Summer schools

International summer programmes

If you want to learn about another country’s language and culture, a summer school is a great option, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new way of life abroad.

Enhance your learning process by choosing one of the summer schools suggested below, or find your own. We encourage you to create your own opportunities - seeking out one that will suit your particular interests and needs.

Most of the international summer schools listed below have a tuition fee attached. However, there are some of our partner universities who waived the fee for our BU students. Please see the lists per world regions below.

Funding available for International Summer Programmes

If you decide to undertake an International Summer Programme you might be able to benefit from funding to contribute towards some of the costs of your activity.

If your summer programme takes place in the EEA and has a duration of at least 60 days, you may be able to benefit from BU Erasmus+ funding. Please note, the Erasmus+ funding will be able available for BU students for mobilities overseas until May 2023 only.

You may also be able to benefit from BU Turing Scheme funding which is available to all BU students undertaking mobilities globally with a duration between 2 weeks and 12 months. Please note, BU currently offers Turing Scheme funding for mobilities taking place ending before 31 August 2022. Availability for funding in 2022/23 will be announced in due course.

If you would like to know more information about the Erasmus+ funding or the Turing Scheme funding and the eligibility and quality assessment requirements, please visit the relevant webpages or email the team at: [email protected] for queries about the Erasmus+ funding and at: [email protected] for queries about the Turing Scheme funding.

Opportunities around the world

Any queries?

If you have any queries regarding international activities at BU, please email the Global Engagement Mobility Team at [email protected] or call 01202 968198.

You can also get in touch to recommend a summer school that you've attended to other BU students.

Drop-in sessions

Our drop-in sessions are every Monday (virtual) and Wednesday (in person) afternoons during term time. During the summer holidays our drop-in sessions are every Monday (virtual) and no sessions on Wednesdays. The sessions are open to all students wanting to find out about opportunities to study and work overseas during your degree and the funding available to support you.

Want to drop in?

  • Mondays 1pm - 5pm: Join us online via Microsoft Teams (MS Teams), search “BU Study and Work Overseas Drop in” in MS Teams or access the session in MS Teams
  • Wednesdays 1pm - 5pm: Visit us in person in the Global Mobility Hub in Poole House - next to the Student Shop on Talbot Campus.

More information

There are a number of external organisations which offer international summer school opportunities to students. Please be aware that all of the opportunities listed have been provided in good faith. BU is not responsible for the content of the websites or any of the activities these organisations are running. Students are responsible for any financial costs which participation may incur.

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Field trips overseas

Field trips can provide invaluable experience in your subject area, and can give you a chance to see the world at the same time.

Volunteering overseas

Volunteering overseas

At BU, we encourage students who want to volunteer to look beyond the UK too and there are a whole host of opportunities overseas. 

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Taught language courses

Learn a new language or improve your existing skills on a taught language course, either in the UK or overseas. 

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Conferences overseas

Attending a conference overseas is a great chance to interact with your academic peers while experiencing a new country.