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Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Enquiries

Who may apply?

The Coventry University Summer School programme (“the Programme”) is open to students, HE professionals and members of the public. In order to apply to the Programme, Coventry University recommends that you are aged 18 or above by the time that the course starts. If you are below this age we may still consider you for admission provided we are satisfied you have reached the appropriate level of academic development and subject to our discretion. In order to comply with health and safety legislation, Coventry University may impose restrictions on the use of some facilities by students under 18.  International students under 18 must also provide details of a parent or guardian in the UK.  Eligibility criteria on the Programmes vary depending on academic profile and English language requirements. This criterion is detailed on the registration form. 

How to enroll

Participants may enrol online by completing the Registration Form. The Registration Form contains a payment link for the non-refundable deposit of £150. Upon the payment of this fee, and as soon as availability and eligibility is verified, the participant will receive a conditional offer letter.

Acceptance of an application by the Summer School is made on the basis that in making the application a participant accepts these Terms & Conditions and agrees to make full payment by the deadline given in a conditional acceptance letter.

In the event the demand for the Programme exceeds the number of places available, the faculty will be responsible for a selection process which involves selecting the participant best matched to the eligibility criteria.

How many hours of classes will I have?

Each Summer School course will have a minimum of 16 hours of contact time, this may be in the form of lecture-style sessions, workshops, activities and group work sessions. This will be course dependant; you will receive the course timetable when you enrol on the course.

Do I need my laptop for studying?

You will not be required to use a laptop for classes. Our Coventry campus has computers which you will have access to. You can use these for your studies and to keep in contact with friends and family around the world. The Lanchester Library at the Coventry campus has over 450 computers for students to use, and there are also a limited number in The Hub, our student building. However, you can bring your laptops for personal use if you wish; free Wi-Fi access is available across campus and in the accommodation.

Do I need to purchase textbooks?

No, you will have access to the University Library. 

Do I need to prepare for the Summer School before I arrive?

In most cases, we will simply ask that you to arrive with enthusiasm and excitement. In the few instances where preparation is required before arrival, you will be advised by the Summer Schools Team. As many courses suggest, you may require some existing experience or knowledge on the subject area to support with your experience at the Summer School.


Programme Fees 2019

The Programme fees will be published on the Coventry University Summer School’s website

How much money will I need per week?

Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the week, therefore we recommend that you are in a position to purchase evening and weekend meals or the ingredients to cook these in your equipped kitchen. In addition to this, you may like to purchase souvenirs and gifts, so please factor this in. We’d recommend approximately £70 - £100 per week, of course this would depend on your personal spending habits and preference. 

Other costs incurred and travel arrangements

Participants should not book flights, pay for visas or incur any other costs related to the course until they have received an Unconditional Confirmation of Acceptance for Summer School letter for their chosen course. For the avoidance of doubt, Coventry University shall not be responsible for any costs incurred by a participant where the application is subsequently not accepted.

Before commencing the proposed course participants are responsible for ensuring that they have sufficient funds or income to cover both tuition fees and living expenses as indicated in their offer letter. Living expenses are indicated as a minimum estimate; however actual spending money will be dependent on your own daily requirements.


Participants are responsible for and must ensure they have appropriate travel and medical insurance in place whilst participating in the Summer School.


The course fees must be paid online in advance of the course. A payment link will be sent via email to all successful applicants. Any delays in payment may result in the participant losing their place on a course.

Are there any scholarships available?

The Summer Schools are excellent value for money as the fees include a number of items- you can see these on the Fees page. We are unable to offer any scholarships, however you may wish to contact your home University if you are a current student to ask whether they may be able to offer financial support. 

What happens if I have to cancel my place once I have paid and been accepted?

Once you have received a confirmation of acceptance in writing onto the Summer School, the following cancellation charges apply:

All cancellations need to be communicated in writing by the person that booked the course. This includes cancellation in case of illness. Written communication of the cancellation including the reason must be sent to 


Which visa do I need?

Participants are responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate visa to enter the UK or the programme destination. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to anybody who arrives later than the start date of the Summer School programme  and will inform the Home Office of students failing to enrol.

Participants must obtain the correct visa before they enter the UK or the programme destination, (Short-term Study Visa for UK), if they do not have the correct visa they will not be able to participate in the summer school programme.

Please be aware that due to changes in visa requirements, visas may take slightly longer than anticipated so ensure that sufficient time is allowed to apply. Visa advice can be obtained through the government website.

If you are a non-visa national (your country has an agreement that you can be issued a visa on arrival in the UK), it is vital that you ask for a Short-term Study Visa on entry in to the UK so that you are issued with the correct type of visa. You will not be able to take part in the Summer School if you are on the wrong type of visa.

A valid passport with an expiry date of at least 6 months is required in order to enter the UK.

Further information can be found on the UKBA website:

Access to Facilities

Will I have Wi-Fi access?

Yes, you will be provided with Wi-Fi access around campus and in the accommodation. Computers are also available to access on campus as and when required.

Will I have use of the university library?

Yes, you will have access to the Library during the Summer School, we recommend that you make the use of all facilities available to support your experience.

Will I have access to the university’s gym?

There is an optional fee which you can pay on arrival in order to gain access to the University Sport and Recreation Centre. You will be required to attend an induction before using the equipment and facilities.

General Enquiries

Which type of adaptor do I need in the UK?

You will need a three pin point plug adaptor for a standard UK plug. Please be aware that the UK’s plugs are different to that of European plugs.

What’s the weather like in the UK and Coventry over the summer?

The UK weather can be fairly unpredictable at times of the year. For further information please visit the BBC weather pages.

Contact us

For any other enquiries please contact the Summer Schools Team by email or contact us on Facebook.