University of Leeds students have opportunities to attend short programmes across the world.
If you would like to apply to study abroad at a summer school in 2021, the application period will open later this academic year. If you are an Undergraduate student you should apply via the Study Abroad Office and not directly to the partner university. Please note, the application and selection process for summer schools will be different to previous years. This is due to the changes to assessment in the 2019/20 academic year.
When the process is confirmed, we will publish guidance on eligibility, deadlines and the application. We will update the information on these pages before applications open. We will post updates via the Study Abroad Office Minerva organisation (enrol here). Please note, we will not process applications on a first come first served basis.
In the meantime, you can use the information on these pages to start your research. We recommend researching destinations, funding, study abroad options and support and wellbeing requirements.
If you were due to study at a summer school in 2020, we will contact you with more details before applications open.
Please note if you are successful in securing a place on a summer school your placement is subject to change or cancellation if the destination country is not safe to travel to at the time of the summer programme. Please check the University's Coronavirus (Covid-19) webpage regularly for updates, which also contains links to the latest government advice.
See below for the summer opportunities usually offered by our partner universities:
Programmes in Europe
University of Vienna
Students from all over the world have been drawn to these programmes, 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 Austria’s most scenic lakes. Lake Wolfgang, in the Salzkammergut region, is bordered by dramatic peaks and the area has excellent sports and recreational facilities.
Read more on the University of Vienna summer school webpage.
Leuven Catholic University
KU Leuven offers two summer schools: the KU Leuven EU Summer School and the Postgraduate Executive Summer School in Social Security. Both offer an exciting range of academic options and is based in one of Europe’s greatest cities. In addition to several European capitals being easily accessible by train directly from Leuven, the EU course includes visits to Brussels and Antwerp. Both courses are aimed at Postgraduate students in Arts, Economics, Business, Law or Social Sciences. Undergraduate students in their final year are also welcome to apply. For more information please see the KU Leuven EU Summer School website and the Postgraduate Executive Summer School in Social Security website.
AU Summer University, Aarhus 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: Business Economics and Management, Communication, Culture and Society, Health, Law, Psychology, Science and Technology.
"You should definitely do this summer school if you get the opportunity, the course was interesting, will accompany many degrees well and will look good on a CV. It was also one of the best months of my life and I made loads of friends from all over the world." - Lizzie, 2017
Read more: AU Summer University website
Summer University DTU, Technical University of Denmark
Summer University DTU is an opportunity for students to take courses over the summer in July or August for three weeks. Summer University DTU offers about 100 different courses. The courses can be found in the course database (search on 'Summer University' for details on courses in July, and August). 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
International Summer University Programme, Copenhagen Business School
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.
Read more: ISUP website
Roskilde University offer three high quality and in-depth courses as part of their summer school. Please see the links below for more information.
UCPH International Summer Programme, University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen offers more than 40 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.
Tampere Summer School offers a selection of courses taught in English and covering various academic fields. Tampere is a compact-sized active and vibrant city with a relaxed atmosphere, and the beautiful lake surroundings display the amazing Finnish nature at its best. It is a perfect place to deepen your knowledge with specialists of the field, and make new international friends during summer. Read more on Tampere Summer School's website.
University of Turku
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.
INNOV@INSA Lyon, National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, France
This summer school is suitable for Science and Engineering students. You will study two modules on the summer school:
1. French Language, Cross Cultural Communication, Industry and Society
2. Management and Innovation in Europe
Excursions and social activities includes 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: INNOV@INSA website
Lifestyle & Leisure Programme, EDHEC Business School, France
Through this 3-week course, participants will examine a few mainstream players of the leisure economy, using models based in the region of Nice and Grasse as live case studies of the companies and consumers that inhabit the leisure economy. Three focus courses will combine background literature, in situ learning and a consultancy based evaluation framework to become acquainted with this emerging part of today’s economy.
Read more: Lifestyle & Leisure Programme website
Toulouse Business School
Toulouse Business School, one of the top-ranking, internationally accredited European business schools, offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to do one summer school (three weeks) in Toulouse or Barcelona or a combined summer school (six weeks) in both Toulouse and Ljubljana or Toulouse and Barcelona. The summer schools offer an academic programme that focuses on European issues and allows students to understand the diversity and complexity of doing business and managing in Europe. As part of the programme, students will go on company visits as well as having the opportunity to engage in cultural and social activities. Read more in the Toulouse Business School Summer School Brochure and on the Toulouse Business School summer school webpages.
Université Catholique de Lille
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. There are two sessions on offer throughout the summer, with courses in and across 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 and the programme brochure.
Université Paul Valery Montpellier 3
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. Four sessions of two weeks each are offered with 20 hours of classes each week meaning there is plenty of time to explore the regional and urban heritage, and take part in social activities. Read more on the University Institute website.
Bayreuth Summer University for Intercultural German Studies, Bayreuth University
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.
Bayreuth International Summer School, Bayreuth University
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
Berlin International Summer School, Berlin School of Economics and Law
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 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' and 'How Europe Works: Institutions and Law in the EU'. Find out more on the Berlin International Summer School website.
German Language and Culture, Berlin School of Economics and Law
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
Bodensee Summer University (IBH), University of Konstanz
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.
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
The Frankfurt School offers two summer schools for undergraduate and first-year Masters students: The Finance Boot Camp and The Management Boot Camp. From interactive simulations, insightful classroom lectures, cultural excursions, networking events, 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
Humboldt University, Berlin
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 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.
Mannheim Summer School, School of Humanities, University of Mannheim
Mannheim offers five cultural studies courses, all taught in English, which are designed for undergraduate students of all disciplines and will cover every interest from modern Shakespeare and global theater to cognition theory, language policy and human enhancement in fiction and film. Alongside studying, Mannheim’s leisure program will provide plenty of opportunities to get to know the city of Mannheim and the region it is located in. Read more on the Mannheim Summer School website.
Mannheim Business School (MBS) Summer School Program, University of Mannheim
Mannheim Business School, a renowned European business school, offers a three-week Summer School program that includes three major aspects - campus, companies, and culture. Students will be able to take advantage of a world-class education, gain real-world experience when visiting the headquarters of successful companies in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, and enrich their global perspective by visiting world-famous sights. The programme is split into three modules: Sustainability and Ecological Awareness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Introduction to the World of Big Data & Analytics. For more information please see the MBS website.
Munich International Summer University (MISU), Munich Ludwig-Maximilians University
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.
TU Berlin Summer University
The TU Berlin Summer University offers international students the opportunity to travel to the German capital at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin). Over 20 English-taught courses are on offer across cutting-edge science, technology and business subjects, including Social Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Biomechanics, and Guidance & Navigation of Unmanned Aircraft. Academic courses are accompanied by an immersive cultural program, introducing students to the city of Berlin and encouraging international networking. See the TU Berlin Summer University website for further information.
University of Bamberg
Bamberg's International Summer University focuses on literature, cultural studies and regional studies. It deals with the changing role of animals in historical and present German literature, culture and society. Seminars on grammar, vocabulary, stylistics and creative writing will help students to improve their language skills. Furthermore, there will be a seminar on teaching techniques as well as a drama group, a choir and a newspaper group. Excursions and social programme events complement the course programme. Please note students should have a German language level of B1, B2, C1, and C2 on the Common European Framework of References for languages. More information can be found on the International Summer University's website.
University of Tübingen
Tübingen offers three courses: the German Language Course, the Intensive German Language Course, and the European Studies Course. The social program includes trips, cultural activities as well as social gatherings. You will get the chance to experience German and other cultures, explore Tübingen and its surroundings - a perfect chance get to know classmates and buddies better and have fun together.
ELTE Budapest Summer University (Business Economics), Eötvös Loránd University
ELTE Budapest Summer University, offers six one-week courses for undergraduate and graduate students of business and economics. The courses include: Managerial Accounting: Information in Business Decision-making, Business Communication Skills, International Business Networks, Corporate financial analysis – An Integrated Approach, and Strategic Brand Management. Alongside 25 hours of instruction you will get the opportunity to participate in cultural programmes and evening talks. For more information on this programme please visit the ELTE Budapest Summer University website.
Bocconi Summer School offers a three-week study program open to motivated international students. It is a unique opportunity to participate in an exciting laboratory of teaching and experiential learning, while also giving the great opportunity to build some memories in Milan and Italy. Each course curriculum includes company visits and teamwork on real-life business cases and situations. For more information please see the Bocconi Summer School website.
Summer School on Food Sustainability, University of Parma
The programme will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from environmental problems to socioeconomic and political issues related to food production and sustainability. This Summer School will offer an interdisciplinary approach where lecturers and participants exchange ideas and work on case studies to address contemporary challenges that come from the food system. The Social Programme will include visits to the city of Parma and the surrounding countryside. Read more on the University of Parma's website.
Summer@SIE, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Summer@SIE is the School for International Education's Summer School programme with courses for everyone. Based in Venice, one of the world’s most unique cities, students can study modules in Global Studies, Contemporary Art & Curatorship, Italian Language & Culture, Management & Business Studies, Translation Studies, and Sign Language. Outside of classes students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Venetian history and culture. See more information on the Summer@SIE website.
Università Degli Studi di Bergamo
CIS (the Centre of Italian for Foreigners) at the University of Bergamo has been organising Italian language and culture courses for foreigners since 1978. Bergamo is within easy reach of the Italian lakes such as Garda and also Milan. During July Bergamo offer Italian language and culture courses from beginners to advanced and you can study for two, three or four weeks. The programme includes 25 hours of tuition per week and cultural activities and excursions are also offered during the programme. Read more on Bergamo's website.
"The teaching is excellent, you get so much contact time, the teachers really invest in you, and there are some great opportunities for learning about the culture – make the most of them, apply yourself and you will learn so much, meet some really great people and come away with new skills and new memories." – Natalia, 2017
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 Summer School, Radboud University, Nijmegen
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.
VU University Amsterdam
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 Groningen
The University of Groningen offers a diverse range of research-driven and multidisciplinary summer schools from disciplines such as Culture, Arts and Religion, International Relations, Engineering, and Medical Sciences amongst many others. Alongside studying, Groningen summer schools offer excursions, dinner socials and other social events. Read more on Groningen's website.
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.
University of Oslo
Students can apply for up to two undergraduate courses (modules) or one Masters course (module) as part of the International Summer School. Alongside studying courses ranging from Scandinavian Government & Politics to Energy, Environment and Social Change, students are invited to a number of social and cultural events in addition to one weekend excursion free of charge. Further details can be found on the University of Oslo's website.
Portuguese as a Foreign Language Summer Course, University of Lisbon
Every summer, the Institute of Portuguese Language and Culture (ICLP) at University of Lisbon offers intensive 20 hour-a-week courses in Portuguese language. This Summer Course is therefore aimed at anyone who wants to start, continue or deepen their language learning. Complementary to language acqisition, the Institute organises activities that highlight the richness of the Portuguese architectural, artistic, historical and literary heritage. Please see the University of Lisbon's website for more details.
Summer Course in Portuguese as a Foreign Language, Braga University
Each year Braga University offer a four-week Summer Course in Portuguese as a Foreign Language. Throughout the programme, students will spend 72 hours in classes and taking part in various cultural activities, such as field trips to Guimarães, Porto or Gerês, or discussion groups concerning Portuguese culture. The course has three different levels (A1/A2, B1/B1+ and B2/B2+) and the students will acquire not only language skills, but also cultural ones. Read more on Braga University's website.
IE Graduate Summer School, Madrid
The IE Graduate Summer School is an intense three-week programme taught in English that offers undergraduate students and recent graduates the opportunity to take courses across a wide range of disciplines taught by top quality faculty. Students will attend workshops to help boost important soft skills such as leadership, public speaking, personal branding or team building. They will then be able to choose from the following tracks: Entrepreneurship, International Finance, World Politics and Political Risk, Global Legal Professionals and their Challenges, Innovation & Technology, Marketing & Communication, and Good Design is Good for Business. Students will have the opportunity to take part in extracurricular activities to explore more about Spanish culture, as well as visits to companies and law firms. After class and everyday students can take optional Spanish or Chinese classes for one hour a day. Further details can be found on the summer programme website.
Summer School of Economics and Business (SSEB), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)
This intensive four-week summer school offers the opportunity to study up to two of their business and economics modules. The academic excellence of SSEB is complimented by social and cultural events, as well as field trips. Please see the SSEB website for more details.
UPF Barcelona International Summer School
Students can choose from 28 courses taught in English or Spanish. These courses deal with current topics and are designed to be innovative both in content and methodology. This is the reason why all courses have an applied component with workshops, activities, visits, laboratory work or in situ interpretation, which enables learning beyond the classroom. Courses are available in Social Movement, Environment, Gender Politics, Big Data, Humanities, Artificial Intelligence, Migration, Quantum Mechanics, Philosophy of Law and Digital Marketing. Students from the University of Leeds will not be required to pay the non-refundable registration fee. For more information, please see the Barcelona International Summer School website.
Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca
The Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA) offers intensive Spanish language courses during summer for two, three or 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. For this reason the daily classes, given by qualified teachers with experience, are combined with all sorts of activities. 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
Programmes in Australia and New Zealand
Queensland in July, The University of Queensland
In 2020 the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) at the University of Queensland (UQ) will again be running their ‘Queensland in July’ short term study program for international students at their beautiful St Lucia Campus in Brisbane. Students can choose one of the following courses:
- Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation (Business)
- Global Talent Management (Business)
- Event Marketing (Business)
- Strategic Decision Making (Economics)
- Ecosystem Services Ecology (Science)
- The World of Birds (Science)
For more information, visit the programme's website.
University of Adelaide
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. Read more on Adelaide's website.
University of Sydney
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 and Dentistry. For more information, visit the programme's website.
Screen Tools, University of Auckland
Screen Tools is a four-week practical course for emerging filmmakers. Students discover first-hand what draws the global film industry to New Zealand, while creating a short drama for show reels. This is a hands-on course designed to set students up with the essential skills needed to launch a career in film, television and digital media industries. 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. A background in film or media production, drama or creative writing is preferred, but not essential. Read more on the University of Auckland website.
Please note that early application is advised.
Programmes in North America
International Summer Institute for Business Management, University of Victoria
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.
Summer Studies in Montreal, McGill University
Offering prestige, culture and fun, McGill University’s 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 to eight weeks and vary by subject area. Courses on offer range from engineering, business, computing, creative industries, and French language. More information can be found on the summer programme website.
University of Alberta
The International Summer Programmes provide students with the opportunity to experience campus life at one of Canada's top universities. The programs combine professional development, interdisciplinary studies, and cross-cultural learning opportunities, with time for exploration, relaxation and fun. During this program, you will develop skills in: group work, cross-cultural communication, leadership and public speaking. For further information visit the University of Alberta International Summer Programme.
York University offers a variety of exciting four- to six-week summer courses held at York. University of Leeds students are also eligible to enrol in a number of summer abroad programmes run by the University. York have five courses taught overseas to Canada in various locations including Los Angeles, Mexico, the Philippines and the Netherlands. For more information on York's summer programmes please see their website.
United States of America
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. Summer@CSUMB allows students 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.
International Summer at the George Washington University, Washington DC
George Washington Summer Institutes combine applied learning to create an in-depth and practical academic experience for participants. Students will have the opportunity to delve further into their areas of interest, explore a new field, or enhance your professional skills. There are several 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. For further information visit the GW International Summer website.
Global Summer Institute, Stony Brook University
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, shop at Tanger Outlets, 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.
TECHsplore Summer, Georgia Institute of Technology
TECHsplore Summer is a short-term study opportunity at Georgia Institute of Technology for international students. This program is ideal for second and third year undergraduate students. Students will engage in coursework with current Georgia Tech students, and there will be a number of opportunities that will allow for exploration in the city of Atlanta. Read more on TECHsplore Summer's website.
Programmes in Latin America
Intensive Spanish Programme, Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires
Held in the beautiful Buenos Aires neighborhood of Recoleta, this four-week program in July is oriented to students who want to improve their Spanish while immersing themselves in Argentine culture. The program curriculum is complemented with frequent cultural excursions and activities aimed at experiencing the living language of Porteños (residents of Buenos Aires). Read more on the Universidad de San Andrés website.
The programme is designed for students who have had at least three semesters of university level Spanish or equivalent.
The Brazilian Seminars, PUC-Rio
The Brazilian Seminars developed by PUC-Rio is an international summer school which provides students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about Brazil. This is a 50 hour program of lectures and out-of-class activities that offers a panorama on Brazil’s different aspects, ranging from culture to environmental issues, from politics to entrepreneurship. Please see the Brazilian Seminars website for more information.
i Summer MX Programme - Tecnológico de Monterrey
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
UDLAP Summer Exchange Programme, Puebla
The Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) is one of the most prestigious private universities in Mexico and is located in Cholula, Puebla, 100 kilometers southeast from Mexico City. Their four week Summer Exchange Programme is particularly suitable for intermediate or advanced Spanish learners with Spanish language and Mexican culture modules on offer. There are a very limited number of English-taught courses available.
"I would 100% recommend the programme, I met some amazing people and some of us became very close and will definitely keep in touch." - Jay, 2017
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.
Download the UFMG Summer School 2019 flyer
Programmes in Asia
Antai Global Summer School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
The program provides enriched academic learning in a top Chinese university as well as valuable cultural experience in one of the most vibrant cities in China. The Summer School combines a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities including: lectures, case study, corporate seminars, company visits, city sightseeing and cultural events. If you wish to attend this programme as an exchange student and benefit from a tuition fee waiver you must apply first to the Study Abroad Office and be nominated. Please note there are limited exchange places available. Alternatively you can choose to apply directly to the partner university and pay the tuition fee. Make sure you fill in the Summer Schools registration form.
“This summer programme stood out to me as it offered such a diverse range of academic, language, cultural and business aspects. Every week we had a mixture of off-campus activities which were good for splitting the week up and no day was ever boring or unengaging!” Serena, 2019
Daria also took part in this programme in 2018 and wrote about her experience on our blog.
Chinese Language Summer School, Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University
Spend two, four or six weeks learning Chinese language (Mandarin) while experiencing one of the world’s most important economies. Levels available include absolute beginner, elementary, low intermediate, high intermediate and advanced. Each week will be comprised of 15 hours of classroom-based language lessons and four hours of cultural understanding lessons. You will also have the opportunity to try out Chinese martial arts, calligraphy, paper cutting, Chinese cooking, traditional Chinese costumes and embroidery. If you wish to attend this programme as an exchange student and benefit from a tuition fee waiver you must apply first to the Study Abroad Office and be nominated. Please note there are limited exchange places available. Alternatively you can choose to apply directly to the partner university and pay the tuition fee. Make sure you fill in the Summer Schools registration form.
"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
Doing Business in a Changing China, Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University
This programme offers an insight into the world's largest consumer market and second largest economy. The Doing Business in a Changing China Summer School will give you firsthand business experience in China. In just two weeks, this new programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to navigate China's complex business environment, giving you a competitive edge in international business. If you wish to attend this programme as an exchange student and benefit from a tuition fee waiver you must apply first to the Study Abroad Office and be nominated. Please note there are limited exchange places available. Alternatively you can choose to apply directly to the partner university and pay the tuition fee. Make sure you fill in the Summer Schools registration form.
“The excursions offered to the local industries such as Siemens and PWC were very useful, and gave a practical perspective to the theoretical knowledge we had gained from the morning lectures.” Alex, 2019
For more information, visit the summer programme's website.
East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai
The summer school combines both the study of Chinese law and excursions in Shanghai and to local areas. All teaching will be in English. It will be a truly rewarding experience in one of Asia’s most exciting cities for any student who wants to know more Chinese law and culture. Students will be able to take intensive courses on the Chinese legal system, pay visits to local law institutions and experience Chinese culture in various ways. Priority for places will be given to students from the School of Law who have no, or limited experience of Chinese culture. Tuition costs will be waived for successful applicants nominated by the Leeds Study Abroad Office.
"Everything was well-organised such as the accommodation, the meal provided, a few visits to firms/local tourist attractions, especially the assistance received from the student assistants." - Sherlyn, 2017
International Summer Session, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), one of China's oldest and most prestigious foreign studies universities, has successfully held their four-week International Summer Session (ISS) for students domestically and worldwide since 2016. Students can study a wide range of subjects taught in English. The ISS programme also organizes various cultural activities through which all participants can discover and explore Chinese traditional art as well as exchange and discuss ideas. Activities such as Beijing City Tour, learning Chinese medicine, watching Peking opera, visiting the National Museum etc. are always very popular.
For more information, visit the International Summer Session’s website and the brochure on Minerva.
International Summer Session, Fudan University
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. There are 18 content courses, three Chinese language courses at different levels and two Physical Education courses on offer. In addition historical and cultural visits are offered. The content courses will cover a range of topics in History and Culture, Society and Politics, Business and Economy, and Science and Technology. If you wish to attend this programme as an exchange student and benefit from a tuition fee waiver you must apply first to the Study Abroad Office and be nominated. Please note there are limited exchange places available. Alternatively you can choose to apply directly to the partner university and pay the tuition fee. University of leeds students are eligible for 10% partner discount. Make sure you fill in the Summer Schools registration form.
"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
ZJU Entrepreneurship in China International Summer School, Zhejiang University
Founded in 1897, Zhejiang University is one of China’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education. The University is located in Hangzhou, a city with a rich culture and heritage along the southeast coast of China, which is about 50-minute travel away from Shanghai by high-speed train. Hangzhou is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province, which is well known in China for its vibrant private economy, entrepreneurship and innovation. At the International Summer School you can learn about doing business in China from a cultural and economic perspective, as well as Chinese entrepreneurship and some basic Chinese language. You will also have the opportunity to visit various companies, meet entrepreneurs and undertake a Business Project. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived. Priority for places will be given to students from LUBS.
"In terms of co-curricular content, the most exciting part is that we got the chance to visit Alibaba and it was amazing. We also learned a lot from the company visit to Bioclub, a healthcare incubator." - Sin Xian, 2017
Chinese University of Hong Kong 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 July Session of ISS offers some 20 courses, encompassing business, China studies, Chinese medicine, engineering, environmental studies, humanities and social science, in addition to language (Putonghua and Cantonese). For selected students the tuition fee will be waived.
"I was fortunate to have good professors who had in-depth knowledge on the subject and were passionate about teaching. They were able to clarify any doubts and encouraged in-class interactions and communications." - Windy, 2017
Read more: International Summer School website
Chinese University of Hong Kong Chinese Language Summer School
The CUHK International Summer School (ISS) provides students with an opportunity to combine high-quality learning with an unforgettable summer experience. The August Session of ISS provides students with an opportunity to learn Putonghua and acquire pragmatic competence through lessons and immersion activities. It embraces language learning, cultural immersion and entertainment, and offers a remarkable experience for non-native Chinese learners. For selected students the tuition fee will be waived.
Read more: International Summer School website
HKBU Summer Programme, Hong Kong Baptist University
At the HKBU Summer Programme there are more than 30 English-taught courses available in the areas of Business, Communication, Economics, English, Film, Finance, History, Journalism, Marketing, Religion, Science and Sociology. Alongside the courses, students can enjoy business visits and cultural activities built into the programme. Also included is a cultural visit such as a field trip to Macau. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived.
"The teaching was excellent, the lecturer (Vivienne) was very friendly and approachable, and the course content was fascinating and well presented." - Elizabeth, 2015
Read more: HKBU International website
HKUST International Summer Exchange Programme, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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. Please note this programme is not open to students currently in their first year at Leeds. Participants in the summer school build their own programme of modules from a huge range of options taught in English. Selected Leeds students will register as exchange students at HKUST and no tuition fee will be charged.
"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
Jack took part in the programme in 2014 and made this video of his experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r89MrRIYn9M&feature=emb_title
Read more: HKUST ISP website
Hong Kong University Summer Institute
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. The HKU Summer Institute offers several programmes in the fields of Business, Culture, Society and Global Issues. 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. An internship programme is also available.
Students from the University of Leeds can also benefit from a 10% partner discount. More information on the programme can be found on the HKU Summer Institute website.
International Summer School, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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. You will attend session one or session two of the summer school and will choose from a range of courses taught in English. Courses are offered in three subject areas: 'Chinese language, culture and society', 'design innovation and technology' and 'business, entrepreneurship and global leadership'. There are optional field trips organised as part of the programme for example, to Taiwan or Xian. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived.
"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
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK)
Based in Kerala, India, IIM Kozhikode offers a variety of one- and two-week business and law programmes throughout the summer ranging from ‘Consumer Behaviour in the Digital Age’ to ‘International Law in the Global South’. The two-week programmes feature industrial visits to the business capital of Kerala, Kochi, allowing students to gain first-hand experience of content discussed in lectures, besides getting a chance to explore one of the picturesque regions of Southern India. All participants have the opportunity to gain a flavour of India with a programme of social events and cultural visits. Please see the IIMK website for details.
Rothberg International School (RIS), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
RIS at Hebrew University offers a wide array of short-term courses and programs with a focus on social and political sciences, Israel and the Middle East, languages, religion, fine and performing arts, business and legal studies, and STEM. Students can choose courses from our July and August sessions, as well as elect to participate in archaeological field schools. Students live on-campus with international and Israeli students – including a staff of Israeli students who help you navigate life in Jerusalem. This vibrant city will become a second classroom, full of trips and tours. For more information please see the RIS website.
Asian Studies Summer Program, Kansai Gaidai University
The Asian Studies Summer Program is a six-week programme, which offers a well-rounded introduction to Japanese language and culture. By combining semi-intensive Japanese language classes with a series of lectures and field trips, students are able to gain a basic understanding of Japanese language and society. The programme is designed to cover a wide range of topics from Japanese pop culture and current political issues to time-honoured traditions and history through lectures and site visits. The Summer Program is offered for six weeks in June and July when the program for local students are in full operation. Thus, participants are able to have active interactions with local students. Please see the Asian Studies Summer Program website for more information.
Japanese Language and Culture Program, Kobe Gakuin University
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. Japanese language classes will be conducted at beginners’ level and be run in both Japanese and English. The Japanese Language band Culture Program's website will be updated shortly for 2020.
Japanese Language Immersion Course, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts
The Japanese Language Immersion Course (JLIC) at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts (DWCLA) began in 2008. Only Term B, that runs for four weeks in the summer vacation, will be available for University of Leeds students. 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.
Japanese Language Summer Course, Akita University, Japan
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.
"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
Read more: Akita Summer Course website
Summer in Japan (SIJ) is a four-week, summer time, intensive study abroad program that Kyushu University offers to undergraduates of all disciplines from around the world. Using English as the primary medium instruction, SIJ aims to introduce, in an intensive and effective manner, those with entry-level knowledge about Japan to its contemporary society and culture by offering in-class academic coursework and a variety of off-campus activities, including study trips and a home stay for experiential learning.For more information on this programme, please visit the SIJ website.
Summer Intensive Programme at Nagoya University
The summer programme at Nagoya University 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.
Summer Japanese Program, Nanzan University
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 choose from 3 course offerings:
- Course A is a 8-week intensive Japanese programme
- Course B is a 4-week intensive Japanese & 4-week Internship
- Course C is a 4-week intensive Japanese programme
Students also get the opportunity to visit famous cultural spots around Nagoya such as Shirakawa-go 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 and please here to apply.
Summer Japanese Program, Ritsumeikan University
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. RSJP programme consists of two major components. Participants are enrolled in an intensive Japanese language class which provides them with a through introduction to the language. Students also participate in Japanese Studies classes to learn about Japanese culture and take part in field excursions. Read more on Ritsumeikan's Short Programs website and the Japanese Language Program website.
Summer Session in East Asian Studies and Japanese Language, Sophia University, Tokyo
This program provides participants with opportunities to take part in an East Asian studies programme and an intensive Japanese language programme. You will attend session one or session two of the summer school and will study English-taught subject based modules, Japanese language or a combination of the two. Subject based modules include business, history, culture, theatre, pop culture, sustainability and politics.
“The content of all the classes was very interesting, but what made them great was the dedication and enthusiasm of the professors.” Remon, 2019
Read more: Summer Session in Asian Studies website
Waseda Summer Session is a four-week programme during which you can take part in a variety of courses including business, culture, history, literature 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 alongside the summer programme. For more information on these programmes please visit the Waseda University 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 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 with New Technologies, New World. For further information visit the GEM Trailblazer Summer Programme website.
National University of Singapore (NUS)
NUS offers various two to five week thematic summer programmes.
FASStrack Asia offers a variety of courses related to Asian studies. Read more on the FASStrack Asia website.
The IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods focuses on both the theory and practice of social science research. Read more on the IPSA-NUS website.
NUS School of Computing Summer Workshop offers deep insights and specialised knowledge that are increasingly sought after by the industry today. Read more on the Summer Workshop website.
iDP Summer Programmes consists of two summer courses: ‘Exploring New Space Technologies and Applications and ‘Design Thinking for a Better Designed World’. Read more on the iDP Summer Programmes website.
NUS Enterprise Summer Programme on Entrepreneurship offers the opportunity to gain insights into the start-up scene in Singapore. Read more on their website.
Global Science Summer Programme offers courses in Biotechnology & Biotherapeutics, Data Science & Analytics, Forensic Science and Medical Physics. Read more on the Global Science Summer Programme website.
SMU Global Summer Programme, Singapore Management University
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
- Engage industry leaders with interests in Asia through dialogues and networking sessions
- Learn from peers from over 30 countries and forge intercultural friendships
- Experience the vibrancy of Singapore’s business, arts and civic districts from the vantage point of SMU’s city campus
- Appreciate culturally rich and diverse Singapore – a global gateway to Asia
For further information visit the SMU Global Summer Programme website.
Hanyang International Summer School, Seoul
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.
"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
Read more: HISS website
KAIST International Summer School, Daejeon
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.
“The summer school was very well run and organised. The coordinators were very friendly and helpful.” Yong, 2019
Read more: KISS website
Korea University International Summer Campus, Seoul
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.
“The topics of the class itself were very interesting and helped me to understand Korean culture on a deeper level.” Evie, 2019
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
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.
SNU International Summer Program (SNU ISP), Seoul National University
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.
Yonsei International Summer School, Seoul
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.
"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
Read more: YISS website
Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Summer Program, National Taiwan University (NTU)
NTU’s Summer Program is a four-week program taught in English offered by the College of Management. Students will obtain business knowledge and explore Asian economic trends as well as experience the management practices in Greater China. In addition to the substantial in-class lectures, NTU will arrange off-campus tours and company visits to enhance students’ experience in Taiwan. The Summer Program is also a gateway for overseas students to explore Taiwan and establish a network with locals. For further information, please visit the Summer Programme website.
Summer Programme in Vietnam, RMIT Vietnam
Join students from Vietnam and around the world for an intensive three-week study program in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, two of the most dynamic cities in Asia. Study in English at a contemporary university with Vietnamese and international classmates from all over the world. All programs include practical components where you will be exposed to industry leaders and local practice. You can expect to be moving around and exploring Ho Chi Minh City with local guides, putting into practice the theory taught in class. Your three weeks in Southeast Asia will expose you to the country’s history, vibrant food, and diverse entertainment. Read more on RMIT Vietnam's website.
Programmes in Africa
Sustainable Water Management in Africa, University of Cape Town
The Sustainable Water Management in Africa course at UCT is aimed at the next generation of critical thinkers. It 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. One of the main focus areas of the course is strong engagement with the interdisciplinary / transdisciplinary research paradigm and particularly its role in integrated water management. For more information, visit the programme website.
UCT Global Academy, University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town Global Academy is an inclusive short term programme. 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 Global Academy combines two courses, Afropolitanism, and Social Justice and Entrepreneurship, 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, visit the programme website.