My Seren/Jesus College Summer School experience

We spoke to Joe Phelps, a year 13 student from the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire hub, who told us about his experience from Seren/Jesus College Summer School last year.

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Why did you apply for Seren/ Jesus College Summer School?

“I applied for the Seren/Jesus College Summer School in the hope of finding out more about Oxford university and if it was a university I would like to apply to.

“Being from rural west Wales, I didn’t really know what to expect and I wasn’t sure whether Oxford would be the university for me.

How did you find the application process?

“Despite being a challenge, I found the application process enjoyable because it allowed me to have a chance at writing extended pieces which I don’t usually get to do with my A levels which are maths, physics and chemistry.

“In my application, I wrote an essay on the topic of “The meaning of life” which gave me the opportunity to explore some new ideas and research topics along with gaining useful feedback to help further my writing skills.

What were your first impressions of Oxford?

“When I arrived in Oxford, I remember I found the layout of the city very interesting, with the different colleges dotted around the city.

“The architecture of the colleges and Oxford was fascinating.

“Initially, the scale of everything in Oxford overwhelmed me, but after entering the College and meeting the staff and other students, I was far more relaxed and felt very welcomed.

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Tell us about your time at the Seren/Jesus College Summer School?

“During my time at the Seren/Jesus College Summer School, I experienced what life as an Oxford student would be like.

“I attended lectures and seminars on some intriguing topics such as exoplanetary life and the significance of our own existence.

“One of my favourite lectures was about language in law. It’s very different to my usual study and allowed me to open my mind to things I have not thought about, developing my lateral thinking skills.

“At the end of the week, I submitted an essay on mathematical models which was discussed and scrutinised in a tutorial environment (a small discussion group with a tutor). I found this really interesting and enjoyed being able to discuss my ideas with others who had different ideas.

What else did you get from the experience?

“Aside from learning, we were also able to explore the City, visit museums and see what student life was like outside of the colleges.

“In my free time, I visited the famous Blackwell’s bookshop and relaxed in various coffee shops around the city with the new friends I had made there.

“Overall, I found the Seren/Jesus College Summer School an amazing experience which gave me a taste of what life is like for an Oxford student.

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How did the Seren/Jesus College Summer School help you?

“Attending the Seren/Jesus College Summer School encouraged me to apply for a place at the College to study physics.

“In January, I received an offer of study there. I was so excited and pleased to accept the offer and I can’t wait to hopefully start at Jesus College in October.

“I made some great friends from the experience and met many interesting and like-minded people who I have kept in touch with.

“I would recommend the Seren/Jesus College Summer School to all students as it is a brilliant experience, especially for those who are hoping to apply there and want to get a taste of what it is like.”

 

Applications for Seren/Jesus College Summer School are open until Friday 24th May.

Want a sneak peak of what a Seren/Jesus College Summer School experience is really like? Watch our video from last year here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=443916059431499

Spotlight on: Oxford – the application process

Catrin Williams, a first year Human Sciences student at Magdalen College, tells us all about the Oxford application process:

“I attended Chepstow Comprehensive school and am now in my first year at Magdalen College, Oxford, studying Human Sciences.

“I didn’t originally intend to go to Oxford, it happened more by accident than anything else!

“I spent a large proportion of year 12 feeling stressed because I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do with my life.

“I considered various career paths, including engineering apprenticeships, before I stumbled across Human Sciences on UCAS.

“If you’re thinking “What is Human Sciences?”, you’re not alone, I think it’s the only question I’ve heard since I got my offer on the 10th of January.

“Human Sciences is an eclectic mix of everything from genetics to sociology, with evolution and anthropology in the middle.

“It’s very broad and very interesting, although the sheer breadth of it means you’d be hard pressed to enjoy absolutely everything!

“It’s only offered at three universities: Exeter, UCL and Oxford (Durham also offer it along with health sciences).

“This is how I found myself only applying to three universities, including Oxford, and more by a process of elimination than anything else.

“I had no idea where to begin with the Oxford admissions process.

“I’m lucky enough to have had both parents and my sister before me go to university, but the Oxbridge admissions process is completely foreign.

“Most Oxford applicants have to sit an admissions test around November.

“For Human Sciences it’s the TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment) which consists of an hour and a half of multiple-choice questions designed to assess problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills, followed by half an hour to write an essay.

“You choose from one of four unseen titles, which could be on absolutely anything, and tend to be a little bizarre, so you’re not really expected to know any detail about the question you answer.

“I chose to answer, “Can we learn about intelligence by studying how humans and other animals learn?”, which was a topic I knew (and still know) almost nothing about.

“However, the essay assesses your ability to structure an argument and communicate ideas, not how much you know about military campaigns and referendums (the other topics on my paper).

“There is so much information online for the TSA, and I’d recommend doing every single practice paper, particularly for part one, as the questions seem really strange to start with, but they’re very similar each year so you’ll begin to understand the pattern of answers.

“Somehow, I managed to get through to interview, which was a terrifying concept.

“Unlike private schools, and some larger state schools, most Welsh comprehensive schools don’t have someone allocated to Oxbridge applications, or an extensive question bank from past students’ interviews because everyone is made to fill in a full report form when they get back from Oxbridge interviews (yes, this is actually a thing).

“However, the tutors who interview you are fully aware of this and claim to be very good at spotting people who have been extensively prepped for Oxbridge interviews.

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“I only read one book for my interview (Sapiens by Yuval Noah Hariri – definitely recommend), and I’d only read half of it when I wrote my personal statement.

“I instead listened to loads of podcasts, which allowed me to quickly pick up a lot of information surrounding the topic without taking up too much time, as you can have them on in the background whilst you do something else.

“My RS teacher had recommended that we listen to Melvyn Bragg’s ‘In our time’ programmes for our philosophy and ethics modules, which I never did, but I found them excellent for Human Sciences, as the discussion format means you get lots of opinions.

“I listened as far back as the 1990s, then realised that it may no longer be the most up to date research on genetics!

“Also, little tip, if you’re looking to study something biology related, such as biological sciences, biomedical sciences, or human sciences, ‘The Selfish Gene’ is the probably the most over referenced book on personal statements, so read something more original if you can!

“My Magdalen interview felt awful.

“They began by asking some pretty basic biology questions, which helped me settle.

“However, they kept pushing me until I had nothing more to give, which made me feel like I hadn’t answered their questions well.

“I remember being handed a graph of death rates in the UK and in the USA and simply being asked “why did they die?”.

“One of my interviewers is now my sociology tutor, and I’ve still not worked up the courage to ask her the answer!

“I came out of my Magdalen interview and cried down the phone to my friend, convinced it was a complete disaster.

“It wasn’t helped when I talked to another girl being interviewed for Human Sciences, who said she felt her interview had gone really well.

“She didn’t get in, so you just can’t predict the outcome!”

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If you’re interested in a taster of life at Oxford yourself, including staying in an Oxford college and being taught by Oxford professors, why not apply to our annual Jesus College Summer School?

The school is running from the 19th to the 23rd of August and any Seren student in year 12 is welcome to apply (there are 75 funded places available).

Applications aren’t open yet, but we’ll be announcing their opening in May/June 2019. 

My experience with Seren so far

Iwan, a year 13 student from the Swansea hub, tells us about his experience with Seren so far:

“As a pupil who knew little about progressing into higher education, Seren taught me a great deal about what studying at university entailed. Looking back, Seren gave me the confidence to apply to the top universities in the country and inspired me to take advantage of every opportunity. I can ensure you they will open new doors to help you grow into a mature individual and allow you to reach your academic potential.

“The highlight of the programme for me was attending HE+ physics lectures at Gower College as they increased my intellectual capability and helped me to discover which subject I truly wanted to pursue further at university. The lectures were very engaging, compelling and informative.  The topics were discussed in great detail and depth and we were presented along with real-world problems to solve. Despite the challenging nature of these tasks, they encouraged us to think dynamically and laterally, giving us a taster of the teaching approach used in higher education.

“One of my most memorable lectures was based on the Bloodhound project, where postgraduate students from Swansea University presented the mechanical and engineering designs of the vehicle and ran through several digital simulations. It was an eye-opening experience as it emphasised how we will be the next generation that will need to adapt to the demands of society.

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The Bloodhound project

“Neither of my parents attended university and as a result of this, my understanding of the UCAS application process was minimal. Seren provided me with all of the information I needed regarding writing a personal statement, preparing for university life as well as applying for the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country. I also had the opportunity to attend the Seren Above and Beyond annual conference in Newtown, which was an invaluable experience as the talks ranged from adapting to university life, choosing a course that is best suited to your interests and searching for jobs at the end of your degree.

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Seren Conference, 2017

“My advice to you is to embrace the experiences Seren offers with curiosity and a willingness to learn. Make the most of the opportunities to ask experts and academics questions. It is only then that you can let go of your doubts and make a truly informed and balanced decision about your future.”

Spotlight on: University College London

Max Rees, second year medical student at UCL, tells us all about what it’s like to study at the prestigious university and offers some top tips for current Seren students:

“I knew pretty much from a young age that I wanted to study Medicine, but never thought I’d be able to get the grades. Nevertheless, I researched into universities and came across UCL and I instantly fell in love with: the buildings, the locations, and what the university stood for… a university who was built upon accepting students due to merit and not background. Even now as a second-year student, I’m still in awe walking through the campus.

 

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“There is so much more to UCL than just its appearance however. The student life is very active with there being such a large Students’ Union. This provides such a great opportunity to try new things or continue with your hobbies and extra-curricular activities you were involved with before university. As well as this, it gives you an opportunity to make friends outside of your course, who share other common interests as you.

“As a medical student, my week consists of: tutorials, seminars, lectures and lab sessions. Each providing a totally different way of learning, with lectures teaching you the information and knowledge required for the course, and seminars and tutorials allowing you to discuss what you’ve learnt in more detail, helping you see things in alternative ways of thinking. Lab sessions include: practical sessions, computer-aided lessons, and anatomy dissection/prosection. All of these allow you to put what you’ve learnt into practice, or to visualise what you’ve learnt (especially for anatomy). Alternating between different teaching styles really helps with understanding and helps you to realise the things you don’t understand as much.

“With the university being in such a central location, it’s so easy to go for a walk and sight see whenever you have a break from lectures or revision. I feel like this, along with being a member of different societies, really helps me to de-stress. You have the hustle and bustle of a big city on your fingertips which makes London such an exciting place to live, and you’ll find that there’s always a new bit of the city that you’ve never seen before!

“UCL offer so many Open Days for prospective students and most of these are run by present students which is really nice because you get the chance to speak to someone first-hand on how they’ve experienced university life, and what their favourite things about the university are. Once you’ve applied, and have been offered a place/interview, you are usually invited to a Department Open Day so that you can get a taste of what you’ll be studying. This is very helpful because it also makes you familiar with the building, and the style of teaching before you begin studying.

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“Being a member of the Seren Network, I learnt so much from the individual sessions put on for my subject choice. It is a super-curricular activity and helps you to learn beyond what you would in the classroom. I was able to discuss this in my personal statement and give the reasons as to why learning things that were medicine-based really interested me. It was an opportunity I, otherwise, wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t a part of it. As well as this, some sessions really highlighted the important of medical ethics, and helped you to begin thinking more holistically about certain topics. This really helped when it came to university interviews. Another aspect of Seren Network are the trips to visit certain universities which helps you to consider applying to other universities that you didn’t think of previously, and it can also change your mind about a university that you thought you really wanted to apply to.

“To conclude this, granted, a very long blog (apologies for this… I do tend to babble on) I just wanted to give you a few tips for both Year 12 and Year 13:

If you’re in your first year of sixth form or college, focus on trying to get relevant work experience and do some extra reading on things that interest you. These will really help when writing your personal statement because you can home in on the skills you’ve learnt and developed by doing so.

If you’re in Year 13, and are in the process of applying, don’t stress too much and don’t let not hearing back from your choices distract you from your school studies. It can be quite a stressful year, so try to find an activity that helps you to relieve the stress.”

Everything you need to know about: Mindfulness

Simon Jones, Head of Policy and Influencing at Mind Cymru, tells us all about mindfulness and tips for becoming more mindful in everyday life.  

Mindfulness has become a popular way to help people manage their day to day wellbeing, with many apps and books available to teach you the techniques. It’s a technique you can learn which involves making a special effort to notice what’s happening in the present moment (in your mind, body and surroundings) – without judging anything. It has roots in Buddhism and meditation, but you don’t have to be spiritual, or have any particular beliefs, to try it.

It aims to help you:

  • Become more self-aware
  • Feel calmer and less stressed
  • Feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
  • Cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts
  • Be kinder towards yourself

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The way we think (and what we think about) can affect how we feel and act. For example, if you think or worry a lot about upsetting past or future events, you might often feel sad or anxious. The theory behind mindfulness is that by using various techniques to bring your attention to the present (usually focusing on your body and breathing), you can:

  • Notice how thoughts come and go in your mind. You may learn that they don’t have to define who you are, or your experience of the world, and you can let go of them.
  • Notice what your body is telling you. For example, tension or anxiety can often be felt in your body (such as in a fast heartbeat, tense muscles or shallow breathing).
  • Create space between you and your thoughts, so you can react more calmly.

Mindfulness helps people observe the way they think and feel about their experiences, whether good or bad. Mindfulness can help by increasing your awareness of your thoughts and feelings, managing unhelpful thoughts, and by developing more helpful responses to difficult feelings and events.

Some people find it can help to manage their depression, anxiety and stress. In particular it can help if you:

  • Struggle with negative thoughts and feelings that you would like to have more control over
  • Find it hard to switch off and relax
  • Worry a lot about events you cannot control
  • Need a way to reduce stress

If you find it difficult to get any free time, then mindfulness or relaxation techniques can help you give yourself the break you need.

Many people assume mindfulness and meditation are the same thing — but are there other strategies for being more mindful, outside of meditating:

  • Mindful eating, which involves paying attention to the taste, sight and textures of what you eat.
  • Mindful moving, walking or running. Notice the feeling of your body moving. You might notice the breeze against your skin, the feeling of your feet or hands against different textures on the ground or nearby surfaces, and the different smells that are around you.
  • Mindful colouring and drawing. Focus on the colours and the sensation of your pencil against the paper, rather than trying to draw something in particular. You could use a mindfulness colouring book or download mindfulness colouring images.

Eve Price, a current Seren student, says that wellbeing is a key priority for her and because of this has a set self-care routine: “I believe it’s very important to set a time in the evening when I stop doing work, to give myself the chance to switch off, followed by a set bed time to make sure that I get enough sleep. In order to reduce stress, I find it really useful to write to-do lists and plan the following day the night before. This includes how I’m going to use my free lessons and what work I’ll be doing the next evening.”

To find out more about mindfulness, visit: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/mindfulness/#.XD8Aelz7SUk

 

Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship 2019- all your questions answered

 

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Last month, we announced some exciting opportunities to study in the US this summer, including at Harvard and Yale Universities.

This blog answers all your questions about the Harvard opportunity. For further information about Yale, please visit this blog.

Remember: you may apply for a place on both the Harvard Summer School and Yale Young Global Scholars Programme (YYGS) but you will only receive Seren funding for one of these, should you be successful.

For students who apply for both: places for Harvard will be announced before YYGS.  Therefore, if you are successful in being offered a place at Harvard and YYSG you will automatically be discounted for Seren funding for the YYGS programme. You may still attend YYGS if successful but will need to fund this yourself as this will be outside of the YYGS Seren partnership.

Seren applicants to both Yale Young Global Scholars and Harvard Summer School in 2019 will need the following forms:

  1. Sign Up Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programme Workshops
  2. Question Submission Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes
  3. Scholarship Application Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes

 

Overview

The Seren Network has established a scholarship with the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program at Harvard University, USA.

In 2019, the Seren Network will support up to 5 Seren students to participate in the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program at Harvard University, USA.

For five Seren students, the Welsh Government will provide a scholarship worth $4,700 per student.

The Harvard Pre-College Program is an immersive, collaborative, and transformative residential experience.

Alongside peers from around the world, you’ll thrive in a dynamic and supportive academic environment.

Through the Harvard Pre-College Program, you’ll be introduced to college life as you attend challenging classes, live on campus, and enjoy fun excursions and activities.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn without limits, live at Harvard and thrive outside the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How do I find out more about the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program? 

To find out more about the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program please click on the following link:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program

  1. How do I apply to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

All students should follow the application process on the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program website. Please click on the following link:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program/admissions

To be eligible for the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship you must also complete the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

  1. What is the deadline for applying to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

The closing date for applications to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College program 2019 is Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5pm GMT.

To apply, go to:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program/admissions

  1. What if I miss the deadline?

If you miss the application deadline, your application to Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program will not be considered.

All parts of the application must be complete for consideration for admission.

  1. Who should apply to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

Harvard Summer School Pre-College 2019 program is open to applications from anybody who meets the eligibility criteria described on the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program website.

Please see the following link for details:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program/admissions

However, the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship is only available to Seren Network students currently in Year 12 or the first year of A Levels at college if attending a further education college.

The application process is highly competitive so only the strongest applicants will be offered admission.

The Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program is designed to challenge top performing high school students with fast-paced, university-level material. Prior to arriving at Harvard, students are required to do preparatory reading and during the program will spend the majority of each day in lectures, seminars, and small-group discussions.

The academic work in the program is intense and each session covers a wide variety of material in two weeks. Students must also be mature and able to engage respectfully and civilly in discussions over controversial intellectual, moral, and political issues.

  1. How long is the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

The Harvard Summer School Pre-College program is two weeks long, with sessions commencing from mid-June through to the end of July.

  1. Would I be travelling to Harvard independently or would someone be with me?

The 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program has different start dates ranging from mid-June through to late-July.

As a result, there will not necessarily be a designated party of Seren Network students or representatives travelling together.

Students applying should be prepared to travel independently and this should be a consideration before applying.

Of course, any Seren students admitted to the same session are welcome to travel together and Seren will endeavour to help facilitate this where possible, but this cannot be guaranteed.

  1. What does the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship cover? 

Tuition for each session of the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program is $4,700 USD (including $100 for health insurance).

The scholarship includes all programme costs.

This includes your instruction, housing on one of Harvard’s historic residential colleges, three meals per day, programme-related activities, and health insurance.

Travel is not included in program tuition.

  1. How likely is it that my traveling costs will be covered?

The $4,700 USD Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship does not cover traveling expenses.

The Seren Network, will work with successful students to raise funds to support travel costs.

  1. As a Seren student, will I be guaranteed a position in the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

No, Seren cannot guarantee the success of any individual application to Harvard Summer School.

Harvard Summer School’s application process is highly competitive.

Whilst the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship is available for up to five Seren students in 2019, the standard of applications must still be high enough to be worthy of an offer of admission independently of the scholarship, so only the strongest applications will be offered a space.

Applications will be considered by the Harvard Summer School admissions team and final decisions for admission to Harvard Summer School’s Pre-College Program will be made by the Harvard Summer School.

  1. How will the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program know that Im a Seren student and how do I notify them?

You must complete the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

You must also inform your Seren hub coordinator of your application to YYGS. Your coordinator is required to provide a final list of applicants from their hubs. This final list will be submitted to YYGS as the final list of Seren-eligible applicants for the YYGS summer school.

You should also mention your membership of Seren within your application.

As well as demonstrating an applicant’s success in gaining admission to this exclusive network, this will draw an application to the attention of admissions staff at Harvard Summer School who are expecting applications from Seren students.

  1. When will I be notified whether my application to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program has been successful or not?

Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by 25th February 2019.

  1. Can students who are not members of The Seren Network apply?

Harvard Summer School is open to applications from anybody who meets the eligibility criteria described on the Harvard Summer School website.

Please see the following link for details:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program/admissions

However, the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship is only available to Seren Network students who are successful in their applications to the Harvard Summer School’s Pre-College Program in 2019 and who have NOT previously attended a paid summer school in the US as part of a Welsh cohort. Students who have benefitted from a scholarship, or supported financially by their unitary authority, or the welsh Government are not eligible for funding for 2019.

The application process is highly competitive and so only the strongest applicants will be made an offer of admission. 

  1. Do I need to apply for financial aid portion in my application to Harvard Summer School?

 No.

Seren Network applicants do not need to apply for financial aid as part of their application to Harvard Summer School’s Pre-College Program to be eligible for the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship which will be given to up to five successful applicants from the Seren Network in 2019. 

  1. How do I pay the $75 application fee? Is this covered by the scholarship?

Ordinarily, all applicants must pay the $75 application fee.

Harvard Summer School will waive the application fee if it would constitute a significant financial burden for the student’s family.

All Seren applicants to the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship in 2019 must complete the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

In order to gain a fee waiver, you must indicate that the fee would constitute a significant burden to you or your family.

Then, you will receive an Application Fee Code to include in you Harvard Summer School application in the same section where you indicate your membership of Seren.

Students and families who can afford the $75 application fee should not indicate that they need an application fee waiver.

Applicants must not share Application Fee Codes with other applicants.

Applicants found to be doing so could be automatically disqualified from being eligible for the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship in 2019.

  1. I have more questions relating to Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program, where should I go?

Applicants should look out for information from their Seren hub coordinators and the Seren Network Facebook page about in-person and Facebook Live information sessions and workshops about 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes happening in January 2019.

Please see the following link to sign up to a workshop about the international summer programmes supported by Seren in 2019:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/feLnI5

If you’re a Seren student, please submit all questions relating to the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship in 2019 via the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/cB3obD

If an applicant has any technical difficulties, they should email:

precollege@summer.harvard.edu

(and cc liam.rahman@aya.yale.edu on the correspondence)

You can also email – Liam Rahman, at liam.rahman@aya.yale.edu or – Manon Charles, at manon.charles@equal.international.

Applicants can also seek guidance from their school’s university guidance counsellors and Seren hub coordinators.

We do, however, advise that guidance in this FAQ document and from the Harvard Summer School website is followed and prioritised above other advice you might receive.

Seren-Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Partnership 2019 – all your questions answered

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Last month, we announced some exciting opportunities to study in the US this summer, including at Yale and Harvard Universities.

This blog answers all your questions about the Yale opportunity.

For further information about Harvard, please visit this blog.

Remember: you may apply for a place on both the Harvard Summer School and Yale Young Global Scholars Programme (YYGS) but you will only receive Seren funding for one of these, should you be successful.

For students who apply for both: places for Harvard will be announced before YYGS.  Therefore, if you are successful in being offered a place at Harvard and YYSG you will automatically be discounted for Seren funding for the YYGS programme. You may still attend YYGS if successful but will need to fund this yourself as this will be outside of the YYGS Seren partnership.

Seren applicants to both Yale Young Global Scholars and Harvard Summer School in 2019 will need the following forms:

  1. Sign Up Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programme Workshops
  2. Question Submission Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes
  3. Scholarship Application Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes

 

Overview

The Seren Network has extended and expanded its unique partnership with the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program at Yale University, USA.

In 2018, 16 Seren students were admitted to Yale Young Global Scholars and received full funding to participate in academically rigorous two-week programmes on campus at Yale University in the USA.

For 2019, The Seren Network aims to support up to 30 Seren students to participate in the (YYGS Summer Program that will take place in New Haven (USA) and Beijing (China), providing a scholarship worth $6,250 per student co-funded by Welsh Government and YYGS.

YYGS is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program for outstanding high school students from around the world.

Each summer, students from over 100 countries participate in one of nine interdisciplinary sessions and immerse themselves in a global learning community.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How do I find out more about the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) programme?

 To find out more about Yale Young Global Scholars, please click on the following link: https://globalscholars.yale.edu/   

  1. How do I apply to the YYGS summer 2019 programme?

All students should follow the application process on the YYGS website. Please click on the following link: https://apply.globalscholars.yale.edu/apply/

  1. What is the deadline for applying to the YYGS summer 2019 program?

The closing date for applications to YYGS summer 2019 is 04:59 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 7th February 2019. To apply, go to: https://apply.globalscholars.yale.edu/apply/

  1. What if I miss the deadline?

If you miss the application deadline, your application to YYGS will not be considered. All parts of the application must be complete for consideration for admission to YYGS.

  1. Who should apply to the YYGS summer 2019 program?

YYGS summer 2019 program is open to applications from anybody who meets the eligibility criteria described on the YYGS website. Please see the following link for details: https://globalscholars.yale.edu/applying/eligibility-requirements.

However, the Seren-YYGS Scholarship is only available to Seren Network students currently in Year 12 or the first year of A Levels at college if attending a further education college. The application process is highly competitive so only the strongest applicants will be offered admission.

The YYGS Program is designed to challenge top performing high school students with fast-paced, university-level material.

Prior to arriving at Yale, students are required to do several hundred pages of preparatory reading and during the program will spend the majority of each day in lectures, seminars, and small-group discussions.

Participants also complete a major writing and presentation assignment in which they are asked to collaborate with a team of students.

The academic work in the program is intense and each session covers a wide variety of material in two weeks.

Students must also be mature and able to engage respectfully and civilly in discussions over controversial intellectual, moral, and political issues.

A student in the program must have:

  • An excellent academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers
  • A good work ethic
  • An ability to read, analyse, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English
  • High standards of personal and professional conduct
  1. How long is the YYGS summer 2019 program?

YYGS is two weeks long, with sessions commencing from mid-June through to the end of July.

  1. Would I be travelling to YYGS independently or would someone be with me?

YYGS summer 2019 has different start dates ranging from mid-June through to late-July.

Sessions are also delivered in different locations (New Haven, USA and Beijing, China).

As a result, there will not be a designated party of Seren Network students or representatives travelling together.

Students applying should be prepared to travel independently and this should be a consideration before applying.

Any Seren students admitted to the same session (in the same location and with the same start date) are welcome to travel together and we will endeavour to help facilitate this where possible. 

  1. Can I apply to the session in Beijing?

Yes, Beijing is definitely one of the options.

  1. What does the Seren-Yale Scholarship cover?

Tuition for each session of the 2019 Yale Young Global Scholars Program is $6,250 USD. The scholarship includes all programme costs

It also includes your accommodation in one of Yale’s historic residential colleges in New Haven or a hotel conveniently located near the Yale Center Beijing in China, three meals per day, and optional health insurance.

Travel is not included.

  1. How likely is it that my travelling costs will be covered?

The Seren-Yale Scholarship does not cover traveling expenses.

The Seren Network, will work with successful students to raise funds to support travel costs.

  1. As a Seren student, will I be guaranteed a position in the YYGS summer 2019 program?

No, Seren cannot guarantee the success of any individual application to YYGS. YYGS’s application process is highly competitive.

While the Seren-YYGS Partnership has identified up to 30 places that can be funded for Seren students in 2019, the standard of applications must still be high enough to be worthy of an offer of admission independently of the partnership, so only the strongest applications will be offered a space.

Applications will be considered by the YYGS admissions team and final decisions for admission to YYGS will be made by the YYGS admissions team.

  1. How will YYGS know that Im a Seren student and how do I notify them?

You must complete the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

You must also inform your Seren hub coordinator of your application to YYGS. Your coordinator is required to provide a final list of applicants from their hubs. This final list will be submitted to YYGS as the final list of Seren-eligible applicants for the YYGS summer school.

You should also mention your membership of Seren within your application.

  1. When will I be notified whether my application to YYGS 2019 has been successful or not?

Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by late March/ early April 2019.

  1. Can students who are not members of The Seren Network apply?

YYGS is open to applications from across the world who meets the eligibility criteria described on the YYGS website.

Please see the following link for details:

https://globalscholars.yale.edu/applying/eligibility-requirements

However, the Seren-YYGS Scholarship is only available to Seren Network students who are successful in their applications to the YYGS summer 2019 program, and who have NOT previously attended a paid summer school in the US as part of a Welsh cohort.

Students who have benefitted from a scholarship, or supported financially by their unitary authority, or the welsh Government are not eligible for funding for 2019.

The application process is highly competitive and so only the strongest applicants will be made an offer of admission. 

  1. Do I need to complete the financial aid portion of the application? 

Yes, all applicants to the Seren-Yale Scholarship for YYGS summer 2019 must complete the financial aid portion of the application to be considered for this scholarship.

Students who do not apply for financial aid will not be eligible for the Seren-YYGS scholarship and should therefore also pay the application fee.

Please note that any admitted students who do not apply for financial aid will need to raise funds to cover their tuition independently of the Seren-Yale Young Global Scholars 2019 Partnership. 

  1. How do I pay the $60 application fee? Is this covered by the scholarship?

Ordinarily, all applicants must pay the $60 application fee.

YYGS will waive the application fee if it would constitute a significant financial burden for the student’s family.

If this is the case, the 2019 Application Fee Waiver Form in the following link must be submitted with the financial aid portion of your Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) summer 2019 online application submission:

https://globalscholars.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/2019_Fee%20Waiver%20Form.pdf

You must also indicate if you require an application fee waiver in the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

  1. I have more questions relating to YYGS, where should I go?

Applicants should look out for information from their Seren hub coordinators and the Seren Network Facebook page about in-person and Facebook Live information sessions and workshops about 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes happening in January 2019.

Please see the following link to sign up to a workshop about the international summer programmes supported by Seren in 2019:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/feLnI5

If you’re a Seren student, please submit all questions relating to the Seren-YYGS 2019 Partnership via the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/cB3obD

Year 13 Seren Students and YYGS alumni from 2018 will be more than happy to help you and talk you through the process. Please contact your hub coordinator to be connected with the YYGS students from your hub.

You can also email Liam Rahman, at liam.rahman@aya.yale.edu or – Manon Charles, at manon.charles@equal.international

Applicants can also seek guidance from their school’s university guidance counsellors and Seren hub coordinators. We do, however, advise that guidance in this FAQ document and from the YYGS website is followed and prioritised above other advice you might receive.