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Frequently Asked Questions

Date and location

The IGGY Global Residential takes place from Sunday 9 August 2015 – Saturday 22 August 2015.
It will take place at the University of Warwick, based in Coventry in the UK.


The course is open to 11 - 18 year old gifted and talented students from all around the world. You do not need to be an IGGY member to attend.
You can submit your application here. Please tell us in your application why you wish to attend and what you hope to gain from the experience in no more than 500 words.
The deadline for applications is midnight (GMT) on 26 June 2015. After this date we will no longer be able to accept applications. Our courses are very popular however and therefore places will be offered on a first come, first served basis and may be full before the date of the deadline. Once a course is full, we can add your name to a waiting list in case of cancellations.
Once you have submitted your application, we aim to contact you within 5 working days to let you know if you have been accepted onto the course. If you are applying for a bursary we will contact you before the 9 June 2015 to confirm if your application has been successful and if we are able to provide you with a bursary.
You do not need to be an IGGY member to apply. If you are aged between 13 – 18, you live outside of the EU and your application is successful, you will automatically receive FREE IGGY membership for 12 months. If you live in the EU and your application is successful you will receive a FREE IGGY membership for life. IGGY membership gives you access to high quality educational content online, to academics and professional resources and you’ll enjoy connecting with like-minded 13 – 18 year olds as part of our fun interactive social network. If you are aged 11 or 12 we’ll keep hold of your details and provide IGGY membership for 12 months when you turn 13.

Travel and visas

If you live in the UK, you will be asked to arrive on campus between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday 9 August 2015. Details of where to arrive to will be sent to you nearer the time. Please note your travel costs to and from the residential course are not included in the cost.
If you are travelling from overseas, you will need to arrange your flights so that they arrive at specific times and dates into the UK. Details about which time to arrive and which airport to land in will be sent to you by 12 June 2015. This will ensure that you will be able to arrive at a time where our collection staff can meet you as part of a group and escort you back to the University of Warwick by coach. Please note your travel costs to and from the Residential Course are not included in the cost.
Please do not book your flights until 12 June 2015 so that we can ensure you have all of the details you need to attend the course. You will also be given information about which airport to fly to and what times are available for collection by supervisory staff. We advise you not to book any flights prior to this as we may not be able to confirm safe collection of you otherwise.
Depending on the passport you hold, you may need to apply for a UK visa in advance. Check the website for more information on this. If you do need to apply for a UK visa, you may require a letter from us to confirm your reason to travel to the UK and we can provide you with this upon request. Any UK visa will need to be organised and paid for by you in advance of travel. Please note it can take anything upto three weeks for a visa to be processed - so plan ahead for this.

Academic experience

We have 3 exciting courses for you to choose from. You can select one course to study for the duration of your stay and this will include working with world class academics and professionals within this area of expertise.

As well as providing cutting edge educational content, the IGGY Global Residential helps make students more effective learners, and teaches them the benefits of sharing knowledge across cultures:

  • Learning to work more effectively as part of a team
  • Becoming more employable in the future through critical thinking and life skills
  • Improving expertise in exciting academic fields
  • Developing lifelong debating, problem solving and creative thinking skills
  • Stretching abilities through access to a higher level of teaching
  • Experiencing university life and independent living

At the end of the course each student will receive a certificate signed by the Vice Chancellor to confirm their achievement. We also provide a report outlining their skills and contribution.

On the final evening students are invited to attend a gala dinner to celebrate their success and achievements.

Social life

Yes. We will be welcoming young people from all over the world to attend the residential courses and you will get the opportunity to spend time with them and find out about their cultures and experiences. You will get to know people by working together in teams as part of the academic programme as well as enjoying social activities together with young people from all of the courses combined. Young people who have attended previous courses have described the experience as “the chance of a lifetime” and have made lifelong friends, memories and skills.
While the courses are packed full of academic and social activities, there will also be some free time for you to carry out school work that you might have, call your families, read or spend time online – these times will be allocated into the programme.

Living on campus

Student accommodation based on campus at the University of Warwick.
You will stay in your own room and boys and girls will be placed in separate accommodation. You will have your own bedroom and will share bathroom facilities and a communal area. Accommodation is safe and secure and an adult of the same gender will be living in each flat to ensure that you are supervised and to deal with any questions you might have. All supervisory staff have will been approved by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) deeming them safe to work with young people. They will also have been trained to work with young people effectively.
Once your place on the course has been confirmed and your payment has been accepted, we will send you joining instructions which will outline what you might wish to bring on the course, you will not need any special equipment for your time on campus. It will be summertime in the UK, but you should still bring some warm cloths and something to keep the rain off - summer can be a little unpredictable in the UK. Towels and bed linen will be provided in your accommodation.

Money matters

The total fee for the Residential School is £2,500, this covers all the academic teaching, accommodation, food and drink as well as a social programme and 24/7 nursing and welfare provision. For more information please visit our fees page.
Yes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for the duration of your stay. Please inform us of any food allergies or special dietary requirements in advance of your stay and we will be happy to ensure that you are catered for. Snacks will also be provided but you may wish to bring some money with you in order to buy your own additional drinks and snacks – there are plenty of vending machines, cafes and a supermarket on campus in case you wish to buy snacks.
IGGY really pushes you to fulfil your full potential. IGGY student, Pakistan
Being with people from around the world, you realise how hard you need to work to be the best you can be. It’s been really life-changing for me. IGGY student, UK
IGGY is a lot more advanced – we learn PhD things which can be hard to understand but the teachers are really good. IGGY student, Taiwan
The experiences that I gained were invaluable and I hope to pass on some of my excitement to people back home. IGGY student, Malaysia