Crossing Class XII
For most Indian students one of their biggest academic hurdles is clearing Class XII. Till Class X – the education system remains quite generic and offers a broad syllabus. It is on completion of Class X that the student is exposed to the idiosyncrasies of subject/career-specific learning. The routes are pre-determined – you study to be a doctor an engineer or an accountant. A very limited number would venture into the humanities or the arts. This is slowly changing, but the number of students pursuing the humanities and fine arts for the love of the subjects is still significantly lesser than those who end up opting for them because they don’t have any other choice.
With the boom in the higher education industry; Indian parents are looking to offer their children the best education that’s possible to secure the future of their wards. There has been a steady increase in the number of students who are choosing to join a summer school programme and prepare for life at University.
The Summer School Concept
Traditionally the term ‘summer school’ means the vacation time where students would visit other countries on a study tour and pick up the basics of a foreign language, learn about the culture of the land, etc. This would usually be a three to six-week venture and would expose students to the world.
This has also evolved into a scenario where universities and English Language schools in countries like the USA and the UK offer students from other countries the chance to explore life and studies for one month to 45 days. The programmes are a good way for students to understand the complexities of the academic rigour that awaits them if they choose to join a full-time undergraduate degree programme abroad and also incorporates taster-classes.
Enhanced versions of these programmes evolve into the longer full-length Pathways Programmes. They are designed for students looking to join specific degree programmes and incorporate modules in English, Computing and Research skills and subject-specific modules. These usually range from nine months to one year and on completion of the Pathways Programmes students can apply to join a relevant degree programme.
Summer Programmes for Existing University Students
Yet another interesting variation of the ‘summer programme’ covers the vast majority of specialised programmes offered to existing University students. What these programmes essentially do – is to offer learning credits and skills to international students over a one month to two-month period. Students can return to their home country and show the certifications that they have earned abroad and secure learning credits. This holds especially in good stead for students of finance, commerce, marketing and business programmes. Students in the Creative Arts also have a number of quick programmes that they can study and improve their skills.
Key Institutions to Join a Summer Programme
Some institutions where Indian students opt to enrol for summer programmes are listed below:
- University of Leeds
- University of Surrey
- University of Bristol
- London School of Economics and Political Science Summer School
- University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education
- Wharton School of Business – University of Pennsylvania - for their Pre-College Programmes
- Brown University
Get in touch with us in case you wish to join a summer school programme and we will guide you to find the best programme and institution that fits your budget.