Experience university life
Take part in a one-week residential at one of our 13 partner universities. Experience student life by staying in halls of residence, getting to know the campus and the surrounding area. Our Summer Schools are completely free so offer you the chance to visit your chosen university, no matter where in the country you’re from.
Explore one of 40 subjects at a leading institution
Explore academic taster sessions in your chosen subject. Choose from over 40 different courses, from Archaeology and Anthropology to Veterinary Medicine. With over 15 hours of teaching at undergraduate level, you will get the chance to dive deep into subjects that you are passionate about. Going beyond the school curriculum, your academic sessions will provide you with material to use in your personal statement.
Meet new people
You will take part in a range of social activities, designed to help you make friends with other students on the Summer School and unwind after jam-packed days! These will range from city tours, to trying out new sports and hobbies with university societies, from film nights to final night celebrations!
Develop essential life skills
Throughout your week, you will have the chance to develop essential life skills. You will have the chance to improve your presentation skills in academic sessions and will gain motivation for your studies by meeting student ambassadors and staff and hearing about their educational journeys. Living, studying and socialising with other students from across the UK will help you work better as part of a team.
Receive applications support
You will take part in workshops that will help you navigate UCAS and write the best personal statement possible. You will find out about how to apply for student finance, the availability of bursaries and how to manage your money whilst at university.
Join our alumni platform
Once you graduate from a Sutton Trust programme, you will become a member of our alumni community. Sutton Trust Alumni is the online home of the alumni community. Here you can create connections, access support and inspire change. With more than 3,500 alumni already active in the community, you can get advice from alums studying and working in areas you are interested in. You’ll also gain exclusive access to events, career opportunities and ways to stay involved with our work.
January 8th 2020Find out more
January 8th 2020
Your application will ask about your secondary school, qualifications and details on your background, including any benefits you or your parents receive
March 6th 2020Find out more
March 6th 2020
In your application, you will be asked to supply your teacher’s name and email address so we can verify your qualifications and background. Don’t worry, you won’t be disqualified if you teacher doesn’t respond but universities might reach out to them directly
June - AugustFind out more
June - August
Spend a week at a leading university attending exciting lectures and meeting interesting people. After you have graduated you will gain access to our 3,000 strong alumni network where you can gain access to more career opportunities
There were many amazing moments within the summer school: taking blood from a mannequin to meeting the most amazing group of aspiring medics. Everyday was packed with activities to both have an insight into university and medical school. Charlotte, Southampton, UK Summer School 2019 - Cardiff University
The mentors and staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming as they would do all they could to aid us in our projects and also alleviate many concerns and questions raised about university life. Agithan, Tooting, UK Summer School 2017 - University of Warwick
I can’t decide on a single highlight of my experience- it’s a tie between the people I met and what I learned. It was so diverse, and I felt at home. And I learned so much stuff. The people in the pathology and biochemistry department never treated us like college students- they treated us like we were already enrolled in the university. Samira, London, UK Summer School 2019 - University of Cambridge
My highlight of the week was eating out at Pizza Hut in Nottingham city centre. It was brilliant because we got to see what the city was like itself which helped me to see myself studying there. It helped show me that university is definitely the right choice for me and that I can cope with moving to an entirely new place and make friends without having to worry at all. Jacob, Warrington, UK Summer School 2019 - University of Nottingham