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Sydney
16-18
years old

Engineering

academic insights - sydney
10 days • Pre-enrolment for 2025

Gain advanced pre-university insights in Engineering at University of Sydney

Prepare for your future on the Immerse™ Engineering programme.
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Advanced pre-university course in Engineering at University of Sydney

Throughout the Immerse Education Engineering summer school programme for 16-18-year-olds, you will be introduced to the engineering topics that form the foundation of engineering at university, living and studying at the University of Sydney, and develop new skills as you work through a carefully constructed syllabus.

You will be equipped with introductory insights to help decide whether you should pursue studying engineering at the university level. You’ll learn first-year engineering topics and develop both theoretical and practical understanding through an exciting syllabus designed by expert tutors from leading universities.

In partnership with The Australian Army Museum of Military Engineering, Students will gain an exclusive insight into the rich and proud history of the Royal Australian Engineers. Participants will discover equipment and learn about the engineers and their achievements at home and overseas.

Overview
Academic

Learn directly from expert academics from world-class universities

Academic Insights is taught by expert tutors from the Universites of Oxford and Cambridge who will travel to Sydney from the UK to lead the course, offering exceptional teaching quality on the other side of the world.

You will explore novel concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In small class sizes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert tutors who have honed their expertise through teaching undergraduate students at world-class universities, including the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

Our rigorous vetting process guarantees that all participants are taught by engaging and supportive educators who are, most of all, enthusiastic about sharing their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. Immerse™ is an unrivalled academic experience.

  • Average class size of 7

    Maximum class size of 10 students
  • 1:1 tutorials

    Supportive, challenging and engaging
  • Academic workshops

    Develop a practical understanding of your subject
  • World-class tutors

    Academics travel from Oxford and Cambridge

Boost your confidence and develop key attributes in academic skills workshops

Our workshops are geared towards unlocking participants’ potential, giving them the tools to prepare for the next steps of their education and future goals. Build upon existing study skills to support future university-level learning.

These workshops explore a diverse and enriching range of topics – past examples have ranged from ‘Productivity tips’ to ’21st Century Technology Skills’. We’re sure that you’ll learn something completely new. Unlike traditional schools, Immerse allows you to learn beyond the traditional curriculum.

Economics Class
  • Certificate & detailed participant evaluation

    All participants receive an individual report from their tutor
  • Personal project

    Develop a personal project to present at the end of the course
  • Live like a University of Sydney undergraduate

    An authentic experience of university life
  • Admissions insight

    Interview skills, academic writing and presentations

Guest speakers from previous summers

Each week, Academic Insights participants will hear from an influential guest speaker from a variety of inspiring backgrounds. Meet some of our previous guests:
Former Olympian

Abi Oyepitan

A two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Gold and Silver winning track and field athlete.
Philosopher, author & journalist

Dr Nigel Warburton

How do great people find answers to deep and meaningful questions?
Neuroscientist & entrepreneur

Dr Lynda Shaw

A journey in personal development - how to create your own set of tools to fast track success
Tutors & Speakers
Reviews
Our Alumni says

Our tutor was amazing. He knew the answer to every question that you could think of about engineering, and knew about everyone’s specialist subjects and was happy to discuss opportunities in each field with us.

My favourite aspect of the programme would be going on trips such as the tour of the London Underground, and how engineering plays such a vital role. It’s so much easier to learn and focus when there’s something that’s always keeping your attention rather than just having to focus only on lectures and classroom learning.

The thing that I found the most fun was socialising with everyone, whether it’s engineers or the medics or business people. We’ve only known them for two weeks, and this sounds so cheesy, but I feel like I’ve known them for years because we’re always together, we’re always helping each other.

Ferris M
Attended Immerse in 2022
Career Insights Engineering Participant
5/5

Explore Sydney with our Social and Cultural Programme

We are proud to offer an exceptional social programme which provides an exhilarating tour of Sydney. This includes activities like a cruise around Sydney Harbour, a sports tournament on Manly Beach and a murder mystery night in the college.

There is also a full day excursion during the programme to explore the iconic landmarks Sydney has to offer, including Sydney Opera House, the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Activities and excursions are run by our team of friendly mentors who are current University of Sydney students and city experts.

Activities

Live and study in
Sydney

Experience life as a University of Sydney undergraduate

St. Paul’s College offers a wide range of modern and heritage facilities located in the heart of the University of Sydney.

St Paul’s was the first university college in Australia. Alumni include two former Prime Ministers, three High Court judges, Supreme Court judges and 29 Rhodes Scholars, as well as influential figures in business, the law, science and the arts.

The college offers comfortable accommodation used by Sydney undergraduates during term-time, allowing for an authentic educational experience that blends immersive study with our exceptional social and cultural programme.

The college is perfectly situated to explore Sydney’s iconic landmarks including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Garden and the Australian Museum.

Accommodation

Pastoral care and safety

An accredited provider of academic short courses

Immerse Education is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the leading mark of educational quality for the academic sector. Our accreditation with the BAC sends a positive and clear message to students and partners that they are studying with a trusted and reliable provider who has met a series of globally recognised quality assurance standards, both in terms of academic provision and student welfare.

The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training before interacting with any students.

For more information, please visit our Pastoral Information page.

Pastoral Care

Immerse's mentors and
college managers
in Australia

All mentors on the Academic Insights programme are past/current students at the University of Sydney, whilst College Managers have experience running academic short courses. All of our support staff are background-checked and receive training in providing an unforgettable experience for every Immerse student.
  • Poppy
    Mentor
  • Photo of a female student on university grounds
    Sophie
    Mentor
  • Jem
    Mentor
Pastoral Care

Immerse™ Engineering Sample Modules

To see how the programme is structured, download the Academic Insights timetable here.
  • Module 1 - Electrical Engineering

    Electrical Engineering
    You will apply the principles of electromagnetism to understand a range of electrical components such as digital circuits and sensors. You will then enrich your understanding by exploring digital circuits at the base of modern laptops and smartphones, addressing their limitations. The theory is then put into practice as you construct your own radio receiver.
  • Module 2 - Mechanical Engineering

     Mechanical Engineering
    Following a review of the key principles of kinematics and the Newtonian laws of motion, you will explore rigid body dynamics for 2D and 3D objects before exploring the engineering design of earthquake-resistant buildings and pitching your own ideas based on an in-class scenario.
  • Module 3 - Material Engineering

     Material Engineering
    At the forefront of nanoscience and nanotechnology research, you will explore this fascinating and diverse field to evaluate existing materials and consider new substances at the forefront of current research. Participants will also explore how new materials are developed and tested.
  • Module 4 - Engineering A Solution

    Engineering A Solution
    Participants will be presented with a known problem and asked to work in pairs to create a solution based on the engineering principles that they have encountered. They will then present their idea and demonstrate a working prototype to their peers before facing questions.
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  • Pre-enrolment for 2025

10 nights accommodation in a college of the University of Sydney
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in College Hall
Accommodation in an individual bedroom
28 hours of academic sessions from Oxford University and Cambridge University tutors
Carefully designed study and lecture materials
Mentor programme and access to support material
Formal hall dinners at University of Sydney
Visits to iconic landmarks including Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and the Taronga Zoo
Cultural and social activities including Australian Football, Cricket and lots of opportunities for BBQ
Graduation ceremony and certificate
Detailed evaluation written by tutor
Mentor family photograph
Free premium membership to UniPrepare's 'Nurture' plan

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