Queen Mary Summer School

Queen Mary Summer School FAQ

If you have any questions about studying at the Queen Mary Summer School, check out our information below. Still can't find an answer to your question? Please feel free to get in touch with a member of the team at summerschool@qmul.ac.uk.

Before Applying

What kind of people apply to a Summer School?

Students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply to the Queen Mary Summer School – we just require that you are aged 18 or over at the time of study and meet our entry requirements. In 2018, our Summer School students ranged in age from 18 to 68 and joined us from 19 different countries. They were high-school students, current undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and professionals looking for an opportunity to develop.

When is the application deadline?

26 May 2019.

Is there an application fee?

There is a non-refundable application fee of £50, students from partner institutions are exempt from paying the application fee.

Can I apply if I am under 18?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept students who are under 18 at the time of study.

What academic level are the Summer School courses?

All of our courses are Level 5 or 6, which is the equivalent to the first or second year of an undergraduate degree. However, it is dependent on your existing level of knowledge of the subject whether the course will be appropriate for you.

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss the academic level of the course.

If I have a disability, how will I let you know?

If you have a disability, you will be able to let us know when you fill out our online application form. At Queen Mary, we are committed to ensuring that all reasonable adjustments are made for all students to make the most of their studies. Once you have accepted your offer, we will pass your contact information on to the Disability and Dyslexia Service who will then liaise with you about how they can help you while you are a student at Queen Mary.

If you have any concerns regarding accessibility or your specific needs, we encourage you to contact us in advance.

Application process and entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?

We welcome international qualifications and we consider each application on its individual merit. You can check out our entry requirements here. If you would like to discuss your qualifications with a member of the team before you submit an application, please feel free to get in touch.

Do I need to sit a language exam if English is not my first language, but I am fluent?

No, you will not necessarily need to sit a language exam. We accept a range of alternative documentation. Please check the English language requirements of the course you wish to apply for, and if you have any questions regarding your suitability, please get in touch.

What kind of documents do you require?

As part of your online application form, we require the following:

  • your current academic transcript or your record of studies to date
  • evidence of your English Language proficiency, if your first language isn’t English
  • a written statement explaining why you'd like to attend the Summer School
  • a copy of your passport

Can I take more than one course per session?

As our courses are designed to be intensive, you may only take one course one per session. However, students are welcome to join us for both Session One (1 July – 19 July) and Session Two (22 July – 9 August), and we even offer a discount for students who wish to do so! See our fees and finance page for more information.

When will I know if I have been accepted?

Once we have received your application form along with your documents, we will make a decision within 2 working days of your application date and you will be notified via email of the outcome.

Will I need an additional visa to study the Migration and Urban Culture in London and Paris course?

In order to take part in this London and Paris summer course, please ensure you have the correct visa for both countries before arriving to the U.K. Some students may need to obtain both a U.K. Short Term Study visa and a Schengen visa for France to take part in the programme. Please check your visa status for the U.K. here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa and for France here: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/who-needs-schengen-visa/

For students who need to obtain both visas please be aware that you may need to send your passport away on two separate occasions, please ensure you do this is good time to prevent difficulties travelling to the U.K. for the start of your course. We have a wealth of information on our Advice and Counselling pages about Schengen visas, please take a moment to read them.

Please note students who hold a European or U.S.A. passport will not need to obtain a Schengen visa for this course.

If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact our Advice and Counselling service

After you are accepted

When will I have to pay my fee?

Your tuition fee payment is due within 10 working days of receiving your offer in order to guarantee your place on the summer school. If we do not receive your tuition fee in full within this deadline, you will not be guaranteed a place on your chosen course and we may withdraw your offer.

How do I pay my tuition fees?

When you receive your offer letter, you will be given a link to the Queen Mary online store, where you can pay your tuition fees via credit or debit card. There is also the option to pay your fees via bank transfer. If you choose this option, please contact the Summer School Office to receive instructions.

We do not accept payment of fees in cash and all payments must be made in pounds sterling, inclusive of VAT and other taxes where applicable.

For more detailed information please read the Terms and Conditions.

Will the university provide accommodation?

All Summer School students are given the opportunity to stay in our on-campus accommodation. The approximate cost of accommodation is £500 per session, or a daily rate of £24 if you wish to extend (or shorten!) your stay. This must be booked via our residences team, and you will be given booking instructions once you have accepted your offer and paid your tuition fee.

Students are also welcome to make their own arrangements.

Am I able to change the course I applied for once I have been made an offer?

Yes - if you decide you would like to study a different course, we will do everything we can to accommodate you. However, we are unable to guarantee you a place on an alternative course.

What happens if my course is cancelled?

We are committed to delivering your course as closely as it was described on our website when you applied. However, in some exceptional circumstances, such as the unexpected departure of a key member of staff or lack of demand from applicants, we may have to suspend or withdraw a course. In this instance, we would notify you at the earliest possible opportunity and make every effort to offer a suitable alternative or a full refund.

Will I get a refund if I withdraw from the Summer School?

If you decide to withdraw from the Summer School, there is a cancellation period of 14 days from the date you accept your offer, whereby you are entitled to a full refund.

After this point, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • Before 26 May 2019, students will receive a full refund of the course and accommodation fees.
  • From 27 May 2019 50% of the course and accommodation fees will be refunded.
  • After 14 June 2019, no refund will be made.

For information about sponsored fees, please see our Terms and Conditions.

Will I need a visa to come to the Summer School?

If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national, you should be able to enter the UK as a student without a visa. If you are a national of a non-EEA country, you will require a Short-Term Study visa. If you're unsure whether you need a visa, please visit the UKVI website to find out.

The Summer School team is unable to give visa advice. If you require any assistance, please get in touch with the Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service.

Accomodation

How will I get from the airport to campus?

You will need to arrange your own transfer from the airport to your accomodation. 

All of London's airports are easily accessible by train, tube or taxi. Here are some suggestions, but there are plenty of options for all budgets for each airport.

  • Heathrow - you can get the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, then change for the Hammersmith & City line to Mile End. 
  • Stansted - you can get the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street Station, then change for the Central Line to Mile End.
  • Gatwick - you can get the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station, then change for the District Line to Mile End.

We will send out further information about getting around London in our predeparture information.

What will be provided in my accommodation?

Each of our rooms are single, en-suite rooms with a shared kitchen. Each room comes with a bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, mini-fridge and bathroom. Please note that bedding and towels are not provided. You are welcome to bring your own, or purchase a linen pack from the Residences team.

Please note that there will be no catering equipment provided in your shared kitchen.

There will also be a deep-clean of the communal areas (kitchen and hallways) once a week.

You will be provided with free Wi-Fi.

Who will I be sharing accommodation with?

You will be placed in a flat with fellow Summer School students, who may not necessarily be studying the same course as you. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet even more people and gain insights from students studying a variety of subjects.

Will the Summer School be catered?

The Summer School is self-catered, however, there are also plenty of places to eat on campus, such as The Curve, as well as selection of supermarkets right on our doorstep. We will include further information on where to eat around campus in your welcome pack.

If you prefer not to have to self-cater, you can purchase two different options of meal plans from The Curve. You can purchase a breakfast only option or chose a breakfast plus main meal option from our eshop to enjoy each day during your stay on campus.

Breakfast only costs £105 per session.

Breakfast plus either lunch or dinner costs £294 per session.

How do I book accommodation?

Accommodation for Summer School students is managed centrally by the Queen Mary Residences team. To apply for a room on campus, you must indicate on your application form that you would like accommodation and you will then be added to our reservation list.

Once booking opens in mid-March, you will be invited to apply for a room via email. After completing the online application form, you will be offered a room on campus. To accept this offer, you must pay a £300 deposit. The rest of the fee will be payable when you arrive on campus.

The residence team will send you arrivals information and instructions for accessing your room.  

Please note that we are unable to guarantee accommodation for all students, and accommodation will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis.

Academic

Will I be allocated a single point of contact for support?

For the duration of your stay, you will be able to contact your course leader for academic support.

If you need any additional support, the Summer School Team will be on hand between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Will I need to purchase any text books or study materials?

No - prior to starting your course you will gain access to our virtual learning environment (QMPlus) which will contain all of your course materials. You will also have full access to the Queen Mary library.

When will I have access to my timetable and course syllabus?

Course syllabi are currently available on request. We expect course timetables to be finalised three weeks prior to the start of Session 1, and they will be sent to students via email. Students will also be able to view their timetable and course syllabus on QMPlus.

How will I be assessed?

Each of our courses is assessed differently, and may encompass written assignments, in-class tests, presentations or practical assessments. Your work will be graded according to Queen Mary's five letter grading system (A-E) and number to indicate different levels of passes.

For course-specific information, please read the 'Assessment' information in the right sidebar of each.

How will the course be structured?

Each course comprises of 45 contact hours with a further recommended 150 hours of personal study. Classes will run on Monday to Thursday, between 10am and 3pm.

Most of our courses have around 10-15 hours of academically led field trips included in the structure of them. These trips will usually be in London but can also be further afield. Field trips may incur a small additional fee, which will vary from course to course. Usually the cost is between £30-£100, please check your individual course page for more details.

Where will the classes be based?

All classes will be held at our Mile End campus.

Social

Is there an additional cost for events in the social programme?

Our optional social events may incur an extra fee. More detailed information about this will be made available closer to the date, however please see below of the range of social activities we offered last year and the cost incurred for them, to give you an idea of what to expect:

EventCost
Summer BBQ £5
Junkyard Golf £9.50
Aladdin the Musical £20
Buckingham Palace £22

Which facilities will be available to me on campus?

During the summer period, the following campus facilities will be available to students:

After the Summer School

When will I receive my transcript?

You will receive your transcript in mid-September 2019.

Will I receive credit towards my undergraduate course at my home university?

Each of our Summer School courses is worth 15 credits which translates as 3-4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. It is down to the discretion of your home institution whether they will allow the credits you earn at our Summer School to count towards your degree, and it is your responsibility to check with them before you apply for the Summer School.

Will the course credits count towards my undergraduate degree at Queen Mary?

If you are a current student at Queen Mary you will not be able to use the credits earned at the Summer School towards your degree.