Below, you’ll find a brief overview of the summer courses and programs that
might be interesting to follow during your long summer break! To make a choice,
it might be good to inquire well with yourself what kind of course you’d like to
take. Some of the universities offer ‘regular’ courses during the Summer Term
and give you all opportunity to choose the courses that you like. Other
universities offer a set program within one specific field. Combining a program
with your exchange, e.g. doing a Summer Course at the university where you’ll
later stay for a semester is of course a perfect option.
Another possibility is to spend some weeks on learning a new language (and
country) or to opt for a program that is not organized by a university, but by an
independent educational organization, e.g. Humanity in Action.
- Always consult your tutor in advance if you want to have the credits of
your summer course transferred to your UC degree. If this overview tells
you that a course is worth a certain amount of ECTS, this does not
automatically mean that UCU has agreed upon credit transfer!
- If you are going to a Summer School of one of UC’s Exchange Partners,
always inquire with your tutor or the exchange officer what fees you need
to pay. It is very well possible that UC has an agreement with the
university that includes participation in the Summer program or gives you
at least a discount. If you’re an exchange student who want to participate
in the Summer program prior or following to your exchange, this would
even more likely be the case.
- Currencies have been converted according to the rates in April 2011. Don’t
forget that these rates are subject to constant change. Moreover, all fees,
contents of the programs and dates have been noted for the year 2011.
In 2012, things can and will have changed!
Summer Schools from UCU Exchange Partners
- University of Exeter - Summer School
- University of Leeds – Leeds International Summer School
- University of Utrecht – Summer School
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Summer Schools
- Nanyang Technological University – Summer Research Internship
- Hanyang University – International Summer School (HISS)
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong – International Summer School
- Xiamen University – Summer Programmes
- The University of Hong Kong – Summer Programme
- Yonsei University – Yonsei International Summer School
- University of California – Berkeley Summer Sessions
- Boston College – Summer Session
- University of Washington, Seattle – Summer Quarter
- University of Wisconsin, Madison – Summer Session
- University of New Hampshire – Summer Session
- Binghamton University – Summer Session
- University of Connecticut – Summer Session
- Rhodes University International School – Environment, Development and
Sustainability in [South] Africa
Summer Schools from non-UCU Exchange Partners and independent
- University of Cambridge, Pembroke & King’s College – Summer School
- Université Nice Sophia Antipolis – International Summer School (UIEN)
- Humanity in Action – Fellowship Program
- The Phoenix Institute – Summer Seminars (Vienna)
- Helsinki Summer School
- University of Potsdam – International Summer Academy Sans Souci
- Freie Universität Berlin – FUBiS
- The Dutch Institute in Sint-Petersburg – Russia for Beginners
- Harvard Summer School
- Singapore Institute of Management, Global Eduation – Summer Institute
Mid-America & South-America:
- Universidad del Golfo de Mexico – Summer project
- University of Alabama in Huntsville – Research & Study Abroad Program in
- Dutch Institute in Morocco (NIMAR) – Summer course Moroccan Arabic
Summer Schools from UCU Exchange Partners
Name University of Exeter - Summer School
Dates 2011: 16 July – 6 August (3 weeks)
Courses offered Courses are offered in 5 pathways:
- Climate change: Technology and Society
- Life and Environmental Sciences: Living with
- International management
- Shakespeare and His World
Students choose only one pathway; it’s not possible to
Amount of credits Having followed a 3-week pathway gives you 10 UK
credits or 5 ECTS.
Costs 2011: The costs for the program are £1,875 (about
€2150). This includes housing, two meals a day,
participation in the Orientation and an extensive activities
program, e.g. a trip to Oxford, barbecues and beach trips.
Travel costs not included.
Other - Summer Schools students are housed in single-
rooms in ‘Holland Hall’, Streatham Campus.
Walking to town takes about 15 minutes, but the
campus has many facilities too.
- Classes at Exeter Summer School are a
combination of lectures, discussions and case
Name of University University of Leeds – Leeds International Summer School
Dates 2011: 3 July – 30 July (4 weeks)
Courses offered The four week program is divided in two 2-week blocks.
Both blocks have two courses, of which you choose one.
You have to attend both blocks.
Block 1: The English Country House: A Social History or
British Popular Music in the North of England
Block 2: British Literature and the Brontës or The Olympic
Games – Sport in the UK.
Amount of credits Credit transfer is subject to the approval of the home
Costs 2011: The costs of the program are £2525. This includes
accommodation, tuition, social activities, excursions and a
sports membership. It does not include meals (no meal
Other plan available), except for a few special occasions.
- Accommodation is organized in the center of
Leeds, with single bedrooms and shared kitchens
(with 5 or 6 others).
Deadline 2011: April 30.
Name University of Utrecht – Summer School
Dates 2011: 4 July – 25 August (8 weeks)
Courses offered Courses are offered in different field, but the focus is on
the Netherlands: Dutch language courses in different
levels, Dutch art and history and etcetera. But also
English and Spanish language courses, science, law,
statistics and more.
Amount of credits Between 3 and 12.5 ECTS, depending on the length of the
Costs This too, depends, on the length of the course(s) that
you’re taking. The longest courses are 6 weks and cost
Other about €1800.
- Although very few UCU students so far have taken
courses at the Utrecht Summer School, it’s an
ideal opportunity to take courses off-campus, to
experience Utrecht during the summer and to get
some extra credits! It might be possible to arrange
an extended stay in your UC room.
- During the Summer School term, the city is full of
international student, for whom numerous (Dutch)
activities are organised. Knowing Utrecht already,
you cannot only participate but also assist and
help them out, if you want to. Moreover, as a
Summer School student you can get access to all
sport facilities for (nearly) nothing.
Deadline Depends on the course and its popularity.
Name University Pompeu Fabra – Summer Schools
Dates 2011: June 6 – July 14 (6 weeks)
Courses offered The Summer School offers two programs: ‘Culture,
Identity and Nationalism in Barcelona’ and ‘Barcelona
Movie Set: the City on Films and Audiovisual Production’.
Both programs consist of three courses, of which you
have to take at least two, but taking all three is possible
too. Apart from that, you can take a Spanish language
course. Beginner to proficiency levels are offered.
Amount of credits Depends on whether you take two or three courses. One
courses is worth 3 US credits, so about 1.5 ECTS.
Costs 2011: Not yet known, will be published soon.
Other - The programs are mainly aimed at those
interested in Hispanic Studies, Audiovisual
Communication and the Issue of Nationalism and
Identity. At least two of the courses in both
programs are taught in English, so you don’t need
to know any Spanish – but it would be very
practical have at least some basic knowledge.
- Both programs include a 3-day field trip.
Deadline 2011: March 1.
Name Nanyang Technological University – Summer Research
Internship Programme (SRI)
Dates 2011: 6 June – 29 July (8 weeks)
Courses offered No courses are offered: the SRI is a program that wants
to stimulate research among undergraduates. On the
website, you can find a list of professors and their
researches. You can then apply to work assist in this
research for the time of the program; after eight weeks
you’ll give a presentation of your wor. Researches in
several fields are open, but engineering, communication
and science form the majority.
Amount of credits No credit transfer possible (although an exemption for the
xxx 301 could be considered), but you’ll receive a
Costs All those participating in SRI receive an allowance that
covers at least the tuition fees and part of the housing
costs. (You can either live on-campus or off-campus.) But
of course, costs for travel, food and insurance still have to
Other - Only open for those who have finished 4 semesters
in a bachelor program. I.e. not for first-years.
- Because of the nature of the program, it’s quite
competitive and you’ll have to apply already in
Deadline 2011: November 15, 2010.
Name Hanyang University – International Summer School
Dates 2011: 28 June – July 22 (4 weeks)
Courses offered There’s a large variety of courses to choose from. They
are divided in the following fields:
- Korean Studies
- Humanities/Cultural Studies
- International Relations
- Media & Communication
- Design/Fine Art
- Sports (Taekwondo)
- Korean Language
Amount of credits HISS advises you to discuss credit transfer in advance
with your home university, using their syllabus as a
reference. See link above.
Costs The total costs for tuition and application fee for the 4-
week program are 2,900,000 KRW (about €1800). Apart
from that, you can opt for accommodation, which costs
about 250 euro. However, students from partner
universities of Hanyang (which we are) get a discount
that reduces the price by more than half!
Other - Residing on-campus means sharing a room with a
roommate and following the dormitory regulations,
which might be stricter than what you’re used to.
Dinner can be purchased in the campus canteen,
but is not included in the accommodation fee.
- Various trips are being organized for the HISS
student, e.g. visits to the rural areas, Korea’s
largest swimming pool, the beach, a Korean
musical and etcetera.
Deadline 2011: June 2.
Name The Chinese University of Hong Kong – International
Summer School (ISS)
Dates 2011: 27 June – 1 August (5 weeks)
Courses offered The courses offered are (throughout the academic year)
part of the regular curriculum. They are in the following
- Humanities and Social Science
- Chinese language (both Putonghua and Cantonese,
only open to Internationals)
Amount of credits Every course is worth 3 (Chinese) credits and you can
take 6 credits (= 2 courses) at a maximum. Classes meet
at least three days per week for about 3 hours.
Costs If you’re already an exchange student with CUHK, you
don’t have to pay the tuition fee. Otherwise, the tuition is
$800 (about €550) per 3-credit course. Apart from that,
you’ll have to pay the administrative fee ($400) and the
(optional) accommodation fee ($400). These fees include
a student visa for Hong Kong, orientation and cultural
programs and a few formal dinners.
Other - After the final exams, students can opt for a four-
day ‘China Tour’, i.e. a long visit to Beijing and
visits to the major attractions. Another option (for
native-speakers of English) is to volunteer in a
summer teaching program in mainland China.
- Opting for housing on-campus is highly
recommended as it will be hard (and a waste of
time) to find a place to live for such a short
amount of time. You’ll share a room with one or
two others. Meals can be purchased in one of the
many campus canteens.
- As said, the courses of the ISS are part of the
regular curriculum, which means that about one
quarter of the participants is a regular student
from CUHK. The other 75% is international, which
means that you can meet both Chinese natives
and people who are also new in China.
Deadline 2011: April 30.
Name University of Hong Kong – Summer Programme
Dates Differ extremely. Some of the courses are already in mid-
May, but most of them take place in late June and July.
Courses offered Courses are offered in many fields: Chinese (Mandarin),
Journalism, Literature, Music studies, Engineering.
Amount of credits Be aware that many of the courses are not for credit!
Some are designed specifically for high-school students or
have as the only prerequisite that one is ‘aged 16 or
above’. But, there are too some courses that bear credit
(up to 12 US credits) and that could possibly be very
interesting. These courses tend to be full very quickly, so
sign up in time!
Costs Differs a lot. A 6-credit Mandarin course costs only about
€750 whereas some of the more special programs can be
a lot more expensive. Apart from that, one needs to pay a
registration fee, but only for the credit-bearing courses.
Accommodation in a double room on campus costs about
€10 per night.
Other - For Overseas students, a range of visits and social
activities will be organised on weeknights and in
Deadline 2011: May 16.
Name Xiamen University – Summer Programmes
Dates 2011: early May – Late July. Courses have a different
length: between 3 and 8 weeks.
Courses offered Xiamen University offers firstly several Chinese language
courses. One is very intensive (8 weeks, only aimed at
the language), whereas another is only three weeks long
and combines language lessons with cultural information.
Again another (4 weeks) aims at improving oral
proficiency for those who have already some basic
knowledge of Chinese. Apart from that, there is a financial
course in cooperation with Wang Yanang Institute for
Studies in Economics (WISE).
Amount of credits No information to be found, so ask in advance!
Costs The four-week language course costs 3,200 RMB (about
€350); the other courses are priced proportionally.
Deadline Eight-week Chinese course: April 15. Four-week oral
Chinese class: June 17. Others: unknown.
Name Yonsei University – Yonsei International Summer School
Dates 2011: June 28 – August 4 (6 weeks)
Courses offered Courses are offered in various fields: Arts & Humanities,
Korean Language and Culture, East Asian Studies, Social
Sciences, Management & Economics and Science,
Technology & Environment. All courses are taught in
English, except for the Korean Language courses.
Amount of credits You have to take at least two courses, but taking three or
four is allowed too. All courses are worth 3 US credits.
Costs The cost for the six-week program (it’s not possible to
stay for a shorter time) is 3,700,000 KRW (about €2350).
On-campus housing for six weeks costs around €450 in a
Other - Those who wish can attend a 3-day field trip prior
to the start of the Summer School. It’s an
excellent introduction to the country and culture of
- Apart from that, one-day trips are being organised
as are, free of change, extra-curricular activities
like Taekwondo, Korean cooking, Korean
percussion and etcetera.
Deadline 2011: May 13.
Name University of California – Berkeley Summer Sessions
Dates of Summer 2011: The summer courses at Berkeley can be followed in
School five different sessions (A-E), with different lengths (three,
six, eight, ten or twelve (two times six) weeks). The
earliest starting date is 23 May and all sessions end at 12
August. You can make your own choice on what sessions
Courses offered The amount of summer courses offered is too long to list
here, but be assured that courses in all kinds of fields are
available in the summer. Of course, this also depends on
which session you decide to follow.
Amount of credits The University of Berkeley doesn’t work with ‘credits’ but
with ‘units’, which are the equivalent of UC credits.
Courses can have 1 up to 10 units.
Costs Visiting international students pay $350 per unit taken,
plus $385 Enrollment fee and $300 International Service
fee. Like an exchange student, you have the choice
between living on-campus (where different residences are
available), off-campus and with a host family. Depending
on your choice and the length of your stay, costs will
Other - Of course, you won’t be bored in your free time.
Especially in the summer, making daytrips to e.g.
San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and the
wine country of northern California will be
Deadline 2011: Depends on the Session that you want to
participate in, but usually signing up is possible until two
weeks before the start of the course.
Name Boston College – Summer Session
Dates 2011: two 6-week sessions. May 16 – June 23 and June
27 – August 5.
Courses offered A large amount of courses is offered in many different
academic fields. There is a slight focus on the fields of
Biology, Theology, Chemistry and History.
Amount of credits Most courses are worth three US credits (i.e. 1.5 ECTS),
but there are exceptions.
Costs The costs of a regular, 3-credit course are $1980 (about
€1375). Apart from that, you will need to pay for housing
if you want to reside on campus. This costs $942 (€650)
for six weeks, in a shared room.
Other - Housing on-campus is only available for the second
session, in June-August.
- The Boston campus offers all needed facilities: a
store, dining facilities, a well-equipped library and
Name University of Washington, Seattle – Summer Quarter
Dates In 2011, the Summer Quarter runs for 9 weeks, from
June 20 to August 19. You can stay for the whole period
or come for the first or second 4.5 weeks. (A term and B
Courses offered Over 2000 courses are offered in about 100 fields of
study. So, plenty of choice.
Amount of credits The number of credits can vary a lot, also depending on
whether the course runs for 4.5 or 9 weeks. An average
course may be worth 5 US credits. (2.5 ECTS.)
Costs Depend on how many credits you want to take. As a non-
resident of the US, fees can be quite high. E.g. taking 5
credits as a non-resident costs $4,202. (€2900)
Other - On-campus housing is available, as is a card for
cheaper public transport.
Deadline 2011: June 1.
Name UW Madison – Summer Session
Dates In total, the summer session runs in 2011 from May 17 to
August 21, i.e. a period of 14 weeks. Within this period,
there are over 90 different ‘sessions’ with lengths varying
from 1 to 14 weeks.
Courses offered Courses on all levels and in all kinds of fields.
Amount of credits Depends, obviously, on the length of the course. Can be
anything between 1 and 9 credits.
Costs Hard to find out, but in any case dependent on the
number of credits that you want to take. Apart from that,
it might be more expensive for International students as
they are non-residents.
Other - All facilities are available at UW Madison: on-
campus housing, sports, an on-campus bus system
Name University of New Hampshire – Summer Session
Dates In 2011, the Summer Session runs from May 23 to
August 5. Within this period, you can take courses for 5, 8
or 10 weeks.
Courses offered Everything: from Animal Behaviour to Women Studies.
Amount of credits Can vary a lot. From non-credit courses to 8 US credits.
Costs For undergraduate summer courses, the costs are $359
(€250) per credit taken. Moreover, there are some
additional registration costs and of course the costs for
on-campus housing and food.
Other - Summer Session students can make use of all of
New Hampshire’s facilities.
Deadline 2011: Depending on which session you take – between
May 19 and June 23.
Name Binghamton University – Summer Session
Dates 2011: May 31 – August 12. (11 weeks.) Most courses are
either given in Term I (May 31 to July 1) or Term II (July
11 to August 12).
Courses offered In all kinds of fields. Archaeology, Chemistry, China
Studies and etcetera.
Amount of credits Usually 4 US credits per course, but there are exceptions.
Costs As a non-resident of New York State, you’d pay $558
(about €385) per credit taken. The costs for housing
during one of the two terms are $800.
Deadline 2011: June 3 (Term I) and July 14 (Term 2)
Name University of Connecticut – Summer Session
Dates 2011: May 31 – July 8 (6 weeks, Session 1) and July 11 –
August (6 weeks, Session 2)
Courses offered Lots of choice. From Accounting tot Urban and Community
Amount of credits For most courses, you’ll get 3 US credits, but sometimes
there are more.
Costs The course fees: TBA. The housing is, however, half-
priced and also the dining costs are reduced. Moreover, it
might be possible to get a little campus job during
Name Rhodes University International School – Environment,
Development and Sustainability in [South] Africa
Dates 2011: 25 June – 22 July (4 weeks), in Grahamstown
Courses offered The 4 weeks are a set program that deals with
environmental and developmental, but also political,
historical and social issues in Africa. These modules are
compulsory and will be followed in the first two weeks:
- African Political Economy
- The Right to the City in South Africa
- Africa in Crisis
During the 3rd and 4th week, you can choose one of the
three following modules:
- Exploring the Changing Social-Ecological
Landscapes of the Eastern Cape
- Building a Habitable Planet – a Workshop on
All modules include field trips and community
Amount of credits The school advises you to discuss this with your home
university in advance. There are 60 contact hours during
the program, excluding time that should be spend on
writing and reading.
Costs 2011: 30.000 South-African Rand (about €3000). This
includes full board accommodation and local
Other - Don’t forget that you’ll be south of the equator and
that it’ll be winter!
- The School only accepts 30 participants, so it
might not be very easy to get in.
Deadline 2011: April 15
Summer Schools from non-UCU Exchange Partners and independent
Name of University University of Cambridge, Pembroke & King’s College –
Dates 2011: 3 July – 27 August (8 weeks)
Courses offered Courses are offered in 9 subject groups:
- Arts and Architecture
- Creative Writing
- Economics and Finance
- English Literature and Linguistics
- Business and Management
- International Relations
- Philosophy, Law and Political Theory
Courses are at three different levels and students have to
combine several levels. (So you cannot take only level 3
courses.) Apart from that, you can substitute one of the
courses for ‘Supervision’, a format in which you write
several essays or one bigger thesis, while having a
supervision meeting with a teacher once a week.
Amount of credits One course at Cambridge Summer School is the
equivalent 3-4 US credits. Students take 4 courses during
Costs their time at the
2011: Tuition fee for the entire program is £2,245. (About
€2500) This includes a day-trip to Londen, a four-day trip
to Edinburgh and a partial meal-plan. It does not include
the accommodation fee, which is £1500-2000, depending
Other on which housing you choose.
- You’ll have to take the entire program – doing only
one or two courses is not possible.
- Program is aimed at undergrads with good
academic standing (GPA 3.2 or higher).
- Of course, many relaxing activities are organized.
Apart from the trips to other cities and additional
weekend trips, there’ll be river walks, high teas,
theatre trips and formal dinners in ‘Cambridge
Deadline 2011: May 20
Name Université Nice Sophia Antipolis – International Summer
Dates 2011: There are two sessions of four weeks. First session:
5 – 28 July. Second session: 3 – 26 August, in Nice
Courses offered The UIEN offers only language courses in French and
English and courses for teachers of French. The French
courses (which are probably most interesting for UC
students) are a combination of language/culture classes
(mornings) and workshops (afternoons). All levels are
welcome, even true beginners.
Amount of credits One session is the equivalent of 6 ECTS.
Costs The costs for the 4-week English or French course are
€700, taking both sessions costs €1200.
Other - As is common in France, the university has no
campus where you can stay. The website of UIEN
does provide links to private residences, but be
warned that these can be more expensive than
- Of course, Nice is a brilliant place to stay in the
summer. Apart from the Côte d’Azur and proximity
to Cannes, Monaco and Italy, you’ll live in a town
with many (art) museums, historical buildings and
an intensive nightlife.
Name Humanity in Action – Fellowship Program
Dates 2011: 2 June – 3 July (5 weeks)
Courses offered Humanity in Action is an international educational
organization that is continuously concerned with
developing a network of students, young professional and
leaders committed to the promotion of human rights
around the world. One of their activities is the ‘Fellowship
Program’, a five-program organised simultaneously in
several European capitals (Warsaw, Amsterdam, Paris
Berlin, etc.) in June. In all these places, ten students
(‘fellows) from the own country form a group together
with ten American students and ten students from
another country. This group will discuss the ways in which
Dutch society developed politically and socially after
1945, having a particular focus on the treatment of
minorities. Fields of discussion are for example: slavery,
colonialism, immigration, religion, refugee and
xenophobia. During the first three weeks of the program,
the group will have many meetings with recognized
leaders in HR organisations, politicians, diplomats,
journalists, scholars and artists. The last two weeks,
groups of two or three participants will write a report on a
specific topic and present it before the group.
Amount of credits Credit transfer is not automatically organised; you’ll have
to organise this in advance with your home organisation.
Costs All costs for participation and accommodation are
covered! You’ll need approximately €500 for food and
Other - Being a ‘Dutch’ participant does not mean that you
need to have the Dutch nationality. You only need
to be a second-year student (or higher) at a Dutch
university and reside permanently in the
- Getting into the program is really hard, as there is
a very competitive admission procedure. Be
prepared for reference letters, an essay and an
Deadline 2011: February 7.
Name The Phoenix Institute – Summer Seminars
Dates 2011: 25 June – 23 July (4 weeks, USA), 7 July – 29 July
(3 weeks, Austria)
Courses offered The Phoenix Institute is an international educational
organization that seeks, since its foundation in 1987, to
promote a deeper understanding of Western Civilization.
Amongst other activities, they organise summer courses
in both the USA (University of Notre Dame, Ind.) and in
Vienna (Trumau-Vienna). The courses obviously focus on
Western history, philosophy and politics. The course titles
- Heroism Reconsidered (USA)
- Philosophy of Law (USA)
- The Politics of Reconciliation (USA)
- Negotiation Workshop (USA)
- The Ethics of Rhetoric: Morality and Persuasion
- Thomas Aquinas as a Political and Legal
- The Bulwark of the West. Christianity, History and
Culture in Vienna at the Crossroads between West
and East (Vienna)
Amount of credits Courses in the USA are all worth 3 credits; courses in
Vienna have 2 credits.
Costs USA: $2,665 (about €1900). Vienna: €1545,-. Fees
include tuition, accommodation (double or triple rooms),
cultural events and most of the meals.
Other - Jeroen Bons, fellow of the Humanities department,
teaches the Rhetoric course in Vienna!
Deadline 2011: March 18.
Name Helsinki Summer School
Dates 2011: 9 – 25 August (2.5 weeks)
Courses offered The Helsinki Summer School is a cooperation between
several universities in and around Helsinki. The School
offers about 20 courses in all kinds of fields: history,
business, bioethics, ecology, and etcetera. You can only
take one course at a time.
Amount of credits Most courses are worth 6 ECTS, a few only 3 or 5.
Costs Difficult to estimate. International students (that are not
on exchange with any university within Finland) have to
pay €150 registration fee. The costs for the course are
between €395-450 and accommodation will be between
€390-770, depending on where you want to stay. Then
you still have the living costs, which are, unfortunately,
quite high in Finland. Most social activities, however, are
free of charge.
Other - Students get in on a ‘first come, first served’ base,
so sign up early on.
- There are a few scholarships available for the
Summer School, but these are extremely hard to
- As said, social activities are being organised: a city
tour, a Finnish game tournament, a Finnish movie
Deadline As said, first come, first served. The most popular courses
will be full by May.
Name University of Potsdam – International Summer Academy
Dates 2011: 3 – 25 August (3 weeks)
Courses offered Since a few years, Sans Souci does not only offer courses
in the German language (two levels, intermediate and
advanced), but also seminars and project courses on
history, literature and politics.
Amount of credits Depends on how many projects and seminars you want to
take and how much free time you want to have left. At a
maximum you can get 9 ECTS in the 3-week program.
Costs The costs for the course are €590. If you want, housing in
Other a student room close to the Potsdam campus can be
organised for €250. With both bus and train, you can
reach both Potsdam and Berlin easily.
Name Freie Universität Berlin – FUBiS
Dates 2011: May 28 – July 9 (Term II, 6 weeks), July 16 –
August 13 (Term III, 4 weeks). Term I is in Winter.
Courses offered Apart from German language courses in all levels, FUBis
offers courses on (German and European) history,
literature, politics and more.
Amount of credits Most ‘culture’ (non-language) courses have 4 or 6 ECTS.
These courses are not very intensive, so that you could
combine two of them. Language courses can be combined
with a ‘culture’ course or can be the only course followed.
In that case, the course is more intensive and has 9
Costs An average 4 ECTS course costs €800; one with 6 ECTS
costs €1200. The intensive German courses costs €1800.
Other - As most German universities, die Freie Universität
owns no housing. They are, however, willing to
help you in finding a temporary space to live.
Everything, from hostels or a shared apartment to
a German host family, is possible.
- Many extracurricular activities are organised. E.g.
daytrips and weekend trips to other German cities,
a visit to the Reichstag…
Deadline 2011: April 30 (Term II) and June 18 (Term III)
Name The Dutch Institute in Sint-Petersburg – Russia for
Dates 2011: 15 – 26 August (1.5 weeks), in Sint-Petersburg
Courses offered As mentioned, the name of the course is ‘Russia for
Beginners’, which means that you’ll get a general
introduction to all aspects of Russia during the two weeks
of the course. The mornings will be filled with learning the
basics of the Russian language, whereas the afternoons
will be devoted to city trips, history lessons, discussions
of literature, museum visits, etcetera.
Amount of credits If you write an essay after your return to the Netherlands,
it should be possible to receive 5 ECTS for this course. Of
course, you’ll to discuss this in advance at UC. In any
case, you’ll receive a certificate.
Costs 2011: €767, for the course and the materials. You’ll have
to organise housing and food yourself, but the
organisation is happy to assist you in this.
Other - Beware that part of the program is in Dutch.
- Students and employees of UU get a 20%
Name Harvard Summer School
Dates 2011: 27 June – 12 August (7 weeks)
Courses offered Like at Berkeley, the courses at Harvard Summer School
are the same as those offered during the semester. The
list is enormous and contains courses from all academic
Amount of credits Differs per course, but usually 4 (American) credits per
Costs Unfortunately, it seems impossible to stay only a few
weeks at the Summer School. This means that you’ll have
to stay for the entire 7 weeks, which makes the Summer
School highly expensive. Only the stay on campus costs
$4,590 (about €3200, incl. food) and then you’ll have to
pay an extra sum of money per course that you’ll take.
See the webpage for specifics.
Other - Apart from visiting Boston and exploring the
Harvard campus, you can join any of the offered
activities: the Summer Band or Choir, lectures by
famous authors, volunteer work, etcetera.
Deadline Unknown, but registration opens on March 1.
Name Singapore Institute of Management, Global Eduation –
Dates 2011: 27 June – 5 August (6 weeks), in Singapore
Courses offered In 2011, the theme of the Summer Institute is ‘Economic
Competitiveness, Innovation and Creative Cultures’. The
course focuses obviously on Asia and on Singapore
specifically. It could a very interesting program for
students of economics!
Amount of credits The entire program is worth 12 ECTS.
Costs 2011: $3800 (about €2700). This fee includes all
expenses, except for travel costs and food. Apart from
that, you can apply for one of the 5 partial scholarships
offered by the UU. More information:
Other - Apart from interactive classes with many
discussions, debates and presentations, there will
be ‘dialogues’: visits from CEO, business leaders,
designers, performers, etc.
Deadline 2011: May 1.
Name Universidad del Golfo de Mexico – Summer project
Dates 2011: 14 July – 14 August (4 weeks)
Courses offered This program offers only language courses in Spanish and
is thus interesting for those wanting to learn/improve
their Spanish, and especially for those (afterwards) going
on exchange in Latin-America. Language courses are
given from beginner to
Amount of credits No credit transfer possible, but you’ll receive a diploma.
Costs The 4-week program costs €1145. This includes 63 hours
of language education and 21 hours of culture course, 2
weekend Field trips and much more. Accommodation in a
host family is also included. If you prefer living in a
bungalow with three or four other students, you’ll have
somewhat higher living costs as you’ll have to pay for
your own breakfast and dinner.
Other - The Spanish language and culture course is taught
at the university’s newest campus in Oaxaca. It
has all facilities needed, e.g. a cafeteria and a
Deadline 2011: May 31.
Name University of Alabama in Huntsville – Research & Study
Abroad Program in Panama
Dates 2011: 5 June – 31 July (8 weeks)
Courses offered The Research Program in Panama is a cooperation
between the University of Alabama in Huntsville and
CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin
America and the Caribbean). CATHALAC owns the largest
geospatial and satellite information database in the
Caribbean and students will be able to profit extensively
from their knowledge and experience.
In the first weeks of the program, students will follow a
seminar on ‘Climate Change and Sustainable
Development in Latin America’, in which they will acquire
basic knowledge and skills in the field of climate change
and all disciplines linked to this phenomenon. The second
part of the Program will be devoted to doing a group
internship, under supervision of CATHALAC experts, in the
field of climate and environment in Panama. The results
of the internship will be presented to the staff and other
interested parties. So, at the end of the Program you’ll
have done a real research.
Amount of credits You can get a total of 6 (US) credits for the entire
program, but you’ll have to organise the transfer with
your home university.
Costs For non-Alabama residents, the costs for the Program are
$9,127. (About €6500.) This includes everything, except
the travel costs.
Other - To apply for the Program as a non-UAH student,
you first have to sign up as transient student at
- You don’t have to speak Spanish, but it is a plus if
you do know the basics already.
Deadline 2011: March 15.
Name Dutch Institute in Morocco (NIMAR) – Summer course
Moroccan Arabic Dialect
Dates 2011: 4 – 29 July (4 weeks), in Rabat
Courses offered The courses offered are:
- Beginner level Moroccan Arabic Dialect
- Intermediate level Moroccan Arabic Dialect
Classes are 4 hours per day, five days a week.
Amount of credits No information found, so probably impossible to receive
credit transfer. But you can always talk with your tutor
whether there are options.
Costs The costs for the courses (both beginner and
intermediate) are €250. If you decide to live with a host
family, this costs and additional €425, but food is then
Other - Apart from the language lessons, many social
activities are organised, e.g. film and debate
nights with Moroccan students, city visits and a
workshop Arabic calligraphy. You can join at a
- Beware that this program is in Dutch.
Deadline 2011: May 1.
Amount of credits