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Summer School at Imperial is a unique opportunity to study for three weeks (or up to six if you want twice the fun!) at a global top 10 ranked university in the heart of London. Combining teaching from our world-class faculty with networking and social opportunities, it’s no wonder that past students have called it “the GREATEST experience ever”.

From July to August this year, we are offering five Summer School courses spread across two sessions. Running for three weeks per session, you can choose to study just one course, or one from each session, including Business AnalyticsPrinciples of Finance, and Machine Learning & Applied Statistics in session one, or Digital Marketing and Business Strategy & Consulting in session two.

Wondering whether Summer School is for you? To help you decide, we took a look at what the benefits are of spending summer at Imperial, and how doing so could help you reach your goals in more ways than one.

Study in the heart of London

Studying at Imperial means studying in one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities. From our campus in leafy South Kensington, you’ll have the world at your fingertips. Take a stroll around peaceful Hyde Park, visit iconic London landmarks like The Shard or The London Eye, enjoy an exhilarating West End show or eat until your heart’s content at one of the city’s many fabulous restaurants and markets.

All of this can be enjoyed in between sessions with your classmates, alongside special events and trips organised by us as part of our exciting social programme.

"The social programme events were definitely one of the most enjoyable aspects of the Summer School. It is an incredible opportunity to meet, network, and socialise with fellow students. For example, a pub quiz that took place on the first day of the Summer School was the perfect activity to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to connect with other people and make friends they could spend their time with in London"
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Vasco Clara, Business Strategy & Consulting, Summer School student at Imperial College Business School

Expand your global network with lifelong friends

Our Summer School has always been about more than just the academics. You’ll spend three intense, yet hugely enjoyable weeks, tackling challenges and picking up new skills with a group of likeminded individuals from all around the world. This means plenty of chatting, debating, planning and supporting one another to make the most out of this unique shared opportunity.

"My group and I had started working on our project from the very beginning of the Summer School and by the time we finished, I had formed some friends for life. I thoroughly enjoyed working with each of my teammates. They were all very supportive and open to feedback. We formed a great bond with each other, and that emotional connection significantly helped us in delivering our project efficiently. Learning from their views is what inspired me the most."
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Vipal Adroja, Business Strategy & Consulting, Summer School student at Imperial College Business School

While networking is a fundamental part of business, it can be quite nerve-racking when you first give it a go. Summer School allows you to not only build your network in a friendly and relaxed environment, but also practice this vital career-enhancing skill. What’s more, you’ll be inducted into the brave new world of digital working, leaving you fully prepared for today’s blended workplaces!

Give yourself an edge and boost your resume

Set yourself apart from the crowd and invest in your own development with a meaningful and practical learning experience that few others may have the time to invest in. Whether your next stage is work or further study, having a focused, subject-specific period of additional study at a top-10 globally ranked institution can only be a positive in the eyes of a future recruiter, manager or admissions officer!

"I would like to pursue a career in strategy consulting, or a strategy related position in a corporate or startup. I believe the course at Imperial has been a great foundation for my future career. It has provided me with key learnings about the strategy field, including topics like business strategy, entrepreneurial strategy, and corporate strategy."
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Anton Heindl, Business Strategy & Consulting 2021, Summer School student at Imperial College Business School

Perhaps you’re coming from a non-business background and want to kick-start that pivot into a new industry, or maybe you want a deep dive into a particular area like finance. No matter your motivation, you’ll find Summer School a hugely enriching experience in more ways than one.

Get a truly hands-on experience

Due to their condensed nature, it’s not uncommon for summer programmes to be entirely theory-based, leaving you to read or imagine the practical implications without truly experiencing them.

Imperial is different. We present the ideas and theories and then show you how to use them in practice. This method is so effective we even see some students returning to Imperial for another year of Summer School so they can get even more experience utilising those skills! One of the Business Strategy & Consulting students comments on the applied nature of the programme:

"During the second week of the course, we discussed how solutions are presented to clients and various challenges a consultant faces in the process. The course leader filled the second week with lessons on soft skills from actual instances on how consultants manage some of the unmanageable clients and make an impact within the organisation."
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Dev Burman, Business Analytics and Business Strategy & Consulting, Summer School student at Imperial College Business School

The practical nature of the courses gives you the ability to speak the right language in your chosen area. The aim is not to make you an expert in your topic, but to teach you the language and practical application of these areas in preparation for the next stage in your journey. Whether you’re looking for a better understanding of broader topics such as analytics, finance, and strategy, or more specialist areas like machine learning, you’ll leave with a well-rounded toolkit to help propel you even further.

A course built around you

Imperial has numerous advantages and benefits that separate us from the many other summer schools out there. One of our distinguishing features is our smaller size. We regulate our intake of students to ensure that you get a personal and tailored approach and can develop real connections both within the cohort and with the people who teach you.

The faculty who teach our Summer School courses also teach on our MBA and Master’s programmes. You also have the chance to hear from incredible guest speakers who are leaders in their industry.

For students who would like to study their Master’s or an MBA at Imperial in the future, making your mark in the school before you even apply will make your application stand out.

It's FUN!

Not only is Summer School 2022 sure to be an enriching experience for both your academic and career advancement, but it also promises to hit one of this summer’s most important objectives – fun!

After a time of unprecedented turbulence, we’re incredibly excited to be offering our Summer School courses this year. With new subjects, innovative delivery methods, and the always-present feeling of excitement and possibility that accompanies this time of year, there’s never been a better time to invest in yourself and make it a summer to remember.

Apply now to secure your place and make your mark at Imperial College Business School.

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