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The Sutton Trust expands program for UK Students to try US education
Jamie Dunn, Communication Officer and Educational Advisor at the US-UK Fulbright Commission, reports on the Sutton Trust's US summer school program
August 6, 2013

Students of the Sutton Trust Summer School
After a successful pilot year, the Sutton Trust has expanded its US summer school program to give bright, low and middle income UK state school students a taste of life at an American university. The initiative has been developed from the Trust's flagship UK summer schools and is centered on a one-week residential in the US at MIT or Yale University with introductory events and application support in the UK before and after.

Delivered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the program provides participants with activities and sessions to help them make the right decisions about American higher education. The Sutton Trust covers the costs for all residential events, accommodation and travel.

Many of the participants will be the first generation in their family to go to university. Students were selected based on similar criteria to what US universities are looking for, including academic performance, extracurricular involvement, character and commitment to the program.

This year's cohort is building on the success of last year's participants. 33 of the 64 students on the pilot program applied to US universities, with 24 winning places and 21 deciding to take them up. These 21 students were granted substantial or full funding and accessed $4.5m of financial aid. They will be studying at top US universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Stanford. Highly motivated and international-minded, the students are sure to make a signicant contribution to the campus community.

Applications for next year's program will open later this autumn. Research shows that there are more than 250 American universities and colleges with significant funds earmarked for overseas students, totalling over $500 million per year. The Sutton Trust and US-UK Fulbright Commission are reaching the most gifted, non-privileged students in the UK and giving them the opportunity and support to access this aid.

Interested in getting involved with the program? Visit for more info on the program or email us at

The Feeling is Mutual: Some Study Abroad Stats
  • The UK and US Remain the Study Abroad Destinations of Choice for American and British Students
  • In 2011-12, a record 9,186 UK students pursued university study in the US, an approximate 2.7% increase over the year before. (Note: These students would have applied in the autumn of 2010). For the 2011-2012 school year, there was a 12% increase in the number of UK student test takers against the previous academic year. As of January 2012, between 2009-10 and 2011-12 there had been a 30% increase in the number of UK test takers. The number of students in the UK taking the ACT increased in 2012-2013 by 68.8% over 2011-2012.
  • From 2009-10 to 2012-13 there has been a 40% increase in applicants to Harvard.
  • Yale reports an impressive 100% increase over the past 6 years.
  • Fulbright has seen its USA College Day university fair double in size to 4,000 attendees in September 2012, with website traffic up over 30%.
The traffic is not all one way:
  • A record 16,333 American students were pursuing full degrees at British universities in 2011-12, a 5% increase over the previous year
  • Over the past three years, there has been an approximate 14% rise
  • UCAS is reporting a 14% rise in US applicants for courses starting in 2013-14

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