Overseas summer schools

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Summer schools are open to all undergraduate University of Nottingham students, and offer opportunities to take taught courses at one of our partner universities. 

Summer schools range between one and six weeks. 

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.


Overseas summer schools 


Summer Schools

There are a number of summer schools and short-term programmes available to students at the University of Nottingham based in various institutions worldwide. Available programmes vary from year to year, however we traditionally offer various destinations across East and Southeast Asia, Europe and North America.

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 40%
  • 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 40%, however some of our summer school destinations do have higher minimum academic mark requirements.

Eligibility criteria will be made clear in the summer school descriptions.

The summer schools application for 2020 is now closed.

Where can I study abroad?

For summer 2020, we have summer school partner universities in the following regions:

East and Southeast Asia


North America

Global Leader Experience Abroad

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

Further information


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 make your travel arrangements and apply for a visa if appropriate

Summer Schools FAQs


How much will it cost?

Successful applicants who are nominated to a summer school at one of our exchange partners 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 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 what fees are waived. Unless otherwise stated, students are responsible for paying accommodation, flights, visa (if required) and travel and health insurance as well as spending money.

Bursaries and scholarships are available for selected summer schools, please visit the study abroad finance page.

For full details of the anticipated costs associated with studying at a summer school please see the summer school descriptions.

Further information on costs will also be provided to students who have been accepted to study abroad at a summer school.


Academic information

As our summer schools and short-term programmes take place during holiday periods, any credits you gain overseas 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 summer schools including business, economics and languages.



Summer Schools FAQs

Summer Schools information events



Independent programmes

The following programmes are external to the University of Nottingham's Summer Schools scheme and may incur tuition fees. Students can apply to these programmes independently and are not eligible for any internal scholarships related to the Summer Schools scheme through the University of Nottingham, however external funding may be available.

Study China programme

Study China provides a three-week study experience at leading Chinese universities, covering Chinese language, culture and business. Interaction with Chinese students, academic staff, local families, and businesses is structured into a programme of language courses, workshops, trips and excursions. 

The Study China Programme is managed by The University of Manchester and generously funded by the Government Department of Education. All tuition and accommodation fees are funded; students finance their own travel costs.

The application deadline has now closed.

Applications are processed in the order they are received, therefore it is recommended that applicants apply as soon as possible.

Further information 

Study China programme website

Internships in China

Generation UK is offering two month internships for UK students to gain work experience in mainland China. Interships are available in across a range of industry sectors, in six cities and are arranged by two British Council partners in China: CRCC Asia and InternChina. Generation UK funding covers placement fees, accommodation, travel insurance, airport pick-up and support throughout the programme. Applicants will be required to fund their return flights, visa and any other costs relating to travel.

The application deadline has now closed.

Students should apply independently to Generation UK as this programme is not organised or funded by the University of Nottingham.

Further information

Generation UK - China internship opportunities



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