Summer Schools

University of Leeds students have opportunities to attend short summer programmes across the world. 

Summer school programmes are a great opportunity for Undergraduate students of all levels to have an international study experience while only spending 1-12 weeks abroad. 

A summer school experience does not count towards your Leeds degree. You could join a programme focused on the language and culture of another country, or study a course in an academic area that interests you that is not related to your main degree subject here in Leeds.

You can find below a sample of some of the summer programmes typically offered by our partner universities. Please note that these are examples of programmes that have run at our partner universities in previous years. Programmes available vary each year and are subject to change

Full details of the specific programmes on offer each year, eligibility to apply, and funding opportunities are made available on our Global Opportunities SharePoint site

Programmes in Africa and the Middle East

South Africa 

University of Cape Town – Global Academy – Afropolitanism, Social Justice and Entrepreneurship

The Global Academy is 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. The programme combines the programme with excursions around the city in order to give students an all-encompassing experience of Cape Town. For more information, visit the UCT website. 

University of Cape Town – Sustainable Water Management

Sustainable Water Management uses an interdisciplinary approach to critically engage with the environmental, technical, socio- cultural, economic and political challenges of water demand, supply and treatment to create an understanding of the role of water in society and in sustaining livelihoods. For more information, visit the UCT website. 

Programmes in Asia


Fudan University – Fudan International Summer Session

Fudan University was established in Shanghai in 1905 and is consistently  ranked in the top three universities in China. The International Summer Session provides a study and cultural experience to students from all over the world, aolongside home students from Fudan University. There are 26 content courses in History and Culture, Society and Politics, Business and Economy, Science and Tecnology and Law. In addition historical and cultural visits are offered.

The Chinese module was interesting and allowed me to get by when speaking with locals. The Belt and Road Initiative was exciting and was taught by a professor who had a great knowledge about the project. He had done fieldwork in many places where the project is being implemented. - Carlos, 2019 

Read more: International Summer Session website 

Fudan University (School of Economics) – Summer School @ Fudan SOE

Summer School @ Fudan SOE 2022' is held by the School of Economics of Fudan University, providing 16 courses taught in English and covering economics, finance, marketing, data science and social culture to give you an enriching summer. Students can take one or two of the courses on offer over the 4 week summer programme. Read more on the Fudan School of Economics website.

Wuhan University – Luojia International Summer Program

Luojia International Summer Program is packaged in two exciting weeks. The theme is ‘Understanding China: Past and Present’ and aims to build an international exchange platform to help international students know more about China and Wuhan University. Guided by a standout team of experts in their fields, you’ll be able to enrich your knowledge of China through courses in Traditional Chinese Culture, and Overview of Modern China, and China’s Practise of AI and Big Data. Read more in the Minerva Catalogue.

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University (XJTLU) – Chinese Language Summer School

Spend four weeks learning Chinese language (Mandarin) while experiencing one of the world’s most important economies. Levels available include absolute beginner and elementary who want to kick start or refresh their learning. The programme will be made up of 40 hours of live teaching as well as follow-up exercises and activities.You will also have the opportunity to try out Chinese handicraft, Chinese Kungfum and learn traditional Chinese characters.  Please note there are limited exchange places available. 

"Because of the hospitality of the international community, I felt part of something and everywhere I went there was always a friendly face."  - Anna, 2018  

Find out more about the four week programme.

Zhejiang University – Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Summer Programme

Founded in 1897, Zhejiang University is one of China’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education. The theme of the programme is ‘Embrace Digital World’. The program comprises mini-lectures and virtual cultural/company visits. Working with peers through facilitated group discussions, you will be tasked with creating a business initiative to fine-tune the ideas you are itching to turn into reality. Students are required to complete the certificate track. Read more on the Global Summer Programme website.

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong – CUHK International Summer School 

The CUHK International Summer School (ISS) provides students with an opportunity to combine high-quality learning with an unforgettable summer experience. Each summer the programme offers around 20 courses, encompassing business and finance, China studies, Chinese language (Putonghua and Cantonese), environmental, science and techology, society and communication studies. 

Although we had online classes this year, I still had a very good student experience and learned a lot about Hong Kong culture. We basically had activities in every class, so there is a lot of opportunity for interaction. Teachers are very friendly and will help you if you have any problems. – Wenqian, 2021.

Read more: International Summer School website 

Hong Kong Polytechnic University – PolyU International Summer School

The PolyU summer school offers a truly international study abroad experience where you will study with PolyU students as well as students from around the world. PolyU offer a diversified range of subjects from three thematic learning tracks in 'Chinese language, culture and society', 'Design innovation and technology' and 'Business, entrepreneurship and global leadership’. There are optional enrichment activities organised as part of the programme, such as Chinese Tea Brewing and Calligraphy, martial arts, and cooking.

I believe that the summer school was a great experience. It provided me with the chance to experience new cultures and make long-lasting friends from all over the world. - Christopher, 2017 

Read more: International Summer School website.

Hong Kong University – HKU Summer Institute

The University of Hong Kong, as an English-medium, research-led, comprehensive university, provides world-class campus-based education in a wide range of academic disciplines to outstanding students. The HKU Summer Institute offers several programmes in the fields of Business, Science and Arts which provide opportunities of field trips, guest talks and company visits, allowing you to establish a strong professional network, giving you a head start in your career. For more information please see the HKU Summer Institute website.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – HKUST International Summer Exchange Programme

This summer Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is offering Leeds students the opportunity to take part in their International Summer Exchange Programme and study one of the top ranked universities in Asia. This programme is suitable for Business, Science and Engineering students. Participants in the summer school build their own programme of modules from a huge range of options taught in English. Read more: HKUST ISP website 

"If you’re going to go on a summer school, make it HKUST because you will not regret it for a second. It was the best summer of my life!" – Rameen, 2017  


Akita University – Japanese Language Summer Course

The summer programme is a six-week, intensive Japanese language course. Participants can take elementary courses taught by experienced Japanese instructors to hone their Japanese language skills in a small class environment. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived. Akita International University is located in a rural area, ideal for experiencing traditional Japanese culture and rich natural beauty. Read more: Akita Summer Course website.

I didn’t realise until I was there that Japan was such a hospitable place, I was always receiving small gifts from the friends I made there. - Bethan, 2015

Doshisha Women's College – Japanese Language Immersion Course

The program offers introductory Japanese language courses to students whose first language is not Japanese. Throughout the course, students have full access to all the facilities available on campus. In addition to studying in the classroom, students can also experience multiple field trips during the course, which include tours of Kyoto. Please note that this programme is only available for female students and those who have at least six months Japanese language study experience. For more information please see Doshisha's website. 

International Christian University (ICU) – Summer Courses in Japanese

The Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) at the ICU is an intensive six-week programme. Study intensively online with dedicated teachers in a world class program, and ahre your love for Japanese with students from around the world. Classes are kept as small as possible and a balance of all the language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – is taught at each of the seven levels/classes.  For more information, please see the SCJ website.

Kobe Gakuin University – Japanese Language and Culture Program

The Japanese Language and Culture Program introduces aspects of Japanese culture including language and offers various opportunities to interact with students from Kobe Gakuin University. This is your chance to improve your Japanese proficiency and deepen understanding of both traditional and various aspects of contemporary Japan by taking classes and going on field trips to learn about Japanese history, culture, and society. All participants take part in a Japanese family homestay. For more information please see the programme website.

Nanzan University – CJS Summer Japanese Program

Based in the city of Nagoya, itself located in the heart of Japan, the Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) has been a renowned leader in the field of Japanese language education for more than 40 years. They offer an intensive summer program designed for students who want to improve their Japanese. Students can join a club or visit famous cultural spots around Nagoya such as Japanese gardens and the Toyota Museum, and attend events such as the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Please see Nanzan's Summer Japanese Program website for more information.

Ritsumeikan University – Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program

The Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program (RSJP) is designed for undergraduate or postgraduate students with minimal knowledge of the Japanese language, providing a comprehensive introduction to Japanese language and culture. There are six courses on the RSJP programme during the summer break which students can attend either in person or online. Students also participate in Japanese Studies classes to learn about Japanese culture and take part in field excursions. Read more on the Minerva catalogue.

Waseda University – Waseda Summer Session

Waseda Summer Session is a four-week programme during which you can take part in a variety of courses including Japanese business, marketing, culture, history, literature, art, disability studies 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. Together with Waseda students, participating students will fully explore Waseda and Tokyo. For more information on these programmes please visit the Waseda University website. 


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore – GEM Trailblazer Summer Programme

NTU's unique summer programme will bring you an unforgettable summer education.  You can choose from five different programmes: immerse yourself in Chinese Language & Cultural Studies; study the dynamics of Asian-style business through Entrepreneurship & Innovation; reflect on your Asian journey with Creative Design and Media; pick up critical skill sets to ensure Success in the Globalised Marketplace or explore the exciting world of 3D printing and AI with New Technologies, New World. For further information visit the GEM Trailblazer Summer Programme website.

National University of Singapore (NUS) – FASStrack Asia

FASStrack Asia offers a variety of courses related to Asian studies within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Taught over a 4-week summer period, students will attend online/ hybrid classes, participate in active discussions and learn from academic experts specializing in their area of study. In 2022, FASStrack Asia will also continue to offer courses and field trips that will complement each another for a more holistic summer experience. Read more on the FASStrack Asia website.

National University of Singapore (NUS) – Global Science Summer Programme

Hosted by the NUS Faculty of Science, this programme is a perfect opportunity to broaden your academic and cultural horizons. Courses on offer include Forensic Science, Forensic Toxicology, Criminalistics: Evidence and Proof, Criminalistics: Forgery Exposé with Forensic Science and Nanophysics. Read more at the Global Science Summer programme website.

National University of Singapore (NUS) – Enterprise Summer Programme

NUS Faculty of Enterprise are holding a summer programme for all students interested in enterprise to join. Learn about entrepreneurship in the bustling city of Singapore through a combination of lectures, seminars with start ups and visits to various oganisations. This programme is an intensive two-week introduction to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Learn more at the NUS Enterprise website.

Singapore Management University – SMU Global Summer Programme

The SMU Global Summer Programme (GSP), themed “Asian Insights”, is a four-week programme that provides a rewarding and memorable experience for undergraduates and recent graduates to gain new insights and perspectives on trends and developments in Asia from SMU faculty through teaching by industry leaders. For further information visit the SMU Global Summer Programme website.

South Korea 

Hanyang University – Hanyang International Summer School

Hanyang International Summer School (Seoul, South Korea) balances academic courses with cultural immersion and students can have a unique experience of Korean culture. Build your own programme of courses from a wide range taught in English. Cultural activities and field trips are included in the programme such as a city tour, a boat cruise and the Boryeong Mud Festival. Read more: HISS website.

There were three free trips offered from a choice of a few. These were really good. Definitely worthwhile and offered opportunity to do things otherwise you may have been unable to do such as the mud festival. - Lydia, 2019

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology – KAIST International Summer School

Based in Daejeon, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is a research intensive university and is in the top 50 universities in the world. Since its establishment in 2007, KAIST International Summer School (KISS) has worked faithfully to serve as a hub for cultural and academic exchange between students from all over the world. You will choose two courses from a range taught in English and subjects include engineering, design, art and sciences. Beginners Korean is also available. Read more on the KAIST website.

Korea University – Korea University International Summer Campus

Spend six weeks studying at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea as part of their international summer campus (ISC). The ISC offers students the chance to put together their own programme of modules at a top Korean University, with a huge range of subjects taught in English available, including Korean culture, as well as the opportunity to study Korean language. Cultural activities and trips are included in the programme. Read more: Korea University international summer campus website

I would recommend partaking in the summer school as it was an unforgettable experience. I recommend to really get out your comfort zone and try to visit the more local areas as that’s where you’ll make the best memories. – Adham, 2021

Seoul National University - SNU International Summer Program (SNU ISP)

SNU ISP's intensive six-week summer program taught in English by distinguished SNU full-time and visiting faculty offers its participants a chance to learn in depth from experts on Korea and East Asia, as well as a variety of disciplines ranging from economics and business to science and technology. SNU ISP also provides courses and field trips on Korean language and traditional arts for students wishing to advance their Korean expertise. For further information please visit the ISI website. 

Sungkyunkwan University – SKKU International Summer Semester

The International Summer Semester at SKKU is a unique academic program dedicated to sharing and experiencing the fascinating story of Seoul, Korea's 600-year-old capital. The program aims to develop students' global engagement by providing opportunities to share different perspectives on global issues, make friends with various cultural backgrounds, and explore Korea's history, culture, and society. Take advantage of the excellent program we offer. It will help you to expand your mind and change your world. For more information please see SKKU's International Summer Session website.

Yonsei University – Yonsei International Summer School

Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) opened its doors in 1985 and since then, YISS has become an integral part of campus life based on a unique blend of Korean and global cultures. YISS offers a wide range of courses taught in English, including the arts, culture, humanities, Asian and Korean studies, international politics and economics, global management, science and technology and environmental studies. Read more: YISS website

The professors were very passionate about the subject they were teaching and kept me interested throughout the course, they used their life experiences. - Wiktoria, 2017


National Chengchi University – Chinese Language Centre Summer Term

The centre’s Chinese courses are offered over 12 weeks in summer, comprising of 15 hours of class per week. You will receive teaching by professional senior Chinese teachers in small clases, balancing the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition to language learning classes, there are also traditional culture classes such as calligraphy, seal cutting, Chinese knots, sachets, and do-it-yourself Taiwanese snacks classes. Read more on the Chinese Language centre website.

National Sun Yat-sen University - Summer Intensive Mandarin Programme

All classes at the CLC are conducted in Chinese. The programme focuses on cultivating students’ basic language proficiency which includes listening, speaking, reading and writing. The programme also offers culture classes focusing on certain aspects of Chinese art, history and society. Classes include Peking Opera, Calligraphy, Painting, Name Chop Carving, Taiwanese, Tea Customs, Chinese Culinary Art, Chinese Martial Arts, Folk Singing, Chinese macramé and other related subjects of interest. Read more on the NSYSU website.

National Taiwan University (College of Management) – NTU ESG Investing Summer Program

NTU is located in the heart of Taipei and is convenient for students to make the most of their summer in the capital of Taiwan. Taipei is a vibrant metropolis characterized by its friendly people and safe streets. In the past the program fee has included tuition, lecture materials, orientation, accommodation, cultural events, field trips and visits to quite a few famous Taiwanese Enterprises. 

Programmes in Australasia


University of Adelaide – Winter School

The University of Adelaide's July Winter School offers international exchange students the opportunity to study in an intensive academic program with local and international students, while immersing themselves in Australian culture. You can enrol in 1 or 2 courses with cover a wide range of subject areas, including some unusual courses in horticulture and agriculture, anthropology, brewery engineering, travel writing, the Australian wine industry and much more. Read more on Adelaide's website

University of Sydney – Short Term Programme (Session B) 

The University of Sydney is located on the doorstep of downtown Sydney, just a 30-minute walk from the OperaHouse and Harbour Bridge, and a bus or ferry ride from the world-famous Bondi and Manly beaches.The University of Sydney's Short-Term Programme offers the chance to study one or two modules from a range of areas, including Arts and Social Sciences, Business, STEM and an Internship module. Read more on the Short Term Study Abroad Guide. 

University of Sydney – Sydney Sustainability Programme 

The University of Sydney is ranked 1st in Australia and 2nd globally for the Universities positive impact on society relating to protecting the environment and sustainable development. The Sustainability Programme will include coursework on sustainability, alongside a series of challenges and exclusive workshops structured around five of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with completion resulting in a Digital Badge which can be displayed on LinkedIn. Read more on the Short Term Study Abroad Guide. 

Programmes in Europe 


University of Vienna – Summer School for International and European Studies

On the shores of one of Austria’s most scenic lakes. Lake Wolfgang, in the Salzkammergut region, the University is bordered by dramatic peaks and the area has excellent sports and recreational facilities. This programme also includes the Austrian Arbitration Academy for advanced undergraduate students in Law interested in international dispute resolution. Read more on the University of Vienna summer school webpage.


Leuven Catholic University – Europe Inside Out Summer School

Leuven is Belgium’s largest higher education institution and is considered to be one of the most prestigious research universities in Europe. During this 10-day course jointly offered by the Faculties of Arts, Economics & Business and Social Sciences, you combine two majors from a list of four: Doing Business with Europe(ans); Policies & Politics in Europe; Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe and Social & Cultural Interactions. The course usually includes virtual visits to Brussels and Antwerp. Read about this online programme at the KU Leuven website.

Czech Republic

Prague University of Economics and Business – Marketing Inspiration Summer School

Studying at The Faculty of Management will give you the most valuable and up-to-date knowledge in the field of management. The faculty campus is located in Jindrichuv Hradec which is a charming town with its historic centre surrounded by beautiful countryside. Historically the modules on this programme include Marketing in Healthcare, Business Valuation, Strategic Tourism Marketing and Branding. You can read more on the summer school website.


Aarhus University – AU Summer University

Aarhus University is among the top 100 universities in the world. The programme at AU Summer University consists of a broad variety of courses, taught in English within the fields of: Economics and Finance, Business, Entrepreneurship, Communication, Culture and Media, Health, Natural Science, Law, Social Science, Technical Science, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Science and Technology. Read more: AU Summer University website.

Copenhagen Business School – International Summer University Programme

Join ISUP, one of the Europe’s largest and oldest summer programmes, and experience the amazing spirit of wonderful Copenhagen and exciting courses taught by brilliant faculty. Be inspired by the international environment and other participants from over 50 countries. Among the themes of ISUP courses, Entrepreneurship has a special place, as a prioritized CBS subject that engages students and combines all the different business disciplines. It also offers an exciting social programme and many other services to give students a great introduction to CBS and experience in Copenhagen. Read more: ISUP website.

Technical University of Denmark – Summer University DTU

Summer University DTU is an opportunity for students to take courses over the summer in July or August for three or more weeks. Summer University DTU offers about 100 different courses. The courses can be found in the course database (search by filtering to ‘Summer University’ course term) and are suited to students on BSc and BEng degree courses. At DTU, you are never more than 15 km away from Copenhagen - one of Europe’s most celebrated and progressive capitals, where modern 21st-century architecture blends effortlessly with the cobblestoned streets of the Middle Ages. Read more: Summer University website

University of Copenhagen – International Summer Program

Located in a safe city rich in cultural life, the Unviersity of Copenhagen is often ranked as one of the best universities in Europe and has a strong international environment with 5,500 international students. The International Summer Program offers English-taught courses at undergraduate and masters level from a wide range of disciplines including arts, cultures, humanities, social sciences, environmental science, life sciences, and physical sciences. The courses are designed to cover themes based on contemporary fields of research and adress topics of current international trends and interests. For more information please see the International Summer Program website.


University of Turku – Turku Summer School

Turku Summer School provides an excellent opportunity to combine outstanding studies with an active social programme while enjoying the best of the Nordic summer. Academic fields include biodiversity, circular economy, Finnish language, wellness tourism, game development, innovation pedagogy, sustainable cities, and service design. An active social programme is included in the course fee. For further information please see the programme website.


Bordeaux Montaigne University – DEFLE Summer School Programme 

The DEFLE department offers an intensive course of French as a Foreign Language in July. You will learn French with teachers who are all specialists in teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE), and who base their teaching on the most recent discussions in education and didactics. You will have the opportunity to participate in artistic workshops and showcase your creative talents. A range of cultural activities and excursions is also offered to students, which may include tours of Bordeaux and Arcachon, museum visits and an introduction to wine tasting. Read more on the DEFLE website.

ESSCA School of Management – ESSCA Summer Programme (Angers or Paris) 

The Angers Summer Programme is open to all ESSCA’s exchange partners. It begins in the beautiful Loire valley city of Angers, then moves to Brussels for several days, with the final week in Paris. It is specially designed for students of business and management, political sciences and international relations but applications submitted by students from other disciplines may also be considered. The four-week Paris Summer Programme offers three course pairings in one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Modules include ‘International Luxury Brand Marketing & International Business Management’, ‘Business Intelligence and Strategy & Digital Culture, Innovation and New Market’, and ‘Theory and Research in Organisation Communication & Cross-cultural Communication and French Awareness’. Read more on the ESSCA website.

Université Catholique de Lille – LILLE European Summer Programme (ESP2)

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 taught in English and offers the opportunity to experience French culture first-hand. Courses cover various disciplines that aim to provide both a theoretical background and practical learning through site visits and hands-on activities. A comprehensive hospitality package is included, as well as cultural activities, such as French film nights and day trips to Bruges and Brussels. Further details can be found on the summer programme website.

National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA) – ENERG’INSA

This summer school is suitable for Science and Engineering students. You will study two modules in ‘Energy Transition and Renewable Production’ and ‘French Language, Cross Cultural Communication, Industry and Society’. Excursions and social activities usually include day-trips to the Alps (Annecy and Mont-Blanc), a cooking class, dinner in a local restaurant, industrial and lab visits and orienteering in the city centre. Read more: ENERG’INSA website 

Sciences Po Aix – Immersion en Provence 

Sciences Po Aix is located in the heart of the historic city of Aix-en-Provence and has a long history marked by prestigious speakers and alumni..The intensive french course is divided into two main parts: intensive French classes in order to give students the necessary linguistic skills to face everyday life in France, both in town and at the university; and cultural workshops promoting knowledge of the way of life in Provence, seeing landmarks in the region and discovering a part of the rich local heritage (culture, history, gastronomy, industry, etc.) Read more on the Study Abroad Office Minerva Organisation.

Toulouse Business School – TBS Summer School Programmes 

TBS Summer School programs offer a wide choice of business and management courses at bachelor and master levels while you get the chance to discover Europe and live a unique international and multicultural experience. While in Toulouse, Barcelona and/or Ljubljana, students will meet with companies to understand how business is done in Europe. There are four tracks to choose from across a combination of the sites, and students can choose 2 courses alongside optional language classes. Read more on the TBS Summer School website.

Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 – French Summer School 

The French Summer School at Lyon 3 is a 6-week program which allows students to improve their level of French while discovering the city of Lyon. Choosing Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University means access to high quality education and research. The comprehensive program usually includes 35 hours of French Language and 35 hours of French Culture Classes, with a two-day trip to the Mediterranean. Read more on the French Summer School website.

University Paul Valery Montpellier 3 – Institute of French Studies for Foreign Learners (IEFE) Summer Schools

The summer school offers courses in French language and culture that are aimed at both beginners and those wishing to improve their practice of the French language. Sessions of two weeks each are offered with 40 hours of classes each week meaning there is plenty of time to explore the regional and urban heritage, and take part in social activities such as wine heritage and a tour of Nîmes. Read more on the University Institute website


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg – Freiburg Intensive German Language Courses 

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität invites students to take part in its Intensive German Language courses which it has been offering to international students for over 100 years. This year they will be offering both online and face-to-face courses throughout summer. Freiburg, a medieval city in southwest Germany, is famous for its world-renowned university which boats a 550-year history of scholarly excellence and a prominent position in the international rankings. Students from all over the world choose Freiburg due to its geographically blessed location, which makes the campus culturally diverse. For more information on the courses and Freiburg please see their website

Bayreuth University – Bayreuth International Summer School 

Choose one from six intensive courses which are offered as part of the summer school: Economics & Management, African Studies, Public Health & Environment, Energy & Climate, Polymer Science & Engineering and International Comparative Law. The courses are taught in English by international guest lecturers.   

"The Economics and Management course content was engaging and covered Economic areas less typical to those in Leeds, so I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected." - Ben, 2019  

Read more: Bayreuth International Summer School website  

Bayreuth University – Bayreuth Summer University for Intercultural German Studies 

The Bayreuth Summer University offers intensive language courses (from beginners to advanced) which take place in the mornings. In the afternoon, the programme continues with communication courses or specialised courses (for intermediate level and above).   

"For trips, they are all really well organised and it is really worth visiting the region: this part of Germany is really beautiful and interesting!" - Carlo, 2017  

See what Emily had to say about her time at Bayreuth Summer University on our blog. Read more: Bayreuth Summer University for Intercultural German Studies website  

Berlin School of Economics and Law – HWR Berlin Summer School (German Language and Culture) 

Berlin International Summer School offers an intensive three-week programme of German language at beginners or advanced beginners level only. The summer school also includes cultural activities and a social programme.  

It definitely increased my confidence and I would encourage anyone who is doing a year abroad in a foreign language country to consider a summer school like this, it really took away the culture shock. – Laura, 2019 

Read more: Berlin International Summer School website 

Berlin School of Economics and Law – HWR Berlin Summer School (Non-language programmes) 

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, economics and business law. 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', 'How Europe Works: Institutions and Law in the EU' and ‘Game Thinking for Business – Strategies for Customer Loyalty and Employee Engagement’. Find out more on the Berlin International Summer School website. 

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management – Finance and Management Bootcamp

The Frankfurt School offers two summer schools for undergraduate and first-year Masters students: The Finance Boot Camp and The Management Boot Camp. In the two weeks, students will cover different topics, with one week dedicated to Finance and one week dedicated to Management. From interactive simulations, insightful classroom lectures, cultural excursions and relevant industry site visits; students are guaranteed to have an exciting, unforgettable, and enriching summer experience. For more information please see: Frankfurt School Boot Camp website

Freie Universität Berlin – Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University 

FUBiS offers intensive and semi-intensive German language classes on up to five different proficiency levels. In addition, FUBiS offers subject classes on various class topics. Subject courses cover topics such as Europe’s political history, economics, architecture, and traditional art, law and society, 20th century studies and leadership in the 21st century. Read more on the FUBiS website.

Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences – Munich Summer Schools of Applied Sciences 

The Munich Summer Schools of Applied Sciences has two programmes on offer for University of Leeds students: ‘Engineering for Sustainability’ and ‘The Journey to Industry 4.0 - From Operational Excellence to Advanced Manufacturing and Smart Supply Chains’. he aim of the "Engineering for Sustainability" course is to offer a highly interesting study program in automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering, management and entrepreneurship. The participants of ‘The Journey to Industry’ will get an insight into several companies and learn about their successful methods at first hand. There are few cities more suitable for a program like this anywhere in the world: Munich is one of the leading economic, technological and scientific hubs in Germany. Read more on the Summer Schools at HM website.

Humboldt University, Berlin – Humboldt Summer University (HUWISU)

Humboldt-Universität is one of the leading higher educational institutions in Germany. The university offers an intense programme for students from abroad, which gives students the opportunity to explore the university, the city and its inhabitants. 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 subject courses taught in English and German language courses are offered in June, July and August. Exact start dates vary by course. For further information please see the HUWISU website.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Munich International Summer University (MISU)

MISU offers two strands, German Language Courses and the Summer Academies. The German language Courses are aimed at all levels. Each course lasts for about four weeks and is usually offered in August. The courses take place in small groups and are complemented by cultural activities. The Summer Academies are short-term courses and research programs that cover natural sciences, social sciences, economics, law and medicine. There are programs for all levels of study. The courses last between two and ten weeks and are all held in English. See the German Language Courses website and the Summer Academies website for more information.

Mannheim Business School – MBS Summer School

Mannheim Business School, a renowned European business school, offers a four-week Summer School program that includes three major aspects - campus, companies, and culture.  The programme is split into four modules: Sustainability and Ecological Awareness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Artificial Intelligence in Business and Introduction to the World of Big Data & Analytics. For more information please see the MBS website

TU Dortmund International Summer Program

TU Dortmund offers students the chance to make the best of your summer and meet new people from around the world. Students can choose courses according to their interests and take advantage of the diversity of three academic tracks: Engineering, German and European Studies, and Entrepreneurship, all of which are taught in English. The ISP cultural programme supports students to meet other students and discover the culture of the Ruhr area. There is a lot to experience in Dortmund during the summer including art and music at the Dortmunder U or taking a bike ride around Phoenix Lake. For more information please see the International Summer Program website.

Universität Hamburg – Hamburg International Summer School 

Hamburg International Summer School has three specialized programs available: Health Economics, Particles Strings and Cosmology and Language Diversity. You will experience a specialized research program alongside a supplementary program including a language course and cultural events. Further your studies while also learning about the culture and history of Germany! In small groups, students will attend courses under the guidance of leading academics. Read more on the Hamburg University website.

Universität Heidelberg – International Summer School of German Language and Culture 

The deeply cosmopolitan atmosphere of Germany's oldest university provides people from around the world with a welcoming and stimulating environment for expanding their interest in German language and culture. The International Summer School offers three different language courses, each with its own diverse set of challenges. Social Events included in the course fee include a Heidelberg city tour, a 'Riverboat Shuffle' on the Neckar, a visit to Schwetzingen Palace and excursions to nearby cities, hikes and places of tourist interest. Read more on the Heidelberg University website.

University of Konstanz – Bodensee Summer School (IBH)

The University of Konstanz offers an intensive four-week German language course. The language course will be supplemented by a regional accompanying program in the afternoon and partly at the weekends. It includes lectures on history, art, culture and politics as well as guided tours, sightseeing tours and excursions in the Lake Constance area and visits to the participating IBH universities. Read more on the programme website.

University of Tübingen Summer Schools

Students of humanities, social sciences, law and economics degrees will be interested in the University of Tübingen’s summer school ‘European Union Politics, Human Rights and Economics’. Enjoy a varied program of excellent academic courses and intercultural exchange in an vibrant community. The Summer School is offered entirely in English and will deal with historical, political, and human rights dynamics of European Integration, aswell as the current challenges Europe and the EU face today. Find out more at the University of Tübingen’s short term programs website.


Bocconi University – Bocconi Summer School and Summer School in Law

Boccini University are offering two online summer programmes suitable for LUBS and LAW students. Attend courses through an interactive platform, with teaching materials available online at any time, develop your digital skills and study in a flexible program with students around the world. Studdents interested in Law can also delve into international and digital subjects in law, acquiring a legal perspective on topics with a multidisciplinary approach. For more information about business courses follow the Bocconi Summer School website. Read more about the Summer School in Law on Bocconi’s website.


Leiden University – Summer Schools

Leiden University offers a unique range of summer courses where you can broaden or deepen your knowledge or share your expertise with fellow students. The choice of academic courses is very diverse, ranging from Law, Big Data, Languages and Linguistics to Maths and Natural Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Education. The courses vary from three days to three weeks. Read more on Leiden's website.

Radboud University – Radboud Summer School

The Summer School takes place every August and is two weeks in duration. 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. For more information on this programme please visit the Radboud Summer School website.

University of Groningen – University of Groningen Summer Schools

The various summer schools available at the University of Groningen are exciting research-driven and multidisciplinary programmes, offering a wide range of perspectives. A truly international experience, where last year over 1600 students from 126 different nationalities joined in. University of Groningen academics will open up their networks for you and bring in international counterparts and external stakeholders. Courses are available from across all disciplines. Read about the different programmes at the University of Groningen summer school website.

Utrecht University – Summer School Utrecht

The Utrecht Summer School offers a broad selection of over 200 summer courses in various disciplines from Art & Music to Engineering & Technology, all taught in English. In addition to the study programme the programme includes city trips through the Netherlands, night canoeing through the canals of downtown Utrecht, a weekly social gathering in the form of a pub quiz or scavenger hunt, trips to famous museums and an excursion to the Dutch dikes and delta works. Further details can be found on the programme website

The communication and organisation at the Utrecht University was at a high standard. They were communicative and swiftly responded to all my concerns. During the course we had some skill sessions, like negotiation or moot court and the school found a way to fully engage us in the process and the activities. – Zuzanna, 2021

Vrije Universiteit – VU Amsterdam Summer Schools

VU Amsterdam Summer School offers interactive small-scale courses at undergraduate and Master’s level. Join the programme for either one or two sessions in the capital of the Netherlands. The courses are designed to provide an intensive, in-depth look at a topic of study whilst engaging in discussions with a unique group of peers from all over the world. Please visit the VU summer school website for more information. 


University of Oslo – Intensive Norwegian Courses

The International Summer School offer courses over four levels, with a final goal to be able to study on an academic level in Norwegian. Students can apply for Norwegian language courses only (as part of the University of Oslo International Summer School). Read more on the University of Oslo website.


University of Lisbon – Portuguese as a Foreign Language

In July, August and September, the ICLP ofers summer courses of 80 hours per month which correspond to one CERF level (from A1 to C2). In addition, ICLP has a long experience of teaching Portuguese language and culture through direct contact, organizing for this purpose several visits of a cultural and entertaining nature (museums, monuments, towns or cities and iconic places of Lisbon and its surroundings). Read more on the Summer Course website.


University of Ljubljana – Ljubljana Summer School

Ljubljana Summer School is a 3-week internationally renowned programme that was launched in year 2000. The programme is organized by and held at the School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana. For more information please see the Ljubljana Summer School website.


IE Sustainability Summer Program, IE University, Madrid

Students will have the opprtunity to fully engage in two weeks of academic sessions and lectures from top IE University faculty. IEU offer teambuilding & networking opportunities to work, study and enjoy two weeks together with other students of top business schools while wrapping it all up with visits and or speaker series correlated to the topics covered. Cultural activities will give students the opportunity to explore Spain’s rich culture and history. This immersion will introduce students to Spain’s art, geography, history and culture through workshops and guided visits. This programme has a focus in Sustainability, doing business in Spain: Language & Culture Immersion, Global Economics. 

Universidad de Malaga – Spanish as a Foreign Language courses 

EL CIE is a reference center in the teaching of Spanish with more than 70 years of experience. Throughout its history, the Center has stood out for the quality of its teaching and the service it has provided to international students from all over the world. Students can take a short one-month Spanish programme, in July, August or September, depending on students’ needs and interests. Read more on the International Centre for Spanish website.

Universidad de Oviedo – Summer Courses 

The summer courses at the University of Oviedo have a team of specialized, motivated and highly experienced teachers. They consist of 20 hours of class per week and are complemented by an extensive program of cultural activities and excursions to places of historical interest in Asturias, León and Cantabria. Classes are taught at the Humanities Campus of the University of Oviedo. Read more on the Summer courses website.

Universidad de Oviedo – Hispanic Heritage Language Course 

This course has been specially designed for so-called heritage speakers, those who through family interaction were raised in a country with a non-Spanish language but in an environment of great cultural connection with Spanish. These students have grown up hearing, and possibly speaking, Spanish in their home environment, but feel more comfortable in the dominant language of their country. However, they are highly motivated to perfect their "heritage" language and seek a reconnection with their family roots. Read more on the Summer courses website.

Universidad Pontificia Comillas – Spanish Language and Culture course (II) 

The Universidad Pontificia Comillas, founded in 1890, is one of Spain's most prestigious private jesuit universities. Located in the center of Madrid, the University offers easy access to shops, museums and parks. During the summer, in conjunction with the Institute of Modern Languages, "Comillas International" organizes Spanish Language and Culture modules for foreign university students. This 60-hour module is designed for students who have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish and who wish to improve their language competence, as well as gain insight into Spanish culture. Read more on the Spanish Courses website.

Universidad Pontificia Comillas – Specialised Summer Courses (I and II) 

For subject courses, students should be enrolled at the same level of studies and in a similar subject area as the courses they wish to study. The courses include technical and cultural visits and are taught in Spanish and English. The theoretical classes are complemented by technical visits to companies, public and private institutions, and with cultural visits to the Prado Museum and the "Madrid de los Austrias y de los Borbones". Subject courses include topics such as business, management, marketing, European Union and International Law, digital marketing and business, innovation of the 4IR in a globalized world and ethics and human rights. Read more on the Summer Courses website.

Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain 

The Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA) offers intensive Spanish language courses during summer for four weeks, from beginner to advanced level. The courses, that are given in the historic building of the Royal College of the Society of Jesus, immerse students not only in the Spanish language but also in the culture. Excursions, tours and language exchanges with Spanish speakers help the foreign students feel fully integrated in the university atmosphere. Read more on UPSA's website

I was in the beginner’s class and I loved it! The teachers were so friendly and helpful and I learnt so much. – Sophie, 2019 


University of Geneva – Geneva Summer Schools and Summer French courses

Geneva Summer Schools at the University of Geneva foster exchange and collaboration on topics of global significance and connect people of all backgrounds in an international city at the heart of Europe. They offer a selection of short courses during the summer in a variety of fields such as International Law, Humanitarian Action, Children Rights, Global Health, Diversity, SDGs, Digital and IP Law, among others. Read more on the GSS website. The Summer Courses in French, founded at the University of Geneva in 1891, were the first so-called "holiday" courses in history, intended for a non-French-speaking public at university level. In addition to the language courses, the Summer School also includes lectures on historical, social and political issues related to federalism and democracy in Switzerland.  Read more on the Summer French courses website.

Programmes in Latin America


Summer School on Brazilian Studies - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

The UFMG Summer School on Brazilian Studies intends to give students from all over the world an understanding of key aspects of Brazil from distinct perspectives. Over two weeks of intense learning, meetings will cover the underpinnings of Brazilian politics, history, foreign relations, geography, law, economy, arts and culture. Portuguese classes are also included. The Summer School takes place at UFMG’s main campus in Belo Horizonte – the capital city of Brazil’s federal state of Minas Gerais.  Field trips to places of historical and artistic relevance (Ouro Preto and Inhotim) are included in the programme.


Tecnológico de Monterrey – iSummerMX Programme 

Tecnológico de Monterrey is a private University in Mexico with 26 campuses across the country. It is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world and with a rating of five QS stars. The University runs several 'i Summer MX' programmes for students to choose from. Each programme has a different focus, they run for four weeks and will give you the chance to travel around Mexico whilst studying. Read more: i Summer MX website 

Programmes in North America


Université du Québec à Montréal – Discover Montreal in a New Light: French as a Foreign Language 

The passion of the teachers to guide your learning of a foreign language, combined with their knowledge of Montreal, will be at the heart of the summer language programmes. Stays are held in July or August, for a period of 3 weeks.This intensive program allows you to learn or deepen your knowledge of French thanks to a rich and varied thematic approach where socio-cultural realities are part of the backdrop. See more on the SIA July website and the SIB August website.

University of British Columbia – Vancouver Summer Program

Students can choose from 70+ diverse packages to study.  Each package consists of two courses taught by UBC Faculty Instructors. While studying on campus, students will be provided accommodation in UBC residences. Students can use the opportunity to get to know campus and to meet students from other universities. The program also includes social activities for students to engage in. For more information please see the UBC website. 

University of Calgary – International Summer Programme (Two Academic Courses)

The Calgary International Summer Program is a 4-week program for international students interested in visiting Canada during summer session. Students will be immersed in the UCalgary campus environment while taking two academic courses taught by University of Calgary faculty. In this intensive program, students will gain international academic experience, learn Canadian culture first-hand and visit top destinations in and around Calgary. Please visit the Calgary International Summer Programme website to find out more.

University of Victoria – International Summer Institute for Business Management

The University of Victoria offers a three- and a four-week intensive summer programme that prepares students for their future business success all the while taking place in one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. Outside of the hands-on academic programme, students can join a variety of cultural, sporting and tourist activities. Victoria also offer a 4-week Summer Graduate Business Studies Programme for masters students. Please see the International Summer Institute's website and the Graduate Business Studies Programme website for more information. 

United States of America 

Florida International University – International Business Summer School

The College of Business at FIU continues to be a global leader in international business programs. Through the International Business Summer School (IBSS) Program, students would complete one to four academic modules & receive a certificate of completion from FIU. Modules include International Business, International Business Negotiations, Business in Latin America and International Entrepreneurship. The programme also includes special social and cultural activities. Read more on the summer school brochure.

Stony Brook University – Global Academic Programme

Stony Brook University has a wide variety of courses across multiple academic departments and disciplines as part of its Global Summer Institute (GSI). University of Leeds students are eligible for the Global Academic Program section of the GSI which allows students to enrol in two courses during the six-week programme. Beyond academics, Stony Brook invites students to immerse themselves in the campus community with the guidance of the Global Student Ambassadors, to explore Long Island beaches, take part in a local street festival, and enjoy Manhattan, the heart of New York! For further information visit the Global Summer Institute and Global Academic Program websites. 

As I was studying Sustainability, I was lucky to experience a trip to a research lab, where PhD students talked me through their research and showed me their practical experiments. This was so interesting for me as a business student, as I wouldn’t be able to do this at Leeds! – Jemima, 2021