England: Hull Scarborough
Program Type: Tuition Exchange
In 2000, the University of Hull merged with University College Scarborough. Washington College students have the option of studying at either the original campus or the smaller Scarborough campus. The college (originally a teacher training institution) became the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus, offering specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the arts, business, coastal studies, education and internet computing.
The University of Hull Scarborough Campus offers students the chance to study at one of the county’s most popular seaside resorts where they can benefit not only from a wide range of prestigious undergraduate courses, but also a host of exciting local amenities and entertainments. The beautiful and impressive main building of the Scarborough Campus projects an image of traditional academic values, but belies the up-to-date facilities that are at the heart of this institution.
The City of Scarborough
Scarborough is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in the country. It follows the arcs of two magnificent bays whose sandy beaches are divided by a rocky headland. On this stand the remains of the formidable medieval castle; at its foot is the equally ancient harbour. Scarborough has all the facilities and amenities but few of the stresses of the larger urban centres. Yet it is well connected to the rest of the country by road and regular trains, while Leeds/Bradfrod, Teeside and Humberside airports are within 90 minutes. Scarborough doesn’t let its size inhibit the variety of social and recreational pastimes that are available to the visitor, offering live music events, sports, theatre, cinema, clubbing or any number of hobbies.
The International Office provides a week-long orientation at the beginning of each semester. Academic counseling is available in each academic department.
Supporting students is a top priority. There are many sources of information, support and guidance on both campuses: the academic department; wardens and tutors in university accommodation; Student Welfare; the International Office; and the students’ union.
Students can make the most of their free time courtesy of a regular schedule of events and activities put on especially for them, from discounted ‘students nights’ at local pubs and clubs to Student Union theme nights at ‘Calvinos’—Hull’s very own bar/venue on campus. Team sports include soccer (for both sexes), rugby, netball and hockey; while the Scarborough Sports Centre, with fully equipped gyms, is just next door, and the Surf Society organizes lessons for beginners at the Cayton Bay Surf School. The Outdoor Pursuits Society organizes activities like canoeing, jet-skiing, riding, mountain-biking, paintballing, scuba diving or windsurfing.
There are a few housing options, the most popular being, Cayley Hall which has 214 single rooms, all en-suite and with fitted furniture, built within the new accommodation complex. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided in the nearby dining room on weekdays and breakfast and lunch at weekends. Each block in Cayley Hall has a pay phone. Students who own their own computer can have access to the campus computer network from their own study-bedroom via a direct network connection. The Halls operate on a 31 or 36-week residence contract basis and are closed during the Christmas and Easter vacation periods.