Non-subsidised short programmes
Although the Study Abroad Office can't provide any financial aid for the programmes listed below, we'd like to hear from students who are applying. We can also provide assistance to students during the application procedure.
You're also welcome to come and browse information about other non-subsidised university summer schools worldwide in the Study Abroad resource library.
Programmes in Europe
Toulouse Business School, France (and Slovenia)
This programme between Toulouse Business School and Ljubljana Faculty of Economics offers a unique opportunity to undergraduate students to do one summer school (three weeks) in Toulouse from 8 June - 28 June 2017 or a combined summer school (six weeks) in both Toulouse and Ljubljana from 8 June - 21 July 2017.
The programme offers you the opportunity to discover France and Slovenia and their culture and business environments by studying, visiting companies and businesses, as well as taking part in cultural and social events. Read more on the Toulouse Business School summer school webpages.
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2017 (applications received by 31 March 2017 will receive an early application discount).
Université Catholique de Lille, France
Located in northern France, Lille is ideally placed at a crossroads of Europe, with quick access by train to the capital cities of Paris, Brussels, and London. The European Summer Program is designed for international students looking for a short study abroad experience in Europe. Sessions are offered both in June and in July, with courses in and across various disciplines. A comprehensive hospitality package is included, as well as cultural activities, such as French film nights and day trips to Bruges and Brussels.
In addition to the varied Arts, Social Sciences, and Business program, and the popular Science and Engineering program, a Graduate Law program is now offered focused on transatlantic comparative law, and an undergraduate "French Only" Arts program, with all components taught in French. All other courses are taught in English. Further details can be found on the summer programme website.
The deadline for applications is 1 April 2017 for session I and 1 May 2017 for session II.
Université Paris Diderot, France
Situated in the heart of Paris, Université Paris Diderot is a leading multidisciplinary university in France. The Summer School at Paris Diderot is a French language and culture programme running for three weeks from 3 - 21 July 2017. The programme includes three hours of French language tuition each morning and the afternoons are made up of tours and visits to various attractions and sights in Paris. Also included in the programme are two visits to other destinations in France. Students with all levels of French are welcome to apply, including complete beginners. Participants will sit a placement test at the start of the programme. Further details can be found on the summer programme website.
The deadline for applications is April 2017.
Europe in the XXI Century Summer Programme, LUISS & Université Paris-Dauphine
LUISS and Université Paris-Dauphine are proud to announce the launch of their first joint Summer Programme on Europe: "Europe in the XXI Century".
The programme will take place from 19 June to 7 July 2017: the first week in Rome and then the second and third weeks in Paris, including 2 field trips to EU institutions in Strasbourg and Brussels. The programme is designed to combine top-class lectures with exciting cultural activities and visits to European institutions. Students have the unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the EU and to experience European lifestyles in two EU founding countries, two countries with a very rich and unique culture. The programme is open to students who have completed at least two years of a Bachelor Degree. There are special discounts available for students who come from partner universities. Read more on the programme website.
The deadline for applications is 15 May 2017.
Università di Bologna, Italy
The University of Bologna founded in 1088, is the oldest university in the world. The University offers an Italian Language and Culture Summer School and students interested in applying can choose from three different course-options, where tuition in class is combined with an afternoon program of cultural trips and activities: a two-week intensive course for beginners; a three-week course for beginners, intermediate and advanced; a combination of both courses, for a total duration of five weeks. Further details can be found on the summer programme website.
The deadline for applications is 30 May 2016 (applications received by 10 May 2016 will receive an early discount).
Universität Bonn, Germany
The 69th International Summer Course will run 2 - 25 August 2017. The course offers participants from all over the world the opportunity to learn German from beginner level to advanced level. Class sizes are small (maximum 15 participants) and excursions and activities are also included in the programme such as wine tasting, city sightseeing and a boat trip. The University of Bonn was founded in 1818 and Bonn is a famous university town. Further details can be found on the programme website.
The deadline for applications is 12 May 2017.
Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Humboldt-Universität belongs to an elite circle of eleven German "Excellence Universities". A 50€ discount is available if you register before 15 February. If you register for two courses you can benefit from further discounts. As a student of partner university, you can receive a 10% discount off the total course fee.
All summer school students are invited to take part in the social programme that includes a selection of excursions, sports, cultural events and festivities without additional costs. A variety of courses taught in English are offered in June, July and August. Exact start dates vary by course. For further information please see the HUWISU website.
The application deadline varies depending on the course. See the individual course webpages for more information.
TU Berlin Summer University, Germany
The TU Berlin Summer University offers international students the opportunity to travel to the German capital for up to six weeks of academic study at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin). With over 15 English-taught courses on offer across cutting-edge science, technology, arts and business subjects, and an immersive accompanying cultural program, the Summer University is a unique learning opportunity for internationally-minded students. All participants take a 4-week courses (25 July - 18 August) and you can also opt for the German language 2-week course (11 - 22 July) in addition. See the TU Berlin Summer University website for further information.
Applications received by 29 February 2016 will receive an early discount.
Berlin International Summer School
The Berlin School of Economics and Law offer a variety of three and four-week summer programmes taught in English that explore topics in the fields of business, business law and computational engineering. Modules on offer include 'The European Union in a Global World', 'European Business and Economics Programme', 'Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management in Germany', 'Markets and Management in Europe' and 'How Europe Works: Institutions and Law in the EU'. Modules start on either 22 June or 2 July and finish on 22 July 2017. You can find out more on the Berlin International Summer School website.
The deadline for applications is 1 April 2017.
University of Vienna, Austria
Students from all over the world have been drawn to the programme, not only because of the outstanding academic reputation of its European Studies courses and the excellent opportunities it offers students to learn German, but also because of its location directly on the shores of one of Austrias most scenic lakes. Lake Wolfgang, in the Salzkammergut region, is bordered by dramatic peaks and the area has excellent sports and recreational facilities.
The programme lasts for four weeks from 15 July - 12 August 2017. Read more, including details of how to apply, on the University of Vienna summer school webpage.
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2017.
UCPH international summer programme, University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen offers more than 50 international summer courses this summer. The courses are at bachelor and master level and are open for domestic and international students. All courses take place in July or August and are taught in English. The international summer courses cover themes based on contemporary fields of research and address topics of current international trends and interests.
Read more on the UCPH website.
The deadline for applications is 1st April 2017.
Helsinki Summer School, Finland
The Summer School will run from 8 - 18 August or 8 - 24 August 2017 (depending on the course chosen) and there are 20 multidisciplinary courses on offer in the fields of environmental, food and biological sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences and natural sciences. The courses are designed to challenge and inspire you in a learning environment that promotes equality. A wide range of social activities are organised during the programme and most are free of charge. Applications are open until the end of July but are accepted on a first come first served basis. Early bird fees are available until 28 February 2017.
Read more on the Helsinki Summer School website.
VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Amsterdam summer school offers courses from a wide range of fields, varying from Arts & Humanities to Human Health & Life Sciences and everything in between. In 2017 they are offering 3 blocks of 2-week courses. You can combine courses to create a 4 or 6-week programme. The courses are multi-disciplinary and always include excursions that are related to the course content. The tuition fees vary depending on the courses you choose. As VU University is a partner university of the University of Leeds you are entitled to a €250 discount off the tuition fee.
Please visit the VU summer school website for more information.
The deadline for applications is 1 May 2017.
Radboud Summer School, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
The Summer School will take place from 7 - 18 August 2017. You will have the opportunity to boost your knowledge by choosing courses from a unique range of academic programmes and you can participate in a range of exciting social activities. There is a wide range of courses on offer in the fields of Arts & Languages, Brains & Behaviour, Business & Economics, Health Care, History & Politics, Philosophy & Religion, Science and Social Sciences. All courses are taught in English. You can follow courses for either one or two weeks in a wide range of fields and take part in a special social programme. If you apply before 1 April 2017, Leeds students benefit from a 25% discount, as Leeds is a partner University with Radboud.
For more information on this programme please visit the Radboud Summer School website.
The deadline for applications is 1 June 2017.
Summer University of Hungarian Language and Culture, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
This Summer University runs from 31 July - 25 August 2017 and brings together interested individuals from diverse geographical, cultural, and academic backgrounds for an intensive course on Hungarian language and culture in Budapest. The multicultural and cross-age composition of the courses provides students with a stimulating environment full of inspiring and enriching dialogues. The programme is suitable for all levels.
For more information on this programme please visit the Eötvös Loránd University website.
The deadline for applications is 31 May 2017.
Programmes in Australia and New Zealand
Screen Tools, University of Auckland
Screen Tools will run 26 June - 21 July 2017 and is an opportunity for students to gain practical production experience abroad in New Zealand. Designed to help prepare students to begin a career in the screen industry, Screen Tools is an opportunity to gain valuable insight into how the industry operates. Structured around an industry-style production schedule, students will work in groups to produce a complete episodic drama for digital release. At the end of the four weeks working under the guidance of industry professionals, students will have a finished product for their show reel, and have developed a toolkit of skills to add to their CV. Highlights include learning from experienced actor, director and producer John Callen (The Hobbit) and guest television industry professionals as well as a field trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set.
Read more on the University of Auckland website.
The application deadline for summer 2017 has passed.
There are only 16 places available on this programme so early application is advised.
Programmes in North America
University of California, Irvine summer session
This is a great opportunity to study at the University of California, Irvine and experience Southern Californian culture. There are over 800 courses in over 70 different disciplines to choose from and while living and studying with American students, you can also participate in a culturally rich and active co-curricular programme, enjoying local attractions and getting an exclusive look at research at UCI. The university is situated on the scenic coastal hills of Orange County, just 10km from the Pacific Ocean and spectacular world-renowned beaches.
There are two sessions each lasting five-and-a-half weeks (you can participate in one or both) and there is a ten-week option. Read more on the UCI website.
The application deadline is 21 April 2017 for session I and the 10 week programme and 16 June 2017 for session II.
University of California, Berkeley Summer Sessions
Founded in the wake of the gold rush by leaders of the newly established 31st state, the University of California's flagship campus at Berkeley has become one of the preeminent universities in the world. Berkeley Summer Sessions offers more than 600 courses each summer in a wide variety of disciplines. Courses are offered over five different sessions of varying lengths - the first session available to Leeds students starts at the beginning of June, and all sessions end by mid-August. More than 16,000 students attend UC Berkeley in the summer, and nearly 4,000 of those students are non-UC Berkeley students.
Application deadlines vary depending on which session you choose. For more information see the Berkeley Summer Session website.
California State University Monterey Bay, International Summer Program
The Summer@CSUMB International Summer Program offers an extraordinary opportunity for students from across the globe to spend four or eight weeks studying a variety of subjects alongside American students. Take classes in business, biology, sports science, visual and performing arts, environmental studies and more, while spending your days in one of the most scenic areas on the American West Cost: Monterey Bay. If you want to take advantage of the spectacular beauty of the area as well as take courses with a strong practical focus there are courses on offer which are unique to Monterey Bay in the areas of marine mammal studies and science illustration.
More information can be found on the Summer@CSUMB website.
The application deadline is 1 March 2016.
International summer at the George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
George Washington Summer Institutes combine applied learning to create an in-depth and practical academic experience for participants. You will have the opportunity to delve further into your area of interest, explore a new field, or enhance your professional skills. There are 650 courses to choose from and there is a wide range of recreational activities such as visits to the Congress, the Supreme Court, the Smithsonian Museums, national monuments and sporting events. The programme lasts for six weeks from 2 July - 15 August 2016.
As the University of Leeds is a partner of George Washington University, Leeds students will benefit from a 30% discount off the tuition fee.
For further information visit the GW International Summer website.
The application deadline is 1 May 2017.
Vancouver Summer Program, University of British Columbia, Canada
The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four week academic programme offered at the University of British Columbia for cohorts of students from cooperating universities to study at their Vancouver campus. This programme will run from 15 July - 15 August 2017 and provides students the opportunity to take two academic courses in various UBC faculties, while enjoying first-hand experiences in Canadian practices and culture, as well as meeting other international students from around the globe. More information can be found on the VSP website.
The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017.
Summer Study Abroad at McGill University, Montreal
Offering prestige, culture and fun, McGill Universitys School of Continuing Studies provides international students with unique opportunities to learn and experience something new both in and out of the classroom. Courses last three - eight weeks and vary by subject area. Courses on offer include aerospace engineering, international marketing, entrepreneurship, international business, leadership, human resources and French language. More information can be found on the summer programme website.
University of Alberta, Canada
This International Summer Programme will provide students with the opportunity to experience campus life at one of Canadas top universities. The programme combines professional development, interdisciplinary studies, and cross-cultural learning opportunities, with time for exploration, relaxation and fun! Three weeks in one of Canadas most energetic festival cities may inspire future study and career options. The summer school will take place from 17 July - 4 August 2017 and each of the three weeks will cover a different theme. Academic lectures and field trips are included, as well as leisure activities.
For further information visit the University of Alberta International Summer Programme.
Applications will be accepted until May 22 2017.
Programmes in Latin America
Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
The University of Guadalajara's summer programme will take place 23 June - 23 July 2017 and includes 60 hours of Spanish language tuition, 20 hours of workshops and 20 hours of history and Mexican culture. The programme offers students the opportunity to spend three weeks in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara and one week near the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. A range of language levels are accepted, including beginners (applicants sit a placement test as part of registration). More information can be found on Guadalajara's website.
The deadline for applications is 12 June 2017.
Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires
Held in the Universidad de San Andrés facility downtown, this four-week programme is oriented to students who want to improve their Spanish while enjoying the culture and dynamism offered by Buenos Aires, recently ranked by QS as the top city in Latin America for students. The programme curriculum is complemented with frequent excursions and activities aimed at experiencing the living language of porteños (residents of Buenos Aires). In 2017 the July program will take place 4 - 31 July. The discounted program cost for students from partner universities is $1500 USD. Read more on the Universidad de San Andrés website.
Please note that this programme is not suitable for students with an advanced level of Spanish.
The application deadline is 15 April 2017.
Programmes in Asia
Waseda University, Japan
Waseda Summer Session is a 4 week programme from 26 June to 20 July 2017. At Waseda you can take part in the courses which cover a variety of interests including business, culture, history, and politics in the context of Japan and Asia. The courses are taught in English by experienced faculty members from Waseda and visiting professors from partner institutions. Japanese classes are also available.
In addition to the Summer Session programme, Waseda also run a Short-term Japanese language programme for either 3 or 6 weeks. For more information on these programmes please visit the Waseda University website.
The application deadline is 31 March 2017.
Short Stay Summer Programme, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
This three-week intensive program is aimed at learners of the Japanese language who are currently enrolled at a partner university of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and will run 18 July - 4 August 2017. Two courses are on offer Business Japanese and General Japanese. Both courses are designed to be practical, providing the learners hands-on exposure to everyday Japanese language in Japanese education, culture, and society. Classes will be divided according to the Japanese language proficiency of the participants and each class will consist of a small number of participants 12 or less. General Japanese includes off-campus activities focusing on Japanese culture experience while Business Japanese includes a visitation to leading companies in Japan. With the cooperation from TUFS International Student Support Association, on-campus Japanese culture experience - tea ceremony, Yukata try-on, flower arrangement, calligraphy and interacting opportunities with Japanese students at TUFS will also be offered. More information is available on the summer programme website.
The application deadline is 15 March 2017.
Summer Intensive Programme at Nagoya University, Japan
The summer programme at Nagoya University will run 14 June - 20 July 2017 and the programme will focus on is the latest advanced technology and tasks in automobile engineering. The programme is particularly suitable for engineering students and offers students the chance to further supplement their practical know-how with enrichment as they are exposed to the authentic environment of the automobile factory and research centre. A Japanese language course is also offered. For further information visit the Nagoya Summer Intensive Programme website.
The application deadline is 28 February 2017.
International Summer Institute, Seoul National University, Korea
The International Summer Institute at Seoul National University (SNU ISI) offers an exceptional opportunity for students to study at Korea's most prestigious university and one of the leading universities in the world. ISI offers an intensive six-week summer program from 26 June - 29 July led by distinguished SNU and international faculty. Conducted completely in English, more than 35 courses are offered on a diverse range of academic fields as well as Korean cultural courses such as "Korean Language" and "Korean Arts and Crafts". Along with lectures, SNU ISI also offers its students opportunities to explore Korea's unique identity through customized field-trips and a number of extra-curricular activities offered throughout the duration of the program. For further information please visit the ISI website.
The application deadline is 7 June 2017.
Summer Undergraduate Research Programme, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
CUHK will offer their Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) from 26 June 18 August 2017. This programme enables students from a wide range of academic disciplines to develop research skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest, join a world-class research team and build networks with leading experts in the field. Students participating in SURP will conduct a research project under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member for 8 or 10 weeks. This year 80 research projects will be offered in various academic disciplines, including Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Science.
Students who secure a place on SURP will not be charged a tuition fee. Participants just have to pay an administrative fee and accommodation fee. Apart from the academic aspect, the programme also offers orientation and cultural activities. More information is available on the programme website.
The application deadline is 28 February 2017.
Hong Kong University Summer Institute, Hong Kong
HKU Summer Institute offers a wide range of programmes from different faculties and is best suited for students who are looking to expand their academic and cultural horizons during summer in one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. In 2017 the HKU Summer Institute is offering more than 30 programmes in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Economics and Science. These programmes are not limited to lectures from acclaimed HKU professors and prestigious scholars, but are also provided in the form of workshops, site visits, field trips and case discussions. Alongside academic study the programmes provide opportunities for students to participate in cultural and social activities. More information can be found on the HKU Summer Institute website.
The application deadline is 15 March 2017.
Summer Schools at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), China
XJTLU offer a Chinese language summer school (two to six weeks) as well as a four week China Studies programme.The Universitys Intensive Chinese Language programme combines communicative teaching methods with XJTLUs prime location in one of Chinas most beautiful cities. Whether you're an absolute beginner or more advanced, this programme will give you every opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese, and to develop your abilities in this increasingly global language. Intensive Chinese Language is available as a two, four or six week programme, with rolling start dates from 3 July 11 August 2017. Applicants from the University of Leeds are entitled to a 15% discount on the cost of the Intensive Chinese Language programme.
Taking place in Chengdu, Xi'an and Suzhou, China Studies is a four week course which examines class, regionalism and inequality in China since 1978 set in the historical context of China's emergence as a growing international economic and political force. The course will run 1 - 29 July 2017 and will include lectures, seminar discussions, student presentations, group projects and Chinese language.
Business, Innovation and Society in Asia, Singapore Management University
This is a four week intensive Asian-focused programme where students worldwide will have the opportunity to combine high quality academic learning and transformative cultural experiences in Singapore. With an overarching theme of Business, Innovation and Society in Asia, students can choose one or two courses of their preference in any of the three aspects of study: business, innovation and culture. The summer school will take place from the 3 - 28 July 2017 and participants would also be able to attend networking sessions with leading industry experts, as well as participate in organized cultural visits & social activities. Leeds students benefit from a 10% discount, as Leeds is a partner University with Singapore Management University.
For further information visit the SMU Global Summer Programme website.
Applications will be accepted until April 2017.
National University of Singapore
FASStrack Asia comprises courses from the Facultys Asian Studies Division, Humanities Division and the Social Sciences Division. The courses takes place in June and July and the dates vary according to the courses chosen. Courses are focused on Asia, and some of these courses feature an extended field trip to a different country within Asia. Relevant Asian language courses will also be offered that will complement the field trips for a comprehensive learning experience and in-depth cultural immersion.
You can take up to 2 courses, including one that offers an extended overseas field trip. Other courses may also offer local day trips in Singapore or to nearby overseas locations over the weekend in order to facilitate experiential learning outside the classroom. For further information visit the FASStrack Asia website.The application deadline is 15 March 2017.
NUS Enterprise Summer Programme
Ever wondered how Singapore grew to be such a thriving economy and enterprising city? Youll find all the answers at NUS Enterprises annual Summer Programme. Conducted over two weeks, this residential programme offers a unique opportunity for local and foreign participants to learn about how one of the smaller nations in the world has progressed from a trading port to a destination for international commerce and investment. Using an enriching combination of lectures, in conversation with start-ups, ideation and pitching, as well as visits to business and government organisations, the Summer Programme aims to provide you with a comprehensive educational experience. You will also get to get to interact with local students in a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan environment, understand how public policies are formulated and gain insights on business practices and entrepreneurship development in Singapore. For further information visit the NUS Enterprise Summer Programme website.
GEM Trailblazer Summer Programme, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
NTU's unique summer programme will bring you an unforgettable summer education. You can choose from 5 different programmes: immerse yourself in Chinese Language & Cultural Studies; study the dynamics of Asian-style business through Entrepreneurship & Innovation Asia; reflect on your Asian journey with Creative Design and Media; pick up critical skillsets to ensure Success in the Globalised Marketplace or explore the exciting world of 3D printing with New Technologies, New World. Courses run from 19 June - 28 July 2017. For further information visit the GEM Trailblazer Summer Programme website.
The deadline for applications is 21 April 2017.
Programmes in Africa
UCT Global Academy, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- The University of Cape Town Global Academy is an inclusive short term programme that will run 19 June 14 July 2017. It offers students from across the globe an exciting opportunity to study important issues in diverse subject areas, to develop an understanding of South African society, and to experience Cape Town in a unique and unforgettable way. The 2017 Global Academy combines two courses, Afropolitanism and Power and Society, with excursions around the city in order to give students an all-encompassing experience of Cape Town. The courses are specifically designed to present comprehensive insights into South Africa history, politics and culture, as well as discuss major issues facing the country, Africa and the world today. For more information download the UCT Global Academy brochure.
- The deadline for applications is 21 April 2017.