Subsidised summer schools

University of Leeds students have opportunities to attend subsidised short programmes in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Please note these opportunities are not fully funded, they are partially subsidised.

Applications for subsidised summer 2020 opportunities will be opening in January. 

The Study Abroad organisation on Minerva is one of your most important resources when checking your eligibility to apply and researching your options. Here you will also find details of our 101 sessions, which are compulsory for all students who apply for a subsidised short programme. Please note that to benefit from one of these subsidised places, you must apply through the Study Abroad Office at the University of Leeds. A link to the online application form is available on the Study Abroad Office organisation on Minerva. How to enrol: 

1. Log into Minerva via this specific link, which will take you to our 'Welcome to the Study Abroad organisation' page.

2. Follow the brief enrolment instructions provided on that page.

3. The organisation will then be listed under 'Organisations', which you can view by clicking on the 'Learn' tab.

See below for the summer opportunities that are on offer.

Programmes in Europe

    AU Summer University, Aarhus University, Denmark

    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. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived. Aarhus University is among the top 100 universities in the world. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived.

    "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

    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. Priority for places will be given to students from LUBS. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived.

    Read more: ISUP website

    Summer University DTU, Technical University of Denmark, 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

    Helsinki Summer School, University of Helsinki, Finland

    Helsinki Summer School offers courses that cover a wide range of academic fields and multidisciplinary topics. The courses are all taught in English and are designed to challenge and inspire you in a learning environment that promotes equality. Courses are offered in the following areas: Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. A wide range of social events to help students get to know their colleagues and Finland better are included in the programme. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived.

    The course I studied was Cognition, Communication and the Brain, so as part of this we saw various techniques used for brain scanning and imaging. This picture shows an EEG, which involves the participant wearing a cap covered in electrodes that measure the pattern of brain activity.” Sophie, 2019 

    Helsinki Summer School, University of Helsinki, Finland Photo

    Read more: Helsinki Summer School website

    German Language and Culture, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany

    Berlin School of Economics and Law is offering places for Leeds students on a tuition-waiver basis to take part in their international summer school. Participants in the summer school will follow 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. Priority for places will be given to students who are not studying German language as part of a single or joint honours degree at Leeds and have been selected to spend a year studying abroad in a German speaking country next year.

    "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

    Bayreuth Summer University for Intercultural German Studies, Bayreuth University, Germany

    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 selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived. Priority for places will be given to students who are not studying German language as part of a single or joint honours degree at Leeds and have been selected to spend a year studying abroad in a German speaking country next year.

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

    See what Emily had to say about her time at Bayreuth Summer University on our blog.

    Read more: Bayreuth Summer University for Intercultural German Studies website

    Bayreuth International Summer School, Bayreuth University, Germany

    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 and for selected Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived (priority for places will be given to students from LUBS).

    "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

    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. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived and priority for these places will be given to students from LUBS.

    Read more: Lifestyle & Leisure Programme website 

Programmes in Latin America

    UDLAP Summer Exchange Programme, Puebla, Mexico

    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. For selected University of Leeds students the programme fee will be waived which includes four weeks tuition, accommodation in dormitories and breakfast and lunch (Monday - Friday only).

    "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

    UDLAP Summer Exchange Programme, Puebla, Mexico Photo

    i Summer MX Programme - Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

    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

    Summer School on Brazilian Studies - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

    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

    Chinese Language Summer School, Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University, China

    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.

    "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

    XJTLU Summer School

    Find out more about the two week, four week and six week programmes. 

    Doing Business in a Changing China, Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University, China

    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. For more information, visit the summer programme's website.

    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  

    Wuhan University International Summer Programme, China

    This summer programme offers you the opportunity to study at Wuhan University, is one of the most prestigious universities in China.  Tuition and housing costs will be waived for successful applicants nominated by the Leeds Study Abroad Office. The Luojia International Summer Program offers students the chance to study a two-week exciting programme in Wuhan University and investigate a four-day fascinating programme in other cities. So then, students will have the opportunity to gain a valuable and comprehensive insight into the innovation and development of China.

    "We visited many sightseeing places in China, opera on Yangtze River, water-show in theatre, tried local sports and dances. The trips and social activities enabled us to experience Chinese culture in almost every possible dimension and this is the main reason why I highly recommend Wuhan Summer School." – Robert, 2017

    Sunset on a river

    International Summer Session, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

    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 see the International Summer Session brochure on the Study Abroad Minerva organisation.

    International Summer Session, Fudan University, China

    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. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived.

    "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

    International Summer Session, Fudan University, Great Wall of China

    Read more: International Summer Session website

    ZJU Entrepreneurship in China International Summer School, Zhejiang University, China

    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

    Zhejiang China

    Read a blog post written by Roland who attended the programme in 2017. 

    Read more: International Summer School website

    Antai Global Summer School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) is offering places on its Antai Global Summer School to selected students from the University of Leeds. Priority for places will be given to students from LUBS. For successful applicants, the tuition fee will be waived. 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.

    “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 took part in this programme in 2018 and wrote about her experience on our blog

    Read more: Antai Global Summer School website

    East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai, China

    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

    Korea University International Summer Campus, Seoul, South Korea

    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. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived.

    “The topics of the class itself were very interesting and helped me to understand Korean culture on a deeper level.” Evie, 2019

    Alexis took part in the programme in 2015 and made this video of her experience: 

    Read more: Korea University International Summer Campus website

    Hanyang International Summer School, Seoul, South Korea

    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. For selected University of Leeds students the tuition fee will be waived. 

    "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

    Yonsei International Summer School, Seoul, South Korea 

    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. For selected students the tuition fee will be waived.

    "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

    KAIST International Summer School, Daejeon, South Korea

    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. For selected students the tuition fee will be waived.

     “The summer school was very well run and organised. The coordinators were very friendly and helpful.” Yong, 2019 

    KAIST International Summer School Taekwondo Experience Photo

    Read more: KISS website

    International Summer Semester, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea

    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 International Summer Semester's website

    Summer Session in East Asian Studies and Japanese Language, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan 

    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. For successful applicants, the tuition fee will be waived.

    The content of all the classes was very interesting, but what made them great was the dedication and enthusiasm of the professors.” Remon, 2019 

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

    Read more: Summer Session in Asian Studies 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