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Northumbria International Summer School

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As one of the UK's largest and most respected modern universities, the Northumbria International Summer School offers you an unrivaled experience through combining first-rate teaching and exceptional facilities at our city campus. Combined with a specially crafted social program which brings out the very best of what our region has to offer; Newcastle has enabled Northumbria to grow into the outstanding internationally recognized university that it is today.

Research-rich and business focused, Northumbria recently ranked in the Top 150 Under 50 Institutions worldwide and claimed the Times Higher Education Award - Business School of the Year 2015 for its Newcastle Business School. With a reputation for academic and sporting excellence, as well as ranking 3rd in the UK for International Student Satisfaction, Northumbria offers students from across the globe the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Founded
1992

Reviews

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Graeme
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Management, Science and Coaching of the Great North Run module was very beneficial as I developed an awareness and importance to identify what intercultural skills are by meeting international students who were not familiar with the United Kingdom.
I have learned that communicating effectively with international students to ensure they understand why and when they have a task to do is mandatory to providing a reliable and trustworthy relationship with them, and by inviting and acknowledging any feedback the students may have. Excellent communication also builds and contributes to an efficient and honest work place and academic culture encouraging two-way discussions by information being shared at all levels. Effective networking and showing a willingness to understand others needs by using my ability to develop mutually beneficial relationships between myself and other organisations. I learned to communicate efficiently by responding to requests effectively by striving to gather information, and by building relationships through regular contact and personal meetings. Effective communication helps to develop others by relating and interacting with others. Being able to communicate wants and needs, feelings, thoughts and to learn how to interpret other's in turn.
I learned how to develop and sustain effective working relationships with colleagues, management and staff and I am always willing to consider other points of view showing acceptance of other timescales, priorities and workloads by agreeing with other work colleagues to do specific tasks at times, and roles.

What would you improve about this program?
By involving more team work based tasks.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

The Management, Science, and Coaching of the Great North Run module were very beneficial as I developed an awareness and importance of what intercultural skills are by meeting international students who were not familiar with the United Kingdom.

I have learned that communicating effectively with international students to ensure they understand why and when they have a task to do is mandatory to provide a reliable and trustworthy relationship with them, and by inviting and acknowledging any feedback the students may have. Excellent communication also builds and contributes to an efficient and honest workplace and an academic culture encouraging two-way discussions by information being shared at all levels.

I learned how to develop and sustain effective working relationships with colleagues, management, and staff and I am always willing to consider other points of view showing acceptance of other timescales, priorities, and workloads by agreeing with other work colleagues to do specific tasks at times, and roles.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

For week one: Inductions to the Module overview, library induction and enrolment, a campus tour and a welcome evening.
Science week: Lab Induction: physiology of running a marathon, minimizing injury risk. A day visit to Durham. Laboratory testing: VO2 Lactate testing, fuelling the body for the Great North Run, independent study sessions to organize presentations, research material for writing essays, revising for an online physiology examination.
Week 2: A trip was organized to visit Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle, Sea houses, Alnwick Castle.
Coaching week: the roles and responsibility of the coach, planning for the Great North Run. Visit Tynemouth (The coast), the coach-athlete relationship, psychological preparation, assessment: video analysis of coaching behavior.
Group dinner, a trip to visit Beamish, Beamish open-air life museums, Angel of the North.
Week 3: Management week - introduction to strategic management, field trip: Durham County Cricket Club and Media Centre, planning for a major sporting event - operational considerations, evaluating strategic outcomes of the Great North Run, assessment presentations on a chosen topic. Farewell lunch and closing remark, traditional afternoon tea at the Vermont Hotel.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Prior to arriving, do some research on the module topics or ask for the module content to be sent or emailed to you before arriving in the United Kingdom, so you know what to expect and what is going to happen. This should allow you to form any questions you may have about the module, so you can get the best feedback and learning experience possible from the module.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Week 2: A trip was organized to visit Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle, Sea houses, Alnwick Castle.
Coaching week: the roles and responsibility of the coach, planning for the Great North Run. Visit Tynemouth (The coast), the coach-athlete relationship, psychological preparation, assessment: video analysis of coaching behavior.
Group dinner, a trip to visit Beamish, Beamish open-air life museums, Angel of the North.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I once visited Thailand, my biggest fear was about communication barriers and getting lost.
I did some research on the geographical maps and directions of the area and location surrounding my hotel, on directions, names and learning how to understand Thai language and pronouncing names correctly. This allowed me to become confident in my ability to communicate with the public and find my way around Phuket and Bangkok.

What would you suggest about the program?

The cost of accommodation, how much study time is available and how many assessments there will be as it may be a demand on students to complete with the time needed to visit locations on day trips.

I visited Edmonton on Canada and I did not foresee how large the country was until a flew over from east America to the west, it was to compete in the 2014 World Aquathlon championships, the public transport was good but as the location of the race was about twenty miles from the hotel it did take about an hour to get the race venue. As everything was spread out, hiring a car or cycling to the venue would have been an option, I would have done some research into transport options and studied the distance to and from locations and places so I could plan, organise and manage my time. This would have reduce the amount of pressure on myself to compete in the race.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Peter Allsopp

Job Title
International Summer School Coordinator
Peter, an alumni of Northumbria University for six years, spent 18 months traveling and working abroad upon graduation. With world-leading hospitality experience, he joined Northumbria on a Talent Management Program where he is now the chief coordinator of the Northumbria International Summer School. Pete is crazy about snowboarding and cooking, and aims to sample foods from every country on the planet!

What is your favorite travel memory?

pyramids in Egypt

Getting completely lost with a bunch of strangers and 'locals' over Christmas in Whistler, where we had rode our snowboards to a back-country area of the mountain. We had taken a wrong turn and missed the route home.

With daylight fading and temperatures freezing we spent 3 hours, navigating down cliffs and through trees to get home. Sharing the moment with people I'd only met that day, as scary as it was in the conditions, was an unforgettable moment.

It is a testament to the warmth of the traveling community and what strangers can do together when faced with adversity. We still Skype about it to this day!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Northumbria International Summer School, of course! We feel that we have designed a really strong program this year.

Our region, city, and university really do sell themselves, and when students arrive here, they don't want to leave!

We're also offering modules that cover a wide range of interests. Our Newcastle Business School is AACSB accredited and the chance to study corporate social responsibility; such a key topic in today's world, from leading, acknowledged academics in that field is excellent!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We recently hosted our first ever International Staff Training Week, with colleagues from around Europe joining us to learn about process enhancement, and to showcase Northumbria University.

It was so rewarding to see the time which the team had put into designing the program be rewarded by so many comments of praise upon leaving! The team did a great job! We're already receiving enquiries for next year before we have even designed the program, which speaks volumes about what we achieved.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

You have to be passionate about what you are doing. Working with like-minded individuals who drive and challenge you everyday! Northumbria priorities 'The Student Experience', striving to ensure those who study with us have an experience that is unmatched.

With that comes skills I honed in hospitality, treating students and colleagues as valued human beings and not just people in a transaction. This gives a sense of trust, belonging, and family, which as a member of Northumbria Alumni, I am a part of!