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Two Chinese students win once-in-a-lifetime London experience

Sile Li and Keke Zhang will travel to the capital to embark on an exciting, fully-funded summer school course at two of London’s most renowned universities.


Study London, the Mayor of London’s official university guide, has announced the winners of its first ever Summer School competition to encourage more Chinese students to experience a world-class education in the UK capital. 

The London Summer Schools campaign aims to promote short-term summer courses to Chinese students, giving two lucky winners a fully-funded educational adventure to London.  

Sile Li, 21, from Guangdong province is currently studying at Guangzhou Medical University, and has won a free place on the Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer Programme at Imperial College London (1 – 26 July 2019). “I have always dreamed of studying at Imperial College and I was so shocked to be chosen” explains Li. “London is a charming city and I love its prosperity and liveliness. I feel like all the universities that I am longing for are in London, which makes it even more appealing to me.” 

Keke Zhang, 22, from Zhengzhou in Henan province is studying at Beijing Forestry University, and will enjoy a fully-funded place on the English Plus City Photography course at University of the Arts London (UAL) (15 - 26 July 2019). Zhang said: “London is the ‘sacred site’ to English majors like me around the globe with its rich culture and heritage. I have no doubt that the higher education in London is the best – just look at all of the top universities there are across the city!” 

Both students will also receive: 

  • Return flights to London with Beijing Capital Airlines
  • Accommodation at an Urbanest property in central London for the duration of the stay 
  • An online Aspire Account by Unizest with spending money. 
  • Two London Passes for tourist attractions across London 
  • ‘Afternoon Tea’ experience for the winner and one guest at The Landmark London hotel 

China remains London’s largest student market, growing by 89.6% since 2011/12 with a current total of 21,350 undertaking studies in the capital. Since 2016/17, student numbers from China have increased by 20% - making it one of the fastest growing student markets into London*.  

Lalage Clay, Director, Education and Talent at London & Partners the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency and home of Study London said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Sile and Keke to London this summer so that they can really get a taste of cultural life in the city, whilst studying at two of our world-class institutions.  

“London provides an unparalleled academic and cultural environment which is made even richer by the global talent that we welcome year after year, and we hope that summer school is just the start of Sile and Keke’s academic journey in London” 

London has four universities listed in the World University Rankings top 40, and five universities in the top 200, cementing London’s reputation as one of the best cities in the world for higher education.  

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*Calculated from Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data from 2011/12 - 2017/18 

About London & Partners 

London & Partners is the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency. Its purpose is to support the Mayor’s priorities by promoting London internationally, as the best city in the world in which to invest, work, study and visit. We do this by devising creative ways to promote London and to amplify the Mayor’s messages, priorities and campaigns to international audiences.  Its mission is to tell London’s story brilliantly to an international audience. 

We promote London and its world-class universities to overseas prospective students. 

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About Imperial College London and Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer School 

Imperial College London is one of the world’s leading universities. The College’s 17,000 students and 8,000 staff are expanding the frontiers of knowledge in science, medicine, engineering and business, and translating their discoveries into benefits for our society. 

Imperial is the UK’s most international university, according to Times Higher Education, with academic ties to more than 150 countries. Reuters named the College as the UK’s most innovative university because of its exceptional entrepreneurial culture and ties to industry. 

Our Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer School encompasses a wide range of biomedicine subjects and is delivered at undergraduate level.  We welcome applications from undergraduate, recently graduated and postgraduate students. We are unable to accept applications from students who are under 18 years old or have not started an undergraduate degree.   


You will not be expected to have prior knowledge of the Summer School topics covered. Our aim is to expand your academic horizons by offering you the opportunity to engage with topics that you may not have had the chance to encounter before.   

About UAL and English Plus City Photography course 

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Our graduates go on to work in and shape the creative industries worldwide. UAL is ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2019 QS World University Rankings®. 

The University has a world-class reputation and is made up of 6 equally renowned Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.  

UAL Language Centre offers English Plus courses which combine English language with practical introductory art, fashion, design and media courses. English Plus City Photography combines photography skills with English and you will learn how to capture city life on camera. This course will take you out and about all over London with your camera. You will be taught the history and context for street photography as well as technical tips and tricks. By the end of the course you will know what makes some photos so exceptional. This course will include: 

  • 15 hours of General English tuition per week 
  • 15 hours of City Photography per week 
  • Candid images using hidden or unobtrusive cameras 
  • Abstract images - images from the environment, its surfaces, textures and colours
  • Photo essays and portrait techniques, taking pictures of people to tell a story 
  • Adjusting pictures in Photoshop such as retouching and creating a distinctive style 
  • Editing and presenting images efficiently and effectively to present your work. 
  • Regular tutorials and reviews 
  • Free Wi-Fi access across all UAL sites 
  • Independent study facilities 
  • Insurance 
  • Certificates of attendance from the Language Centre and London College of Communication.  

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