Summer school

University of Plymouth Summer School: 20 July-17 August 2020

Enjoy a mixture of academic adventures and social activities on our University summer school: the perfect way to visit Plymouth 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.
Each week there are also trips, visits and group activities to help you settle in, meet new friends and make the most of your time here. These include:

  • a full weekend in London
  • a trip to a South West Zoo
  • a visit to explore the world's largest indoor rainforest at the Eden Project
  • a visit to the fortified manor house, Powderham Castle.
“This is a fantastic experience, because not only do I get to sample British culture, and see the beautiful landscape here, but I can also learn something to take home to my country.” - Li Gongyuan, Shanghai Maritime University
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International Business Summer School: 27 July-17 August 2020

The University of Plymouth International Business Summer School is a great opportunity to visit Plymouth for three weeks in the summer months to study international business management. 

You'll gain an insight into business strategy, UK business practices and how cultures impact upon international business.


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

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Art, Design and Architecture Summer School: 3-17 August 2020

The Art, Design and Architecture Summer School is a great opportunity to visit Plymouth for two weeks in the summer months to learn, make friends and try out new experiences.

Our Summer School 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.


All of this happens within the impressive Roland Levinsky Building, offering some of the very best design studios in the UK, in the heart of one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

There will be visits away from the city, fieldwork within it and optional activities at weekends.

Our Student Ambassadors will be with you throughout your stay helping you navigate the city and explain more about the University of Plymouth and life in the UK.

Students 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.
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Angus Lee - Hong Kong University

The University of Plymouth gave me unforgettable memories

Lai Longyan - Shanghai Maritime University

All of the activities opened my eyes to know more about the country and culture

National School of Business Management (NSBM), Sri Lanka

It was a wonderful experience that I'll never forget

Zhou Yicheng - Shanghai Maritime University

I'll definitely introduce my friends to this summer school

Dr Roy Lowry, Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry, said:

Experiments like this are the shop window for science. My hope is that such experiments will excite young (and not so young) minds to ask how and why such things happen and hence to delve deeper into science

Liquid nitrogen and ping-pong balls collide