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Summer schools

Instead of studying abroad as part of your degree, you can take part in short-term overseas study or study tours / field trips, helping you develop transferable skills, a global outlook and improve your CV. You'll also get to know lots of new people and places and learn about different cultures.

We also offer variety of other short-term opportunities abroad including internships, volunteering projects and research programmes. You could also be eligible to apply for variety of funding opportunities to take part in short term studies abroad.

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Short-term overseas study

As well as studying over the summer, you'll have plenty of fun attending cultural events and getting to know people from all around the world.

  • Ecole du Louvre- Summer School in French Museology- France

    For its 7th edition, the Summer School in French Museology will take you on a tour of French cultural institutions, with exclusive masterclass and visits. This comprehensive seminar comprises lectures given in the prestigious premises of the Louvre Palace and visits led by scholars or museums professionals, in and around Paris. Topics such as museography, mediation, exhibition, scenography, preventive conservation and restoration, as well as special focuses on the Louvre and Orsay museums, the domain of Versailles and contemporary art will allow the participants to get a glimpse of how museums professionals work in France.

    The working language of the summer school is English.


    The course is free to attend and this would also include any relevant field trips. You would still have to pay for the accommodation and food/transport costs but you won’t have to pay for tuition fees (saving you approx. 1,000 Euros). This is a scholarship that Ecole du Louvre are happy to offer to our students to attend this summer school.

    The cost of ‘other expenses’ should be in the region of 300 to 500 Euros (depending on lifestyle, cost of Eurostar/flights etc.).


    You will be responsible for finding your own accommodation as the Ecole du Louvre is located in Louvre in the middle of Paris and they don’t have student accommodation available. They will be providing you with some recommendations and suggestions of where to stay but it will be ultimately your responsibility to find your own place. Air B&B may be an option you may wish to consider.

    The cost of accommodation should be in the region of 300 to 500 Euros. (possibly more depending on location and standard)

    Full programme

    This is to be finalised and more info should be available by the end of May. Until then please have a look at the programme booklet for the Summer 2016 programme (.pdf). 2018 programme will be very similar so this will give you an idea of what to expect.

    Further information is available from the L`Ecole du Louvre.


    • Duration: 2 weeks
    • Location: France
    • Start and end dates: 25 June - 11 July 2018
    • Deadline: The application deadline for 2017-2018 has passed and we expect it to reopen in 2019

  • ESA/ELGRA Gravity Related Research Summer School 2018 - Belgium

    This exciting Summer School explains the interest and benefits of performing research at different levels, and offers an overview of the current research under microgravity and hypergravity conditions in Life and Physical sciences.


    The selected students will be sponsored by ESA. The sponsorship will cover accommodation and meals as well as up to 200 Euros for travelling to Redu, Belgium.


    • Aged between 18 and 32
    • Citizen of an ESA Member or Associate States
    • Enrolled as a full-time BSc or MSc student in a university studying an engineering or scientific subject (not graduating before the summer school)
    • Have never taken part in any gravity-related activity and never been sponsored by ESA's Education Office or ELGRA


    Over four and an half packed days university students attend stimulating lectures, and work within small groups to devise ideas for prospective experiments. Gravity-related research is introduced to these future scientists and engineers by showing the possibilities of studies and research careers in the European space sector.

    The trainers are ELGRA and ESA experts from across Europe, freely sharing their experience and know-how with the students, including their day-to-day work and research experience in biology, human physiology, and physics.

    Further information and how to apply is available from the ESA Academy website.


    • Duration: 1 week
    • Location: Belgium
    • Start and end dates: 25 June - 29 June 2018
    • Deadline: The application deadline for 2017-2018 has passed and we expect it to reopen in 2019

  • University of Eastern Finland Summer School

    The Summer School will be more than just taking a course: it is an excellent opportunity to experience an innovative and international learning environment while creating new networks with your fellow students - and let's not forget about the opportunity to enjoy typical Finnish summer activities in beautiful lakeside surroundings.

    Our lively cities and cosy campuses in Joensuu and Kuopio welcome you, so make a smart decision and join UEF Summer School in the middle of (k)nowhere!


    Students from the University of Essex are granted a discount of 20% on the programme fee of €500.

    You will still have to pay for:

    • Visa costs (if applicable)
    • Flights (£200-500)
    • Meals and personal expenses
    • Insurance


    • Duration: 2 weeks
    • Location: Joensuu and Kuopio campuses, Finland
    • Start date: 13 - 24 August 2018
    • Deadline: 15 June 2018


    • postgraduate students


  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey - Summer School - Mexico

    Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) is one of the most academically recognized universities in Latin America. ITESM is known for having one of the top graduate business schools in the region and being one of the leaders in patent applications among Mexican universities.Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico and the capital of the state of Nuevo León. Tourists will be surprised at the wealth of cultural and entertainment attractions that the city has to offer.

    You can choose from courses such as Spanish as a Second language and Mexican Culture and Doing Business in Latin America.

    During your stay in Monterrey you will have the chance to learn more about Mexican culture and traditions through extracurricular activities and visits.


    Approximatively £1197 – £1609 and it will cover:

    • Tuition (48 to 96 hours)
    • Orientation session upon arrival
    • Welcome package
    • Field trips and excursions
    • Company visits
    • Airport pick-up and drop-off (together as a group only)
    • Housing (host family or university dorm)
    • Weekday lunches on campus cafeteria
    • Farewell dinner
    • Flight to Monterrey
    • Meals and personal expenses


    • Duration: 4 weeks
    • Location: Monterrey, Mexico
    • Start and end dates: 1 July 2018 – 27 July 2018
    • Deadline: 23.59 on 27 May 2018
    • Apply
    • More information: please read the information booklet (.pdf)

  • Masaryk University summer school - Czech Republic

    Masaryk University is the second oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic and the most selective and most desired university in the country.

    Today Masaryk University comprises 9 faculties with more than 200 departments, institutes and clinics covering a broad range of academic disciplines and fields of research. The buildings of the university are concentrated close to Brno's historic old city centre, and on a modern campus on the outskirts of Brno. Over 42,000 students from the Czech Republic, Europe and the rest of the world study at the university.

    Brno blends rich history with modernity and innovation. The Moravian capital is a city of universities, a business hub and a great place to live, not just to visit. It’s a city of galleries, museums, cafés, clubs and festivals. See for yourself that Brno is a lively and creative place to discover.


    Approximatively £1400 – £1600 and it will cover:

    • Flight to Brno
    • Meals and personal expenses
    • Insurance
    • Accommodation
    • Cultural visits
    • Programme fee


    • Duration: 2-5 weeks depending on the course you choose.
    • Location: Czech Republic
    • Start date: May to July 2018 depending on the course you choose
    • Deadline: The application deadline for 2017-2018 has passed and we expect it to reopen in 2019
    • More information: please read the information booklet (.pdf)

    Available courses

    • Authors’ Reading Month: Guest of Honour Turkey, aka Turkish Academy (1-29 July, participation from a week to the whole month is feasible). This is a brand new program that looks at contemporary and historical Turkey, not just through a conventional academic program, but also through meetings with living Turkish intellectuals and writers (one night a different person, i.e. 31 in total).

  • Pusan National University - Summer School – South Korea

    Pusan National University is one of the top-ranked universities in Korea and leads the nation in research and higher education.

    PNU is located in the northern part of Busan Metropolitan City, a bustling port city of close to 3.6 million residents and Korea’s second-largest metro area. Busan is famous for its natural environment, the perfect harmony of mountains, rivers and sea, with superb oceanfront vistas.


    • Duration: 2 or 4 weeks
    • Location: Busan, South Korea
    • Start date: Session A 27 June - 25 July 2018 and Session B 26 July - 13 August 2018
    • Eligibility: this program is open to all students who have completed at least one semester of university studies. Applicants should be proficient in English since that is the language of instruction.
    • Deadline: The application deadline for 2017-2018 has passed and we expect it to reopen in 2019
    • For more information:: please read the information booklet (.pdf)

    Available courses

    There are many courses for you to choose from including:

    • Genomics, Bioengineering and Human
    • Korean Language basic
    • Understanding Korean Culture
    • Mythology and Traditional Arts

  • The University of Southern Denmark – Summer School

    Known as the birthplace of fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen as well as the hub for robotics in Denmark, Odense encapsulates the perfect mix of history and innovation.

    During the Summer School, you will get to know your fellow students, the city and our country through a wide range of social and cultural activities.

    SDU Summer School offers a range of high quality academic courses taught in English in Engineering and Science.


    No tuition fees for students from partner universities.

    Approximatively £500 – £650 and it will cover.

    • Flight: £50 - £100
    • Rent: £380-£440 for 3 weeks
    • Visa
    • PErsonal expenses


    Housing service provided at a student friendly price.

    Available courses

    12 - 26 August

    Engineering programme

    • Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Laboratory
    • Civil and Architectural engineering
    • Continuous Delivery and DevOps
    • Engineering for Sustainability
    • Engineering Imagination
    • Enterprise Resource Planning
    • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
    • Facade Design and engineering Project Management
    • Robots in Context

    20 - 29 August 2018

    Humanities programme

    • Narratives in and around Organizations


    • Duration: 2 weeks
    • Location: Odense, Denmark
    • Start date: 12 – 26 August 2018 and 20 - 29 August
    • Deadline: 2 July 2018
    • Apply


    • Further information is available from the SDU website

  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona International Summer School (BISS) - Spain

    The Universitat Pompeu Fabra is launching the Barcelona International Summer School (BISS) as a flagship programme to advance the curriculum of both domestic and international undergraduate students during the summer term in Barcelona.

    Courses are credit-bearing (ECTS) and can be taken in English, Spanish or Catalan in an international classroom environment. They are structured in modules of different duration and intensity, which can be flexibly combined in periods ranging from one to five weeks. Subjects have been conceived as an invitation to think and learn beyond and across disciplines, while approaching social and scientific challenges from content, methodological and practical perspectives.


    You will not have to pay a registration fee (€150) however you will have to pay for:

    • Tuition fee depends on the course you select ( £485- £1555)
    • Flights (approx. £60-90)
    • transportations
    • accommodation
    • cost of food
    • study materials etc

    Available courses

    26 courses taught in English, Spanish or Catalan are open to both domestic and foreign students to create a real international classroom. Courses deal with current topics such as Social Movements, Environment, Gender Politics, Big Data, Humanities or New Frontiers in Biology and are designed to be innovative both in content and methodology, with an applied component enabling on-site learning.

    The schedules and calendars (from 25 June to 27 July) are based on modules, so that students have the flexibility to combine courses of 5, 3, 2 or 1 week in the welcoming city of Barcelona.


    • Duration: 5 weeks
    • Location: Barcelona, Spain
    • Start date: 25 June - 27 July 2018
    • Deadline: 1 June 2018
    • Apply and find more information on the BISS website

Study tours and field trips

Your department may organise a short term trip abroad as part of your programme and module you're studying. In 2016-17 there were over 200 students taking part so make sure you find out if this is something your department organises.