Summer Schools


Visions of England

We are currently reviewing our 2021 delivery. To register your interest for Summer 2021, contact us here.


Taught by experts across multiple disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities, this programme focuses on English cultural identity as it emerges from landscape and built environment, and as it is articulated in film, literature and the arts. Specifically it uses Canterbury and Kent as its main subject of study; it also addresses cultural connections between Kent and London and the significance of the Thames estuary for the region. Visions of England will explore the work of writers, artists and filmmakers with a significant association with Kent, including Geoffrey Chaucer, H.G. Wells, Ian Fleming, J. M. W. Turner, Michael Powell and Derek Jarman. One week will focus on history and architecture while the other week considers representations in film, fine art and literature; where transnational and global influences on British culture will also be addressed. Daily activities include in-class teaching, close readings of texts, screenings, and itinerant lectures across multiple sites in Canterbury (likely to include the Cathedral and the ruins of St. Augustine's Abbey). The programme also includes day trips relevant destinations likely to include London, Margate, Dover and the Chatham Historic Dockyard. The main aim of this course is to provide a diverse image of Kent through multiple layers of its history and creative expressions.

The Visions of England Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

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Providing School:  Multidisciplinary course delivered by Schools within the Faculty of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Credit Transfer Option:  Equivalent to 15 Credits (150 hours of study; 7.5 ECTS; suggested 3.75 US credits*) for transfer purposes.

Price: TBC for 2021; for two weeks. Includes tuition, visits to Canterbury Cathedral, Margate, Whitstable and London, accommodation, teaching materials, welcome meal, and full library access.

*Suggested 3.75 US credits based on 1/8th of full academic year. Please check with your home institution for their UK to US credit conversion rules.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this International Summer School course, you will be able to:

Intended specific learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of selected key aspects of the culture of England, including literature, architecture, art and film.
  • Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and theories related to the culture of England.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the historical context of the places, books, film and artefacts discussed in class.

Intended generic learning outcomes

  • Analyse historical and cultural concepts in their context.
  • Apply critical analysis and research to academic subjects in the humanities.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary approach to cultural studies.
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Learning and teaching methods

This module will be taught by means of two hours of lectures and three hours of seminars/workshops on most days (allowing for visits), a total of 46 hours.

Lectures will introduce the main themes of the course and their academic theoretical approaches, along with key skills required at higher level study.

Workshops, which may include guided study sessions or guided visits, will allow students to further explore these themes, linking the literature, lecture content and students’ understanding, and apply key academic skills.

46 hours contact time during the summer school
25 hours self-study before the summer school
69 study hours during and after the summer school

Total: 150 hours


Assessment will be a 2,500-word essay on one of the topics explored in this module.

Sample Schedule

The schedule below is subject to change but will give students an indication of what to expect on this exciting course.

Week 01:






Canterbury: A History
Celtic Britain

Canterbury: A History
Roman Britain
Visit to St. Augustine's Abbey

Canterbury: A History
Medieval Britain
Visit to Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Tales: Geoffrey Chaucer

Dover and the Chatham Historic Dockyard.


Week 02:






Kent literature
The War of Worlds: H.G. Wells,

Kent literature
The Cold War: Ian Fleming

Painting Kent
J. M. W. Turner
Visit to Tate Britain (London)

Kent Cinema
The Canterbury Tales: Michael Powell

Kent Cinema
Derek Jarman
Visit to Dungeness and Margate



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Entry Requirements for the Visions of England Summer School

The Summer Schools are primarily aimed at students currently studying at a University (Undergraduate or Postgraduate level); however, we also welcome applications from professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of English literature, history and art by undertaking a short course such as this.

Applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in history and art in its various forms.

Applicants will also need to be confident reading, writing and discussing in English to participate in the Summer School and will have at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. Please note that an IELTS test is not required and that we can use English language iGCSE/GCSE, iB Standard Level English, TOEFL, PTE, TOEIC, FCE/CAE, CET-4 (China) among others.

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Fees and Scholarship

A reminder that you can apply for more than one Summer School.


  Earlybird Price Standard Price

Without Accommodation

TBC for 2021

TBC for 2021

With Accommodation included

TBC for 2021

TBC for 2021

We also offer a 10% discount to students from our recognised Partner Universities.

Fees Include full tuition for the summer school, accommodation, teaching materials, a welcome meal, full access to the University library facilities. Also included are visits to Canterbury Cathedral, Margate, Whitstable and to London.

Scholarship Opportunities

We will have a number of £500 Internationalisation Scholarships available for the Canterbury Summer Schools available to students not currently studying at the University of Kent. If you are a current student at another institution you may also wish to enquire about any mobility scholarships within your home institution or Government.

Accommodation details

The accommodation for this summer school is based in Park Wood and is offered on a self-catered basis. Students will be placed in their own room and will share bathrooms and kitchen. Check-in is after 14h00 on the first Sunday and check-out is before 10h00 on the final Sunday. All students will be offered University accommodation (included in fee), although if you wish to make alternative arrangements you can pay tuition fees only, saving £250 per two-week course.

Additional details about our accommodation is available on our Accommodation webpage.

Getting here

You will find useful directions to the Canterbury Campus on our Directions page. Students who wish to arrange a taxi transfer from one of the London airports may wish to visit our Booking a Taxi in the UK page.

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