Summer opportunities abroad

We have a wide range of international summer opportunities available for you to choose from, depending on whether you would like to study, work, volunteer or research.

A short international programme is a great way to develop a global outlook, immerse yourself in life in another country and gain valuable experience to put on your CV. Find out more about the different types of opportunities available. 

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Summer Schools

A summer school is a great way to gain academic experience in another country. It can allow you to study subjects you wouldn't be able to take as part of your Leeds degree. The University of Leeds has partner universities in Europe, Australia, North America, Latin America, South Africa and the Middle East, many of whom offer summer schools for Undergraduates. There are some subsidies and scholarships available. Find out how to apply and read more about individual summer schools.

Applications for summer school placements in 2024 will open in December 2023.

If you find a summer school you are interested in and would like to find out more, you can book a 1:1 appointment with one of our advisers.


International volunteering offers you a chance to help support a cause you feel passionate about and can be a highly rewarding experience. It can connect you to projects, places and people which you would not otherwise come into contact with, as well as helping you develop valuable skills and experience. Find out about the different opportunities available for those students looking to spend a summer volunteering abroad.

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Summer internships overseas are a great way for you to gain practical work experience, immerse yourself in life in another country and develop your professional skills. You will have the chance to gain an insight into a particular industry as well as an international outlook. Find out how to apply and read more about summer internships abroad.

Research programmes

Participating in a research programme abroad is a great way to gain academic experience in another country. It will allow you to develop your research skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest, and gain valuable experience that can boost your professional profile. Find out more about the different programmes on offer and how to apply for summer research abroad.

Leadership programmes

Our Leadership programmes are an unique opportunity for you to develop your leadership and communication skills and collaborate with students across the university and internationally. These include one day conferences with keynote speakers, and fully funded programmes online and abroad. Read more and find out how to apply to our Leadership programmes, including the Leeds to South Korea programme with KAIST University.