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King's College London Summer Institute


Fulbright Five 2015The Fulbright-King's College London Summer Institute is a three week academic and cultural programme for US students held at King's College London in the UK.

The theme for the institute is Leading, Inventing and Reinventing: Britian Past and Present. In 2016 participants will attend a three week assessed module--Wonderland: 100 years of children's literature.  

Participants in this programme will get the opportunity to: 

Experience an exciting academic programme at a top 20-ranked UK university in the vibrant cosmopolitan city of London (QS World University Rankings 2015-16).

• Participate in Fulbright Master Classes led by Fulbright academics and professionals, which will include interactive sessions with a lecture component about leadership in their field.

• Develop their learning skills: improving presentation, research and communication skills.

• Meet people from all over the world, make friends and experience life as a real student in the UK.

• Learn to critically reflect on notions of struggle and tension and to understand the value of leadership and creativity.

• Embark on a reflective video project, producing a three-minute video and contributing to a blog in which they will describe their double journey of becoming more accustomed with Britain and learning about leadership.

• Have the opportunity to undertake excursions to points of cultural, historical, and international significance.

• Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom, and for the prestigious internationally renowned King’s College London.


King’s College London Undergraduate Summer School

The King’s College London Undergraduate Summer School offers a diverse and innovative range of exciting modules. Located in the very heart of London the modules have a strong academic focus and using ‘London as a classroom’, students are exposed to a wealth of history and culture through museums, galleries and tours in what is arguably one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and diverse cities. 

As well as a structured academic programme, the Undergraduate Summer School has a lively social element that allows students the option of undertaking excursions and activities to popular UK destinations and London exhibitions and events.  In the past this has included day trips to Windsor and Oxford, boat trips down the River Thames and West End theatre shows.  These events aim to cater to a variety of student tastes and provide the opportunity for each student to make the most of what London has to offer.  

Please note that all Undergraduate Summer School modules and course excursions are subject to availability and interest and therefore changes may be made to the 2016 programme.

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If students wish to receive credit for their module they will need to contact the office in their university that deals with external credit. We strongly advise students to do this before they apply.

It is up to the home institution to decide whether credit is awarded as credits are not printed on the King's Summer School transcripts. However, King's College is happy to offer advice to institutions if necessary and provide them with the module outline. A three week Undergraduate Summer School module consists of 45 contact hours. As a general guideline, our Undergraduate Summer School modules involve learning time equivalent to courses worth 3-4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. 

The Institute will take place: 27 June - 15 July 2016.




The majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes:

•    international airfare roundtrip US/UK, tuition and fees at King's;

•    accommodation and social programme;
•    subsistence, e.g. food and drink


Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, health and accident insurance.

Participants are likely to be housed in the en-suite, self-catered Stamford Street Apartments a short walk across Waterloo Bridge from the university’s Strand Campus in central London.

Special Programmes do not preclude participants from applying for a Fulbright Award later in their academic career. The summer institutes are intentionally designed in such a way that allows participants to come back to the UK at postgraduate or postdoctoral level as a Fulbright Student or Scholar.

Selection Criteria

To meet the minimum eligibility for this Institute you need to:

•    be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;
•    be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme;
•    be able to participate in the programme in its entirety;
•    have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
•    have completed no more than two years of university study, i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;
•    be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;
•    be willing and able to fully participate in an academically intensive programme that includes attending all sessions, completing all assignments, contributing to classroom discussions and supporting student ambassador style work as required;
•    have had little or no study or travel experience in the UK or elsewhere outside of the US and; expect to return to the US and continue your education.

Note: The programme is open to students in all courses of studyFulbrighters with their tutor
Those holding permanent residency ‘green cards’ may not apply.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.

In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, an indication of ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment). 


Deadline: Applications are due 26 February 2016 by 5pm (UK Time).

Before you begin the application process, please read the FAQs document and application instructions.  If you have questions or any general enquiries about the programme, you may send them to: Be sure to follow us on twitter and receive application tips throughout the period.

To Apply: 

1. Complete our online application form (including Equal Opportunities survey). We recommend you use a copy word version of the application form to draft your responses before submitting the online application form.

2. Request two reference letters: Request letters from two (2) references and supply them with the following online reference letter form.  Reference letters should come directly from the referee via the online  form.   References must be received at the Commission by 5pm (UK time) on the day of the deadline or the application will not be considered even if other pieces have been received on time. Students should not submit letters on their referees' behalf; we will be checking references. 

3. Send a copy of your transcripts: Transcripts should be sent to the Commission by email to in the form of a PDF.  Please do not send links to transcript access sites, as we have not always been able to access transcripts from these sites and your application may be considered incomplete. We recommend you request a transcript be sent to you, and you send a copy to the address above. We will accept these transcripts.  Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if for financial or similar reasons it is difficult to obtain an official transcript, we will accept an unofficial transcript in its place.  

The 'Summer Institutes' email address is for transcript attachments only. Applications not submitted by the online system will not be accepted. Transcripts or reference letters sent in by post, fax or to any email address other than will not be accepted. 


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of 5 -15 April (subject to change). Interviews will only be held selected days and may not be rescheduled.

If you are making an application, please save these dates as an invitation to interview may come within a few days of the interview date. The selection committee will be comprised of Fulbright Commission staff and on occasion representatives from partner universities, US Embassy representatives, or Fulbright alumni.

Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to give feedback on individual applications or to provide reasons for their refusal.

Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


25 November: Competition opens
February:  Application deadline
Late March:  Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
5-15 April:  Telephone Interviews 
Late April:  Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
25 June:  Departure for UK
26 June:  Arrival in the UK
16 July:  Return to USA



Additional Information

Programme Outline

Big Ben and ParliamentThe Institute begins with an orientation and welcome event, which will introduce students to King’s and to London. Students will then be introduced to the themes of the Institute and will take part in icebreakers and workshops. Students will then join the international students from around the world on the King's Undergraduate Summer School. 


For more information on the King's Undergarduate Summer School please visit the website

Read about last year’s Undergraduate Summer School and the experiences of the 2014 Fulbright scholars.


Course module

At the core of each student’s experience they will attend a King’s College London Undergraduate Summer School module, “Wonderland: 100 years of children’s literature”:

Explore 100 years of children’s literature, starting in the 20th century and finishing in the present day. 

Be introduced to an exciting range of texts (fairy tales, fantasies, fables, adventure stories and nonsense rhymes) and engage in discussions and debates about the uses of children’s literature.

Read and discuss modern and contemporary British authors such as J M Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, J R Tolkien, Roald Dahl and JK Rowling, as well as reference influential 18th and 19th century texts and fan fiction.

View manuscripts in London’s rich archives, visit museums and (making the most of King’s central location) investigate how the capital’s sites and spaces have inspired the creation of imaginative worlds. 

Develop their knowledge of a variety of interpretative approaches, including psychoanalysis, Marxism, gender theory, narratology and new historicism. 

Be given the chance to devise, and perform, their own children’s stories, as part of the strong creative component of the course. 

Please note that all Undergraduate Summer School modules are subject to tutor availability and sufficient interest and therefore changes may be made to course details for the 2016 programme.



Students will be fully supported by a dedicated team of academic and administrative staff. Dedicated Fulbright mentors will also be on hand through the Institute. These will be current King’s students, based in London, and they will be available to help participants on excursions to their favourite place in London and other points of cultural, historical, and international significance. The student mentors will also introduce students to everyday living in London and spend some of their free time together. Students will have other opportunities to meet British and international students socially through the Undergraduate Summer School, for example on a boat trip down the River Thames. Through a friendly mentor system students will have the chance to make lasting friendships with King’s students.