Summer Schools

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

Applications for 2022 summer school placements will open in semester 2.

Find out more about eligibility, deadlines and the application process on the Study Abroad Office Minerva organisation: enrol here

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.

If you are a postgraduate student you will need to apply independently. You can find summer programmes specifically for postgrads on the Postgraduate Study Abroad Opportunities page. Some summer schools below may also accept postgraduates onto their undergraduate courses.

See below for the summer opportunities usually offered by our partner universities:

Programmes in Europe 

Austria

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.

Belgium

Leuven Catholic University

‘Europe Inside Out 2021’ is expected to be a ‘summer school unlike any other!’. With more than 42,000 students, 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 ArtsEconomics & Business and Social Sciences you combine two majors from a list of four: Doing Business with Europe(ans); Policies & Politics in the EU; Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe and Social & Cultural Interactions. The course includes virtual visits to Brussels and Antwerp. Read about this online programme at the KU Leuven website.

Denmark

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. 

The organisation was excellent –Aarhus University runs a high number of summer courses,so they have a process that is very efficient. The professor was absolutely amazing and the course itself was of a very high quality, and I felt like I learnt a lot. I would absolutely recommend partaking in this summer school, or any other summer school if you have the opportunity –it is honestly one of the best experiences I have had. – Daniel, 2021

Read more: AU Summer University website

International Summer Program, University of Copenhagen

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.

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

Finland

Tampere University

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.

France

INNOV@INSA Lyon and ENERG’INSA, National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, France

These summer schools are suitable for Science and Engineering students. You will study two modules on either summer school: 

1. Management and Innovation in Europe or Energy Transition and Renewable Production

2. French Language, Cross Cultural Communication, Industry and Society 

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 and ENERG’INSA website

Institute of French Studies for Foreign Learners (IEFE), University 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. 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

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.

Germany

HWR Berlin Summer School (Non-language programmes), 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.

HWR Berlin Summer School (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

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

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. 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.

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 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 Tübingen Summer Schools

Students of humanities, social sciences, law and economics degrees will be interested in the University of Tübingen’s two online summer schools: ‘European Politics and Human Rights’ and ‘”Divided in Diversity” – The European Union in Crisis?’. Enjoy a varied program of excellent academic courses and intercultural exchange in an vibrant, interactive online community. The Online 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.

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.

Greece

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

This year the Laboratory for the Research of Medical Law and Bioethics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), are hosting two online summer schools: the 6th International Summer School of Medical Law and Bioethics on “Autonomy and health care in the (post) pandemic era” and “Current developments on financial crime, corruption and money laundering: European and international perspectives”. The Summer Schools will be conducted in English, by faculty members and doctoral students from AUTh and from other universities in Greece and abroad, as well as by specialized jurists and doctors. For more information please see AUTH’s website.

Italy

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  

Bocconi University

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.

Netherlands

University of Groningen 

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.

Leiden University

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.

Utrecht University

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

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. 

Portugal

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.

Slovenia

Ljubljana Summer School, University of Ljubljana

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.

Spain

Summer School of Economics and Business, 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.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Climate Change, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and Spain Center for International Education (SpaCIE) have created their joint Summer School “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Climate Change” (SSMACC). The SSMACC is a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons in one of the most beautiful and liveliest cities of the world, while studying at a top university. UAM invites you to embark on this life-changing journey to gain a new perspective on your studies, make new friends from all over the World, immerse yourself in a different culture, and discover something new about yourself! Join an exclusive 2-week study program that offers a high-quality multidisciplinary course, taught in English by top professors of many disciplines (Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Humanities, Law, Marketing, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology) and by top practitioners from the business world. The course is complimented by social and cultural events, as well as academic field trips. Please see the SSMACC website

I would definitely recommend taking part in a summer school to future students – it was lovely to discover a new city and meet students from all over the world. – Frances, 2021

Deusto Summer School, University of Deusto

This summer, University of Deusto will bring you the courses wherever you are through its Virtual Academy. Their online proposal offers:

  • English and Spanish taught courses
  • Wide range of topics
  • Expert speakers
  • Remote learning methodology

For more information see the Deusto 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 Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain 

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 North America

Canada 

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. 

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

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.

United States of America 

International Summer Program, California State University Monterey Bay

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

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. 

University of Mississippi

The summer semester is a wonderful time to study at the University of Mississippi’s Oxford Campus in the heart of the American South. The Oxford campus is home to most of the University’s undergraduate programs as well as many graduate faculties. Academic buildings and campus housing nestle around a large green area known as the Grove. Surrounding campus are a number of sports facilities, creating a border between the campus and the community. Oxford itself is a town full of artists and musicians, and is well known throughout the United States for its delicious Southern cuisine and great literary traditions, including local writers William Faulkner and John Grisham. For more information and to see available courses please see the University of Mississippi’s website.

Programmes in Latin America

Brazil 

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

The Brazilian Seminars, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

The Brazilian Seminars developed by PUC-Rio is an international summer school which provides students, young scholars and international administrators with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about Brazil. It’s a 60 hour interdisciplinary program meant to give a broad perspective of Brazilian issues which are currently in the global scenario. For more information please see The Brazilian Seminars website.

Mexico 

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 recommend taking part in a summer school – it’s a great experience to understand how other university systems work and learning in another language is INVALUABLE for your language skills! This was my first opportunity to present in Spanish which was great!  – Tjala, 2021

UDLAP Summer Exchange Programme, Puebla, Mexico Photo

Programmes in Asia

China 

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. 

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 

Student at the Great Wall of China

Summer Camp on Chinese Economy and Society, Fudan University

No one can ignore the significance of China in the contemporary world, and thus to know more about China has become a core curriculum for anyone who aims to be a future leader. The Fudan Summer Camp on Chinese Economy and Societyis a two-week intensive program hosted by the School of Economics, Fudan University every July since 2016. It is well-designed to help students with interest to achieve a deep and brand-new understanding of China within a short period, facilitating their knowledge-building in terms of China's economic, commercial, social, and political landscape. For more information please see the Summer Camp website.

ZJU-SOM 2021 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Summer Programme, 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. This year the theme of the online programme is ‘Embrace Digital World’. The program comprises mini-lectures and virtual cultural/company visits. Lectures will be pre-recorded to satisfy needs of participants from different time zones. The program will have two tracks: the certificate track and non-certificate track. For the certificate track, students are required to complete an additional group project. You can apply for this programme via the online application form.

Hong Kong

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). 

I recommend partaking in [this] summer school. 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 

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. 

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. 

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 

HKU Summer Institute, Hong Kong University

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. 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 this year are also provided in the form of virtual workshops and discussions. Alongside academic study the programmes may provide opportunities for students to participate in virtual cultural and social activities. For more information please see 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. 

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 

Students looking out of the Hong Kong cityscape

 

Japan 

Japanese Language Summer Course, Akita University

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 Courses in Japanese, International Christian University (ICU)

The Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) at the ICU is an intensive six-week programme. 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.

Summer in Japan 2021 (SIJ), Kyushu University

This year the ‘Summer in Japan’ (SIJ hereafter) 2021 will be offered fully online. SIJ 2021 is designed to provide quality and unique learning opportunities, along with various extracurricular virtual activities such as campus and lab tours, and an excursion to Fukuota city. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and apply what they take away from the sessions to the ongoing social, cultural, and economic challenges brought forward by the pandemic. Kyushu plan to offer a wide range of topics—some related to but not limited to Japan—so that the students may find their interests and align them with their major and career goals. SIJ 2021 will also offer four levels of the Japanese Language (JL) course: Beginner, Elementary 1, Elementary 2 and Intermediate.

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

SUMMER SESSION IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES AND JAPANESE LANGUAGE, SOPHIA UNIVERSITY, TOKYO, JAPAN photo

Singapore 

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.

FASStrack Asia, National University of Singapore (NUS)

FASStrack Asia offers a variety of courses related to Asian studies. Read more on the FASStrack Asia website.

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

Hosted by the NUS Faculty of Science, this programme is a perfect opportunity to broaden your academic and cultural horizons. You will gain new skills and ideas, immerse yourself in new surroundings, and gain an international perspective. Courses on offer include Forensic Science, Biotechnology snd Biotherapeutics, and Forensic Toxicology and Poisons. Read more at the Global Science Summer programme website.

Summer Programme in Entrepreneurship, National University of Singapore (NUS)

NUS Faculty of Enterprise are holding an online 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 a melting pot of nationalities, languages and cultures as it brings together high-calibre students from all over the globe to learn and grow together, in an intensive two-week introduction to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Learn more at the NUS Enterprise 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.

South Korea 

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

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. 

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

Read more: Korea University international summer campus website

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.

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

Taiwan

NTU Plus Academy Summer+ – Chinese Language and Culture, National Taiwan University

This program has been designed for students of all levels, beginning or advanced, who want to learn Chinese fluently. Additionally, in class curriculum provides opportunities for interaction and improving communication abilities. The course includes different themes that tie together the daily language class, cultural activities and interactions with locals. NTU also offer a series of English-based lectures and field trips that allow you to explore specific environmental and sociocultural aspects of Taiwan. For more information, please see the NTU Summer+ programs website.

Programmes in Africa and the Middle East

Israel

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.

South Africa 

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

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. 

Sustainable Water Management, University of Cape Town

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.