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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: 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

CountryType of programAverage FeeTimeEligibility
Austria The Graz International Summer School Seggau by Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz for international students of all disciplines to work on relevance and effect on global affairs of Europe/EU (with emphasis on South Eastern Europe) and beyond

$1,7002 weeksHave finished minimum the 2nd year of University IELTS 6.0 or a higher range of CEFR B2
Austria Sommerhochschule of the University of Vienna for international students in Law, Politics, Economics, History, Cultural Studies and German

$2,2004 weeksApply online with English application
Belgium"Analyzing human security in today's EU" Summer program by Vrije Univesiteit Brussel $2,2004 weeksFinal year student of a Bachelor degree
BelgiumAntwerp Summer University in many majors like Applied Engineering, Arts, Business and Economics, Design Sciences, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences and ScienceDepends on program1-2 weeksDepends on the program
DenmarkInternational Summer University Programme of Copenhagen Business School in multiple programsFree for Partner University3 weeks
DenmarkInternational Summer University Programme of Copenhagen Business School in the following choices like Accounting, Supply Chain Management, Contemporary Business Ethics and Responsibilities More details can be found here...Free for Exchange Students and $1,600 for Bachelor course or $2,200 for Graduate course5 weeksELTS at least 7.0, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English passed, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English passed, TOEFL iBT of at least 91, TOEFL paper-based test of at least 577, TOEFL ITP of at least 577
FranceThe Toulouse Business School - Summer Program in: International Marketing, Strategic Marketing, Big Data & Marketing Analytics, Digital Marketing, and many other courses$1700-$35003-6 weeks
FranceGEM Summer School by Grenoble Ecole de Management university in Small & Family Business and International Marketing, combined with a course on French Language and Culture$5,0003 weeks in Grenoble and 1 week in ParisMinimum year 2nd of Undergraduate program in any discipline and fluency in English
SwitzerlandAmgen Scholars Programme 2020 by ETH Zurich covering intensive research in a state-​of-the art laboratory in Zurich or Basel. Research projects are available in the Departments of Biology, of Biosystems Science and Engineering, of Health Sciences and Technology, of Chemistry, Applied Biosciences and of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.Stipend of $4,124.50 to cover housing and living expenses10 weeksStudents studying for a Bachelor’s degree at a European university
SpainESADE Summer School by ESADE Business School _ International Summer Programme with 3 choices of tracks: International Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Critical Thinking along with a range of electives to choose from. $2,300 (2 weeks), $4,100 (4 weeks), $5,500 (6 weeks), $6,400 (8 weeks) 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeksFor undergraduate students and recent graduate students of any discipline and nationality.
ItalyBocconi Summer School by University of Bocconni. Choose 1 out of 7 available courses: Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Equity and Venture Capital Financing, Fashion and Design Management, International Business Strategy, Luxury Management and Digital Law. $2,2003 weeksEnglish language proficiency equal to or greater than B2 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language)
ItalySummer School Programs at University of Milano-Bicocca. Available options:
1, MEDEA - Mediterranean Diet, Biodiversity and Functional Food
2, GDM - Global Diversity Management
3, DAFF Design, Art, Food and Fashion
4, Attractive Cities: Successes and Conflicts
1, $555.41
2, $699.72
3, $1,221.6
4, $666.28
1-3 weeks1, Priority will be given to students participants holding a Master degree, but application by master students is encouraged and will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant motivation and background.
2, First degree or equivalent qualification
3, BA Degree
4, Students from different disciplines: sociology, anthropology, tourism, geography, urban planning, urban design and architecture, as well as practitioners and policy-makers.
The NetherlandsVU Amsterdam Summer School with multi-disciplinary courses in Beta Science; Business and Economics; Environmental Sciences; Health Sciences; Humanities, Theology and Languages; Law and Criminology; and Social Sciences. $1,3002 weeksBachelor: at least enrolled in 1st year of Bachelor studies Advanced Bachelor: at least enrolled in 2nd year of Bachelor studies Master: at least enrolled in final year of Bachelor studies - professionals need to have a Bachelor diploma
NorwayEuropean Integration Summer School (EISS), Halvårsstudium by University of Adger. Student can take one, two or all three of the following courses: History, Institutions and Policies of European Integration (summer), Current Issues in the European Union: The European Union in Crisis: Differentiation or Disintegration, or EU Studies: Research Essay (fall).$06 weeksYou need to have completed a bachelors degree, or equivalent, of 180 ECTS within fields like political science, sociology, administration, business etc.
GermanySummer University by Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin in Metropolitan Studies & Urban Development.$200varies Proof of sufficient English for subject courses - at least intermediate language level (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, CEP, Cambridge certificate etc.) for courses in Germany you need to prove language skills in German

Course fee and Scholarships

Summer programs being of a very short duration are 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.

  • University of Graz
  • Antwerp Summer University

  • Summer Programs for International Students