Sanctuary Seekers’ Unit

Sanctuary Summer School 2023

The University of Leicester’s Sanctuary Summer School is a free one-week course aimed at sanctuary seekers who will apply to start an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university in September 2024. Our Summer School is run in partnership with Leicester-based charity After18 and includes campus visits, academic English classes and practical workshops to help you prepare for university.

Key data

  • Course dates: 10 to 14 July 2023
  • Course days and times: Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm
  • Delivery mode: Face to face
  • Places available: 20
  • Application deadline: extended to 11:59pm Sunday 2nd July

Course aims

  • Provide tuition in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and study skills, and resources to enable students to continue to improve these skills after the end of this course
  • Help participants familiarise themselves with UK university life and expectations
  • Give students an overview of the wide range of UG courses and course options available and tips on how to choose the most suitable course and university
  • Go through the university UG application process and timeline
  • Learn how to strengthen your university application and write a strong personal statement
  • Explore funding options including Student Finance loans and university scholarships

Entry requirements

Applicants should:

  • be aged between 17 and 25* (*applicants over the age of 25 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and subject to availability)
  • have an English proficiency level equivalent to or higher than IELTS 4.5 / CEFR B1 / ESOL Entry 3 / Intermediate
  • be aiming to apply for entry onto an undergraduate course for September 2024
  • have the equivalent of level 3 qualifications from their country or the UK (or be on track to gain these by July 2024)
  • be based in Leicester or able to commute easily
  • have one of the following immigration statuses:
    • An asylum seeker - a person who has made a claim for refugee status.
    • A person who has been granted Humanitarian Protection (HP) or Limited Leave to Remain (formerly Discretionary Leave to Remain) in the UK.
    • A refugee - a person who has been granted refugee status by the UK Home Office.
    • A dependant of any of the above status groups, in recognition that they are also from asylum seeking or refugee background, including family members of an asylum seeker whose claim is dependent on a principal applicant or family members of an individual with refugee or Humanitarian Protection (HP) status who have come to the UK on a Family Reunion visa.
    • If you have a background of forced migration but your immigration status is not listed here, please contact


Apply for the Sanctuary Summer School

We will review applications and contact you by email by 23 June. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to have an informal chat with a member of our team to check that the course is suitable for your needs.


Email enquiries can be sent to

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