Summer Schools at Lancaster's Global Partners

Lancaster University has a number of partnerships with universities and other institutions around the world that offer summer schools. By taking part in one of these programmes you have the opportunity to enrich your academic studies while immersing yourself in another culture. We have highlighted the summer schools that may be of particular interest. 

In addition to the fees listed below, participants will also need to arrange their own flights to the destination, and will be responsible for ensuring that they have the correct documents, such as visas, to enter the country and participate in the programme. The Global Experiences team will be able to support you with this.

Please note, exchange places may be limited for each programme and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Placement on one of these programmes will also be subject to you being in good academic standing with your department, and you may need to meet minimum grade requirements. The information is a guide only. We recommend you do your own research about the destinations.

Beijing Jiaotong University, China: IT Summer School

The growth of information systems has given rise to massive amount of data which is not qualified as traditional definition of data. This scenario has given us new possibilities but also serious challenges. Such challenges lie in effective storage, analyses and searches of such large set of data. In this course, Big Data and Cloud Computing technologies will be introduced to answer these challenges.

Programme Information 

When

6 - 19 July 2020

Course offering

Students will study advanced topics in Big Data and Cloud Computing, including process management, multithreading, concurrency problems, memory management, storage, operating systems on cyber-physical systems & smart phones and design their own project by leveraging Hadoop, Spark, HDFS, web-based system.

Cost

The programme cost for Lancaster University students is RMB 2,000/ £225 (approx).

Lancaster University students do not pay tuition fees to BJTU for this programme as this is covered by the exchange agreement between the two institutions. There are 3 tuition fee waivers available for the summer 2020 programme.

Accommodation

On-campus accomodation is included in the programme fee. 

More Information

BJTU IT Summer School Flyer 2020

BJTU IT Summer School Schedule 2019

To Apply

Sign up on the online application portal: http://summerschool.bjtu.edu.cn/

Registration deadline: 10 May, 2020

University of Wisconsin, United States

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Political Science Department is one of the United States' oldest and most highly respected programs. During their Political Science Visiting International Student Programme (VISP) you will have the option to choose from three study tracks, each designed to give you new insights to enrich your studies.

Programme Information 

When and Where

9 July - 7 August 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Course offering

Lancaster students can choose between two exciting course offers:

Track I: International Development & Cooperation

  • Explore the political, economic, and social challenges of foreign aid and international development
  • Compare regions including Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America
  • Gain in-depth understanding of domestic & international institutions
  • Learn to think critically about development theory & practices

Track II: Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics

  • Explore “openness”: international trading strategies, migration and open borders, the politics of free speech, and censorship
  • Read both contemporary and classic literature from economics, philosophy, and political science
  • Engage in the intensive study of the philosophical, economic, and political dimensions of “openness”

Cost

Lancaster University students would pay around $4,649 (approx £3,600) to participate. This total amount includes a scholarship from the institution and covers the following things:

  • Tuition & Segregated Fees: $2,888 ($4,888 less $2000 scholarship)
  • Estimated Living Expenses: $1,761

More information

 University of Wisconsin Summer Program Brochure

See past visitors to University of Wisconsin discuss their experiences on the VISP Voices webpage

To Apply

Contact Dr. Ensook Jung at esjung@wisc.edu to register your interest and for application instructions. 

Wisconsin building

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Spend a summer in Singapore, the perfect 'soft landing' in the heart of the fast developing Asia-Pacific region and a springboard to explore the many cultures and languages in neighbouring countries surrounding around Singapore!

NTU's unique summer programme will bring you an unforgettable summer education.  Choose from 5 different tracks and experience a unique summer unlike any other.

Programme Information 

When

  • 6 week programme: 22 June - 31 July 2020
  • 4 week programme: 6 July - 31 July 2020
  • 2 week programme: 6 July - 17 Jul 2020 or 20 July to 31 July 2020

Course offering

Five tracks will be offered this summer:

  • Track 1: Language & Cultural Studies
  • Track 2: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Track 3: Creative Design and Media
  • Track 4: Success in the Globalised Marketplace
  • Track 5: New Technologies, New World

Cost

The total cost is approximately 1,670-2,568 SGD/ £950-£1,450.

This total cost is comprise of a registration fee (150 SGD)and an administrative fee (900 SGD). Accommodation is charged separately (510-1350 SGD, depending on the length of your programme).  A 7% Goods and Services Tax will be added to these fees. 

Lancaster University students do not pay tuition fees to NTU as this is covered by the exchange agreement between the two institutions. There are 6 exchange places available for the summer 2020 programme.

Accommodation

Twin‐sharing on‐campus housing is guaranteed for all incoming summer students in one of the24 Halls of Residence in NTU. Students are required to stay on‐campus throughout the duration of the programme. Roommates are allotted randomly by gender.

More Information

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Summer Programme

Nanyang GEM Trailblazer Summer Info Sheet

Nanyang Technological University Summer Programme Website: https://global.ntu.edu.sg/GMP/GEMTrailblazer/SummerProgramme/Pages/SummerNTU.aspx

To Apply

Applications for this programme will be made via the Global Experiences office. Applications will be open in January 2020.

UBC Vancouver, Canada

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program offered by various Faculties at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The program provides the opportunity to take two academic courses while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

The deadline to apply for the July programme is 30 March 2020.

Programme Information 

When and Where

11 July - 11 August 2020 at the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus.

Course offering

There is a wide range of course packages available. For a complete list visit the programme website

Cost

The packaged fee per student for the 2019 program is $5,250 CAD (approx £3,100). It includes:

  • Course materials
  • Medical insurance
  • Group airport transfer and city tour
  • Shared accommodation on UBC campus
  • Orientation and farewell events
  • Social activities (optional trips may require an additional fee)

More information and to Apply

Visit the Vancouver Summer Programme Website.

Applications should be made directly to UBC Vancouver. When asked for the details of a Lancaster staff member you may use Anne Davis, Global Experiences Administrator, globalexperiences@lancaster.ac.uk, +44 (0) 1524 592035.

 

Vancouver

Study of the US Institutes Programmes

The Study of the US Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are five-week academic summer programmes for undergraduate students, to improve their understanding of the USA and develop leadership skills. They are fully funded, and aimed at UK undergraduate students with limited previous experience of the United States.

 

Programme Information 

When and Where

A five-week programme during the summer break (June - August). Various universities across the United States are involved in the programme. Visit the SUSIs Available webpage for a list of the programmes currently accepting applications.

Course offering

The SUSIs include an academic residency at a US university during the summer break (June through August). They consist of:

  • Interactive classroom activities
  • Discussions
  • Lectures
  • Readings
  • Site visits
  • Workshops
  • Leadership development activities
  • Community service

Participants will also spend one-week on an integrated, educational study tour and have opportunities to interact with their American peers while on campus.

Cost

The Institutes are fully funded, with all participant costs covered, including:

  • Return airfare and some domestic travel allowances
  • Tuition
  • Housing and meals in shared university accommodation
  • Small daily allowance
  • Health and accident insurance (pre-existing conditions not covered)

Housing and Meal Arrangements

Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms. Male participants will be housed on one-floor and female participants on a separate floor. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

More information

Visit the Study of the US Institutes webage on the Fulbright Commission website

To Apply

Applications are made directly to the Fulbright Commission. Visit the How to apply page on the Fulbright Commission webpage. The first deadline is 12 January 2020.

Fulbright Commission Logo

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

The University of Lausanne offers a wide range of Summer School oportunties, many of them targeted at postgraduate and PhD students. 

Programme Information 

When

Programmes are available throughout the summer. 

Course offering

A variety of courses are on offer to suit different interests and levels of study:

Cost

Costs vary depending on the programme

Website

http://wp.unil.ch/summerschools/

University of Lausanne

HEC Montreal, Canada: Business French

The Business Language Training Center at HEC Montréal, the first university business school founded in Canada, is now offering a Business French Summer School that will help you reach your language goals.

Programme Information 

When and Where

13 July to 7 August 2020 at HEC Montreal in Canada

Course offering

This 4-week French program features:

  • Intensive credited courses in Business French, language and culture. This  immersion program focuses on the 4 language skills: writing, reading, listening and speaking. Levels offered: from total Beginner to Intermediate/Advanced
  • Interactive oral communication workshops revolving around competencies and themes in connection with the French-speaking business world.
  • Conferences on Management, Creativity and City Branding.
  • Numerous company visits.
  • Rich and varied sports and sociocultural activities.

Cost

Fees for students from all partner institutions, including Lancaster University: $1,047 CA /  £615 approx. This cost is comprised of a $880 CA program fee and a $167 CA mandatory insurance fee. 

Accommodation is charged separately, and is $1,169 CA (taxes included) for the duration of the programme.

Website

https://francaisaffaires-immersion.hec.ca/en/

Montreal

Study China

Study China is a three-week language, culture, and heritage programme, managed by the University of Manchester, delivered in collaboration with partner Chinese institutions, and generously funded by the UK government’s Department for Education and Northern Ireland’s Department of the Economy.

Study China is open to UK and EU students of any degree or level, at any higher education institution in England or Northern Ireland.

Programme Information 

When and Where

2 - 22 August 2020 in Beijing, Shanghai or Hangzhou

Course offering

The Study China programme includes: 

  • 40 hours of Chinese language tuition
  • Interactive culture classes and excursions
  • Visits to historic landmarks
  • A day spent with a Chinese family
  • Free time to explore independently
  • Opportunities to meet, and live alongside, students from across the UK, EU, and China

Cost

The Study China Programme is funded by the UK Government. The Government covers the costs of accommodation for the duration of the programme, organised airport pick-up and drop-off, tuition of language courses, and activities and associated trips.

More information

Visit the Study China website

To Apply

Applications are made directly to Study China on their website. The current closing date for applications is 7 February 2020, but this may be moved earlier if the programme reaches capacity before this date.

University of Waikato, New Zealand: Enhancing Sporting Performance

Enhancing Sporting Performance is designed for athletes of all levels and students studying sport, is taught by experts in the University of Waikato's Faculty of Health, Sport, and Human Performance. The rugby option is taught in conjunction with the Chiefs Super Rugby Team, where students will train alongside the team and learn from expert coaches!

While studying at Waikato, athletes will have the opportunity to continue with their sport, practicing with local teams in the evenings and competing on the weekends. Students will have access to state-of-the-art high performance training centres where researchers work with elite teams, including New Zealand Cycling and New Zealand Sevens rugby, to reach peak athletic performance.

Programme Information 

When

7 June - 3 July 2020 Please note this programme takes place before the end of Lancaster's academic year. 

Course offering

This programme is targeted at athletes who are passionate about their own performance and the opportunity to understand more about the science behind what they can do to enhance this.

Cost

The programme fee is $7,300 NZD (approx £3,700), but discounts may be available for Lancaster University students.

This fee covers:

    • Tuition
    • Individually placed with a competitive local sports team
    • Housing
    • All meals
    • Airport pickup
    • Gym membership
    • Insurance
    • Official transcript
    • Organised trips and excursions

                    More information and to Apply

                    Visit the Enhancing Sporting Performance website

                    Applications will need to be made directly to the University of Waikato on their website, but interested applicants should contact the Global Experiences team on globalexperiences@lancaster.ac.uk to see if any fee discounts are available .

                     

                    The University of Waikato
                    Students will have access to state-of-the-art high performance training centres where researchers work with elite teams

                    University of Waikato, New Zealand: Creative Filmmaking

                    This innovative programme, designed for students interested in the film and TV industry, will challenge your creativity and develop your practical skills through a hands-on filmmaking course.

                    Programme Information 

                    When

                    7 June - 3 July 2020 Please note this programme takes place before the end of Lancaster's academic year. 

                    Course offering

                    This short programme will be delivered through a mixture of learning in the classroom, filming in the television studio, editing in computer labs, and have hands-on use of film production equipment.

                    You will work in an intensive creative environment, where you will collaborate with your team to produce professional short films. You will dive into using cameras, lighting, and sound equipment to create a series of progressively complex and independent short films.

                    You will cover the chronological aspects of moving image production: pre-production, production, and post-production, including learning and using the professional editing tool Adobe Premier Pro.

                    The highlight of the programme is the creation of a professionally produced short film that will strengthen your portfolio and and develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in film production.

                    Cost

                    The programme fee is $7,450 NZD (approx £3,750), but discounts may be available for Lancaster University students.

                    This fee covers:

                      • Tuition
                      • Overnight trip to Wellington with a visit to award-winning Weta Workshop
                      • Free access to film production gear, cameras, lighting, and sound equipment
                      • Accomodation (Homestay or Residence Hall)
                      • All meals (except Wellington trip)
                      • Airport pickup
                      • Insurance
                      • Official transcript
                      • Hike and natural hot springs trip
                      • Trip to Hobbiton

                                      More information and to Apply

                                      Visit the Creative Filmaking Website

                                      Applications will need to be made directly to the University of Waikato on their website, but interested applicants should contact the Global Experiences team on globalexperiences@lancaster.ac.uk to see if any fee discounts are available .

                                       

                                      Students working together to use a camera.

                                      Preparing for your Summer Abroad

                                      There are lots of things to consider when preparing to spend a period of time abroad. Here are some actions that you should take to ensure that you have a safe and enriching travel experience.

                                      • Initial Research

                                         

                                          1. Research the programme that you are applying to. Make sure you are fully aware of the costs involved, including those paid to the institution and those you will have to pay separately, such as for visas or inoculations. Please also ensure that you are fully aware of the current programme, as changes may have occurred.
                                          2. Research the countries you plan to travel to, especially in regards to safety issues, transportation in-country and accommodation. Visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Foreign Travel Advice website to check if there are any travel advisories for the area you are planning to visit.
                                          3. Consider the political, environmental and legal requirements of the country and how they will affect you. Practices and acceptances vary from country to country.
                                          4. If you identify as LGBTQ+ you should be aware of different laws and cultural attitudes that may be present in the country that you are travelling to. We recommend you visit International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association for more information about international sexual orientation laws. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office also provides advice for LGBT tourists travelling abroad.
                                          5. Always research your accommodation options prior to leaving the UK. Ensure you are satisfied with the location and accommodation standards. Even prestigious universities can be located in neighbourhoods with crime rates.
                                                1. Visas and Passports

                                                   

                                                    1. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months to arrive in most countries. It is advised that your passport is valid for at least six months from your planned programme end date.
                                                    2. Research what the visa requirements are for the country you are planning to travel to and apply for the relevant visa well in advance of departure. Some visa applications may require an in-person interview at an embassy, consulate or visa centre.
                                                    3. Add the contact details of your next of kin in pencil at the back of your passport.
                                                    4. Keep a copy of the photo page of your passport in a safe place, and save a photo in your preferred cloud storage service so that you can access the details easily in the event that you need to apply for a replacement passport.
                                                  1. Health and Travel Insurance

                                                     

                                                    1. Research the areas that you are planning to visit, on the NHS's Fit for Travel Website. This will give you general information about the health conditions that might be present in this part of the world. 
                                                    2. Visit your GP or a travel clinic for personalised advice and to receive any required injections or medications. Please be aware that it is a personal choice whether or not to get some vaccinations, and this is a decision that you will need to make in consultation with a medical professional.
                                                    3. Arrange for appropriate travel insurance for the programme that you are travelling on. If you are travelling to a country in the European Union you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
                                                  2. Attend a Cross-Cultural Competence Awareness Session

                                                     In a world that is becoming increasingly more global and interconnected, being culturally competent is a key employability skill for 2019 and beyond. Cross-Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures and from different backgrounds. This workshop will enable you to understand why being culturally competent is important for your future career, explore what cross-cultural competence is and is not and help you identify ways to grow your cross-cultural competence and then provide examples to employers in future interviews.

                                                    Find more information about the Awareness Workshops on the Your Global Experience webpage, and register for the next available session on Libcal.

                                                  3. Complete the Pre-Departure Tutorial (coming soon)

                                                     

                                                    The Global Experiences team is developing a pre-departure tutorial for any Lancaster University student who is planning on travelling abroad. It is anticipated that this will be available early in the Lent term, so keep an eye on this website for more information.

                                                  Lancaster University Global Experiences

                                                  Welcome Centre, Bowland College, Lancaster University LA1 4YT

                                                  E: globalexperiences@lancaster.ac.uk

                                                  T: +44 (0)1524 592035