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Psychology Summer School

academic insights - sydney
10 Days • January 2024
Gain advanced pre-university insights into Psychology held at The University of Sydney
Prepare for your future on the Immerse™ Psychology programme.
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Psychology Summer School

Advanced pre-university course in Psychology held at The University of Sydney

The Immerse psychology summer programme allows you to explore some of the most fascinating topics in this complex and multidisciplinary field, from behavioural genetics to social psychology. Psychologists explore intriguing questions such as: what makes you unique? What makes you different from others? What are the motivations of human behaviour?

The Psychology Summer School Programme provides you with a forum to study, discuss, and debate these questions alongside a wide range of issues, through a curriculum designed and taught by expert tutors from world-leading universities.

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

Living in a university college was quite an experience. We had so much fun feeling like college students, but most importantly, we learned that the environment created is so cozy, not only because of how Cambridge makes you feel at home but also because the people around made it feel special. Living in at an Oxbridge University College was magical, as if Professor Dumbledore had swished his wand and created a perfect Hogwarts just for you!

I decided to attend because I wanted to have a taste of what college life would feel like and wanted to further explore if psychology was the right path for me. I was lucky enough to find information about immerse due to previous contacts with my school and a lot of research. Everything seemed so amazing from the first glance at their website that I immediately fell in love and was ready to take on the challenge.

I enjoyed every single detail that was planned to perfection that made each lesson unique, entertaining, and dynamic. If I had to choose one thing i enjoyed most, I would choose working on my personal project because I could work on something that I was passionate about and get to know my teammates deeply. Through creating my psychological research, I was able to test my limits, push boundaries, and fall more in love with the psychology field. It was truly incredible.

Having the hands-on experience of creating our own research was extremely beneficial. I did the psychology programme and it was amazing to see how much I was capable of as I developed my personal project. I also feel that being able to make new friends, connect with them, and understand different perspectives from people of all cultures was extremely beneficial for my development as a person.

Ana María P
Attended Immerse in 2022
Residential Psychology (16-18)
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™ Psychology Sample Modules

To see how the programme is structured, view the Academic Insights timetable here.
  • Module 1 - An Introduction To Psychology

    An Introduction To Psychology
    Psychology is surprisingly hard to define. Broadly speaking, it is the study of the mind and behaviour, yet this definition raises more questions than it answers. Psychologists study how we think, feel, and make decisions, as well as the unconscious processes and the neural mechanisms that underpin them.
  • Module 2 - Behavioural Genetics: Nature Vs. Nurture

    Behavioural Genetics: Nature Vs. Nurture
    It is widely believed that psychological traits have a substantial genetic contribution. However, to what extent are they influenced by a person’s upbringing and social environment? In this module, you will see how advances in biotechnology have transformed the way we study behaviour and genes.
  • Module 3 - Cognitive Psychology: Seeing And Remembering

    Cognitive Psychology: Seeing And Remembering
    We often think that our senses and memories reflect the truth, but a wealth of psychological research points in the opposite direction. In this module, you will see how our brains are sensitive to cognitive illusions, seeing things that aren't actually there, and missing things that are glaringly obvious.
  • Module 4 - Personal Project

    Personal Project
    This is one of the most exciting parts of the course. In the module, you will get the opportunity to give a presentation on an area of interest in the psychology programme, engage in discussions with your peers, and receive important feedback from your tutor, an expert in the field of psychology.
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Modules
  • 3rd January – 13th January 2024

10 nights accommodation in a college of the University of Sydney
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in College Hall
Accommodation in an individual bedroom
35 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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