Summer school FAQs

How do I book a place on one of the Summer Schools?

  • Summer school places are topic specific and will be advertised to students on the relevant programmes
  • In January students will be invited to apply for a summer school via the Management School Gateway
  • Payment for the summer school is made via the University’s online store which will be open in March to successful students
  • There are two application processes – the first is with the Management School, and once successful, students will be required to register online with the host University/Business School

How much do summer schools cost?

  • Summer School places are heavily subsidised by the Management School and a small fee is required from students towards the overall cost
  • Costs range from £200 to £750

What is included in the price?

  • Accommodation
  • Travel to and from the accommodation – flights, taxi, train fares both in the UK and abroad
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Programme fees
  • Some meals (dependent upon summer school programme)
  • Support with the visa application process

What is NOT included in the price?

  • Meals, unless stated in the summer school programme
  • Travel during the summer school period, unless provided by the host organisation
  • Visa application costs and travel to the visa offices in London or Manchester
  • Social programmes

Who is eligible to attend the summer schools?

  • Summer Schools are only open to students who have passed their Autumn examinations
  • Each Summer School is topic specific and most are aimed at relevant MBA, MSc and BA programmes. Students from these programmes will be able to apply
  • Summer School places are not guaranteed as places are limited and dependent upon demand

When, and how long, do the summer schools run?

  • Summer schools take place between the months of June and August
  • The duration of the summer schools can be between one week and three weeks depending on the summer school programme

Do I have to arrange my own travel and accommodation?

  • Travel and accommodation are included in the summer school fee and arranged by the Summer School Co-ordinator. A copy of your passport will be required so your flight can be booked
  • Students must be resident in the UK before and after travel
  • Flights are booked for the duration of the summer school and will leave and return to the UK.
  • Summer school extensions will not be authorised as flights and insurance will only cover the summer school period
  • Flights are non-refundable so cannot be changed once they have been booked

How/when will I receive all my travel documentation?

  • You will be invited to attend a short Summer School briefing session a week or two prior to travel and all the relevant supporting documentation will be given to you at this point.

Where will I be staying?

  • Usually the hosting Summer School will provide accommodation on campus in their University dorms, although some do use hotels. The accommodation will normally comprise of a single en suite room with a separate kitchen and lounge.

Will I have to pay for my own food?

  • Yes, unless this is provided as part of the Summer School programme.

Will the Management School organise my visa for me?

  • You are responsible for organising your own visa application and fee payments. However, the Management School will support you with your application and will provide you with an information pack to take to the appropriate Visa Office. This will include your Schengen visa application form (if this has not been completed online), travel insurance documents, summer school invitation and acceptance letters, UoS confirmation letter, accommodation and flight details, passport photographs, and copies of your passport and UK residence permits.
  • Visa applications must be made at least 2 months in advance to avoid delay and disappointment in the application process
  • Visa appointments are made online with the relevant visa office and must be booked at least 6 weeks before travel to allow for any issues which may arise

Will I be insured?

  • A Certification of Medical/Travel Insurance will be provided by The University of Sheffield for the duration of your chosen summer school

Will I be expected to do extra assignment work before I travel to the Summer School?

  • Some Summer Schools, such as Vienna and Maastricht, expect students to have completed course assignments before you travel to their School. The length of study expected can vary but further details can be found on the Management Gateway
  • It is expected that participating students will have read any pre-summer school reading material before the programme commences

Will I get an extension to complete my dissertation?

  • All students attending the Summer Schools will get an automatic extension to complete their dissertation. The length of the extension will vary depending on the length of the Summer School, so if you are on a 2 week Summer School you will get a 2 week extension.
  • It is important to be aware that some Summer Schools will run in August which may conflict with your dissertation period. Please make sure that you allow for this when considering applying for a Summer School place

Will I receive a qualification at the end of the summer school?

  • No. Most of the summer schools advertise that they offer ECTS credit points towards your University programme. However, this does not apply to the Sheffield University Management School.
  • However, students usually receive an attendance certificate, which will be sent to them from the Summer School Co-ordinator.

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