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Why Warwick | About the Warwick Summer School

Why Warwick?

The University of Warwick is a world leading Russell Group University widely recognised as a leader in research and education.

Academic Rigour 

Warwick is consistently ranked in the top 10 in UK league tables and are currently ranked 9th in the UK in The Guardian 2023 League Table), in the top 6% in the world in The Times Higher Education World Rankings, and 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2024.

We were recently awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2023 and 92% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021). Warwick is also the 5th most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2023, High Fliers Research Ltd.)

Our exciting Summer School allows students to experience the excellent teaching and academic expertise that Warwick has to offer. Summer School students will discuss and debate issues with academics from top Warwick Departments. We also attract expert guest speakers and eminent public figures. In previous years, guest speakers have included Nobel Prize winner George Akerlof, the former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the UK Civil Service Lord Gus O Donnell and eminent economist Vicky Pryce.  

Courses suitable for all levels 

The range of courses on offer at the Summer School means that we have a course that is right for you. You might be looking to improve your core knowledge or aiming to broaden your academic skill set and study something a bit more specialised. Our students join us from a range of backgrounds, meaning engaging class discussion and insightful learning.  

Each course offered at the Summer School contains 60 hours of teaching. These hours of study include lectures, seminars/workshops, revision classes, guest lectures, and study groups. You are also expected to complete 90 hours of independent study throughout the programme. 

You will be awarded a certificate of attendance upon completion of the programme (see minimum attendance). If you sit the optional course assessment, you will also be sent an official University of Warwick transcript of results. This can usually be used for credit transfer at your home institution and in previous years, students who have successfully transferred credits for our courses have received 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS/3 US credits.

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Engaging and Memorable Social Programme 

Our social and cultural programme includes many engaging events to ensure that your experience is memorable and fun. The social programme offered showcases the local area and allows you to take a break from studying. A range of these activities, events and guest lectures are included in the tuition fee, offering great value for money. We also offer additional day trips at extra cost, so you can build a programme to suit you. 

The Warwick Summer School attracts students from all over the world. Over the years we have welcomed students to our Summer School from over 62 different countries. During your three weeks, you can build an international network of like-minded people, and new friendships.  

Over 99% of previous Warwick Summer School students would recommend our programme. 

The Warwick Campus

The piazza

Warwick Summer School students study on Warwick's extraordinary self-contained campus, with access to all of its amazing facilities. We have flexible teaching and learning spaces, a 24-hour library, Arts Centre and cinema, as well as a Sports and Wellness Hub with swimming pool. Across the campus, you'll find restaurants and cafes, and many green spaces including lakes, woodland, and open fields. The campus is set in nearly 300 hectares of natural countryside, where you can relax and escape from the buzz of main campus. 

You can also choose to live on campus during the three-week Summer School, to really make the most of everything that the University has to offer. If you live in one of our halls of residence you have swim and gym access included.

The University at the Heart of England


England's capital city of London is an hour's journey by train from Coventry Train Station. The city is full of world-class tourist attractions, and one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world. Beer gardens and rooftop restaurants are a great way to enjoy views and London vibes over a drink or bite to eat. Street Markets and pop-up foods stalls are dotted across the capital. Grab your wallet on a Sunday morning and explore the eclectic Brick Lane, Portobello Road, Borough Market, Columbia Road and much more! Whether it’s a traditional afternoon tea or a top cheap eat you are looking for – London has an endless selection of great options to choose from.

Royal Leamington Spa and Kenilworth

Leamington Spa, set on the winding River Leam is known for its Regency architecture and broad boulevards. Great for eating out, walks in its lovely park and shopping, it's also home to some lively nightlife and very popular with Warwick students.

Kenilworth is a small town only a couple of miles from the Warwick campus, home to numerous shops, pubs and restaurants as well as Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden.


Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town on the banks of the River Avon has more than 800 years of history.

Most famous for being Shakespeare's birthplace and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), you can enjoy boating on the river, lovely walks and enjoy many of the historic buildings as well as undertaking some shopping and enjoying the many cafes, bars and restaurants.

This lovely town is under 30 minutes away from the Warwick campus so you should definitely pay a visit during your time with us.


Birmingham, England's 2nd largest city is also a short train journey away. You can expect festivals, theatres, sport, architectural gems, shopping and great eating out from this diverse and multicultural city.


The closest city to the University is Coventry, the UK's City of Culture for 2021 and is known for its cathedral ruins and Lady Godiva!

Coventry is just a couple of miles away from the University and provides the closest main train station.