Explore Europe while you study this summer
Summer exchange programs in Europe are academic sessions that are offered by education institutions usually between June and August for meritorious students from across the world. Ranging from a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on the department and topic, these academic programs aim to:
- offer hands-on education in a fun, dynamic and challenging environment.
- offer a chance to connect with their peers from across the world.
- offer a chance to broaden their world view.
Many universities in Europe have tied up with educational institutions from across the globe for summer exchange programs wherein students from other countries can not only earn course credits by studying during the summer months in Europe, but also get an opportunity to explore the continent. They are exposed to various cultures, besides the fact that they get to choose a study of their liking from a gamut of courses.
How does it work?
A summer exchange program is a tie up between educational institutions to enable knowledge exchange between students of different countries. Students from partner institutions of universities and colleges of Europe select eligible students to travel to these institutions for a short educational program during the summer months.
Popular summer courses in Europe
|Country||Type of program||Average Fee||Time||Eligibility|
|Finland|| Homestay Program, by AFS||$8,500||5 weeks||Minimum GPA of 2/4|
|France||Language Study Program at Centre Mediterraneen d'Etudes Francaises||$8,500||4 weeks||Minimum GPA of 2/4|
|Ireland||Cultural Immersion Program, by AFS||$7,500||4 weeks||Minimum GPA of 2/4|
|Italy||Sculpture Program, by AFS|
Homestay Program, by AFS
|Minimum GPA of 2/4|
|Spain||Language Study Program at "La Asuncion||$8,500||4 weeks||Minimum GPA of 2/4|
|Turkey||Homestay program, by AFS||$7,800||6 weeks||Minimum GPA of 2/4|
RWTH Aachen University for students of Architecture, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Chemistry, Business Administration, Literature, Computer Engineering, Media and Communication, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Science & Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Mathematics and Physics.||$4,500||12 weeks||Minimum GPA of 3.2|
Aalborg university offers courses for students of Future Smart Grid, Audio Recording and Reproduction, Mobile Phone Programming, Management and processing of solid, liquid and gaseous waste, Network Coding: From Theory to Practice, Multimedia Information and Signal Processing, Psychophysics: From Stimulus to Perception, Noise Measurements and Hearing Assessment, Structural Health Monitoring, Sensor Networks and Techno-anthropology
||$600 - 1,700||3 weeks||IELTS: 6.5|
Paper based - 550
Computer based - 23
Internet - 80
|Spain||Cultural Tour by Quest International||2-4 weeks||13-23 years of age|
|France||Erasmus Intensive Program by Universite Angers for students of Medical, Veterinary, Biological Sciences, Midwifery Studies and Pharmacy.||$850||2 weeks||Hungary||Corvinus University of Budapest offers courses for undergraduate and post graduate students of Business Administration, Social Sciences, Economics, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Food Science.||2 weeks||
University of Stuttgart offers courses in Cross-Cultural Communication, German Language, Architecture, art History and International Business||
$700||5 weeks||Minimum GPA of 2.75|
Course fee and Scholarships
Summer programs being of a very short duration are generally quite affordable. On an average they may cost anywhere between $500 and $10,000. Students will have to spend extra for their accommodation, travel and food. In a situation where universities from other parts of the world have an exchange program understanding with a European institution, they may bear the educational expenses of their students. However, in cases where such a facility is not available, students may opt for courses at universities that offer scholarships. A few institutions offer up to 100% scholarships for meritorious students on a need basis.