ability.

 

GCSE Science (aged 13-17) in one of the following combinations:

  • Maths/Physics
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Chemistry/Biology
  • Biology/Maths

or

Pre ‘A’ Level Science (aged 15-17) in one of the following combinations:

  • Maths/Physics
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Chemistry/Biology
  • Biology/Maths

Academic ability

N/A

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Refer to website above.

D.      University of East Anglia   

Website

www.uea.ac.uk/summerstudyabroad

Duration and dates of summer school

27 June to 24 July 2015 (Arrivals 27 June, departures 24 July). A one night early arrival and/or late departure can be arranged for a small fee.

Age specification

Minimum age of 17 at 28 June 2015 (with written parental consent for any student under the age of 18 at 28 June)

English language

Proof of English skill level, if English is not the first or taught language. Level should be at a minimum of HKDSE level 4 (with 3 in all components), or equivalent qualification. An academic reference may be required to support this.

Academic ability

Applicants should be achieving good grades and be ‘ready to enter university’. An academic reference or school report may be required to support this.

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Refer to website abo 

E.      Swansea University

Website

University website: www.swansea.ac.uk 

Duration and dates of summer school

4 weeks programme: 

  • 6 July – 31 July 2015 or
  • 20 July – 14 August 2015

Age specification

Minimum age for students joining the programme is 17 but they will need to have a signed consent form by a parent or guardian

English language

We do not require a formal English Language certificate (IELTS etc.)

Academic ability

N/A

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Refer to website above.

F.        University of Worcester 

Website

University website: www.worcester.ac.uk

Summer programme: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/community/international-summer-schools.html and

http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/language-pre-sessional.html

Duration and dates of summer school

10-week programme:
Wednesday 24 June - Friday 4 September 2015

6-week programme:
Wednesday 22 July - Friday 4 September 2015 –

Includes a mandatory two-day induction

Age specification

16-18+

English language

  • Internal school report
  • Proficient in English language, with a level equivalent to CFER B1

Academic ability

N/A

Full terms and conditions and other criteria

Refer to website above. 

About British Airways

British Airways' route network currently serves more than 179 cities in 75 countries. British Airways has been flying to Hong Kong for nearly 80 years and currently operates 14 directflights a week between Hong Kong and London. The airline is the only carrier to operate an A380 direct service between Hong Kong and London.

 The airline operates from the state-of-the-art Terminal 5 at London Heathrow, which is exclusive to British Airways’ and Iberia Airlines’ customers and is capable of handling 30 million customers a year. In 2014, Terminal 5 was named by Skytrax as the Best Airport Terminal for the third year running, based on surveys of 12 million frequent travellers. Terminal 5 also won the Best Airport Shopping award.

In October 2014, British Airways was awarded the Best Airline, Best Short-Haul Airline and Best Frequent Flyer Programme by Business Traveller for the second consecutive year. The oneworld alliance, of which British Airways was a founding airline, came first in the Best Alliance category.

In March 2015, British Airways was also named the top Business and Consumer Superbrand at the Superbrands 2015 Awards, becoming the first travel brand to win both prestigious titles.

For further information on British Airways, please visit ba.com.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally. 

 For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through http://blog.britishcouncil.org/. To learn more about British Council in Hong Kong, please visit www.britishcouncil.hk and www.facebook.com/BritishCouncilHK