Durham University International Summer School

Introduction

Top Ranking

Durham University is unique. We are the third oldest university in England and one of the world’s leading centres of scholarship and learning. The International Summer School continues in this tradition offering you the opportunity to get ahead this summer with one of our short courses of intensive academic study.
• 5th in the Complete University Guide overall rankings 2016. • 61st in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16. • 31st in the world in the category of Employer Reputation, QS World University rankings 2015/16.

Summer School Courses offered in 2016

  • Energy Transitions in Contemporary and Emerging Societies
  • English Language for Academic Purposes
  • The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages

Global cohort

The International Summer School attract students from across the world and offers a truly global experience with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. Durham is a student city; wherever you go you will make new friends and meet new people, making your time with us unforgettable. This environment will allow you to develop new skills, enjoy a variety of experiences, increase your appeal to future employers and expand your world view.

Historic Setting

Surrounded by some of the world’s finest architecture, Durham city is the perfect setting to experience study abroad in England. The Castle and Cathedral – together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site- dominate the skyline and look out over breath-taking countryside.

A short distance from the Pennine Mountains and the sea, Durham is one of England’s most beautiful cities and the perfect destination to experience British history and culture in a welcoming environment. Its winding streets and ancient marketplace invite you to explore further into its heritage.

Durham’s excellent transport links and positioning mean it is the ideal starting point to visit more of the United Kingdom and Europe, with London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin and Paris all within easy reach.

Why Durham University International Summer School?

Since its foundation in 1832 Durham University has flourished and cemented a place of distinction both nationally and internationally. Durham City has captured the admiration of writers and artists for centuries, and as the only university in England to occupy a World Heritage Site (Durham Cathedral and Castle), it continues to capture the attention of travellers from all over the world.

Durham University is England’s third oldest university, founded after Oxford and Cambridge, and one of the UK’s leading research institutions. As Durham University is one of the top 100 universities in the world, Durham lecturers and tutors are acknowledged experts and leaders in their field. Regardless of your course, you will be taught by some of the leading minds in the world.

The Durham University Difference

Durham University offers you a unique opportunity to experience the history, tradition and quality of one of the oldest and highest ranking universities in England.

Located in the small and ancient City of Durham in the heart of North East England you will have the opportunity to experience life in a traditional British University.

We know studying abroad is an opportunity to develop skills that today’s employers seek. It is a way to prepare and distinguish oneself in an increasingly competitive market place; illuminating new paths and ideas along the way.

Enjoy our past, make the most of the present, and look forward to a future full of possibilities.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Summer courses

Course - Energy Transitions in Contemporary and Emerging Societies

Campus Full time 11 days July 2016 United Kingdom Durham

This short course offers an in-depth overview of the interconnections between energy and society. By attending you will gain a unique [+]

Course Dates: 11 - 22 July 20156 Programme fees: £1,400 inclusive of tuition, accommodation, meals and visits. Course Description This short course offers an in-depth overview of the interconnections between energy and society. By attending you will gain a unique interdisciplinary understanding of how energy is shaped by, and gives rise to, issues associated with development, politics, climate change and sustainability, technologies and lifestyles. Researchers and faculty from Durham University will introduce you to the latest social science research from both the Global North (‘developed’ countries) and the Global South (‘developing’ countries) in relation to: home, mobility, governance and development. As well as this, the school will help you to gain a critical social perspective on the interconnections between energy and society and how these relate to energy research and practice. Key theories, methodologies and understandings from geography, sociology and anthropology that will be introduced include: Everyday practices (uses, users and understandings of energy) Governance and politics (who, how and at what scale?) Behaviour change (who, how and at what scale?) Materiality/ ‘stuff’ of energy (e.g., energy and transport infrastructures/systems of provision) Development (where, who by and in what way?) Low and high carbon lifestyles and transitions Course Format Informed by the latest research and theory the module will retain the practical focus energy research and practice demands. Real life case studies and examples of high and low carbon energy transitions will provide a practical demonstration of the risks, challenges and opportunities in the real world. The module themes will be introduced and structured around lectures, world café formats, film screenings and walkshops. Why Durham? Durham is ideally located for the course, with its history of mining and current growing renewable and sustainable energy sector. Students will have the opportunity to visit a wind farm, hydro power plant and a smart grid laboratory. Target audience The course offers an excellent introduction to anyone interested in developing their understanding of the linkages and interconnections between energy and society. These include but are not limited to: Undergraduate/postgraduate students from disciplines including engineering, geography, sociology and anthropology Researchers/academics Engineers/technicians Policy makers [-]

Course - English Language for Academic Purposes

Campus Full time 4 years July 2016 United Kingdom Durham

This four-week course will give you the opportunity to learn high-level academic English as part of Durham University’s International Summer School. On this course we will teach you some of the key academic skills students need to be successful at a [+]

This four-week course will give you the opportunity to learn high-level academic English as part of Durham University’s International Summer School. On this course we will teach you some of the key academic skills students need to be successful at a British university. What will I study on this course? You will practice academic writing and develop your ability to present argument and analysis. You will have the opportunity to give presentations on academic topics including your own undergraduate studies. You will learn to contribute to and lead academic discussions. You will have the opportunity to learn more about British life and culture through lectures, classroom discussions, and local excursions. How will I be taught? You will be taught in small groups (maximum group size of 16). Your teacher will take a communicative approach and you will often work collaboratively through pair work and group discussions. An important part of the course is the individual feedback you will receive. In one to one tutorials your teacher will advise you on how you can improve your spoken and written work. What will I do on the course? The best way to learn English is through practicing it. On this course we will ask you to produce a portfolio of work. This will include: A timed piece of writing produced under exam conditions An academic essay you write and research in your own time A formal presentation Participating in an assessed seminar Completing a research project and giving a poster presentation Does the course have a social and after class activities programme? Yes, you can join summer school students from across the world in social activities and excursions to local attractions that could include: Edinburgh, York, and the Lake District. Who is this course for? Students who in the future might want to undertake postgraduate study at a British University: a Masters or PhD programme. Students who are studying in English at their home universities; either taking modules in English or studying for their degree in English Students who want to study English at higher more challenging level. The skills you will learn on this course are many of the language skills international businesses and governments need. Do I get a certificate? Yes, you get a certificate that confirms that you have attended and successfully completed the course. You also get a written report giving you feedback on your work and suggestions for how you can continue to improve. Academic entry requirements You must be currently studying or have recently completed an undergraduate/bachelor’s programme. English language requirements IELTs 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 64 or above. Equivalent qualifications such as Pearson PTE and Cambridge advanced and Proficiency test (CAE & CPE) are also accepted. [-]

Course - The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages

Campus Full time 1 year July 2016 United Kingdom Durham

This multi-disciplinary Summer School course designed by our Department of Archaeology and Durham Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, gives students first-hand knowledge and experience of UK archaeology and professional practice. Combined with two weeks of medieval history [+]

During this multi-disciplinary Summer School course designed by our Department of Archaeology and Durham Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, students will spend the initial two weeks: participating in a suite of major archaeological projects focused on the northern edges of the Roman Empire in Britain playing a full part in the excavations and building recording gaining first-hand knowledge and experience of UK archaeological professional practice receiving on-site seminars and workshops with expert visitors exploring matters of cutting edge concern in archaeology and cultural history gaining a full understanding of the archaeology of the transformation of the military frontier of Roman Britain including Hadrian’s Wall in the early medieval and modern eras and a wider appreciation of the archaeology and history of Northern England The second two weeks of the Summer School course focus on Medieval theory modules with experts from the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies focussing on the following topics: Saints, Scholars and Vikings: the Northern World in the Early Middle Ages 'From the fear of the Northmen, dear Lord deliver us': so runs the prayer from northern England faced with the terror of Viking raids from the 8th century to the middle of the eleventh century. The Vikings encountered a northern world rich in material and cultural life, glorying still in the golden age of Northumbrian power from the previous century and the age of saint so memorably chronicled by Bede. How these world collided, the consequences of these encounters and the changing shape of the communities which inhabited this region will all be explored. Land of the Prince-Bishops: Culture and Conquest in the High Middle Ages 'Half church of God, half tower against the Scots': so Walter Scott characterised the imposing mass of Durham Cathedral. At the apogee of their power in the period from the 12th to the 14th centuries the Prince-Bishops of Durham wielded power both worldly and spiritual, and were one of the major forces defining, governing and dominating the north, but with influence well beyond. This module will examine the sources and circumstances of that power, looking at the re-foundation of Durham Cathedral, the life and influence of its community, individual bishops from the lascivious Flambard to the warrior Hatfield, and the mechanisms of power: castles, economic life and political intrigue. [-]

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International Summer School
Durham University
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road

Durham, England, DH1 3LE GB