It is often said Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Exchange programmes give an opportunity to move out of your comfort zone and experience a new way of education. It not only gives a big leap in the future goals but also provides a life-enriching experience.
What is a student exchange programme?
A student exchange programme is one in which students from a secondary school or university study abroad at one of their institution’s partner institutions.
A few popular international summer school programmes are:
1. Stanford Summer Session, USA
Stanford Summer Session is one of the most sought-after summer programmes providing transformative educational experience to high-achieving and ambitious students.
The Summer Session by Stanford University is known for its challenging academics coupled with a rich array of extra-curricular programming. The USP is the University’s culture of innovation, academic excellence, and global responsibility.
In addition to academic exposure, students have opportunities to immerse in local area excursions, intramural sports, and informal discussions with the Stanford faculty etc.
Taking enrichment and advanced courses packed with extra-curricular activities builds an overall profile of the student which can be used in further admission procedure.
2. Harvard Summer School
Harvard Summer School offers a two-week residential experience featuring noncredit courses. It gives an opportunity to study with other intellectually curious high school students on campus at Harvard, where one can explore areas like American law, philosophy, public speaking, the sciences, and writing.
The course builds critical thinking, communication skills and confidence which contributes to success at school, college, and career.
Courses in the summer school are taught by Harvard faculty who teach the same courses to Harvard College students during the academic year.
In addition to the course work, students get to participate in college readiness workshops, team-building event, and social activities.
3. International Summer School at Yale
Yale Summer Session provides academically rigorous undergraduate programs to visiting students. The faculty of Yale University provide world class exposure to students studying at the summer school.
Students get the opportunity to hone their craft at the Yale Writers’ Workshop or in the Summer Drama Program.
Students have access to the vast array of resources on campus, including the libraries, galleries, collections, and gymnasium.
Students also earn credit toward their major and fulfil requirements for their degree. The journey at Yale Summer Session prepares students for the challenges of highly selective colleges.
4. Oxford Summer School
Oxford University is infamous for its alumni who have been world-changing thinkers through the ages. Students studying here have the opportunity to walk the same halls as Benazir Bhutto, WH Auden, Bill Clinton, and Thomas Hobbes.
It provides avenues to aspiring poets, politician, or business mogul. Students grow academically and socially through networking with like-minded people and learning from expert tutors.
With no more than eight students of the same ability and experience in every class, students have opportunities to discuss their ideas in an academically challenging but open environment. Such a learning environment fosters research and presentation skills and builds rapport with expert tutors.
5. LSE Summer School
The London School of Economics and Political Science Summer School offers over 100 inspiring courses to help students achieve their potential.
It provides a globally relevant curriculum for students.
LSE Summer School is one of the most popular summer schools because of its flexibility to choose from a broader range of courses across a variety of disciplines, with teaching drawn from LSE’s renowned research and supported by the popular summer school programme.
This wide variety of courses allows students to gain some of the most sought-after data science skills in a wide range of careers in nearly all fields including the financial, government non-profit and public sectors.
6. Warwick Summer School
Warwick Summer School provides a unique combination of learning and debating with renowned academics and high-profile guest speakers.
The curriculum offers students to choose between a range of specialist, intermediate or introductory level courses across Economics, Social Sciences, Humanities and Sciences.
The University of Warwick is a world-leading Russell Group University widely recognised as a world leader in research and education with students from over 40 countries.
The USP of Warwick Summer School is its academic expertise and long academic history with a focus on excellence and community. It also has a collaboration with St. Mary’s University, London.