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UWS Summer School 2019

Our summer school programmes are designed for students either preparing for, or studying at undergraduate level in another country. You may be considering studying in the UK at a later date, or simply looking to spend time in an English-speaking country for the summer.

Students will attend some classes together as a full summer school and others in their chosen areas of study.

We also offer residential professional development courses, especially designed for groups looking to travel together and gain experience in a particular discipline in the UK. These courses are especially popular with healthcare professionals.

Summer Schools run in July and August.  Please see individual course pages below for the start dates of your specific programme.

To find out more information contact us at or click into the Summer School programme pages below.

Click here to find out more about our International Summer School: Internship Theme (non-EU)

Our programmes

 All courses at UWS are taught by professionals who are experienced in their subject. Our lecturers come from all over the world and many worked in industry before joining the University, so you will be taught by people with a wide range of experiences. You will typically study five mornings and two to three afternoons per week (around 21 hours of tuition in total), plus you will attend sessions on life and study in the UK.

Programmes are typically two weeks long, or four weeks for accredited programmes. You can combine programmes with pre-sessional English, or study two programmes back-to-back.

Programmes include:

  • Full time study, in lectures, seminars and study activities – typically five mornings and three afternoons per week
  • Workshops on UK culture
  • Sessions on preparing for studying in the UK
  • Cultural activities
  • Support from our dedicated team 24 hours a day
  • Accommodation for the duration of your programme, with other international students

Summer in Scotland

 Depending on your choice of programme you will either be based at our Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses.  Our campuses are centrally located offering a gateway to the best of what Scotland has to offer.  From the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s energetic cities to enchanting mountain tops, serene glens, mysterious lochs, idyllic white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and even the odd palm tree, we guarantee you, studying in the West of Scotland will leave you with lasting memories.

The weather in Scotland is temperate; expect temperatures of 15-20 degrees Celsius in the summer. It does not rain as often as you may think but it is worth bringing a raincoat and a few warm layers of clothing (especially if you are from a hot country) as the weather can be a little unpredictable!

Scotland is an exciting place to be, with more world-class universities per head of population than anywhere else in the world; the highest rates of student satisfaction in quality of teaching in all of Britain; and Scotland’s graduates have the highest rate of employment or further study in the whole of the UK.

Paisley Campus

Paisley combines heritage and history with all the facilities you’d expect from Scotland’s largest town, and our campus is just 10 minutes by train from Glasgow, one of Europe’s most exciting and dynamic cities.

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Lanarkshire Campus

Our new £110 million campus, located at Hamilton International Technology Park, opened in 2018 and our interactive and technology-rich learning spaces are up there with the most innovative in the UK.

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English Language:

Unless you are studying on a pre-sessional English course, we ask that you have a level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or above to study on our Summer School programmes. If you have not already obtained an IELTS certificate we may ask that you take a UWS test to confirm your English level.


If you are planning to study at UWS and you are not a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you may need to apply for a visa in order to enter the UK. Please contact us for further information, or check the UK Government website.


If your course requires any travel (for example to industry visits) you will travel by University minibus or public transport; this cost is included in the price of your course. We are also able to provide a transfer from the airport to the student accommodation when you arrive for an extra charge.


UWS offers high-quality accommodation in single, ensuite rooms. At Paisley Campus accommodation is either on campus or within a 5-10 minute walk from your class location and other campus facilities, while at Lanarkshire Campus accommodation is located in Hamilton town centre, with a frequent bus service operating to the campus. Some accommodation shares social space (for example, 4-6 bedrooms share a kitchen and living area), other accommodation is offered as a self-contained studio.


Our programmes allow you to have flexibility around meals. You can choose to shop and cook for yourself in your self-catered accommodation. Alternatively we provide meal packages at our student canteen, very close to the accommodation. You can choose from the following options: Breakfast (B&B), Breakfast & Dinner (Half Board), Breakfast & Lunch (Half Board), Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (full board). You can also choose to pay for meals during the week and organise your own meals at weekends. All meals include a hot option.

Free time

The courses are designed so you will have free time in the evenings and weekends to socialise with your classmates or explore Scotland. UWS will arrange some cultural and social activities as part of your course, and we are always happy to advise and arrange visits around Scotland for you, or help you plan your trip.

Support on campus

Our campuses have staff on site 24 hours a day. We also have specialist student support teams to help you with all your questions during your stay in Scotland.


To find out the costs associated with your specific programme please see the programme webpage above.

Last updated: 31/01/2019

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