Students Staff

Summer 2019 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.

  • Sunday 7 July – Thursday 11 July 2019

What to expect

As part of the application process, you’ll submit a 500 word answer to a question based on one of three controversial topics that we’ve selected from the THINK series. During Summer ’18, you’ll then work to develop your initial answer into a 1000 word essay and you’ll present your ideas to your peers. Essays will be graded at undergraduate level so you’ll leave with the best piece of academic writing you’ve ever produced!

You'll also live like an undergraduate student in university halls, cooking for yourself and socialising. So you’ll get an authentic university experience that will help place you above others when it comes to writing university applications.

And importantly…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.


"The summer school is amazing chance to explore university and academic life. It is place for a person to grow their ideas and express it at a whole new level. Thank you for everyone involved, it has help me to develop both educationally and socially."

"The experience was incredible, a great use of time to help me prepare for university, while also giving me essential skills and confidence."

"I learnt a lot about university life and had a brilliant time."

"Summer '18 is possibly the greatest experience that can provide you with the skills, and the mentality to produce a first-class essay at a university level."

"You have time to both work and party! If that doesn’t give you a taste for uni life, nothing will!"

Photos of Summer School '17

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 – watch this space!

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