Pre-university Summer Programme

Immersive academic skills programme with visits to NCUK universities for students aged 15-17.

NCUK Taster and Academic Skills Programme

The programme is designed to prepare you for access to the very best of British university education, developing your skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and leadership.

Our goal is to maximise your potential and to help you achieve academic excellence. We will inspire you and set you on the road to success.



Tangible outcomes

By the end of the course learners will have a better sense of what living and studying in the UK entails and of the opportunities that taking an NCUK International Foundations programme affords.


NCUK universities

The programme includes guided visits to some of the NCUK universities so students can experience university life in the UK first-hand.


2-week immersive programme

Please note that this is the outline of a typical course. Some units may alter in content.

Week 1 09:30–12:30 13:30–16:30
Monday Education in the UK Academic skills: effective academic presentations
Tuesday University of Bradford: Experiment in the labs at the University of Bradford and explore the triple accredited Business School, followed by a city tour. University of Salford: See the TV studios and Media City at the University of Salford.
Wednesday University lifestyle Academic skills: critical listening and taking effective notes
Thursday University of Leeds Leeds Beckett University
Friday   University of Manchester: Meet the team at the University of Manchester and see the campus, led by an international student ambassador.
Saturday Manchester Metropolitan University: Explore the Manchester Metropolitan Campus with some activities at the Engineering and Design building. University of Birmingham: Visit the University of Birmingham and meet student ambassadors, exploring a range of different faculties at the university.
Sunday Local excursion
Week 2 09:30–12:30 13:30–16:30
Monday UK universities and career choices Group research and presentation preparation
Tuesday Sheffield Hallam University: Spend the morning in the faculty of Health Sciences at the Sheffield Hallam University. Afterwards, explore the city of Sheffield. University of Sheffield: Spend the afternoon at the university of Sheffield with the chance to speak to some of the university's own international students.
Wednesday UCAS applications and the clearing process Academic skills: writing a personal statement
Thursday Liverpool John Moores University: Tour the Engineering department with a taster session of a Computer Science seminar. Then explore the Art and Design facilities before exploring the city, visiting the famous Albert Docks and Waterfront.
Friday Academic misconduct: plagiarism and how to avoid it Academic skills: referencing and paraphrasing skills
Saturday Industries of the future Final presentations and graduation
Sunday Departures

Course fees include


University of Salford

The programme takes place at a dynamic, modern university. The campus is within easy reach of Manchester city centre, providing an excellent base for students to have an unforgettable experience.