Discover RAU Summer School

Discover what it is like to live and study at the RAU

This two day residential taster course for 14-17 year olds (i.e. years 10, 11, 12 or equivalent) is designed to give you the opportunity to explore our friendly campus and get a taste of what it is like to live and study with us.

You will stay in student accommodation, attend sample lectures, take part in fun practical activities and get lots of information and advice about coming to university.

The sessions will be tailored towards your main subject of interest, whether that’s agriculture and environment, real estate and land management, equine or business.

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Lecturer teaching a group of teenagers

When is it?

Wednesday 21 August - Thursday 22 August 2024

How much does it cost?

The summer school is completely free! This includes free accommodation, meals and activities.

Who can attend?

Students who live in the UK and are currently in years 10, 11, 12 or equivalent (i.e 14-17 years old) can apply to Discover RAU. 

Priority places will be offered to students who also meet one or more of the following additional criteria:

  • Live in a UK postcode identified as having low progression to higher education (i.e. POLAR4 Q1 or Q2, to check eligibility please email
  • Currently attend a state school or college (i.e. not a grammar school or independent school)
  • Currently/have been in local authority care or have caring responsibilities 
  • From an ethnic group under-represented at the RAU (i.e. Black, Asian and mixed backgrounds featuring one of these groups)
  • Are the first in your family to attend university 
  • Have a parent/guardian currently serving in the UK Armed Forces.

Where is it held?

The Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6JS.

How do I get to the RAU? 

You will need to organise and cover the costs of your own transport to and from the RAU. To support this, we’re happy to provide a free pick up service from our closest train station, Kemble. If you are struggling to cover the costs of your travel please contact us on to discuss. You can find further information about how to find the RAU on our website.

How do I apply? 

Applications for 2024 are now open, and will close at 5pm on Friday 26 July. Places will be confirmed in the week commencing 29 July 2024, and you will be contacted via email. 

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If you have any questions about attending Discover RAU 2024, please email