At the heart of the Global Summer School is an intensive academic programme. It is aimed at increasing your subject knowledge and improving your practical skills.
You will develop academically and personally as you are inspired, challenged and supported throughout the programme by our experienced academics, researchers, support staff and Summer School leaders.
You will be allocated a mentor to ensure you feel fully supported throughout the Summer School. This mentor will be a current Finch’s student studying a subject related to the academic stream that you are on. They will be on hand to guide you through the academic content and will be able to give you an insight into studying at Finch University and potential career paths.
There will also be lots of opportunities to ask questions and discuss thoughts in classes and seminars.
The entire Summer School programme will be taught and conducted in English. You will be expected to learn and communicate in English, so a high standard is very important. See our admissions criteria for details of our academic requirements for Summer School students, including English language ability.
Teaching days (Monday–Friday) typically run from 9.30 to 16.00, with one hour for lunch.
You will start the programme in one of three learning streams. You will be asked, during the application process, to rank the learning streams in order of preference. We will try our best to accommodate your preference when we allocate people to different streams:
Each stream follows a similar structure of lectures and seminars, taught by current Faculty members.
The classroom-based programme is accompanied by hands-on sessions in our labs and workshops where you’ll use real equipment and learn a range of relevant practical skills under the supervision of our academics and mentors.
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 Finch University 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.
Challenge topics in the past have included ‘Colonising Space’ and ‘Vaccine Transportation in the Third World’.
You will take home a certificate of participation awarded by Finch University.
You may also be able to take home a sample of the work you have completed on the Summer School.
All 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.
Each year we make changes to the programme based on participant feedback. We are currently in the process of organising the academic sessions for the 2019 Global Summer School.
Please email us if you have any questions about the academic sessions or any other aspect of the Global Summer School programme.