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Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute


The Fulbright Commission Nottingham Trent Summer Institute is a four-week cultural and academic programme for US students held at Nottingham Trent University in the UK.  The theme of the institute is creativity, culture, history, and heritage, with an emphasis on space, place, and time.  You will get the opportunity to:

•    Experience a lively academic programme that examines local culture, history and heritage; 
•    Follow a unique course that brings together architecture, fine art and museum and heritage studies;
•    Take part in a range of social activities in the culturally vibrant city of Nottingham;
•    Volunteer in the local Nottingham community; 
•    Develop their learning skills, improving presentation, research and communication skills; 
•    Take part in a farewell exhibition to show off their new skills and present what they have learnt about Nottingham; 
•    Meet people from all over the world, make friends and experience life as a real student in the UK;
•    Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom, and for the prestigious internationally renowned Nottingham Trent University.

The Institute will take place from 6-31 July 2015


Robin Hood Statue at Nottingham CastleDid you know?
•  Nottingham is officially one of the UK's top five creative cities, and has recently been chosen as the city to host the UK's National Videogame Arcade. 
•  88% of the UK's population live within two hours drive of Nottingham.
•  It is the fourth most environmentally friendly city in the UK and has more sporting facilities per person than any other city in Europe.
•  Nottingham is ranked as one of the UK‟s top shopping spots and has been named Britain‟s culinary capital, with more cafes, restaurants and bars per square mile than anywhere else in the UK.
•  The £20m Nottingham Contemporary Art Centre is one of the largest contemporary arts spaces in the UK, and Nottingham hosted the first global exhibition of young artists in
2012 as part of the UK cultural Olympiad.


Note: The programme is open to students in all courses of study, but students with academic interests in the arts, design, architecture and museum studies are particurlarly encouraged to apply.




The majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes:NTU students enjoy an outing

•   round-trip airfare from the US to the UK

•   tuition and fees at Nottingham Trent University

•   accommodation and social programme

daily subsistence allowance and a per diem

a material budget of £150 per student

Wi-fi access

Housing will be in single-room, self-catering accommodation in the city centre.  These are organised in groups with shared facilities and bed linen is provided.  Fulbright students are housed together. The accommodation is just a few minutes' walk from where classes take place, and all of Nottingham's social and cultural attractions are on the doorstep. 

Students will also have access to the Student Services team for any questions or advice regarding living in Nottingham, and regular contact with the programme leader.  All course fees and weekend course-related travel costs are included. 

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

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:Nottingham Theatre Royale


  • 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 3.5 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
  • have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;
  • have an interest in either a) architecture and spatial design, b) fine art and how artists create work that responds to place and/or c) museums and heritage and how people engage with spaces of historic significance today.
  • 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 study, but students with academic interests in the arts, design, architecture and museum studies are particurlarly encouraged to apply.

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). 


Applications are due March 5, 2015 by 5pm (UK Time).

To Apply: To apply fill in our online application form. Download a copy word version of the application form if you would like to draft your responses first (strongly recommended) before submitting the online application form.

If you have a query about applying please read the FAQs document and application instructions before contacting the Commission. Follow us on twitter to receive application tips throughout the application period.

References and transcripts should be sent to the Commission by email  to Reference letters should come directly from the referee. Students should not submit references on their referees' behalf. 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 the application itself has been received on time.

Please note that the 'Summer Institutes' email address is for supplemental application materials only. Any general enquiries about the programme should be sent to

Applications not submittied via the online system will not be accepted.   Supplemental materials sent in by post, fax or to any email address other than will not be accepted. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Commission staff will not confirm receipt of individual applications or references by email or phone.

Note: The programme is open to students in all courses of study, but students with academic interests in the arts, design, architecture and museum studies are particurlarly encouraged to apply.


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interviewNTU students on outdoor adventures sometime between the dates of 1-15 April, 2015 (subject to change). Interviews will only be held these 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 likely university partner representatives, Fulbright alumni and/or US Embassy representatives.

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.


     Late November: Competition opens
     March 5:  Application deadline
     Early April: Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
     1-15 April: Telephone Interviews (subject to change)
     Mid-late April:  Notification for successful applicants
     May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
     July 4: Departure for UK
     July 5: Arrival in the UK
     August 1: Return to USA

Additional Information

Programme Outline

The aim of the first three weeks is to explore museums and the buildings they inhabit, how working in 3D and model making can help you better understand spatial design, and how artists are working in the city today.  The final project will bring all these strands together.

Week 1:  Museums, Heritage and Exhibitions

The world of museums, heritage and the arts is changing rapidly.  There is a growing need for multi-skilled professionals who have an international experience of heritage and education work.  This introductory week offers the unique opportunity to broaden your vision of the heritage industry, and is ideal for students of all experiences who are interested in social and cultural history and how it is represented today.

Week 2:  Architectural Model Making

Following your week exploring history and exhibitions you will then spend time in our architecture workshops learning the basics of model making.  Architectural models are the best way of communicating 3D ideas. Model building teaches you fine technical skills that are easily transferable to other disciplines, and helps you understand design and visualise space.  This practical course will help you understand design and visual space. 

Week 3:  Fine Art and the City

Reflecting the success of the first ever World Event Young Artists in September 2012 that attracted over 1,000 artists from 100 countries to Nottingham, this practical course will immerse you in the vibrant art scene that the city is famous for.  It is ideal for creative people wishing to explore their artwork in an international context and within a modern studio environment.

Each course runs Monday to Friday 10:00 – 16:00. . You will be working alongside people from across the UK and overseas and meeting local practitioners, professionals and other students, all the time building your global network of fellow artists and designers. Subjects will be delivered by a range of tutors who are active in the local creative will therefore develop a new perspective to your work based upon your engagement with fellow students, in addition to your new creative and technical skills.

Week 4:  Art and Design Open Workshop and Final Exhibition

The last week in Nottingham will be an open, self-directed workshop to allow you to concentrate on a project and produce work for a final exhibition/presentation. The week will be overseen by an academic member of staff. A project may be set or, if students prefer, they can build upon the work they have already begun in previous classes, and draw additional inspiration from the programme of evening and Saturday lectures and workshops.

The final exhibition will be held in one of NTU‟s dedicated gallery spaces. Invitations will be sent to senior NTU staff, tutors, and the team behind the programme. The idea is that you bring together your knowledge of the history and heritage industry, new awareness of model making and materials, and an appreciation for contemporary art and respond with a personal project.  This could be a piece of fine art that explore space and time, a model and design for a new museum or exhibition, a piece of illustrated text that responds to your time immersed in Brititsh heritage--the choice will be yours. The final exhibition will be held in one of NTU's dedicated gallery spaces.  Invitations will be sent to senior NTU staff, tutors and the team behind the programme.  The exhibition will celebrate your new skills and demonstrate how these skills will impact your study back home. 

History and Heritage Programme: Two evenings per week plus two Saturdays 

From DH Lawrence and lace to medieval castles and caves, Nottingham has a wealth of cultural, social and political history. Fulbright students will attend a scheduled lecture programme (two evenings per week) about Nottingham and its local legends, including the real Robin Hood. These lectures will be interactive and most will take place off-site to aid the orientation to this lively city. There will be visits to museums and galleries of local and national importance, an experience of a mock historic trial based on the city's literary heritage, and an exploration of architectural developments that have changed the city skyline.

During two of the three Saturdays there will be a range of academic activities that broaden the students experience of Nottingham and the UK, led by NTU academic staff. One Saturday will be dedicated to an exploration of Nottingham as a global city. From the religious crusades to the New Art Exchange, and its reputation for cuisine and being a shopper's paradise, students will see that this city in the heart of England has a place on the world stage. There will also be a visit to London to explore this vibrant capital from an art and design perspective.

Social Programme: One evening per week

10% of Nottingham‟s population are students. This means there is a very rich and varied social scene. Organised and paid for events such as a theatre trip to the city's Theatre Royal, Playhouse or an independent theatre production, a cinema night at the independent Broadway and water-skiiing at the National Watersports Centre will ensure students experience the culture and entertainment of Nottingham. In all cases the experience will celebrate local and national talents with an emphasis on all things British and, wherever possible, NTU senior staff will use their influence and contacts to add value to each experience, whether it be a behind the scenes look at a theatre or a talk from a local expert. The group will be guided by student ambassadors.

Volunteer Challenge

During the final week a day will be set aside for a volunteer challenge whereby all students will interact with the local community. Arranged and managed by the widening participation team and student union, previous volunteer challenges have included working at the local city farm.

All course content is subject to change. The information is intended to provide an initial scope of the programme and should not be considered final. Content will be updated as details are finalised by Nottingham Trent University.


If students wish to receive credit for their time in the UK they will need to arrange this with their academics at home before they attend the summer institute. NTU can supply module specifications to assist in calculating a credit equivalency. The four-week programme is 100 contact hours, and the overall learning experience is equivalent to 10 ECTS or 5 US credits.

All course content is subject to change.  The information is intended to provide an initial scope of the programme and should not be considered fine. Content will be updated as details are finalised by Nottingham Trent University.


Students will be fully supported whilst in Nottingham by a dedicated team of Institute and academic staff. Fulbright students will also have a dedicated student ambassador to mentor them and provide support throughout the Institute.