Information for guardians
Why should my child attend?
- Studying in the UK is a great opportunity to improve your child’s English-speaking skills, which will benefit them throughout their life.
- With multiple nationalities in attendance, your child can network and make friends from across the world, which is invaluable for understanding different cultures.
- Imperial is ranked 11th in the world. You can give your child a taste of life at university and be confident that they are safe and secure.
How and what is taught on the Global Summer School?
The Global Summer School is taught over two weeks.
In week one, students will join a learning stream and attend lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and workshops delivered by current Imperial faculty members focussed on developing understanding and practical skills.
In week two, they will work together in groups with students from all streams to solve a real-world challenge alongside staff from Imperial. They will develop group work, communication and presentation skills, all of which are vital for all Imperial students.
Over both weeks, the students will participate in masterclasses and social activities.
What level of support and supervision can be expected?
At Imperial College London, we take our responsibility to protect students from harm very seriously. Safeguarding during the Global Summer School programme is overseen by a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The Global Summer School online programme will take place on a secure platform. Students’ personal details are not stored on the platform, and the platform used during the Global Summer School is separate from Imperial’s own online teaching platform.
Students are assigned mentors – current Imperial students who can provide an insight into what it’s like to study at Imperial. Students will have opportunities to interact with mentors, as well as other students and Global Summer School staff, during the scheduled academic and social sessions.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding online safety or supervision, we encourage you to get in contact with the Global Summer School team.
Guardian information for the online programme
Guardian information for the residential programme
We advise students to not bring large amounts of money. We encourage students to bring a small amount of spending money for gifts and travel around London. Food and Drink will be provided and does not need to be budgeted for.
The safety of our Summer School students is of paramount importance to us and we provide a number of security measures, including:
- All halls of residence have a swipe card or fob entry, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and 24-hour manned security offices.
- A residential team of Pastoral Mentors provide round-the-clock support and supervision in halls of residences.
- Global Summer School staff and mentors provide supervision on all organised trips and excursions.
Summer School students will be chaperoned by our pastoral mentors for all social activities to ensure the safety and comfort of the whole group while exploring London and other parts of the UK. Pastoral mentors stay in campus accommodation alongside students to provide 24-hour support.
Staying in touch
Global Summer School is a fantastic developmental opportunity and students will have the chance to make plenty of new friends. However, it is very normal for students to feel some homesickness whilst living away from home. While most students find that homesickness is only temporary, mentors and staff members will be available at all times to discuss any worries or concerns.
We recommend that all students bring a mobile phone, appropriately insured, as this will be the most convenient way to stay in touch with family and friends at home.
Broadband internet is available on campus for students to stay in touch with you via email and video calling.