Summer Schools

In addition to our YorkU Summer Abroad Courses, students can participate in the following summer school programs through a Letter of Permission (LOP). Please note: to ensure your Letter of Permission request is processed in time for the Spring/Summer term, applications should be sent at least six weeks prior to the first day of enrolment.

All students registered and selected to go on Summer Abroad programs are eligible for York International Mobility Award (YIMA). Visit the YIMA page.


The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is delighted to be selected as the host of the next Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Summer School.

The  ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’, the Summer School will take place from 1 to 9 July 2018, bringing together 50 students from ACU member universities from around the world to Hong Kong for a week of expert lectures, field trips, networking, social events and group work. Participants will have the opportunity to share examples of innovative best practice in sustainable city development and discuss how to set a new urban agenda in their home countries.

Applications will open in November 2017 and should be submitted to the ACU. Interested students should stay tuned for registration details on the ACU website.


NEW! Participate in two ISS sessions in July and August 2018.

All sessions include: academic studies that will be accompanied by a range of activities, events and field trips that immerse students in the international environment at the ISS as well as the unique East-meets-West character that epitomizes Hong Kong. The ISS will be held at the CUHK main campus in Shatin, Hong Kong. All courses will be taught in English (with the exception of Chinese Language courses) by outstanding CUHK and visiting academic faculty from overseas universities.

July Session:
24 June to 1 August 2018

At the ISS July session, courses will be offered in the following areas:
Business & Management
China Studies
Chinese Language (Cantonese & Putonghua)
Environment, Science & Technology
Humanities & Social Science
An optional four-day Beijing tour at the end of the July Session will allow students to explore the Chinese capital.

August Session:
3 August to 25 August 2018

At the ISS August session,
Four levels of Putonghua (Mandarin) courses will be offered from beginner to intermediate levels.

For more information, visit their website. Please note: Applications will open on 9 February 2018 and will close on 30 April (July Session) and 31 May (August Session) respectively.


NEW! Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) are pleased to inform that the Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP).

SURP provides an opportunity for students to undertake research attachments for eight weeks at CUHK during the summer. Students will conduct research under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member and earn three credits upon successful completion of the programme.

Programme Details:
Date:  24 June–19 August 2018 (8 weeks)

Fees: No tuition will be charged. Participants will only have to pay a small amount of administration fee (HK$1,650, equivalent to US$212) and accommodation fee (HK$7,550, equivalent to US$968) for on-campus housing (optional).

Research Projects Areas (click here for a full/detailed list):
Social Science
Institute of Ageing

Online application is now open until 28 February 2018. Application results will be announced in April 2018.


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

NEW! Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is excited to offer their  International Summer Exchange Program (ISP) from 19 June to 13 August 2018.

ISP 2018 will offer a wide range of credit-bearing courses and organize local excursions and activities for students to gain insight into the Asian culture. Students can choose courses from:

  • School of Science
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Humanities and Social Science
  • Interdisciplinary Programs Office

For more information, visit their website or email for more information.


NEW! Summer Global Seminars Program presented by the School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS).

The seminars will take place from: June 22 to July 15, 2018.

Program Highlights Include:

  • Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data-Analytic Approach (3-credit) taught by James Lee, the Chair Professor and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science, HKUST.
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3-credit) taught by Professor Cameron Campbell, Professor, Social Science, Associate Dean, Humanities and Social Science, HKUST and Changjiang Scholar, Central China Normal University.
  • Weber, China, and the West (3-credit) taught by Professor Krishan Kumar from University of Virginia.
  • Ecology and Society (3-credit) taught by Professor Frederick H. Damon from University of Virginia.
  • Hong Kong in the World (2-credit) taught by Professor Katya Makarova from University of Virginia.

Please note: a tuition fee waiver is available, and free on-campus accommodation available while quota last. There are also abundant extracurricular activities provided.


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

NEW! NTU Singapore is excited to offer the NTU GEM Trailblazer Summer Programme. The GEM programme is tailored to prepare global talents to be future-ready for the 21st century, and designed to be rigorous yet exciting.

The programme offers two experiences:

  1. Summer (6 week): June 25 to August 3, 2018
  2. Summer (4 week): July 2 to July 27, 2018

You can find more information about the program by visit their website, emailing them directly (, and checking out their brochures (here & here).

Students should apply online by April 20, 2018 and email expressing their interest.

Sophia University, Japan

NEW! Sophia University is excited to offer two summer programs:

  1. East Asian Studies and Japanese Language
    This program is 8 weeks long and begins June 4, 2018 (more information here)
    Course fee: 210,000 Yen
  2. Japanese Language
    This program is 4 weeks long and begins July 2, 2018.
    Course fee: 190,000 Yen

For more information about costs, course details and dates, please visit the links attached. You can also contact for more information.

Beihang University, China

NEW! Beihang University will hold their International Summer School from June 29 to July 26. The summer school is intended for currently enrolled undergraduate students.

Interested applicants should register and apply online from January 7 to April 7, 2019.

Please note: students will have to upload student certificates and transcripts provided by their home university confirming their full-time undergraduate student identity.

For more information about the program, visit their website and check out their brochure.

Meiji University, Japan

NEW! Meiji University will hold two unique short-term programs (in English) for international students in summer 2018 :

  1. Cool Japan Summer Program (E-MAIL:
    • Date: July 20 (Fri) - July 31 (Tue), 2018
    • For undergraduate or graduate-level university students
    • Venue: Meiji University Surugadai Campus (Tokyo)
    • Program Fee: 150,000JPY
    • Language: English
    • Optional accommodation package is available upon request
    • Requirements:
      • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program as of July 20, 2018.
      • Must be 18+ years old as of July 20, 2018.
      • Must be able to attend courses and give presentations in English, and submit an assignment paper after the program.
      • Must attend all of the program activities from July 20 (Fri) to July 31 (Tue), 2018.
  2. Law in Japan (E-MAIL:
    • Date: Session 1, July 2 - July 13, 2018 OR Session 2, July 30 - August 9, 2018  *Select one of the sessions
    • Venue: Meiji University Surugadai Campus (Tokyo)
    • Program Fee: 87,000 yen (*This includes tuition fee, travel expenses for field trips, educational materials, welcome & farewell parties, course completion certificates and the registration fee. Please note: Airfare, travel expenses to/from airport, accommodation, meal, transportation cost and other expenses during your stay in Tokyo are not included.)
    • Language: English
    • Eligibility:
      • Overseas university students or degree holders from an accredited overseas university
      • Must be 18 years old or over as of July 2/ July 30, 2018
      • No previous knowledge of Japanese Law / Language is required, we welcome participants from both law and non-law backgrounds.
  3. Japanese Language Program
    • Date: 17 July  – 2 August, 2018 (17 days)
    • Program content:
      • Japanese Language Class (45 min.× 42 classes)
      • Field Study/Activity (4.5 hours and 3 hours. 7.5 hours in total.)
    • Program Levels:
      • Introductory Class: For students who have studied Hiragana, Katakana and basic expressions (approximately 50 hours of study). *Please study Hiragana, Katakana and Basic Greetings by Meiji University e-learning system ( joining the program. The Class will be conducted that you have a prior knowledge of Hiragana.
      • Beginner Class: For students with very basic knowledge of Japanese, who can read Hiragana and Katakana and understand and use the basic Japanese. JLPT N5 preparatory level.
      • Pre-intermediate Class: For students who can understand and use beginner’s level Japanese. JLPT N4 preparatory level.
      • Intermediate Class: For students understanding Japanese which is used in everyday situation for a certain degree. JLPT N3 preparatory level.
    • Fees: vary, please visit their website here
    • Application deadline is March 12 - apply online here.

For more information about each course, visit their websites or email the individual programs.

Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

NEW! Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) will offer a variety of summer courses to interested students in 2018. With 50 courses taught by 30 distinguished professors from top universities such as the University of Cambridge, Georgia Institute of Technology, Penn State University, and King's College London, students will not only be able deepen their knowledge of the subjects, but also develop various perspectives on current global issues.

Furthermore, more fun and diverse cultural activities have been prepared for students to meet and interact with each other, like a barbecue party, taekwondo experience, and more. A fantastic summer is waiting for you here at SKKU ISS.

Join us this summer vacation and experience everything SKKU and Korea have to offer!

For more information visit their website. Students interested in attending SKKU should apply online and please contact

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China

NEW! Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) brings together 80 of the top student ambassadors from throughout the SWUFE global network for an extraordinary 14 day program from July 1st to July 14th, 2018.

During this unique experience SWUFE offers you an authentic ‘taste’ of modern day life in China, a chance to learn more about Chengdu, to foster a better understanding of business innovation and entrepreneurship, and giving you a short but wonderful experience at SWUFE.

As one of China’s leading universities in the fields of finance, economics and management, SWUFE is centrally located within China. The university is based in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province, known internationally for its rich and culturally significant history, rapid internationalization, unique Sichuan foods, and being the home of the giant panda. Through this event we will get the special chance to communicate and learn from each other and also make a few new friends along the way.

For those interested, please visit their website for more information and check out their brochure or email

Applications are due by 30th April, 2018 (apply online here).

Keio University, Japan

NEW! This program allows undergraduate students to take credit-bearing courses and to study alongside Keio students during the second academic quarter at Keio (June – July).

For information/course overview please visit their website.

Please note: applications will open on February 1, 2019 (more info here).

Application link is available here.

International Summer School, New Delhi, India

NEW! International Summer School, New Delhi (ISS), will be offering their sixth summer. The school will take place between: Sunday, June 24 and Friday, August 3, 2018.

ISS is an intensive, six-week academic program that brings together students from all over the world as they study and interact with one another over the course of a summer in India’s national capital.

Courses will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), with lectures taking place at the JNU Convention Centre.

The ISS aims at promoting international goodwill and cross-cultural dialogue amongst promising young individuals, developing their potential as future leaders in government, business and civil society; with India as a study model, it offers undergraduate course modules and experiences that introduce the students to a range of issues and debates that are shaping contemporary developing societies.

For more information, and to apply online, please visit their website.

Fudan University, China

NEW! Fudan University International Summer Session 2018 will provide a 4-week course  study (July 11 to Aug. 9, 2018) and cultural experience to students from all over the world. The session offers 20 content courses, 4 Chinese language courses at different levels and 2 PE courses.

For more information, please visit their website and check out this brochure.




The University of Bonn, Germany

The University of Bonn is proud to offer 3 summer programs:

  1. During the summer, the University of Bonn holds a four-week Summer Course. German language classes (different levels) will take place in the morning and work groups as well as excursions in the afternoon. Make sure you sign up well in advance, as applications always exceed availability.   Please click here for details.Please note:  A Scholarship is available for Summer 2018!  The Summer Course takes place from August 7-31, 2018
  2. NEW! Summer School on Development Policy in Bonn. The Summer School addresses graduate and postgraduate students from any field of study.The course will take place from July 31 to August 11, 2017, and the program is conducted in English.Please visit their website for more information.
  3. NEW! Summer School on Intellectual Property in Bonn. The Summer School addresses graduate and postgraduate students from any field of study.It will take place from July 31 to August 11, 2017 and the program is conducted in English.Please visit their website for more information.

Email for more details and for information about how to apply.

Maynooth University, Ireland

NEW! Choose from four (4) exciting programs this summer!

    1. EU Law and Human Rights in a Time of Crisis summer programme.
      In the aftermath of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, the EU faces challenges to its role as a powerful global economy and a promoter of human rights.This unique, credit-bearing summer programme invites participants to engage with and learn from European academics and professionals as we consider how the interplay between corporate practice, economic freedoms and human rights shapes the EU and its relationship with other countries and regions.Key Facts:

      • When: June 23-30 2018
      • Who: If you're currently a: law, pre-law, social studies, international relations, economics and business major - this course is for you! However, it is open to all undergraduates students.
      • Included in your fee: airport transfers/Dublin orientation/all tuition and transcripts/networking events/guest lectures/on-campus single-room accommodation/lunch Monday-Saturday
      • Cost: just €850 The deadline to apply is May 13th 2018.For more information: see the brochure, visit their website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter (@mujeanmonnet)
    2. Field Anthropology 
      This two-week programme introduces students to excavation, community heritage and experimental archaeology at a live dig site in the Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford.Led by experts from the Irish Heritage School and joining Maynooth University students, your students will uncover the archaeology of conquest and colonization.Key Facts:

      1. When: June 23-July 6th 2019
      2. Where: Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park – the Ferrycarrig Ringwork, part of the first wave of Anglo-Norman colonization of Ireland in the twelfth century
      3. Who: students interested in gaining hands-on field work experience, interested in community heritage and experimental archaeology, and students from anthropology, archaeology, history or Celtic studies backgrounds
      4. Details: fully-inclusive homestay accommodation / field trips / instruction, excavation supervision and transcripts / airport transfers included at fixed times
      5. Credit: 7.5 ECTS from our Anthropology Department
      6. Cost: €1950 Deadline: April 12th 2019. For more information and application details click here.
    3. International Summer School 

      This four-week programme offers students a wide-variety of 18 courses from 10 departments.

      Students typically take two courses (one from stream A, one from stream B). This programme, the most comprehensive summer school in Ireland, includes day trips around Ireland and the opportunity to join us for weekend adventures.

      When: July 6 – August 3 2019


      Stream A
      Stream B
      Anthropology of Ireland - AN303
      Art and Architecture 1600-1900 - LS20
      Climate Change - GY313
      International Business - MN215
      Creative Writing - EN272
      Irish Cultural Heritage - ID201
      Digital Humanities - AFF263
      Modern Irish Literature - EN254
      Economics of the EU - EC217
      Pilgrimage, Travel and Tourism - HY254
      International Marketing - MN313
      Social Media - MN329
      Medieval Society - ID202
      Structured Programming - CS620
      Public Speaking - EN010
      Understanding Conflict - MC102
      The Great Famine - HY273
      Women, Gender and Society - GY257

      Where: Maynooth University campus

      Who: students in entering their upper years with a wide variety of academic backgrounds. This programme offers the most opportunity to explore Ireland so students with a keen interest in Ireland and the Irish people are a good fit

      Details: on-campus single-room accommodation / breakfasts Monday-Friday / academic and weekend day trips / optional weekend trips / 24-7 staff on call / on-campus activities / all Maynooth University tuition, transcripts and credit

      Cost: €3245

      Deadline: April 14th 2019. More Information and application click here.

    4. Dead Man Do Tell Tales: Forensic Anthropology 

      This one-week programme in either March or June, learning in a hands-on site environment.

      Students will gain practical burial excavation experience (in a controlled staged environment) and have the opportunity to analyse archaeological skeletal remains during laboratory sessions.

      When: June 10-16 2018
      Where: Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park.
      Who: students interested in forensics, osteoarchaeology, physical and forensic anthropology, archaeology, forensic science and community heritage. This is an ideal complement to our field anthropology school that runs the following weeks. 
      Included: airport transfers/home-stay accommodation with all meals provided/all site excavation materials and associated costs/tuition and transcript/day trip to local historical sites
      Cost: €1250
      Deadline: January 12th 2018 for March
      More Information and Application click here

University of Helsinki, Finland

NEW! The Helsinki Summer School will take place from August 6 to August 22, 2019.

Students can choose from a number of courses (full list found here).

The application period for the Summer School 2019 will open latest in January 2019,  students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. HSS can only accept a limited number of students to each course.

Please note: students should have completed at least two years of university level studies before applying.


Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, Germany

NEW! PH Frieburg is happy to announce their International Summer Studies Program.

Key Facts:

  • When: June 4 - 29, 2018
  • Located in both Freiburg, Germany and Basel, Switzerland
  • Courses are conducted in English, and there are 4 courses to choose from
  • open to Education/teacher candidates

For more information: see their brochures (1 and 2), visit their website, or for more information.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Greece

NEW! Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is organizing a Summer School from June 20 – 27, 2018 at the Summer Camp of AUTh in Halkidiki, as a satellite event of the BSUN 2018 Congress and 13th Conference of Rectors from the Black Sea Region.

The topic of the Summer School is: “Innovative Concepts for the Sustainable Development of the Black Sea Region
The event will be a unique opportunity to:
  •  Participate in a life-changing experience with students from many different countries
  • Enrich your communication skills and knowledge taking advantage of professors from the  international academic community
  • Enjoy the beach and the summer time in the breath-taking area of Halkidiki!
Click here for more details about the Summer Program.

Students have to fill up the relevant Application form and to submit it by March 31, 2018 to

Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2018 for the acceptance of their application.

Contact information:
Please feel free to address all your questions concerning the event to  or by calling +30/2310 991163, 996483.

Northumbria University, England

NEW! The Northumbria International Summer School will take place in July 2018.

This exciting three-week programme has been designed especially for current university students who would like to have a taste of university life in the UK, while being able to transfer academic credit to their own institution for one module offered exclusively in the summer.

You get 15% discount for YorkU students who enrol on this programme.

Students who complete the programme successfully will benefit from a 20% alumni discount, which can be used to reduce the tuition cost of future study at Northumbria University.

General information:

Programme dates: 8-28 July, 2018

Cost: £2,750 all-inclusive! (includes course, field trips, materials, accommodation, social programme, Sport Central membership, and our 20% alumni discount)

5 modules available:

  • The Management, Science and Coaching of Sport
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: from Chocolate to Power Generation
  • Culture and Heritage in Britain
  • Environmental Hazards and Sustainable Development
  • Research Methods for Business

Application requirements:

  • To be enrolled at a university in home country; minimum GPA 2.75 (B-) or equivalent
  • English level: IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 on each band) or equivalent, native speaker

Application process: All applications are online via our website.  The deadline for applications is 31 May, 2018. Full balance to be paid by 30 June, 2018

*Deposit is non-refundable and deducted from programme fee

For more information on the programme and details for how to apply, please visit:


University of Tampere, Finland

Tampere Summer School 2019 will be a joint project of our new university, Tampere University, and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. This year’s Summer School was already a joint project between the three existing higher education institutions, and after our merging with Tampere Technical University the Summer School concept will remain very similar to what it was this year.

Tampere Summer School is a great opportunity for students and graduates from all over the world to attend international summer courses with high-quality teaching and inspiring atmosphere.

Next year we will have 25-30 courses on offer, covering a broad range of academic fields and topics. Unfortunately we do not have any more specific information about the courses yet, but we will select them from all 7 faculties of the new Tampere University and from Tampere University of Applied Sciences to compile a course catalogue as diverse as possible.

In addition to studying, the students have the opportunity to enjoy the endless Finnish summer nights, make new international friends and discover Tampere, the vibrant student city located between two beautiful lakes. Their Social Programme offers a range of after-class activities, from relaxing in the sauna to canoeing across the lake and visiting the quiet forests.

Tampere Summer School will be organised 1 – 16 August 2019. The application period is 1 April – 15 May 2019(subject to minor changes). 

We are currently building our new Summer School website under, and it will be published in late-November. More information on the specific courses will likely be available in December-January.

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland

ZHAW School of Management and Law Summer School 2018, which will take place in Zurich-Winterthur from Monday, 25th  of June to Friday 6th of July 2018.

It's an exciting opportunity to study, connect and socialize with other students from around the world, enjoy luxury company visits, field trips and extracurricular activities.

This year’s Summer Academy is about Luxury Management 4-6 ECTS

 Swiss Summer School 2018 – Details:

Dates: June 25 -July 6, 2018

ECTS Credits: The successful completion of each program will be rewarded with 4 ECTS credits and a certificate of attendance from the ZHAW School of Management and Law.  Another 2 ECTS can be earned with an additional paper (at an additional cost).

To register please visit:

Deadline to register is May 14, 2018.

Registration is open to Bachelor’s and Master’s students.

Please address all questions at and applications directly via the Swiss Summer School website:


Koç University, Turkey


Koç University is delighted to offer a top-notch undergrad summer course, "International Migration and the Crisis The Basic Instinct: Survival" which offers a unique experience in the field of studies on international migration! This course is structured with lectures, guest lecturers and student presentations, participatory observations via field trips, writing an academic article on global migration and crisis, and optional service learning activities as in volunteer work at NGOs working with refugees!

Program dates: June 25 - July 13, 2018

Application deadline: May 4, 2018


Course Description:

International migration has become a major political issue worldwide. This course presents an overview of the main issues raised by the cross-border movements of people. It will introduce students to current trends in migration flows, to the different types of human mobility and the dynamics behind them, and to governments' responses to the social, political and legal challenges raised by international migration. The course material is organized to reflect on the social issues such as social mobility, poverty, gender, inequality and citizenship as they relate to different types of international mobility. Particularly, we will look at changing trends in global mobility, at theories explaining international mobility, forced migration, migrant integration; the impact of migration in sending and receiving societies, the basic methods used for analyzing migration related issues. This course will not only seek to learn from, but also to evaluate, critique, and expand existing methods. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop their own professional thinking in this field.  For more information about the course, click here.

Tuition Fee: 1250 USD 

Dorm accommodation in single rooms (21 nights): 525 USD
Scholarships are available. 
Students from Partner Universities will receive 10% off on tuition fee.


Check-in to dorms: June 24, 2018
Orientation on Campus: June 25, 2018
Course dates: June 25 – July 13, 2018
Check-out from dorms: July 14, 2018


Click here to apply.