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Eton Summer University Preparation Courses

The Eton Summer University Preparation Courses (ESUPC) are a series of non-residential subject-based courses for Year 12 students who attend UK state schools. These courses vary in length, between three to five days, and previous university-style courses run by the College have been very popular and attract a high number of applicants annually.

These non-residential courses at Eton are not about improving A Level grades, but are designed to help students with their university applications through an exciting and challenging period of study. Applicants choose a subject and we provide dynamic teaching and, more importantly, the company of like-minded students to work and socialise with.

In 2019, over 44% of Eton University Summer School students received offers from Oxford or Cambridge, and 95% received offers from Russell Group or equivalent universities.

Ian Harris, Former Director, ECUSS

Students enjoy a packed timetable and our aim is to help students make a persuasive application to the universities of their choice.

ESUPC is completely free of charge to students who attend and applications are channelled through a substantial number of our partnership schools.

30+

years of residential summer schools at Eton for Year 12 students from state schools.

Rowing Instructional Courses

The two Rowing Instructional Courses are open to boys and girls from any school in the UK or abroad. All participants spend five days learning to row or developing the skills they already possess. A significant number of free places are available for students who attend UK state schools. The courses are based at Eton College’s Rowing Centre and venue of the 2012 Olympics, Dorney Lake, and students will be able to experience rowing up the River Thames to visit Eton’s own island, Queen’s Eyot.

English Language and Cultural Courses

These courses provide foreign students with an insight into the British way of life and heritage, combining English tuition with a range of extracurricular activities and cultural visits.   

As well as experiencing Eton College’s cultural treasures, students visit other places of cultural and educational interest, including London museums, Windsor Castle, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Syon House and Hampton Court Palace. These excursions are used as a basis for the teaching programme. 

The English Language and Cultural Course for Japanese offers 320 places for Japanese students, while the English Language and Cultural Course for Chinese offers places for 160 Chinese students. For 2022, we will also be introducing the Future Leaders Course for 40 male students from Pan Asia.