Students Staff

Summer 2018 residential experience

A summer school at Essex is an experience of a lifetime! With links our to award-winning THINK series, join our programme this summer and pick up the knowledge and skills you’ll need for university life by living and learning like an undergraduate student.

  • Monday 9 July – Thursday 12 July 2018

What to expect

By working on one of three controversial topics that we’ve selected from the THINK series, you’ll produce your best piece of academic writing to-date, and deliver a presentation on its central themes! You'll get an authentic university experience that will help place you above others when it comes to writing university applications.

It won’t cost you a penny. It's completely free of charge and we take care of everything: return travel to campus, accommodation, all meals and social activities. You’ll head back to sixth form with a whole new set of skills, full of confidence and ready for the year ahead.


"Summer 17 was amazing! I really enjoyed every single day I spent there as I got to me new people and make new friends. I have also learned how to improve my academic writing which will help me progress through my A-levels and beyond."

"I definitely owe Essex a debt of gratitude for this summer school. Thank you everyone for making it so amazing and I'll definitely be putting Essex as my number 1!"

"I loved the experience and it made me realise two things; that I can live without my parents to do everything for me and that I am going to be fine making friends when I attend university."

"Overall, an excellent programme that I wish I could do all over again!"

"I had an amazing time. I felt it helped me develop not only my writing skills but social skills and confidence."

Photos of Summer School 2017

Summer '17 Residential Experience


To participate in the programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English Language
  • on target to achieve 3 B’s at A-level or equivalent in BTEC or other qualifications
  • be a current year 12 student in the UK

Spaces on the residential experience are limited, so if we experience a high volume of applications, you're more likely to be allocated a place if you fall into one of the following groups:

  • students with no parental experience of university
  • students with a disability/specific learning difficulty
  • students who currently receive or have been eligible to receive Free School Meals at any point in their education
  • students who have lived or are currently living in local authority care
  • students who attend, or previously attended, a school with low progression to university

How to apply

More information coming soon.

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