International summer schools
Undergraduate University of Nottingham students have the opportunity to apply for an international summer school to study taught courses offered by one of our partner universities.
International summer schools usually range from one to six weeks in duration. As these programmes are offered during holiday periods, credits are not transferred back to Nottingham and in most cases you are free to study whatever is of interest to you.
Available programmes vary from year to year, however we traditionally offer a range of summer schools across East and Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Please be aware the International summer schools application is not open to inbound exchange students who are studying at Nottingham for a semester or a full year.
- International summer school opportunities for 2024 may change at any time for a number of reasons, including changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university’s control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur.
- Partner university summer schools will be offered either online or in-person, please see the individual partner university profiles for further information.
- Students' nominations are subject to change based on the University of Nottingham’s international travel policy permitting travel to other countries at this time.
- The University of Nottingham reserves the right to withdraw nominations for an in-person summer school if travel or quarantine requirements of the host country do not comply with the university’s international travel policy.
International online short courses and Think Pacific opportunities
Think Pacific offers 4-week international volunteering and internship opportunities in Fiji and Bali, Indonesia.
Turing funding is available to students who meet the eligibility criteria, for further information, visit the Think Pacific profile page below.
Applications for 2024 are open now; submit your application directly to Think Pacific before Sunday 10 December 2023.
Tü-VIP online short courses
Universität Tübingen: Tü-VIP offer free 10-week online short courses starting in October and February each year; each course is one class per week, which can be studied alongside your degree course.
Applications for February 2024 are open now, submit your application directly to Universität Tübingen as soon as possible.
International summer schools at partner universities
We offer summer schools opportunities from partner universities in the following regions.
Subject areas vary depending on each summer school, some partner universities are offered in-person programmes and some offered online programmes for summer 2023, please see the individual partner university profiles for further information about each summer school offered in 2023.
Information about the summer schools offered in the regions below for summer 2024 will be updated in February 2024.
Partner university international summer schools application information
The summer schools application is competitive and open to all undergraduate students. For some programmes, priority will be given to students from the relevant school as confirmed in the summer school details. Students will be assessed on the following criteria:
- suitability for the programme
- current academic year
- personal statement
- A minimum academic average of 45%
- where relevant academic achievement to date
Priority will be given to students who have not previously studied abroad, or who are not due to study abroad within their degree programme at Nottingham; students who are not in their final year and who do not have resit examinations unless otherwise stated. However students not in these categories are still eligible to apply and their applications will be considered.
Students applying for a summer school hosted in a country, in which the applicant holds citizenship and permanent residence, will be de-prioritised.
The minimum academic mark required to be considered for a summer school is 45%, however some of our summer school destinations do have higher minimum academic mark requirements. Students must be in good academic standing at the time of their application, students who have completed modules which show a fail mark for the current academic year at the time of application without approved extenuating circumstances or are currently in resit will not be considered.
Some partner universities require students to have subject-specific knowledge in order to participate in a summer school course, please read the course requirements thoroughly on the partner university summer school webpages.
As our summer schools and short-term programmes take place during holiday periods, any credits you gain from a summer school programme do not count towards your Nottingham degree programme. This gives you the freedom to study subjects that are not normally available to you.
A variety of subjects can be studied at our partner university summer schools including business, economics and languages.
How to apply
- You can choose up to three summer schools to be considered in order of preference
- You will be required to write a personal statement as part of your application
- If accepted to the programme you will be nominated to the partner university and requested to complete their application form
- Once you receive an offer letter from your summer school, you will be able to register for your online summer school or make your travel arrangements and apply for a visa, if appropriate, for your in-person summer school
- Applications for summer 2023 are now closed. Applications for summer 2024 will open in February 2024.
Summer Schools FAQs
How much will it cost?
Successful applicants who are nominated to either an online or in-person summer school at one of our partner universities do not pay tuition fees to the partner university unless otherwise stated. Tuition fees are payable for summer schools outside of the University of Nottingham's scheme and for students who apply independently.
Some in-person summer school tuition fees includes additional items such as accommodation, it will state on the summer school profile page for each university what is included in tuition and which fees are waived.
Unless otherwise stated, students are responsible for paying accommodation, flights, visa (if required), Covid-19 tests for travel both in the UK and in the host country, travel and health insurance and spending money.
Financial travel support is available for in-person summer schools, please visit the partner university profiles and the Summer Schools FAQs webpage and individual partner university profiles for further information. Please be aware that Turing funding is not guaranteed.
For full details of the anticipated costs associated with studying at a summer school please see the individual partner university profiles.
Why participate in an in-person or an online short course?
There are a lot of advantages to participating in either an in-person or an online summer school. Some of the key benefits include:
In-person summer schools:
- Non-credit-bearing: enhance your current studies from a different perspective or learn something completely new.
- Experiential learning: Explore a new culture or language while studying and meet students from all over the world
- Travel opportunities: Take advantage of trips to local places of interest offered by your host university or travel in your free time.
- Use this opportunity to consider whether you’d like to study or work abroad long-term in future.
- Gain international experience to add to your CV and impress prospective employers.
Online short courses:
- You can participate from wherever you’re based
- You’ll be developing and demonstrating remote working skills, which are relevant to a future career
- You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with other students from around the world
- You don’t need any previous experience working remotely but you will require access to a computer with a webcam, microphone and internet connection.
- There are no international travel expenses.
There are time-differences to consider and some programmes require participation in the partner university country's local time or include in-class assessments, therefore you must read the partner university information to check you are able to participate before applying for a programme.
If you have any questions about international summer schools, please contact the Placements and Mobility team.