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.

Covid-19 Information

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, our global partners are monitoring the situation to assess the viability of their summer programmes. These programmes are subject to disruption. Please ensure you are aware of the risks associated with any overseas programme before making any financial commitments.

Current staff and students can check Lancaster's internal Covid-19 information pages for updates.

COVID-19 information for current staff and students

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, Commonwealth & Development 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.

              Available Opportunities

              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.

              University of Lausanne, Switzerland

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

              Programme Information


              Programmes are available throughout the summer.

              Course offering

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


              Costs vary depending on the programme.

              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.


              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.




              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 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


              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.


              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, but interested applicants should contact the Global Experiences team on 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 


              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 develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in film production.


              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
              • Accommodation (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, but interested applicants should contact the Global Experiences team on to see if any fee discounts are available.

              Students working together to use a camera.

              Lancaster University Global Experiences

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