International Summer School

Our summer schools and short courses are for students from around the world. They provide an opportunity to sample life at a leading UK Independent School, improve English skills, and make friends for life.

Our innovative and highly successful school delivers first class teaching in outstanding facilities - a perfect setting to allow students the opportunity to immerse themselves in English and activity-based programmes.

Students will develop their English language skills, tailor their schedules with creative and enriching elective modules and experience the best of British Boarding in one of the UK’s top Independent Boarding Schools. 

Summer with us, designed by you

(AGES 8 TO 12)
Saturday 1st July - Sunday 30th July 2023

(AGES 13 TO 17)
Saturday 1st July - Sunday 30th July 2023

Why Choose QE this Summer

1. Experience life at a leading UK Independent School.

2. Make friends from all over the world.

3. Get to know local native English speakers (Junior course).

4. Enjoy incredible campus facilities.

5. Personalise your schedule by choosing elective options (Senior course).

6. 24/7 Pastoral care in a relaxing, secure environment.

7. Take part in exciting trips, including a 2-day London stay.

The Programme

Intensive English Study

Junior students have 15 hours of English classes per week and seniors 10, which can be extended with our intensive language option. Our curriculum follows the IELTS exam syllabus and therefore enables students to make progress across all core language skills.

  • Online assessment on arrival to ensure suitable teaching group.
  • Repeat assessment on course completion to clearly measure progress.
  • Small class sizes
  • Dedicated, experienced teachers and varied methodologies.
  • Ideal preparation for long-term study in the UK.


Students aged from 13-17 (International Seniors) will tailor each week of their academic summer school programme with one of our elective modules.

These modules enable students to discover exciting new subjects or develop existing skills while learning from our expert team of professional coaches and teachers. Language learning will be embedded and enriched by participation in elective options in the following areas.

Junior Activities

After lessons, junior students can look forward to our varied activity programme. We will be offering activities to suit every interest ranging from water sports to scavenger hunts or arts and crafts to foot-golf. We will also finish each week with a special event such as a disco or pool party.

Most importantly, junior students will enjoy their activities alongside native English speakers, providing the perfect context to put into practice what they have learnt in their lessons.

All of these will take place in our state-of-the-art facilities and with the support of experienced staff who will ensure that your child has a safe, enjoyable learning experience that they will always remember.

Creativity, Culture, Health and Wellbeing

Creativity is a key skill which we aim to nurture at our summer school to help develop open minds as well as fuel innovative and independent thinking. Our site is home to the ideal facilities to support this aim, such as a professional standard 300-seat theatre and purpose built dance and music studios.

Elsewhere, students can access our Visual Arts department not only taking part in artistic activities but also receiving advice from industry tutors on how to achieve their goals.

Where sports are concerned, we have an industry quality student gym and swimming pool, plus outdoor courts for tennis, basketball, and cricket, with timetabled sessions for student access.

Our summer school also follows an initiative called ‘THRIVE@QE’, which is a program designed to promote student wellbeing and mental health. Specific activities include mindfulness and positive study techniques, all of which are available to students on a daily basis.

Pastoral Care

We have a dedicated pastoral team, and every student is assigned a tutor to check on their welfare regularly. The tutors are then supported by the summer school residential team to guarantee 24-hour welfare support. There will also always be First-Aid trained staff on site.

Our site is secure with accommodation access only possible via key card or code. Within the accommodation staff are also on-hand to ensure student wellbeing, outside security staff provide additional support with the added benefit of security cameras in public areas.

A Typical Day At International Summer School

The following schedules gives you an idea of what to expect from a typical day at QE Summer School:

Trips and Excursions

Students can look forward to an exciting itinerary of trips, with both an academic focus, and of course, the chance to relax, socialise and experience a wide range of leisure activities.

There is no better way to embed language learning than practising it with others, and our mixed nationality student body means that there are plenty of chances to do this throughout the day, as well as being on trips. Here are some sample itineraries for some of the trips that will take place for the 2023 International Summer School*

(*subject to change and amendment)


2 Full Days - one overnight stay in London

Explore the sites which could include the Tower of London, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, National Gallery, V&A Museum and the Imperial War Museum.

A walking tour will give the opportunity to see Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Enjoy a meal out and a West End Show. Stay overnight in London. Activity options may include shopping at Westfield (senior students), Kidzania trip (junior students), lunch at Westfield and a stop at Warner Bro’s Harry Potter Studios.


Full Day Trip

Historical and cultural immersion in what many describe as the Northern Capital City of England!

Visit famous attractions such as York Minster, York Dungeons, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Chocolate Story.

Walk the City Walls and enjoy a meal out in town.

Finish by enjoying an activity such as Clip n Climb at one of the city’s leisure parks.

Allerthorpe Aqua Park

Full Day Trip

Team work and Personal Development Day

Inflatable Obstacle Course

Stand Up Paddle Boarding


Meal Out



Full Day Trip

Get active in this famously sporting city.

Visit Old Trafford, home to Manchester United Football Club.

Activity options include shopping at the Trafford Centre (senior students), visiting the Legoland Experience (juniors) and the iFly Indoor Skydiving Experience.

The day will round off with a meal out and cinema trip.

What’s Included?

QE’s International Summer School is an all-inclusive summer school offering a minimum of two, and maximum of four weeks in July 2023.

Here is what is included in your price:

  • All lessons delivered by experienced staff
  • All afternoon and evening activities
  • Modern, comfortable and secure accommodation
  • Pastoral support and wellbeing activities as part of our “Thrive” programme
  • Varied meals and snacks provided by an award-winning catering team (all dietary requirements catered for)
  • Course attendance certificate and teacher report
  • All trips including a 2-day London stay (subject to dates)
  • Use of industry-standard sports facilities with the support of professional coaches.
  • Use of student leisure facilities offering table-tennis and video games
  • Student insurance
  • The potential to gain a conditional offer to Queen Ethelburga’s based on progress

Boarding Accommodation

QE Short Courses’ provider, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is a boarding school throughout the year and staff are used to offering students from around the globe the highest quality care.

Our accommodation is spacious, comfortable and modern. There are common rooms and leisure spaces where students are encouraged to relax and recharge whilst having the opportunity to socialise with others. To prepare you and your child, we send detailed information about our residential facilities, how to prepare and what to bring before the course begins.

There is also chance to meet online at our ‘Before You Arrive’ webinar.


The food that QE Short Courses students enjoy each day is second to none, and supports our healthy eating approach.

Our award-winning in-house catering team create healthy, mouth-watering and varied menus for students each week and all special dietary requirements are provided for. Every morning students can choose from a selection of hot and cold breakfast items. At lunchtime and evening meals there are always hot and cold ‘light bites’ options, with a full hot meal and pudding should students wish for something more substantial. At each meal of the day there is always plenty of yoghurt, fresh fruit and refreshments for students to enjoy.

Our catering team have recently won the prestigious LACA In House Caterer of the Year Award for 2019. QE Short Courses welcomes students of all faiths or of none. We provide a reflection room, and the kitchens can cater for dietary requirements, including gluten free, halal meat, or provide vegetarian and vegan meals.


Juniors pricing

2-week stay 


3-week stay 


4-week stay 


Seniors pricing

2-week stay 


3-week stay 


4-week stay 


How To Book & What Happens Next?

Online Bookings  


To check availability or for any further enquiries, please contact us at  


Payment Information  

Once we receive your booking, we will contact you to request a copy of the student’s birth certificate and passport. We will also send an invoice for the booking. We kindly request that fees are paid within 30 days of the invoice date.

For existing QE students, fees will be added to your next school account bill.


When your booking form, documents and payment have been received we will send you a final confirmation, this will include arrival and departure times.

If your child requires a visa, we can provide a visa support letter (please see Terms & Conditions for full information on visas). 


What dates can students arrive?

The first arrival date is Saturday 1st July. We recommend that students arrive on the Saturday of each week (apart from the last week) as this has the least impact on the planned teaching days, however we remain flexible and will support students with transfer/travel recommendations as much as possible.

Do you offer transfers?

Transfers are not included in our pricing. However, we can offer support, advice and the organisation of transfers at an additional cost. For larger group bookings, we are able to arrange coach transfers by prior arrangement.

Are there specific times at which we need to arrive on site?

We understand that international arrivals require 24 hour support, we will strive to support you with your planned arrival on site. 

What level of English do students need to have?

Students need to be confident in their ability to communicate their needs in English. Students will sit an English test prior to the course in order to place them in English language classes that suit their ability level.

We wish to send students, but they do not need intensive English lessons. Is there anything else on offer?

In simple, yes! We can cater our courses to suit the need of students (subject to numbers). If your students are already English speakers and would like a different course experience, please get in touch.

International Summer School Brochure 2023

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