GSS students working together


You will have the chance to attend our masterclasses to prepare you for the university application process in the UK. Topics may include:

  • how to apply to a UK university
  • how to write a personal statement
  • interview skills

Academic programme

Global Summer School’s academic programme is structured into two parts. In week one you will join a learning stream - either Engineering, Medicine and Life Sciences, or Physical Sciences – and attend a range of focused sessions delivered by Imperial faculty members. In week two you will take part in a team project, working together with students from other streams to solve a real-world challenge.

Week One

You will develop academically and personally as you are inspired, challenged and supported throughout the programme by our experienced academics, researchers, Summer School leaders and mentors. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and discuss thoughts in classes and seminars.

Week two

Team Challenge

In week two, you will come together with students from other streams to share what you have learnt so far and help to solve a real-world challenge that our society faces today. You will have the opportunity to develop vital skills you will need at university, like presenting, communication and group work, whilst working on a project that combines aspects from all three academic streams.

We want to test your creativity so we're working with the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) to design the real-world challenges for you to solve during the week. They are a community of entrepreneurs and inventors who have lots of experience in the process of coming up with new ideas.

Each team will be given a briefing of what will be required from them by the end of the week and will have the opportunity to work independently and creatively, but under the guidance of experts in the field. The week will end with an exhibition of the group projects, with awards for winning teams.

What is the week like?

Monday – Project briefing and ideation – you will be briefed by your project leaders, experts in their field with real industry experience, and start to brainstorm a range of ideas with your group.

Tuesday – Idea development – you will work with the project leaders, your mentor and your group to evolve one idea further, consider how it can be developed as a business, product, initiative or concept.  

Wednesday – Prototype development – using your ideas, and a range of materials, techniques and technology, you will build a prototype and see your idea become a reality.

Thursday – Poster design and presentation preparation – after putting the final touches to your prototypes, you will prepare a poster and practice your group presentation in advance of Friday’s exhibition.

Friday – Project presentations and exhibition – you will present your project to your group leaders, and winning teams will present again in front of friends and family for the best overall project. All groups will display their projects in an exhibition area.

*Please note the above information is meant as a guide and applicants should be aware that the academic programme is subject to change from year to year. We are currently in the process of organising the academic sessions for the 2020 Global Summer School. Please email us if you have any questions about the academic sessions or any other aspect of the programme.