Who can take part in an AUB summer course?

Our courses are open to all creative enthusiasts aged 15+ and there is no upper age limit.

Although many of our summer students are aged 15 – 21, the courses attract students, creative professionals and freelancers of all ages from the UK and all over the world, with a variety of backgrounds and experience. Our summer courses benefit from including such a mixture of people who can learn and collaborate together.

You don’t need any previous experience to join our summer courses, just bring your enthusiasm to learn.

What’s included in the summer course fee?

Fees for our summer courses include:

  • All  course materials including sketchbooks, printing etc.
  • Use of AUB’s specialist equipment and facilities
  • Transport cost and admissions fees for any course educational/study visits
  • AUB Summer Social programme – one free social event per week (incl BBQ)
  • Campus resources including use of Library and WiFi
  • AUB Certificate of Attendance and Course Credit Transfer*

Course Deposit

Until 1st April 2017, you can secure you summer course place with a deposit payment of £595 – please see our Summer Course Information an Booking Guide for details on booking a course using our deposit offer.

* Students who wish their home university to recognise and award credits for their summer course, should first check with their home institution so that they may assess and award credit as appropriate. AUB can provide details of the course contents where necessary when applying for a credit recognition and transfer.

What is the general schedule for an AUB summer course?

The first day of your summer course will be a Tuesday, with registration taking place that day at 09:15 in the Library. You will meet your course tutor, be given a copy of the course timetable and start to settle in. Course hours thereafter are generally 09:30 till 16:30 (Monday to Friday), with weekends as your free time to relax and socialise.

On the last day of your course (Friday), all courses will finish at 12.30 lunchtime for presentations and farewells. It also gives students the opportunity to exhibit their work and see the work of other students across the summer courses.  We welcome parents and friends to attend.

How many people will be on my course?

Our courses are very popular, however in order to make sure you have a great course experience and enough contact time with your tutor, we keep our class sizes small. Class numbers will vary depending on the course subject, however summer courses typically have between 10 – 20 students per course, with a course tutor and course assistant to support you.

Do you have accommodation for summer course students?

Yes – we have University Halls of Residence in Bournemouth town centre available to summer students aged 16+, as well as host families (Homestay) for summer students aged 15+.

Our university accommodation is extremely popular and represents excellent value for money. Bournemouth is one of the UK’s top tourist destinations and summer accommodation often has premium rates during July and August.

University accommodation starts from approximately £50 per day:

  • Stay in our modern Halls of Residence in Bournemouth town centre
  • Study bedroom with private ensuite facilities
  • Includes AUB breakfast and lunch
  • Free shuttle bus to and from university campus
  • Use of shared kitchens, social lounge
  • 24-hour security and AUB student ambassadors in residence for additional assistance.

Where can I find information about your Homestay/Host Family accommodation?

We are able to offer homestay/host family accommodation for summer course students through White House Guardianships (WHG), a trusted provider that works closely with AUB. The Homestay package includes full board, 24-hour care and a dedicated homestay coordinator.

WHG will engage directly with parents on all matters of homestay accommodation, however for more information on the service they offer, please contact them directly on +44 3 458 686 688 or email Elena at WHG: elena@whg.eu.com

How do I book a summer course?

All summer courses can be booked easily through our online store with a debit or credit card. Visit How to Book for details on booking your course.

What happens after I book my course?

Once your booking has been confirmed and paid, you will receive an automated email confirming your booking and payment with further instructions on how to book optional extras such as accommodation and airport transfers.

You will also receive details of any further steps you will need to complete your course booking, such as providing AUB with a copy of your passport.

International students (students who do not hold a UK/EU/EEA passport or ID) will receive from the university a confirmation letter by email. The letter can be used for visa purposes.

Pre-arrival information will be emailed to all students one month before the start date of your course. If you will be applying for a visa and need documents to confirm your travel and course arrangements in order to secure your visa, please note that payment confirmation letters for visa applications will only be issued once the course fees and any accommodation you have booked have been paid in full.

What language are the courses held in?

All the summer courses are taught in English. There are no formal English entry requirements, however we recommend you have an intermediate level of English in order to benefit fully from your experience on our summer courses and communicate with your course leader or fellow course students.

Will I need a visa? If so, which one?

If you do not hold an UK/EU/EEA passport you will need a visa that allows you to study here in order to take one of our courses. The majority of international students intending to study a short summer course in the UK may do so using a Short Term Study Visa visa. However, it is your responsibility to determine if you need to apply for a visa in advance and to allow sufficient time to obtain a visa.

If you do not have the correct visa that allows you to study in the UK, you will not be able to study with us and you will not be eligible for any refund of your course fees. We will be checking all summer course students’ visas and travel documents to ensure eligibility on the first day.

How do I get to AUB?

We offer a private taxi transfer service for our summer course students arriving at any one of the London airports which will pick you up and deliver you to your accommodation. AUB can also be easily reached by train and coach. You can read more about how to find us here.

What do I get at the end of the course?

You will be issued with an AUB Certificate of Attendance upon successfully completing the course. You may use this to evidence the work, which can be added to your portfolio or cv.

You are also eligible to apply for university credits to put towards any study you are currently doing (e.g. as a Study Abroad student at another university, or a student taking the IB for CAS credits).

Further Questions?

Please contact us if you have any other questions that have not been answered here, we would love to hear from you. You can email summercourses@aub.ac.uk, call +44 1202 853624/853605 or Skype us: summercoursesAUB.