International Summer Schools

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Our International Summer Schools are targeted towards advanced undergraduates or those who have recently graduated.

Each programme is designed to develop a sophisticated knowledge of the subject area, provide hands-on experience and give you an insight into life at a leading UK university.

Biomedical and Life Sciences

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Our Biomedicine International Summer School offers a unique experience in sampling one of the top research-driven biomedical curricula in the UK in the beautiful setting of Cardiff city centre.

The programme will provide you with an introduction to biomedical research and the crucial role it has to play in developing solutions to modern day challenges in global health.

The academic programme will consist of a series of lectures and workshops delivered by lecturers and professors who are authoritative figures within the fields that they teach. These lectures and workshops will introduce you to numerous topics, which have previously included cancer biology, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, molecular biology of pancreatic disease, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disease, bioinformatics and the current research activities in these areas in Cardiff.

The Biomedicine International summer school will also incorporate an exciting selection of social events with the aim of introducing participants to contemporary British society and culture. A number of visits to cultural and recreational facilities in the UK will be included in the social programme. The summer school is, therefore, a good opportunity to meet new friends and to build up a rapport with other participants through work and recreational activities.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 21 JulyArrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 22 JulySocial event/ Welcome dinner
Monday 23 JulyWelcome talk and introduction to the programme

Lectures: Cardiovascular disease & Air pollution and lung disease

English Language/British Culture workshop
Tuesday 24 JulyLectures: Microscopy, antibodies and wound repair
Wednesday 25 JulyLectures: Stem cells and neuroscience 

Workshop:  2nd generation DNA sequencing
Thursday 26 JulyLectures: Cancer biology

Oral anatomy workshop
Friday 27 JulyVisit to the National Botanical Garden of Wales
Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 JulySocial event
Monday 30 JulyBioinformatics workshop

English Language/British Culture workshop
Tuesday 31 JulyLecture: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, acute pancreatitis, wound healing

Practical workshop
Wednesday 1 AugustPractical workshop

Social event
Thursday 2 AugustPractical workshop

Scientific communication workshop
Friday 3 AugustResearch experience

Reflection, course feedback and evaluation

Final Gala Ceremony

Costs

The fee for the summer school is £1,790

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is 4 August) and excursions organized by Cardiff University.

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email:

International Summer School

Physical Sciences and Engineering

Thank you for your interest in our 2019 Summer Schools. We are currently updating our information for 2019. If you have any specific questions, you can contact the Summer Schools Team on PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk.

International summer school 2017

Where do you see yourself this summer? Join hundreds of International students from all over the world in one of our 2018 International Summer Schools.

Our Alternative Energy Systems Summer School will give you hands-on experience of finding solutions to real-world problems, an insight into life at a leading UK university and a chance to explore the UK!

Alternative Energy Overview

Developing sources of energy to meet the demands of the future is one of the foremost challenges facing engineering. Our Alternative Energy Summer School gives you a comprehensive overview of the key themes and theories around developing alternative energy sources and systems.

You will be able to work with world-leading research and academic staff from in the School of Engineering's high-quality facilities, located in the multi-million-pound Queen’s Buildings complex. The content of the course will help you to develop your understanding of a number of different types of alternative energy sources whose outputs are suitable for conversion into electrical and thermal power energy.

You will be able to practice a range of skills as part of this Summer School, including working effectively in a small group environment and presenting on and solving problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. Teaching will be delivered on the course through a mixture of keynote lectures, hands-on laboratories, practical activities and site visits.

Example of topics covered:

  • Alternative energy
  • Heat transfer and thermodynamics
  • Gas turbine combustion technology
  • Combustion science
  • The UK power system
  • Decarbonised electrical power systems

Study time (over 4-weeks):

  • 71 hours with academics
  • 66 hours independent study

Assessment:

  • 2-hour exam
  • Short class tests (x6)

Who can apply?

Applicants should have completed at least one year of university-level study in a related area by the time they arrive in Cardiff. Those who wish to participate in this course without at least a partially completed degree will be considered on a case by case basis.

There are no English language requirements to participate in any of our International Summer Schools, but students need to be aware that the medium of instruction is English.Applicants must also be over the age of 18 by the time they arrive in Cardiff.

Location

“The capital is our campus”

Cardiff University is at the heart of a thriving and growing capital city. Bursting with culture, cuisine, architecture, entertainment and history, Cardiff was ranked the third best capital city in Europe in 2016 alongside Copenhagen and Stockholm.

In addition to a fantastic learning experience, our Summer Schools include accommodation in the centre of the city, two cultural trips in cities across the UK and entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. Our Summer Schools give you the chance to immerse yourself in British culture and travel the UK with new friends from all across the world.

Preliminary schedule

Please note, this timetable subject to change and social and cultural activities will take place on the weekends.

DateActivity
Monday 9 JulyWelcome, induction, tour around campus
Free time
Tuesday 10 July

Induction (induction to Engineering, health and safety, tour through Engineering)
Heat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)

Wednesday 11 JulyThermodynamics (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Industrial seminar
Self-study
Social activity
Thursday 12 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Free time
Friday 13 JulyIndustrial visit (TAT COGENT, Newport)
Self-study (EN2041)
Monday 16 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Tuesday 17 JulyIndustrial visit (Biomass Centre, Wales)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Free time
Wednesday 18 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Social activity
Thursday 19 JulySelf-study (EN2041)
Industrial seminar (EN2041)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Free time
Friday 20 JulyIndustrial visit
Monday 23 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study
Self-study (EN2041)
Tuesday 24 JulyIndustrial visit (Waste Management Cardiff, Wales)
Introduction to combustion
Self-study (EN2041)
Wednesday 25 JulyAlternative energy 
Self-study (EN2041)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Social activity
Thursday 26 JulyHeat transfer (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Introduction to combustion (CPD)
Free time
Friday 27 JulyIndustrial visit
Monday 30 JulyAlternative energy 
Self-study (EN2041)
Thermodynamics (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Tuesday 31 JulyIndustrial visit (Lightening Laboratory, Wales)
Self-study (EN2041)
Wednesday 1 AugustAlternative energy 
Self-study (EN2041)
Self-study (EN2041)
Social activity
Thursday 2 AugustSelf-study (EN2041)
Heat transfer/ thermodynamics exam
Gas turbine combustion technology
Friday 3 AugustFinal Gala ceremony

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £2,995.

This includes accommodation, breakfast and lunch (Monday-Friday), airport pick up and drop off at Heathrow airport (pick-up is on 7 July and drop-off on 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University.

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

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International summer school 2017

Developing sources of energy to meet the demands of the future is one of the foremost challenges facing engineering.

Our Alternative Energy and Combustion Summer School gives you a comprehensive overview of the key themes and theories around developing alternative energy sources and systems.

Developing sources of energy to meet the demands of the future is one of the foremost challenges facing engineering. This Summer School offers you the opportunity to develop your understanding of a number of different types of alternative energy sources whose outputs are suitable for conversion into electrical and thermal power energy.

You will be able to practice a range of skills as part of this Summer School, including working effectively in a small group environment and solving problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 21 July 2018Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 22 July 2018Social event
Monday 23 July 2018Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 24 July 2018Induction (Induction to engineering, health and safety, tour through engineering)

Introduction to combustion
Wednesday 25 July 2018Alternative energy systems

Introduction to combustion science

Industrial seminar

Self-study - Poster preparation
Thursday 26 July 2018

Laboratories (combustion)

Laboratories (thermofluids)

Industrial visit (waste power plant/COGENT)
Friday 27 July 2018Research methodologies lecture

Laboratories
Saturday 28 July 2018Field trips and free time
Sunday 29 July 2018Field trips and free time
Monday 30 July 2018

Alternative energy systems

Introduction to combustion

Self-study - Poster preparation

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Industrial visit (Biomass Centre/Culham Lab)
Wednesday 1 August 2018Alternative energy systems

Combustion lecture
Thursday 2 August 2018Gas turbine combustion technology

Laboratories
Friday 3 August 2018Final assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

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Taught by experts in statistics, operational research and computer science, this programme will help you develop both the theoretical understanding and practical experience of applying methods drawn from data science and analytics.

Big Data and High-Performance Computing is a multidisciplinary Summer School split across the Schools of Computer Science and Informatics, Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy. Working together, these Schools will introduce you to a range of in-demand skills for extracting and handling ‘big data’, discovering and communicating meaningful patterns from the data, and applying modelling tools to help businesses and government organisations make better decisions.

This Summer School will begin with introductory lectures, workshops and practical sessions intended to provide a basic understanding of programming languages (Python, R and C) and elementary statistical data analysis methods. These activities will provide a grounding for subsequent more advanced topics in data analysis and computing later in the School. The focus will be on practical applications of the various techniques described, showcases by examples from the world-leading research carried out in the School of Physics and Astronomy on data obtained from astronomical satellites such as Planck and Herschel as well as gravitational wave research.

The high-performance computing component of the Summer School will look at important distinctions between shared and distributed memory models, and between data and task-based parallelism, and teach you how to write simple parallel applications. The focus will mainly be on the practical issues of programming modern parallel computers using OpenMP, MPI, and CUDA.

To make sure you benefit from this Summer School, we suggest that applicants are familiar with the C programming language, R and Python. However, if you are unfamiliar with these languages, but still wish to participate in the course, we can also provide you with tutorial material in advance of the summer school. Although it would be beneficial, no advanced expertise in programming or in statistics is required.

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis on PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 21 July 2018Arrival in Cardiff (pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 22 July 2018Social event
Monday 23 July 2018Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 24 July 2018Lecture: Crash course in Python and introduction to data analysis
 
Practical session: Python
 
Problem-solving informal assessment
Wednesday 25 July 2018

Lecture: Introductory Data Analysis (formatting, processing)

Practical Session: Gravitational Waves

Key-note lecture on Gravitational waves

Tour: Astronomical Instrumentation (detectors)

Thursday 26 July 2018

Lecture: Multivariate regression models

Laboratory Session

Friday 27 July 2018

Lecture:  Data mining, classification and clustering

Laboratory Session

Industrial visit

Saturday 28 July 2018Field trips and free time
Sunday 29 July 2018Field trips and free time
Monday 30 July 2018

Lecture: Machine learning and deep learning

Laboratory Session

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Lecture: Examples of parallelism; shared and distributed memory architectures

Industrial visit

Lecture: Programming with OpenMP 4.0

Laboratory Session

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Lecture: Introduction to message passing and the MPI programming model

Laboratory Session

Thursday 2 August 2018

Lecture: Programming with GPUs

Laboratory Session

Friday 3 August 2018

Assessment Day

Final Gala Ceremony

Saturday 4 August 2018Departure from Cardiff (drop off to Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

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Please note, due to high demand, our Diversity of Catalysis summer school is now closed to new 2018 applications.

As the home of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, the School of Chemistry is a world leader in the teaching and research of catalysis.

Our faculty includes renowned academics specialising in all areas of catalysis. This summer school will give you an insight into the cutting-edge of research on this all-important chemical process.

Our research is focused on finding solutions to current real-world problems, as well as improving catalytic processes already in use. This approach forms the basis of the Diversity of Catalysis Summer School, which provides a thorough grounding in both theory and practical skills.

In keeping with our varied research, the course content explores the varied presence and application in the chemistry of the differing types of catalyst and catalytic applications. Ranging from organic, inorganic, spectroscopic and theoretical chemistry, you will gain a thorough understanding of the integral role catalysts play in chemistry.

Teaching will include hands-on sessions covering organic synthesis, molecular modelling, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, spectroscopy, dynamics and characterisation.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 21 July 2018Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 22 July 2018Social event
Monday 23 July 2018Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 24 July 2018Molecular synthesis - Session 1: Oxidation of limonene
Computational chemistry
Wednesday 25 July 2018Materials and energy
Industrial visit
Thursday 26 July 2018Developing catalysts for a sustainable future
Lectures
Friday 27 July 2018Spectroscopy and dynamics
Saturday 28 July 2018Field trips and free time
Sunday 29 July 2018Field trips and free time
Monday 30 July 2018Catalysis and interfacial science Cardiff Catalysis Institute
Lectures
Tuesday 31 July 2018Biological chemistry
Lectures
Industrial visit
Wednesday 1 August 2018Characterissation of catalysis
Lectures
Industrial visit
Thursday 2 August 2018Inorganic synthesis
Friday 3 August 2018Presentations and final assessment
Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 4 August 2018Departure from Cardiff (Drop off at Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is  £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast & lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is on 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

International summer school 2017

Our summer camp offers advanced undergraduates and recent graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge of electronic engineering and gain first-hand experience of laboratory work and industrial application.

You will be able to work with world-leading research and academic staff from in the School of Engineering's high-quality facilities, located in the multi-million-pound Queen’s Buildings complex.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in a workshop with National Instruments, the global leader in test, measurement and control solutions.

In addition to a fantastic learning experience, our Electronic Engineering Summer School includes accommodation in the centre of the city, two cultural trips in cities across the UK and entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. Our Summer School will give you the chance to immerse yourself in the British culture and travel the UK with new friends from all across the world.

Preliminary schedule

The Electronic Engineering Summer School will run on the following dates:

  • 7 July - 21 July 2018
  • 21 July - 4 August 2018

Please note the preliminary schedule is subject to change.

DayActivity
Day 1 - SaturdayArrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Day 2 - SundaySocial event
Day 3 - MondayWelcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Day 4 - TuesdayLecture: What are mobile communications?
Build a freestanding mobile system transmitter tower
Laboratory session
Day 5 - WednesdayLecture: Interdisciplinary uses of microwave sensors and actuators
Lecture: Radio communication, modulation and detection
Laboratory sessions
Day 6 - ThursdayLecture: Mobile base station power amplifiers
Laboratory sessions
Day 7 - FridayLecture: Information theory, encoding and networks
Laboratory sessions
Day 8 - SaturdayField trips and free time
Day 9 - SundayField trips and free time
Day 10 - MondayLecture: The development of active harmonic load-pull and the development of RFPAs
Laboratory sessions
Day 11 - TuesdayIndustrial site visit
Day 12 - WednesdayLecture: RF I-V waveform measurement and engineering
Tour of School research laboratories
Free time and social event
Day 13 - ThursdayHands-on laboratory with National Instruments
Day 14 - FridayLecture: Final assessment day
Final Gala Ceremony
Day 15 - SaturdayDeparture from Cardiff (Drop off at Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is on 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

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International Summer School 2017

Zero Carbon Housing: Designing Sustainable Places to Live

Exploring the role of zero carbon housing in responding to the global challenges associated with designing sustainable places for living.

Our Low Carbon Architecture Summer School gives you a comprehensive overview of the key themes and theories around sustainability and their relevance to the global housing challenge.

Zero carbon housing lies at the heart of current responses to sustainability in the residential sector. However, in order to respond to the wider sustainable development agenda, we need to look beyond current policy and think holistically. This summer school will equip you with a broad understanding of this design theme in terms of social environmental and economic perspectives.

You will have the opportunity to learn from industry and academic experts in the field and practice a range of design skills as part of this Summer School, including working effectively in a small group environment and solving problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.

Preliminary Schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 21 July 2018Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 22 July 2018Social event
Monday 23 July 2018Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 24 July 2018Induction to the Welsh School of Architecture

Introduction to zero carbon housing: Designing sustainable places to live
Wednesday 25 July 2018Lectures from visiting experts

Study visit: Solcer House
Thursday 26 July 2018Study visit: BRE Innovation Park
Friday 27 July 2018Introduction to PG study at the school and themes for the design challenge

Study visit: St Fagans
Saturday 28 July 2018Field trips and free time
Sunday 29 July 2018Field trips and free time
Monday 30 July 2018Introduction to design challenges

Design challenge: Tutorials and group working
Tuesday 31 July 2018Study visit: Theme-specific trip
Wednesday 1 August 2018Design challenge: Tutorials and group working

Design challenge: Interim presentations
Thursday 2 August 2018Design challenge: Tutorials and group working
Friday 3 August 2018Design challenge: Final assessment day

Final gala ceremony

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

Our summer school in civil engineering provides a taste of our highly respected architectural, environmental and civil engineering degree programmes.

The programme addresses contemporary issues in designing and working with structures and the built and natural environments, in both national and international contexts.

Teaching will be delivered on the course through a mixture of keynote lectures, practical activities and site visits. You will have the opportunity to work with world-leading staff from the School of Engineering, as well as figures from industry.

Scheduled free time will allow participants to explore Cardiff and its vibrant culture, providing an experience of life in the UK.The content of the course will help you to develop a sophisticated understanding of the role of engineers in designing, constructing and maintaining the physical environment, including buildings and structures, water supply, flood alleviation, and geotechnical and environmental issues.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 21 July 2018Arrival in Cardiff (Pickup from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 22 July 2018Social event
Monday 23 July 2018Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 24 July 2018Lecture: Self-healing concrete
 
Site tour
 
Practical: Concrete mix design and beam fabrication 
Wednesday 25 July 2018Lecture: Design issues with mega-tall structures
 
Design Challenge: Design, make and test challenge
Thursday 26 July 2018Practical: Light structures
 
Practical: Materials

Soils laboratory
Friday 27 July 2018Industrial site visits
Saturday 28 July 2018Field trips and free time
Sunday 29 July 2018Field trips and free time
Monday 30 July 2018Lecture: Water engineering - future challenges
 
Practical: Fluid Mechanics
Tuesday 31 July 2018Lecture: Structural engineering

Structures lab

Practical: Concrete testing and feedback
Wednesday 1 August 2018Lecture: Environmental Engineering
 
Practical: Environmental laboratory
Thursday 2 August 2018Lecture: Building Information Modelling (BIM) and applications
 
Design challenge testing (including presentation)
Friday 3 August 2018Final assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 4 August 2018Departure from Cardiff (Drop off to Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is on 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.