Frequently Asked Questions
Where in London does the summer school take place?
The summer school takes place at Bankside House (24 Sumner St, London SE1 9JA), which is a University Hall of the London School of Economics. Bankside House is located in the heart of the Southbank area, which is the ideal destination thanks to its variety of restaurants, shops, museums and cultural attractions. The Tate Modern is across the road from Bankside House, and with a short stroll down the River Thames you’ll reach the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament or (in the other direction) Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tower Bridge.
You will live and eat at Bankside House, while classes will take place just a short walk away.
I would like to study more than one course - is this possible?
Of course! You can join us at Scholastica for either two weeks (one course) or four weeks (two courses). If you would like, you can choose to split your time between London and Oxford, choosing one London-based course here, and one Oxford-based course here. If you have any further questions about studying with us for four weeks, please get in touch.
I'm not used to being in big cities on my own. What happens if I get lost?
You’ll be given contact numbers for our staff, so if you ever have any problems you can give the team a call. We’ll also give you a tour on your first day with us to help you get your bearings for the next two weeks, and an emergency contact card with the accommodation’s address on it so you can always Google Maps us!
Am I allowed to leave London on the weekend?
The weekend is a busy time with a packed schedule of activities, academic content and cultural experiences, so it would be a shame for you to miss it!
Having said that, if you’d like to spend the weekend visiting another part of the UK (for example, visiting family or friends), you are welcome to do so, provided you are over 16 years old and we have written permission from your parent or guardian.
Is London Scholastica the same as Oxford Scholastica?
Can you help with airport transfers?
Do I need a visa?
If you hold a UK, EU or EEA passport you shouldn’t need a visa to attend the summer school.
If you are from outside the EU we recommend you check the information here to find out whether or not you will need a visa.
If you do need a visa, we are able to welcome you as we are fully accredited by the British Accreditation Council. We can provide you with an official acceptance letter which you can use when applying for your visa. We typically issue these letters in April each year, as we can only provide this once you’ve paid the full balance for your place.
Please remember that it can take a while for you to get your visa, so do make sure you apply with plenty of time and check the latest information and requirements for your visa. If you already have a visa, please make sure to check that it allows you to study with us. Unfortunately, we are not able to issue refunds outside of the refund period outlined in our terms and conditions if your visa application is rejected.
I don't need accommodation in London. Can I live with my family and come to the summer school every day?
Yes, that’s absolutely fine – you can choose one of our limited non-residential places, which include everything except your accommodation on the summer school. Read more about our non-residential places here.
What will the weather be like?
As you may know, weather in the UK, even in June, can be unpredictable! We’re expecting it to be lovely weather, but we recommend you bring a jacket and some warmer clothes, just in case. You can read more about London’s weather, and see a 14-day forecast, here.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for my course?
We will send you an introduction to your tutor and a recommended Reading List in May. This list will contain some links to interesting articles and useful books for you to read if you have time before the summer – but we know that you’re busy, so this is optional!