International summer schools

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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 South America.

International summer school opportunities for summer 2022 will be available in February 2022.

Please be aware the summer school opportunities for 2022 may change at any time for a number of reasons, including changes to arrangements with partner universities 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. 


Which programmes can I apply for?

For summer 2021, we had summer schools opportunities from partner universities in the following regions.

Subject areas vary depending on each summer school, please see the individual partner university profiles for further information about each summer school. 

Ningbo, China

East and Southeast Asia

Summer school opportunities from partner universities in China, Malaysia and South Korea

Nyhavn, Denmark


Summer school opportunities from partner universities in Denmark, Netherlands and Switzerland

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

South America

Summer school opportunities from partner universities in Brazil

Global Leader Experience 2021 online course

Global Leader Experience

Common Purpose Global Leader Experience 2021 online course


Why participate in an online summer school?

There are a lot of advantages to participating in an online summer school. Some of the key benefits include:

  • 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.

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.

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.


Academic information

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

The process:

  • 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 and participate in the online summer school.
  • The online summer schools application for summer 2022 will open in February 2022.

Summer Schools FAQs


How much will it cost?

Successful applicants who are nominated to an online 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.


Further information


Any questions?

If you have any questions about international summer schools, please contact the Study Abroad team.

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