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Computing, Engineering and Sciences



This Summer School aims to welcome students from different parts of the world, especially from our partner institutions, to give them an experience of UK/Scottish education and life. It will also be an opportunity to see Scotland.

Dates, duration and costs:

2 weeks General Summer School: 29th July – 9th August 2019 - £1,600

2 weeks Summer School plus 1 week subject specific contents (Computing, Engineering or Science): 22nd – 29th July or 9th – 16th August 2019 - £2,300

2 weeks Summer School with 2 week subject specific contents (Computing, Engineering or Science) – credit bearing: 22nd July – 16th August 2019 - £2,800

There is a 5% early bird discount for bookings made before 31st May 2019.


  • Duration - 2 weeks - 4 weeks
  • Included in costs: Tuition fee, accommodation, transportation for organised trips and additional social activities
  • Campus: Paisley
  • Cost: £1600 - £2800
  • Suitable for: The programme is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds, for whom English is not their first language. The two-week programme will help to develop the students’ English Language abilities as well as technical and scientific project management knowledge and skills.
  • Credit bearing: No, unless on the 4 week programme
  • Visas: If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you can apply for a short-term study visa. Make sure you check the immigration requirements before applying (visit for more details). You will receive a confirmation of booking and you should carry this confirmation with you when travelling to the UK. You can apply for a visa up to three months before your date of travel to the UK. UK visa processing time varies by country, so check the processing time for your country and city from where you will submit your visa application.  You will need to attach an offer letter to your visa application. The offer letter is a ‘Booking Complete’ email, which is sent to you once you have booked and made full payment for the Summer School. The University will issue an official letter, only if requested or where required.

Course overview

It aims to develop students’ abilities to work as part of a team by combining classroom based project work with outdoor activities. Participants will have ample opportunities to enjoy Scotland's picturesque scenery, including a visit to a Scottish island and Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow and its capital, Edinburgh. Participants will also be given the opportunity to visit a traditional and modern Scottish industry.

The extended versions (3 and 4 weeks) of the Summer School will allow students to engage in discipline specific activities and earn credits. Discipline specific programmes will be provided in engineering, computing and sciences, and tailored based on the student’s level and knowledge (there is a minimum cohort size required).

Experienced staff from the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences will be responsible for the management of the programme. However, expertise from all subject areas within the University will be brought together to support discipline specific activities.

Week 1

Monday 29th July

  • Arrival and Registration - Morning
  • Introduction to UWS - Morning 
  • Introduction to the Summer School - Morning
  • Tour of Campus - Morning
  • English Language - Afternoon
  • Tour of Paisley - Afternoon

Tuesday 30th July

  • English Language - Morning
  • Introduction to Team Principles - Afternoon
  • Introduction to UK/Scottish Cultures - Afternoon

Wednesday 31st July

  • Introduction to Project Management - Morning
  • Excursion and tour of Glasgow - Afternoon

Thursday 1st August

  • English Language - Morning
  • Team Building - Afternoon
  • Undertaking research/ introduction to the library- Afternoon

Friday 2nd August

  • English Language- Morning
  • Industry Visit - Afternoon
  • BBQ - Afternoon

Saturday 3rd August

  • Free Day

Sunday 4th August

  • Trip to Isle of Arran

Week 2

Monday 5th August

  • Trip to Edinburgh

Tuesday 6th August

  • English Language - Morning
  • Industry visit - Afternoon
  • Shopping - Afternoon

Wednesday 7th August

  • Work on Project - Morning
  • Work on Project - Afternoon
  • Social Event - Afternoon

Thursday 8th August

  • Preliminary Presentation and Feedback - Morning
  • Work on Project - Morning
  • Report Writing - Afternoon
  • Visit to Loch Lomond - Afternoon

Friday 9th August

  • Final Presentation- Morning
  • Trip to Glasgow - Afternoon
  • Summer School Dinner - Afternoon

Saturday 10th August

  • Departure of week 2 delegates
  • Free Day for 3 and 4 week delegates

Sunday 11th August

  • Free day for 3 and 4 week delegates

Optional weeks: 22nd – 26th July and 12th – 16th August, 2019

The programme will be tailored to the discipline and levels of the delegates. This will include in computing, engineering and science disciplines


The general Summer School programme will cover the following:

  • English language (academic and contextualisation)
  • Report writing and presentation
  • Project planning and management, including working in a team
  • Team work (team building activities, managing a team and finding your role in a team)
  • Multi-disciplinary project (design, costing, implementation and reporting)
  • Industrial visits, cultural tours and sightseeing

The programme specific contents will be provided based on the discipline and level of delegates.


To secure your place or receive additional information, please contact Lorraine Smith (

Last updated: 07/02/2019