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Bespoke Summer School and Residential Programmes

Kingston University can develop a bespoke programme specifically to suit your individual group. We can adapt from our existing portfolio of summer schools and open short courses, adjusting the time, length and content of any course to meet the needs of your group. Or we can work with you to create a new course to meet your group's specific needs.

We can offer:

  • A dedicated team to help design you a tailored package
  • Tuition from specialist academic staff
  • Relevant field trips
  • English language tuition
  • Visits to tourist attractions in London and surrounding areas
  • Social events.

We also partner with other institutions and universities to host or co-host tailor-made Summer School courses or continuing professional development (CPD) courses.

Our bespoke residential programmes include all teaching, self-catering accommodation, transport to and from the airport (provided all participants arrive on the same flight), and transport to and from visit locations as part of the itinerary.

Kingston University's specialist areas for bespoke programmes include:

  • Art and Design
  • Computer Science
  • English Language
  • Fashion
  • Business, Marketing and Finance
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Writing
  • The Business of Sport

The above is not an exhaustive list of possible courses. If you are interested in other subjects not listed above, please do contact us to discuss your requirements. We can adapt the dates, length and content of our courses to meet the needs of your group. We can even accommodate your group outside the summer months if this works better for you. Please contact us at to find out more.

Bespoke programmes from Kingston Business School

Kingston Business School has a reputation for high quality teaching and research and is located on our fantastic Kingston Hill campus.

Kingston Business School can design courses for groups in a number of general or specialist business areas including International Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Human Resources, Marketing, Accounting and Finance and Strategy.

Programmes are designed to give groups an academic and practical insight into businesses and as well as the classroom sessions, we can provide guest lectures with influential and knowledgeable people from industry, visits to businesses in different industry sectors, a cultural and social programme, as well as free time to explore what Kingston, London and the wider area has to offer.

Bespoke programmes from the Kingston School of Art

Kingston School of Art is part of Kingston University and one of the top institutions in the United Kingdom for fashion and design. Situated in leafy Kingston upon Thames, students also benefit from visits to London's cultural hub.

Kingston School of Art can custom-design courses for groups in a range of specialist areas including fashion, furniture and product design, fine art, film making, illustration and animation and interior design.

Programmes are carefully designed to provide the group with a rich and rewarding experience including studio sessions, projects, lectures, visits to art galleries, exhibitions, museums and design studios. Programmes may include ‘free time', to allow for sight-seeing around London, for example to the famous Hampton Court Palace, Camden Market, Windsor Castle, Cambridge or Bath.

Case studies

International Business and English Language for Shanghai Business School (China)

Shanghai Business School asked us to develop a two-week programme for a group of their students. They wanted to study International Business and English Language with a focus on a number of different business areas including Finance, Marketing, Strategy and Law. They also wanted to visit businesses in London and have a social and cultural programme to give the students an opportunity to visit iconic sights and understand more about London's history and culture. We have now been working with Shanghai Business School for several years and their students always speak very positively about their experiences at Kingston University, with many hoping to return for postgraduate study.

International Business and English Language for King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia)

King Abdulaziz University initially approached us in 2013 to provide an eight-week programme for 30 students, covering international business and English language. They were also looking for a cultural programme and visits to interesting places in London. The initial programme was so successful that they continued to send cohorts of students in the summer. In 2017, we also hosted a group of MBA students who came to study entrepreneurship and Innovation for a week as part of their programme

Fashion Design Workshop for Shanghai University of Engineering Science (SUES)

SUES asked us to develop a two-week programme for a group of visiting staff and students focusing on fashion influences, colour and texture. The resulting programme included studio and location drawing, cutting and design workshops as well as visits to the Fashion and Textile Museum, Princess Diana fashion exhibition and Anna Sui exhibitions in London and Fashion Museum in Bath. Students also enjoyed a coach trip to Oxford, sight-seeing in London and visits to Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

 "I've really enjoyed the whole course. In London we visited Oxford Circus and Big Ben – there are so many shops here. The people are very cool. I like Kingston because the atmosphere is full of art. In classes, we made sketchbooks and designed clothes based on what we researched in the library and what we saw on our tours of London.

There is so much equipment here and whole rooms dedicated for every aspect of art for example 3D design, filming, photography… I'm sad about leaving Kingston because I really enjoy the atmosphere and working with the tutors who have really helped to cultivate my designs and ideas."


Foundation arts workshop for AIP Guangzhou (Academy of Fine Arts, China)

Kingston University and the Academy of Fine Arts in China worked together to create a five-day foundation arts workshop for a group of their visiting students including tuition in architectural/3D drawing, concept boards and experimentation with different drawing materials and techniques as well as visits to the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Tate Modern, and the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Read an excerpt from the students' travel diary on Weichat.

If you would like us to design a programme tailored to your group's requirements, please contact us.

Contact us

Summer school (2-week and 4-week credit-bearing summer school enquiries only)

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3639 
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Bespoke summer schools

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