Summer school

Following the developments with the current Covid-19 situation and the restrictions on travel and movement within the UK and across the world, the University of Plymouth has taken the decision to postpone the 2021 Summer School programmes. We are now working hard to develop our programmes for 2022 and look forward to welcoming you back to Plymouth next year.

If you would like information about the 2022 Summer School programmes please email –

University of Plymouth Summer School

4 weeks

Enjoy a mixture of academic challenges and social activities on our University of Plymouth Summer School: the perfect way to visit our beautiful city and to get your first taste of university life in the UK.

We offer daily EFL (English as a foreign language) lessons as well as lectures and practical sessions which may include:

  • hands-on leadership and management
  • workshops
  • robotics demonstrations
  • media arts and product design classes
  • an exciting explosions session.

International Business Summer School

3 weeks

Taught by our School of Business academics and industry specialists with incredible international lecturing experience, you'll gain an insight into leadership, entrepreneurship and cross-cultural communication.

Explore strategic and cultural issues in depth.

You may also examine:

  • international business strategy
  • cultural diversity and cross-cultural competencies
  • how culture affects leadership styles, coaching and mentoring
  • international marketing and the cultural implications
  • the challenges of being entrepreneurial.

Art, Design and Architecture Summer School

2 weeks

The School of Art, Design and Architecture will provide you with a unique experience to explore and develop your creativity, knowledge and practice. Our programme is fast-paced and hands-on with lots of practical team-work and collaboration.

You will undertake a series of studio/workshop projects to explore a number of creative assignments that deal with social, environmental and cultural issues. This may include:

  • fine, media and digital arts, product design and architectural classes
  • fieldwork in and around Plymouth
  • student-led classes and teamwork
  • idea generating techniques, sketch modelling, drawing, image manipulation,
  • making a film, audio effects creation, plug-and-play electronics, web-based
  • media and mobile applications
  • think outside the box and think entrepreneurially
  • the opportunity to present and document your project in portfolios.

Day trips

All of our Summer Schools have scheduled time built into the programme for you to take a break from studying to explore our beautiful surroundings. These may include visiting a South West zoo, a beautiful stately home, the worlds largest rainforest in captivity or a weekend in our capital city, London. 

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Student ambassadors

Throughout your stay with us you will have our dedicated team of student ambassadors on hand to help you to navigate your way around your new surroundings, assist you to plan your free time, show you around our campus and city as well as be a friend for you from the moment you land here in the UK.

Our student ambassadors will live you in your halls of residence, eat their breakfast and lunch with you as well as help plan social activities in the evenings – you’ll be making friends for life!

How to apply

The application process for all our summer schools is very simple; complete our short application form at the bottom of this page and return via email to along with any relevant supporting documents such as English Language qualifications.

We are currently not accepting applications for our summer schools.

"The Summer School programme organised by the University of Plymouth was an eventful experience which I consider a lifetime opportunity to have been part of." 
Nataliya Dondeenu, National School of Business Management, NSBM Green University, Sri Lanka

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While the University aims to provide the summer school programmes described on the website, this does not represent a binding commitment and the University reserves the right, at its absolute discretion, to cancel any programmes if minimum student numbers are not achieved.

If you are enquiring about the possibility of developing a new summer school, please complete and return the summer school collaboration initial enquiry form.