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Monday 7 July - Friday 1 August • Durham • UK

“The instructors were really wonderful – they are very knowledgeable in addition to being very witty! They encouraged me to look at topics of discussion in new ways, and I really benefited from their expertise” Participating student, 2013 Summer School “Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages”

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Contents Welcome


About us


Our courses


Important information: Accommodation and application


Social programme


Student experience


River Wear

Infinity Bridge, Stockton

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice Chancellor


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Northern Borders of Empire Class of 2013

Welcome to Durham University. Our worldwide reputation and performance in research and education places us amongst the top institutions in the UK. Durham University is distinctive - a residential Collegiate University with long traditions and modern values. We seek the highest standard in research and scholarship and are committed to excellence in all aspects of education and transmission of knowledge. Our research and scholarship affects every continent. We are proud to be an international scholarly community which reflects the ambitions of cultures from around


Durham Cathedral University College

the world. We promote individual participation, providing a rounded education in which students gain both the academic and the personal skills required to flourish. International Summer School is a new initiative and is focused on excellent teaching and unrivalled student experience. Whether you decide to take part in a professional archaeological excavation, study medieval history at a World Heritage site or develop your own social media business idea. Your time with us promises to deliver a rewarding and insightful experience.

Study with us this summer and you will be choosing to learn with some of the most able and motivated students and staff from around the world. Our international community of excellence provides a stimulating environment that empowers you to learn and develop to your full potential. I look forward to welcoming you to Durham this summer.

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice Chancellor



Durham University is unique.

The International Summer School attracts students from across the world.

We are the third oldest university in England and one of the world’s leading centres of scholarship and learning. The International Summer School continues in this tradition offering you the opportunity to get ahead this summer with one of our credit bearing short courses of intensive academic study. • 5th in the Complete University Guide overall rankings 2014 • 80th in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2013-2014 • Durham is ranked as a world top 20 university by leading recruiters for the quality of our graduates in the 2012 QS World University League rankings.

The school offers a truly global experience with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. Durham is a student city; wherever you go you will make new friends and meet new people, making your time with us unforgettable. This environment will allow you to develop new skills, enjoy a variety of experiences, increase your appeal to future employers and expand your world view.

HISTORIC SETTING Surrounded by some of the world’s finest architecture, Durham city is the perfect setting to experience study abroad in England. The Castle and Cathedral – together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - dominate the skyline and look out over breath-taking historic woodland and countryside. A short distance from the Pennine Mountain range and the sea, Durham is one of England’s most beautiful cities and the perfect destination to experience British history and culture in a welcoming environment. Its winding streets and ancient marketplace invite you to explore further into its heritage.

Durham University is a world top 100 university.

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Durham’s excellent transport links and positioning mean it is the ideal starting point to visit more of the United Kingdom and Europe, with London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin and Paris all within easy reach. Find out more:


WHY DURHAM UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL? Since its foundation in 1832 Durham University has flourished, and cemented a place of distinction both nationally and internationally. Durham City has captured the admiration of writers and artists for centuries, situated on a world heritage site, Durham’s castle and cathedral continues to attract the attention of travellers from all over the world. Durham University is England’s third oldest university, founded after Oxford and Cambridge, and one of the UK’s leading research institutions. As Durham University is one of the top 100 universities in the world, Durham lecturers and tutors are acknowledged experts and leaders in their field. Regardless of your course, you will be taught by some of the leading minds in the world.

THE DURHAM DIFFERENCE Durham University offers you a unique opportunity to experience the history, tradition and quality of one of the oldest and highest ranking universities in England. Located in the small and ancient City of Durham in the heart of North East England you will have the opportunity to experience life in a traditional British University. As a resident in one of Durham University’s 16 colleges you will gain from our unique collegiate system. A college is a supportive scholarly community within the University offering accommodation, student activities and a distinctive university experience. We know studying abroad is an opportunity to develop skills that today’s employers seek. It is a way to prepare and distinguish oneself in an increasingly competitive market place; illuminating new paths and ideas along the way. Enjoy our past, make the most of the present, and look forward to a future full of possibilities.

“Durham is not what I expected it to be, but what I hoped it would be! The quality of the whole programme was high and the lecturers are very motivated, further, I met so many brilliant and motivated people from all over the world. I am happy to be part of the Durham community!”

Our courses PROGRAMME DATES: 7TH JULY – 1ST AUGUST 2014 Durham University offers three distinctive Summer School courses in 2014 aimed at current university students. Courses can be taken for credit towards degrees at many other institutions, and are examined to Durham University standards. When your time at Durham comes to an end, you will receive an official transcript and a detailed explanation of the Durham grading system to take back to your home university.

For those looking to develop academic English skills and learn more about contemporary life and culture in the UK.

“The instructors are incredibly engaging and clearly very knowledgeable which makes class discussion fun.” Participant on International Summer School 2013

Credit Many universities permit the transfer of credit from our summer school courses towards undergraduate degrees. Please check with your home institution’s Study Abroad, Registry or Faculty office in advance of the start of the programme for full details. The International Summer School Office will be happy to provide details of the course, its academic level and syllabus, directly to the Study Abroad Office if required.

For students seeking to first-hand knowledge and experience of UK archaeology and professional practice.

Designed to immerse students in the potential of social media at individual and organisational levels.


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Owengate, Durham city


English Language for Academic Purposes This four-week course will give you the opportunity to learn high-level academic English as part of Durham University’s International Summer School. On this course we will teach you some of the key academic skills needed to be successful at a British University. WHAT WILL I STUDY ON THIS COURSE? • You will practice academic writing and develop your ability to present argument and analysis. • You will have the opportunity to give presentations on academic topics including your own undergraduate studies. • You will learn to contribute to and lead academic discussions. • You will have the opportunity to learn more about British life and culture through lectures, classroom discussions, and local excursions. HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

DOES THE COURSE HAVE A SOCIAL AND AFTER CLASS ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME? Yes, you will join summer school students from across the world in social activities and excursions to local attractions that could include: Edinburgh, York, and the Lake District. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? Students who in the future might want to undertake postgraduate study at a British University: a Masters or PhD programme. Students who are studying in English at their home universities; either taking modules in English or studying for their degree in English Students who want to study English at higher more challenging level. The skills you will learn on this course are many of the language skills international businesses and governments need.

You will be taught in small groups (maximum group size of 16). Your teacher will take a communicative approach and you will often work collaboratively through pair work and group discussions. An important part of the course is the individual feedback you will receive. In one to one tutorials your teacher will advise you on how you can improve your spoken and written work.



You must be currently studying or have recently completed an undergraduate/ bachelor’s programme.

The best way to learn English is through practicing it. On this course we will ask you to produce a portfolio of work. This will include: • A timed piece of writing produced under exam conditions • An academic essay you write and research in your own time • A formal presentation

Yes, you get a certificate that confirms that you have attended and successfully completed the course. You also get a written report giving you feedback on your work and suggestions for how you can continue to improve. ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: IELTs 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 64 or above. Equivalent qualifications such as Pearson PTE and Cambridge advanced and Proficiency test (CAE & CPE) are also accepted.

• Participating in an assessed seminar • Completing a research project and giving a poster presentation

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The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages During this multi-disciplinary course designed by our Department of Archaeology and Durham’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, students will spend the initial two weeks: WEEKS 1 AND 2 • participating in a major archaeological project focused on the northern edges of the Roman Empire in Britain playing a full part in the excavations and gaining first-hand knowledge and experience of UK archaeological professional practice • receiving on-site seminars and workshops with expert visitors exploring matters of cutting edge concern in archaeology and cultural history • gaining a full understanding of the archaeology of the military frontier of Roman Britain including Hadrian’s Wall and a wider appreciation of the archaeology and history of Northern England. WEEKS 3 AND 4 The second two weeks of the Summer School course focus on Medieval theory modules with experts from the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies focussing on the following topics: SAINTS, SCHOLARS AND VIKINGS The Northern World in the Early Middle Ages ‘From the fear of the Northmen, dear Lord deliver us’: so runs the prayer from northern England faced with the terror of Viking raids from the 8th century to the middle of the eleventh century.

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The Vikings encountered a northern world rich in material and cultural life, glorying still in the golden age of Northumbrian power from the previous century and the age of saint so memorably chronicled by Bede. How these worlds collided, the consequences of these encounters and the changing shape of the communities which inhabited this region will all be explored. LAND OF THE PRINCE-BISHOPS Culture and Conquest in the High Middle Ages ‘Half church of God, half tower against the Scots’: so Walter Scott characterised the imposing mass of Durham Cathedral. At the apogee of their power in the period from the 12th to the 14th centuries the PrinceBishops of Durham wielded power both worldly and spiritual, and were one of the major forces defining, governing and dominating the north, but with influence well beyond. This module will examine the sources and circumstances of that power, looking at the re-foundation of Durham Cathedral, the life and influence of its community, individual bishops from the lascivious Flambard to the warrior Hatfield, and the mechanisms of power: castles, economic life and political intrigue. Interesting sites to explore:


Lindisfarne castle

Social Media: Business and Society INTRODUCTION


Web 2.0 technologies have led to rapid changes in how media are produced and consumed, with dramatic consequences for the way we live and do business.

The Social Media Immersion Programme combines traditional lectures and seminars with practical workshops and team-working, together with industry guest speaker events and company visits.

This intensive four-week programme is designed to immerse students in the world of social media and to explore its potential at the individual and organisational levels. COURSE OVERVIEW Over the course of the four weeks, we will discuss:• The individual in a Web 2.0 world – identity; personal branding; presentation of self; personal and professional identities; career development; privacy and security; cybercrime, terrorism and the ‘dark side’ of social media; etc.

A particular feature of the programme is the ‘capstone’ team project, students working together to plan and develop their own social media business ideas. The programme is designed to expose students to a range of common social media platforms, including: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest. Students may therefore find a laptop or mobile device (tablet, smartphone) helpful for this programme, although access to IT facilities will be provided.

• Principles and platforms – the social media economy; reciprocity and sharing; honesty, integrity and trust; collaborative media; communicative media; social community, publishing, entertainment and commerce; ethics; etc. • The business of being social – the art of engagement; social businesses by design; social media strategies; stop-start marketing versus continuous conversation; consumer and organisational behaviour; the social media ‘back-office’; impact, return on investment and data analytics; etc. • Managing social media – developing an integrated strategy; situation analysis; objectives and goal-setting; the social media plan; channels, content and the digital marketing mix; strategy formulation and implementation; performance management; crisis communications; etc.

Durham University is ranked the second safest university in England and Wales

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Important information COLLEGE ACCOMMODATION Summer School students experience Durham’s unique collegiate system by living in Collingwood College, a modern friendly college with a relaxed atmosphere and excellent facilities. Set ‘on the hill’, surrounded by wide open space with stunning views of the city it is a great location to fully explore all Durham has to offer. Being one of the largest colleges it has its own café, bar, gym facilities, shop and dining room. Excelling in sports, academia and the arts, Collingwood offers something for everyone, and always looks forward to welcoming new members to its community. You will live with and get to know students across all courses and other programmes, developing friendships that will last long after your course has finished. Accommodation and meals are included in the fees for the Programme.

HOW TO APPLY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS The International Summer School invites applications from students who meet the following criteria: • You are a current university student, undergraduate or postgraduate. Alternatively if you have an offer of a place at University for this year and

will be 18 years of age by the programme start date of the 7th July 2014. • You have a current GPA of 3.4 (B+) or above or equivalent grades. In rare cases it is possible to accept slightly lower grades, depending on the strength of the application as a whole. • You meet our English language requirements which are detailed below.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS The minimum entry levels for international students on all courses apart from the English Language for Academic Purposes are listed below. Acceptable English Language examinations for entry to Durham University are: • IELTS: 6.5 (no component under 6.0) • TOEFL iBT: 92 (no component under 23) • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): Grade C • Cambridge Advanced (CAE): Grade A • Cambridge IGCSE First Language English at Grade C or above • Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language at Grade B or above • GCSE English Language at grade C or above • Pearson Test of English overall score 62 (with no score less than 56 in each component)

If you have studied in an English speaking institution or have courses taught in English as standard you may be able to apply as a native English speaker. Please email international. if you have any questions about our entry requirements. The Academic English Programme: is open to students with an IELTS of 5.5 or above.

FEES AND DEADLINES Our programme fee of £2,800 is inclusive of: • Tuition • Accommodation, plus meals • Full social programme. The application deadline for the International Summer School is Friday 6th June 2014. Applications are assessed upon arrival throughout the year so students are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FORM Please complete all the required fields in the application form and return it with a copy of your transcript, and English language certificate if required, to: international.summerschool@ Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the application process or require any further information.

Angel of the North

Houses of Parliament

Buckingham Palace

Social Programme

WEEKEND VISIT TO LONDON With accommodation in central London, you will be ideally placed to explore the capital city. The programme of events includes: • A guided walking tour of London landmarks including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, No.10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square • Visits to The British Museum, Covent Garden and Tate Modern • Opportunity to attend a West End show, shop on Oxford Street or see the Tower of London

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• Free time to do your own exploring.

Alnwick Castle

Newcastle upon Tyne


York Minster

Hadrian’s Wall

HADRIAN’S WALL & VINDOLANDA Roman Vindolanda is one of the North East’s most famous and not to be missed tourist attractions lying in the beautiful landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country. Formerly a key military post on the northern frontier of Britain, Vindolanda is the home of Britain’s ‘Top Treasure’ - the Vindolanda Writing Tablets. HOLY ISLAND & BAMBURGH CASTLE Skim over the sands and causeway to Holy Island and prepare to enter another world. Holy Island is cut off twice-daily from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides. Both an island and a picturesque village, Holy Island carries a wealth of history within its tidal walls. Home to Lindisfarne Priory, the epicentre of Christianity in Anglo Saxon times. This serene setting was the birthplace of

the Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the world’s most precious books. ALNWICK CASTLE & HARRY POTTER TOUR There has been a castle recorded at Alnwick for 1,000 years. It remains today one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK. Alnwick Castle has been the location for all kinds of film productions and television programmes - most famously taking the starring role of Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films. SOCIAL EVENTS IN DURHAM We have a number of social events organised in Durham, these include a welcome reception, guided tours of the castle and cathedral, pub quiz and a leaving party to celebrate your time in Durham.

Student Experience MICHELLE SAUER Michelle Sauer is a junior double majoring in History and English Literature: with a minor in Art History at Florida State University. In the summer of 2013, she took part in the ‘Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages’ course.

“For the past several years, I have thought that I wanted to pursue a career in ancient studies. This past summer, however, when I was chosen to take part in the International Summer School at Durham University, I fell in love with the city and medieval studies as well. The medieval history of Northern England is fascinating, as it is still so much a part of the culture today. Durham’s history is alive, and feeling as though I could take part in the ongoing history of the city was the most exhilarating experience I have had in studying history. As soon as classes began, my engagement with the medieval material was different than with ancient history. Medieval history was real. I felt as though I could understand the people of Norman England as more than just stories and myths, but as a culture of intensely intricate and passionate beings whose history was all around me. In this realization, I found a new passion in studying history. I have been fundamentally changed by my experience at Durham last summer. Getting the opportunity to work on a Roman-period archaeological dig and study the history of Durham itself was easily one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Having the chance to engage with the culture of Northern England has changed the way I view history and has helped me discover a unique area of study within the field. This summer, I am returning to Durham University to pursue my independent research focusing on the transitional phase in Medieval England in which the Normans took control over the Anglo-Saxon population.”

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