International Summer Schools

Take advantage of the long academic holidays and spend time at another U21 university.

Many U21 universities run summer schools or programmes during the long holidays and opportunities for U21 students to take part in these events are beginning to open up.  

At the moment a limited number of summer programmes are open to students from other U21 universities, but it is hoped that more will be available in the coming months.

Students are advised to consult with their home university’s study abroad/student exchange office prior to embarking on a summer school programme. Your home university may need to register your participation and they may be able to assist with information such as credit transfer, visas, accommodation and local knowledge.

(For information about the U21 Summer Schools go to  


University of Amsterdam

The Summer Institute at the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) will offer a variety of intensive summer courses in a number of academic fields in 2012 and each year selects a couple of summer courses to offer to students from partner institutions. The International Student Affairs office at UvA is providing 10 scholarships of €400 for students from U21 universities on a first-come, first-served basis; the first 10 eligible students to apply will be awarded with the scholarship.

Please refer to the list below for the selection of summer courses open to U21 students:

  • Global Poverty & Inclusive Development is a one week programme for Postgraduate and Phd students. With this program, students will become familiar with the Moving out of Poverty Framework developed by Deepa Narayan – an internationally known expert on poverty and author of Voices of the Poor and Moving out of Poverty. The tuition fee will be €850.  
  • Sexuality, Culture and Society is an intensive four-week programme for graduate/Master and PhD students which focuse on the study of sexuality across cultures. The tuition fee will be €2700. ;
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction as a Global Problem is a two week programme for graduate/Master and PHD students which provide a multi disciplinary approach to the study of addiction. The tuition fee will be €1600.
  • Urban Studies: International Housing, Policy and Planning is a three-week program for undergraduate/Bachelor students with a focus on real urban contexts, the course will examine subjects such as architecture and neighbourhood design, housing finance and policy, urban sustainability and the impact of household and demographic change. The tuition fee will be €1650.
  • Social Policies & Pragmatic Tolerance is a 3-week programme for undergraduate/Bachelor students on subjects such as immigration, drugs and sex work. The tuition fee will be €1400.

More information on the summer courses, such as entrance requirements, content of the courses and tuition fee can be found in the attached flyer ‘Summer Programmes'. Please note that tuition includes excursions, readers, and lunches on class days, access to the university libraries and computer facilities, and a city transport pass. The tuition does not include travel to and from Amsterdam or housing.

For more information on all offered summer courses please see


Korea University

KU's summer programme rund from 2 July to 9 August 2012.  It runs a large number of courses which fall under the following main subject areas:

  • Economics and Business
  • Humanities
  • Sociology and Cultural Studies
  • Fine Art/Design
  • Science
  • Law, Politics and International Relations
  • Korean and East Asian Studies
  • Korean Language

U21 students can apply to receive a 400,000 KRW scholarship (200,000 KRW for students from institutions located in Asian countries) to offset some of the course fees.

The application fee fo 100,000 KRW will be waived for students who complete their application before 4 March 2012.  

Registration opens 13 January 2012.

Further details on the programme can be found at


University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has campuses in both China and Malaysia and in 2012 it is proud to be running International Summer School courses for the second year. These two week programmes, which can be optionally taken as credit bearing, will provide a fantastic opportunity for students to be introduced to either China or Malaysia and will include a full social and cultural programme and accommodation.

The university is offering all students from U21 Universities a £250 scholarship towards the cost of the fee.

Two-week courses are offered in China from Saturday 23 June – Saturday 7 July 2012:

  • Digital Media, Culture and Creative Industries In China
  • How To Do Business in China
  • China’s Encounter with the World

Two-week courses offered in Malaysia from Monday 9 July – Monday 23 July 2012:

  • Doing Business in Asia
  • Politics, Culture and the Media in Southeast Asia

Further information about the courses and the application procedure is available online at

Please contact Helen Foster on or +44 (0) 115 846 7145 for further information.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The KoGuan Law School at Shanghai Jiao Tong University is offering U21 students a 10% discount on its summer programmes, which give Chinese and foreign students an opportunity not only to study Chinese legal systems but also to be exposed to a vareity of cultures.

The Summer Programme in Chinese Law has two sessions: one starts at the end of May and the other at the beginning of July. They are conducted in English and knowledge of Chinese is not required. Classes are generally arranged from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm with field visits and trips arranged in the afternoons and weekends. Students who complete the programme will be issued with an official certificate by Shanghai Jiao Tong University KoGuan Law School.

2012 Summer Program in Chinese Law

Program One: 20 May - 2 June 2012
Program Two: 1 - 14 July 2012

The Summer Programme in Chinese Law is a 2-week programme which provides an overview of the Chinese legal system with a focus on Chinese civil and commercial law for graduate/Masters and PhD students.

The fees are RMB?12000 (about $1900), which covers tuition, room, breakfast, tours, opening reception and closing banquet.  U21 students will receive a 10% discount.

More information on the summer courses, such as entrance requirements, content of the courses and tuition fee can be found at

2012 Antai Global Summer School - Business & Culture in China

2 - 20 July 2012

Antai College at SJTU is considered one of the top business schools in China and is delighted to offer a 10% discount on its 2012 summer school to U21 students.  The programme is best suited to MSc or MBA students studying business administration and will give participants the chance to hone their leadership skills while working in multicultural groups, learning from internationally recognised speakers and having the opportunity to experience life and study in China first hand.

Further details can be found at

2nd Aesthetics and Cultural Industries Summer School: Film and Music in the City

25 June - 6 July 2012

School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

This second Aesthetics and Cultural Industries Summer School will be on Music and Film in the City. It will bring together Chinese and international scholars from the UK, Mainland Europe, America and Australia. In addition to lectures in Chinese and English there will be screenings, performances, field trips and student presentations with expert feedback.

There will be lectures on the historical and conceptual relationships between film, music and the city, with experts discussing these from an international, Chinese and Shanghainese perspective. At the same time we will focus on the production of music and film in the contemporary city and we expect students to do some fieldwork which will give empirical detail and real experience of these as they happen right now!

Application deadline: 30 May 2012

Fees: Tuition: 1200 (RMB), with a discount of 10% for students from U21 universities.

Accommodation: 800 (RMB) (SJTU dormitories for graduate students, two beds in one room with air conditioner.)

Application Procedure: Please download the application form from the website of School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (, and send the form as attachment to We will have an English language application form available soon.

Applications from faculty and graduate students majoring in Aesthetics, Literary theory and Cultural Industry are welcome. Students should be able to communicate freely in English.

Mr Wang Yusheng, +86-21-34205752

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia offers a rich selection of over four hundred courses through its Summer Session. The summer is divided into three separate 4-week sessions. Session 1: 14 May 14 - 9 June; Session 2: 11 June – 7 July; Session 3: 9 July – 3 August. 

Enrollment requests are being accepted now and registration opens on 18 April.

Each summer brings over four thousand students to Grounds to participate in this unique academic opportunity. Aside from their coursework, students have access to a wide array of support services and extra-curricular activities. U21 students will have special access to several activities including

  • A special orientation event 
  • An historical tour of the UVa Grounds
  • A visit to Thomas Jefferson’s home at nearby Monticello
  • Meetings with faculty in student’s chosen area of study
Course listings and descriptions can be found, along with fees and registration instructions at