6 - 17 August 2018

Course details

  • When: 6 - 17 August 2018
    Optional Pre-sessional English course 
  • Fees:
    - 3 week programme inclusive of English Language week £3250
    - 2 weeks programme £2400
  • Who: Visiting international students
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Imperial College London is filled with people who work at the frontier of discovery in making the world a healthier, safer and cleaner place to live.

Take your place at a world top 10 university for a unique insight into the work of these world leading pioneers:

  • Learn about the latest advances in climate change reduction, global health, cyberspace/digital media security, data science, and robotics.
  • Tap into the knowledge and inspiration of people whose ground-breaking innovations have moved beyond the university walls into the commercial world.


  • Network with some of the most academically outstanding students from across the world, including potential future collaborators.
  • Work in teams on a multi-disciplinary task that draws on knowledge in science, technology, engineering and business.
  • Visit Tech City UK – the UK governmentbacked initiative aimed at turning London’s East End into a world-leading technology city to rival California’s Silicon Valley.
  • Boost your English language skills.
  • Experience life in a UK university and in London through a busy social programme.

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English to Communicate Science (optional pre-sessional week)

The optional English week puts students into realistic academic and social situations which require and generate meaningful interaction in English. Students will develop their communicative competence in English by using input from classes to perform; a range of academic and social tasks on STEM (Science; Technology, Engineering, Medicine) - related themes. Regular self-evaluation, reflection and tutor feedback on their performance will not only help students identify their strengths and weaknesses but also prepare them for similar, more challenging tasks in the next two weeks of the summer school.

Week 1

Exchange Activity Intercultural Working

Working with Imperial student ambassadors, this session aims to:

  • Identify intercultural study/working interests
  • Gain tips on what works
  • Identify cultural norms: assumptions, what is being polite?
  • Set some initial ground rules
  • Get to know each other
Team Building and Leadership Development

Through the medium of practical exercises and guided review, delegates will explore ways in which team performance can be enhanced. The session will give participants the opportunity to participate in a range of tasks designed to highlight common ways in which team performance can come unstuck and the behaviours that can mitigate against this. Delegates will work in groups of seven or eight in order to give as many a possible the opportunity to lead, participate and observe – all elements that contribute to understanding and learning.

Innovations in Climate Change

Climate Change is one of the biggest challenges to development today. While climate change poses a number of risks to vulnerable communities and businesses around the world, many opportunities are unfolding for private companies to implement actions towards reducing risks to their business operations, as well as investing in adaptation action in vulnerable regions in a sustainable and profitable manner. The session will give students an understanding of what Climate Change is, its impact and the challenges businesses and academia face as they find innovations to tackle these problems.

New Frontiers in Global Health

The aim of this session is to provide participants with an understanding of current challenges in Global Health and what are the latest innovations to meet these challenges.

This session will cover:

  • What is Global Health?
  • Problems and Challenges
  • Solutions with case studies examples
  • Current innovations in Global Health
Challenges of the Internet

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite to serve several billion users worldwide.  Whether for business or leisure, use of the internet is becoming part of our daily lives.  To understand what impact this have, the session will cover:

  • An introduction/overview of the internet and its power
  • Current challenges of the internet and problems faced by companies.
  • What businesses are doing to overcome these challenges?
  • Current innovations in managing Internet Challenges (academic and business)
The Future of Data Science and its Application

Modern science typically involves big data, taking advantage of high-throughput data capture and high-performance computing capabilities. Data science is therefore an essential element of all modern interdisciplinary scientific activities. It acts as the glue to facilitating collaborative scientific discovery and involving the whole life cycle of data, from acquisition and exploration to analysis and communication of the results. Data science is not only concerned with the tools and methods to obtain, manage and analyse data, it is also about extracting value from data and translating it from asset to insight.

This session aims to showcase data science and its applications to address data-driven scientific grand challenges.

Innovation in Robotics & reshaping the future

This session provides an insight into machine learning, robotics and AI.  Students will learn the latest real-world application and innovation in the area and see how robotics can reshape the future and transform the world in different sectors.

Business Model Innovation
This expert-led module facilitates students; understanding of how businesses differentiate and compete in global markets. Students learn to define and build business models and how to market ideas to establish competitive advantage.

Topics considered:

  • Building and improving business models that drive growth and innovation
  • Evaluating ideas to determine which to pursue
  • Creating strategies to differentiate and market products/brands
  • Leveraging market insights to strengthen competitive position
  • Identifying the most appropriate marketing mix, considering: product, price and global position

At the end of the summer school students working in teams will identify an idea to address one of the challenges from their sessions on Global Health, Climate Change and Internet Security, they will then present a business model and marketing plan for this idea. This exercise consolidates learning while inspiring potential ideas and solutions to real Global Challenges.

Meet Imperial Entrepreneurs

You’ll hear from our Imperial entrepreneurs their journey to start up their own companies.

Week 2

Creativity and Ideas Generation

This session helps you "to think outside the box" to generate ideas. The techniques presented and tried during the session are particularly useful for people who do not believe they have time to think differently due to the pressures of daily life.

The workshop will take you through a pragmatic 6 stage problem solving process. They will apply the process from problem definition through to implementation.

Design Thinking Workshop at The Design Museum

This workshop will look at applying design thinking to one of the global challenge themes drawing on the museum’s resources for context and inspiration.  Students will have the opportunity to visit the museum as well.

Effective Communication for Presentation

This workshop will take you on a journey through fundamental principles of communication and presentation. Through interactive exercises, plenary and interaction you will learn more about your strengths and natural abilities, and how to perform at your higher level. The session will allow you to work experientially within a group setting and will give you exercises, ideas, tips and practises for inclusion in your presentations on the last day.

Negotiation and Influencing Skills

The ability to negotiate solutions and influence people so that everyone involved agrees and commits to those solutions requires thought, analysis and practice. Good negotiation skills are a key aspect of personal effectiveness.Linked to persuasiveness, conflict handling, assertiveness and active listening skills, success in negotiation can be increased by learning and applying key behaviours.

This workshop emphasises the need for careful thought and planning before negotiations. Key topics are consideration of: the situation, who is involved, their motives and objectives, styles of communication, preparation: bargaining and planning, signs of conflict and dealing with conflict. Negotiation exercises allow participants to practise and identify key improvement opportunities.

Who should attend?

Visiting international students (undergraduates in the final two years of study). It is expected students will come from all over the world.