2012 UK Summer Institute Cohort Announced

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The US-UK Fulbright Commission is delighted to announce its UK Summer Institute participants for summer 2012.  43 Freshman and Sophomore undergraduates will be travelling to the UK this summer for an unforgettable 3-6 week academic, cultural and social programme at some of the country’s top educational institutions. Coming from 21 different US states and 30 different universities the chosen students not only impressed the selection panel with their academic achievements, but also demonstrated a dedication to their local communities, and a desire to act as ambassadors for the US whilst in the UK and for the UK, the Fulbright Programme and their hosts once they return home.

Three students will attend a three-week programme at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in association with the American Institute for Foreign Study and Richmond, the American International University in London. They will work with professional theatre practitioners at the Globe, participate in movement and voice workshops, and scene rehearsals and develop their knowledge and skills in the field of Shakespeare studies and drama. They will also participate in a wide range of social and cultural activities around London.

Six students will spend four weeks assisting Durham University and Stanford University staff and students on an archaeological dig focused on the northern edges of the Roman Empire in Britain. They will play a full part in the excavations and gain first-hand knowledge and experience of UK archaeological professional practice. They will also explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK on a variety of cultural and social outings.

Six students will be able to take full advantage of the London 2012 Olympics Games as they attend the King’s College London Summer School on a three-week programme of study entitled, ‘The Olympics: Global Games, Local Impact’. As well as learning about the issues surrounding the delivery of such a large-scale event alongside other international students, Summer Institute participants will also be learning about leadership in dedicated Fulbright master classes.

Newcastle University will play host to six Fulbright students on their International Summer School this year. Participants will study alongside other international students from around the globe on an academic programme of their choice. As well as undertaking classes during their 5 week Institute students will also get a chance to learn about the North-East of England and will explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK as a whole, visiting museums, galleries, parks and castles.  This will be the third year that Newcastle University have hosted a Fulbright Summer Institute.

At the Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute eight students will get the chance to follow a variety of exciting art and design courses in subjects that include photography, fine art, graphic design, product design, fashion and textiles, decorative arts, interior design and architecture. On their four-week Institute they will also volunteer in the local Nottingham community as well as experience a lively academic programme that examines Midlands culture, history and heritage.

This year marks our first Summer Institute in Northern Ireland with six Fulbright students spending four weeks at Queen’s University Belfast the majority of which will be spent on the University’s Irish Studies Summer School. In addition to learning from leading academics about Northern Ireland in terms of its national and international political, economic and cultural relationships students will also Interact with a range of people including politicians, police officers, community workers and people involved in conflict resolution.

For the second year running eight students will travel to Wales to experience an exciting and varied six-week programme at three different universities: Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth. The Institute is themed around Contemporary Wales: Industry, Politics, Culture and Change. The participants will learn about the Welsh culture, history, its geographical differences and the role that industry has taken in shaping the historical, political and cultural landscape of Wales.  Participants will also learn about the role and influence of Wales, both nationally and internationally.

The Fulbright Commission selects its Summer Institute participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning. 

Fulbright Summer Institutes cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education programme including: a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and the opportunity to join our alumni networks.

For more information on our 43 participants view their biographies.

For more information on the individual Summer Institutes read the information on our webpages

For more information on our Institute hosts visit our Partners webpages