ISSOS - International Summer Schools For 13-18 Year Olds‎

Introduction

ISSOS offers 13 to 18-year-olds a balanced summer experience of academia, fun, and culture, where students can learn within an encouraging and supportive environment while having fun and making new friends from around the world.

ISSOS was created with one clear mission in mind: To create a safe place for people to learn and grow. As such, we provide a well balanced, supervised summer program where students choose academic and elective classes to suit their needs and wider interests. We offer our students the opportunity to have the summer adventure of a lifetime where the focus is on personal safety and wellbeing, quality individual instruction and a unique international experience.

The locations of our summer schools have been carefully chosen for their safe, stimulating and inspirational campuses. The historic and cultural locations of Cambridge, St Andrews, and Yale allow students to experience life at these exclusive universities, within a secure environment. By attending ISSOS, students have the opportunity to experience the UK and the USA as a place to live, study and work.

ISSOS is a values-led company offering a value-led education, where we endeavor to deliver the highest quality programs in the safest locations led by an inspirational team. ISSOS welcomes students from over 70 nationalities creating an international family where friendships span the world and last long beyond the summer.

Watch our film to learn more about ISSOS International Summer Schools.

What Makes ISSOS Different?

  • High-quality programs, some of which are exclusive to ISSOS
  • Welcome students from over 70 nationalities
  • 40% of students return year after year
  • We only accept 10% of each nationality, ensuring a truly international experience
  • Summer staff are experts in their field, from CELTA qualified English teachers to PGA Golf Pros
  • We are a Value-Led business with 9 values at our core that runs through everything we do

People and ISSOS

At ISSOS we take pride in using only highly qualified and motivated staff. All of our teachers have been carefully selected from academic institutions around the world for their qualifications, expertise, and experience and bring with them an energy and enthusiasm for teaching and interacting with young people, within both our academic and extra-curricular programmes. There is a staff-student ratio of 1:5 and classes are intentionally kept small in order to provide individual attention and personalized instruction.

As well as providing high-quality academic standards for our summer students, our teachers are also dormitory residents and are backed up by counselors who act as role models and provide pastoral care. The success of our summer programmes rests on the dedication and enthusiasm of our teachers and counselors and their common goal of making ISSOS a truly unique and exciting experience for every student.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Summer courses

Art Summer School Course

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university town of Cambridge. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university town of St Andrews. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program.

Mornings at ISSOS are dedicated to academic study and our high quality academic programs. Classes meet daily for three hours and, unlike other summer schools, we limit numbers in order to guarantee that all our students will benefit from small class sizes and individual attention. Academic Program Options:... [-]


Business and Entrepreneurship Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks July 2019 United Kingdom Cambridge USA New Haven + 2 more

Students will learn about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and the fundamentals of starting a business and marketing a product. In small groups students will generate ideas for businesses or products and will present these ideas to a panel, in addition the students will research how to market their product and generate interest. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of Cambridge in the UK or New Haven, Connecticut in the United States.

At ISSOS we look to prepare students for the future by giving them the skills, confidence and motivation to succeed in life beyond the classroom. Over three weeks our business and entrepreneurship program will introduce students to a world beyond academia, through a series of interactive workshops, practical tasks and case studies students will learn about some of the most successful businesses in the world and understand what makes them work.... [-]


Creative Writing Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews USA New Haven + 2 more

The ISSOS creative writing summer school course is designed for students of all levels and interests who have a desire to explore their own potential and challenge themselves creatively, learning to write in the most inspirational environments. Understand and harness the forces of creative language to produce original poems, scenes from a play or movie and short stories. [+]

The ISSOS creative writing summer school course is designed for students of all levels and interests who have a desire to explore their own potential and challenge themselves creatively, learning to write in the most inspirational environments. Understand and harness the forces of creative language to produce original poems, scenes from a play or movie and short stories.

What will it cover? Introductory and advanced workshops will cover all phases of the writing process, including idea generation, writing and revising drafts and editing. Learn to love writing through a range of creative projects including essays, short stories and poetry Study the work of renowned writers and discover your own voice Find out how to use the world around you as a source of ideas and inspiration Benefit from regular and extensive writing practice and balanced critical evaluation Produce the summer school magazine and see your work in print. During the creative writing course, all summer students will work together to produce the ISSOS magazine, which will include a selection of their creative writing. What Makes ISSOS Different? High-quality programs, some of which are exclusive to ISSOS Welcome students from over 70 nationalities 40% of students return year after year We only accept 10% of each nationality, ensuring a truly international experience Summer staff are experts in their field, from CELTA qualified English teachers to PGA Golf Pros We are a Values-Led business with 9 values at our core that run through everything we do The total cost for ISSOS 2019:... [-]

Debating Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews Cambridge USA New Haven + 3 more

Professional coaching, interactive workshops and a variety of debating opportunities create a stimulating environment where our summer students can immerse themselves in the exciting academic world of debate. Guaranteed to give participants the edge by developing the skills and confidence to express themselves effectively. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of St Andrews or Cambridge in the UK or New Haven, Connecticut in the United States.

Professional coaching, interactive workshops and a variety of debating opportunities create a stimulating environment where our summer students can immerse themselves in the exciting academic world of debate. Guaranteed to give participants the edge by developing the skills and confidence to express themselves effectively.

Whether beginners or seasoned veterans, our summer students will benefit from expert tuition in the art of public speaking, covering all aspects of debate including delivery, organisation, evidence analysis, argument invention and debating theory.... [-]


English Language Course

Campus Full time 3 years June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews Cambridge USA New Haven + 3 more

At ISSOS we believe that learning English is about more than studying words and phrases — we see it as a chance to explore new ideas and cultures and develop communication skills that will take you around the world. This exciting interactive summer school course catering for 13-18 year-olds of all ability levels, assists students to become proficient in the English language while immersing them in an English-speaking environment. Students receive daily instruction from experienced teachers who ensure that all core skills (speaking, reading, writing and listening) are practiced. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of St Andrews or Cambridge in the UK or New Haven, Connecticut in the United States.

At ISSOS we believe that learning English is about more than studying words and phrases — we see it as a chance to explore new ideas and cultures and develop communication skills that will take you around the world.

This exciting interactive summer school course catering for 13-18 year-olds of all ability levels, assists students to become proficient in the English language while immersing them in an English-speaking environment. Students receive daily instruction from experienced teachers who ensure that all core skills (speaking, reading, writing and listening) are practiced.... [-]


Fencing Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks July 2019 United Kingdom Cambridge

Set in the medieval surrounding of Cambridge University, ISSOS offers a unique fencing elective. Students who choose our fencing program will learn from British Fencing Association coaches. This three-week course is designed for students of all abilities and levels of physical fitness. Professional coaching and group exercises will assist students to develop quickly in what is one of the most elite and exciting sports around. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university town of Cambridge. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program.

Mornings at ISSOS are dedicated to academic study and our high-quality academic programs. Classes meet daily for three hours and, unlike other summer schools, we limit numbers in order to guarantee that all our students will benefit from small class sizes and individual attention. Academic Program Options:... [-]


Film Summer Course

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews USA New Haven + 2 more

Students of all abilities have the unique opportunity to discover the fascinating world of film-making and to let their imaginations run free. Expert tutors who are professionals in the film industry, lead this practical course through interactive seminars, technical training and hands-on experience behind the camera. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of St Andrews in Scotland or New Haven, Connecticut in the United States. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program.

Mornings at ISSOS are dedicated to academic study and our high-quality academic programs. Classes meet daily for three hours and, unlike other summer schools, we limit numbers in order to guarantee that all our students will benefit from small class sizes and individual attention. Academic Program Options:... [-]


Golf Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

Build confidence and improve your game through professional golf coaching in a safe, fun and international environment. From absolute beginners to experienced players, all our summer students benefit from small group lessons and individual tuition. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university town of St Andrews in Scotland. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program.

Mornings at ISSOS are dedicated to academic study and our high-quality academic programs. Classes meet daily for three hours and, unlike other summer schools, we limit numbers in order to guarantee that all our students will benefit from small class sizes and individual attention. Academic Program Options:... [-]


IB Extended Essay Summer Course

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of St Andrews in the UK. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of St Andrews in the UK.

The IB Extended Essay summer school course is designed to offer all students currently working towards their IB extended essay the chance to combine interactive skills seminars and in-depth individual research with personal attention from highly qualified mentors.

Seminars cover a wide variety of essential topics, designed to equip students with the know-how, skills, experience and confidence necessary to achieve their personal best as well as to pave the way for success in higher education.... [-]


Journalism Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks July 2019 United Kingdom Cambridge

Students at ISSOS who choose our journalism summer course will be taught to sharpen their research and writing skills and debate social, political and ethical issues. These skills have wide-ranging applications and will stand students in good stead during their education and beyond. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university town Cambridge, England. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program.

Students at ISSOS who choose our journalism summer course will be taught to sharpen their research and writing skills and debate social, political and ethical issues. These skills have wide-ranging applications and will stand students in good stead during their education and beyond.... [-]


Outdoor Leadership Summer Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks July 2019 United Kingdom Cambridge USA New Haven + 2 more

This unique summer school course will develop student’s confidence and personal leadership abilities through varied and exciting outdoor activities. This three-week summer school course is designed for all students, whatever their previous experience of outdoor pursuits and regardless of fitness level, all activities will be lead by a professional and all students abilities catered for. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of Cambridge in the UK or New Haven, Connecticut in the United States. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program.

Mornings at ISSOS are dedicated to academic study and our high-quality academic programs. Classes meet daily for three hours and, unlike other summer schools, we limit numbers in order to guarantee that all our students will benefit from small class sizes and individual attention. Academic Program Options:... [-]


Photography Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks July 2019 United Kingdom Cambridge USA New Haven + 2 more

Use the inspiring campuses and surrounding areas of Cambridge and Yale Universities as a playground of visual stimulation, ISSOS is the best place to learn or advance your photography skills. Learn to photograph the landscape, portraits of friends, nature and life in action. Use the art of photography to communicate, tell a story or advertise a product. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of Cambridge in the UK or New Haven, Connecticut in the United States. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program.

Mornings at ISSOS are dedicated to academic study and our high quality academic programs. Classes meet daily for three hours and, unlike other summer schools, we limit numbers in order to guarantee that all our students will benefit from small class sizes and individual attention. Academic Program Options:... [-]


Pre-IB Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews Cambridge USA New Haven + 3 more

The IB is widely acknowledged as one of the most challenging qualifications available to young people today and our IB summer program combines supervised individual research and study periods with personal attention from highly qualified teachers and mentors. Designed to support students to maximise their academic achievement and IB experience. We offer two IB summer programs for students at different stages of the IB program: Pre-IB Course and Extended Essay Course. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of St Andrews or Cambridge in the UK or New Haven, Connecticut in the United States.

The International Baccalaureate is a challenging and demanding program and whether you are feeling left behind or simply want to get ahead we want to help give you the skills and experience that will enable you to feel prepared, confident and ready to achieve your personal best.

The IB is widely acknowledged as one of the most challenging qualifications available to young people today and our IB summer program combines supervised individual research and study periods with personal attention from highly qualified teachers and mentors. Designed to support students to maximise their academic achievement and IB experience. We offer two IB summer programs for students at different stages of the IB program: Pre-IB Course and Extended Essay Course.... [-]


Tennis Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews Cambridge USA New Haven + 3 more

Beginner’s benefit from individual attention and constant encouragement, as well as learning to develop their basic tennis strokes. Intermediate players refine their strokes and learn how to use their strengths for competitive advantage. More advanced players also cover spin techniques, positional play, footwork and tactical awareness. All players play full-length games and learn the rules of the game, as well as receiving coaching in good tennis technique, sportsmanship and general fitness. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of St Andrews or Cambridge in the UK or New Haven, Connecticut in the United States. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program.

Mornings at ISSOS are dedicated to academic study and our high-quality academic programs. Classes meet daily for three hours and, unlike other summer schools, we limit numbers in order to guarantee that all our students will benefit from small class sizes and individual attention. Academic Program Options:... [-]


Theatre Summer Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews Cambridge USA New Haven + 3 more

Over the three-week period this imaginative and inspirational theatre summer school program will combine a series of skill-based master classes and ensemble workshops in which students will work as a team under the guidance of a professional director to create an exciting piece of divised theatre, to be performed in the final week. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university towns of St Andrews or Cambridge in the UK or New Haven, Connecticut in the United States. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program.

Mornings at ISSOS are dedicated to academic study and our high-quality academic programs. Classes meet daily for three hours and, unlike other summer schools, we limit numbers in order to guarantee that all our students will benefit from small class sizes and individual attention. Academic Program Options:... [-]


Youth Leadership Summer School Program

Campus Full time 3 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

Our Youth Leadership summer school course gives students the opportunity to discover their own potential by developing interpersonal and leadership skills, increasing their self-confidence and acquiring the motivation and ability to bring about change. [+]

The exclusive summer program of ISSOS, offers high school students (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the world renowned and stunning university town of St Andrews. Students who gain a place at ISSOS will be able to create a personalised three-week program to suit both their academic needs and wider interests, by choosing one academic and one elective program. At the ISSOS we believe that each student deserves to discover their potential and acquire the skills, confidence and motivation to make things happen and bring about change. An exciting series of interactive workshops, energetic summer school activities and fun-filled challenges specifically designed to inspire and enable each and every student to uncover their unique abilities, develop greater confidence and master strategies for success in the classroom and beyond.... [-]


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