+Free Summer University destinations for AU students
+Need to get ahead or to catch-up on ECTS credits?
+The application round for 2021 is over (but you can still go on your own)
It's free to go on Summer School exchange through AU, you will only have to pay for flights and accommodation.
You can sign up to receive the list of 2022 destinations via e-mail once it's ready.
If you have any questions you are welcome to contact us at email@example.com but please check the FAQ before you do, to see if the answer to your question is already there.
While you wait for the 2022 destination list you can see what we offered in 2021 for inspiration below, we expect more or less the same destinations in 2022, hopefully with only on-site courses all around.
Below you can see the list of universities we offered in 2021.
In the table you can see, the level, how many ects credits and if the university planned on Online or On-site courses or a combination.
|University of Tampere||Finland||Tampere||2-5||4||BA/MA||On-Site||Yes*|
|University of Jyväskylä||Finland||Jyväskylä||5||5||BA/MA||On-Site||Yes*|
|Utrecht University||Holland||Utrecht||1-13||2||BA/MA||Online & On-Site||No|
|Humboldt Summer Uni||Germany||Berlin||5-8||3||BA/MA||Online||No|
*If you get a space at this university you are also automatically considered for the Nordlys scholarship, which is 70 EUR a week + 330 EUR to cover travel expenses. The scholarship will only be awarded if the courses take place onsite in Finland and not if switched to online.
|Nanyang Technological University||Singapore||Singapore||5||3||BA/MA||On-Site||No|
|SMU||Singapore||Singapore||6-7.5||4||BA||Online & On-Site||No|
|Chinese University of Hong Kong||China||Hong Kong||6||10||BA||Online||No|
You have to apply online before March 15. Find more information on this page where there is also a link to the application system.
In that case you can still apply and you can still get a seat. You will then have to forward us the preapproval when you get it.
If you are unable to get the preapproval before the application deadline, you should upload the receipt you got when you applied for the preapproval (e.g. a screen shot of the email you received when you applied or a screen shot of your application for a preapproval) instead of the preapproval in the application system.
You need a preapproval for the course and space in your study program for the courses (because these courses you take at summer university will replace courses you would otherwise take at AU). So, you will need to make an application to the study board in order to allow you to have the summer course replace for instance an elective course, an IV elective or a third type of course depending on the academic regulations covering your degree programme.
2020 was the first time we launched a coordinated initiative with the ambition that more AU students would go abroad for a summer school through the agreements we have. It is therefore quite difficult for us to predict how big the interest will be and for that reason, we are unable to say anything for sure about the chances of getting a seat.
But, if you are open to the possibility and if your study board is not too strict about which courses you are able to take, we estimate that the chances of getting a seat are pretty good as we have quite a few seats available. If you do not get a seat the first time around, we will do what we can to help you secure a spot at a different university if you are interested in that and you can get a preapproval.
Yes, you can. You and your friend just need to be sure to have the same priorities and you will need to write the name of the person you are applying with in step 6/7 in the “Other information” box. If there are more applicants than spots for the university/universities, you are applying for and we will have to allocate seats according to grade point average, it will be the grade average of the one with the lowest grade average that counts.
This means that by applying together with another student, you agree to the fact that we, on paper, juxtapose your grade average with your co-applicants grade average.
It is not first come, first served so allow yourself to spend some time finding a couple of interesting summer schools and apply for the preapproval(s) )and remember to apply before March 15 regardless of whether you have received the preapproval).
We will allocate the seats based on GPA and an assessment of the likelihood that you can get credits at the respective university with your AU background.
So, before March 15th you can upload either one of these three documents
a) A pre-approval
b) A receipt that you have applied for a pre-approval
All applicants with either one of these documents in their application will be considered equally and allocated based on GPA and the expected likelihood of you getting a pre-approval (if you don’t have one by March 15th).
You will receive an answer to your application before April 8. This way, if you do not get a seat, you will be able to apply for a summer course at AU before April 8 or regular semester courses between May 1-May 5.
If you do not get a spot, you will be able to apply for a seat at one of the universities you did not apply for, provided there are seats available. The possible rejection letter will include information on how to do this.
Yes. But be aware that depending on what you study, there can be a requirement that you have at least 20, 25 er often even 30 ECTS left in your study programme in order to be able to get a semester exchange seat.
So if you are thinking about going abroad for a semester, then carefully consider how many ECTS you should obtain from a summer school abroad. If you for instance get 15 ECTS credits during a summer school exchange, you might not be able to go on semester exchange. So please check the guidelines for semester exchange concerning your specific study programme.
That we “give you a spot” at a university is unfortunately no guarantee that you can get a seat in a specific course at the host university. Some courses can be cancelled or become fully booked. This unfortunately means that you will have to apply for a new preapproval with the study board for the course you are accepted to by host university. Some courses may also be cancelled at the host university, in which case you may have to switch courses.
You are always welcome to send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, if your questions are of a more academic character, such as “can I get this course pre-approved for my studies at AU?” or “what kind of courses at AU could this course replace..”, we may not be able to answer since we do not have in-depth knowledge of all study programmes. We therefore suggest that you go to your course specific student counsellor with such questions.
We know that some universities, e.g Kings College only offers 7,5 ECTS credit courses and if you need a 10 ects credit course in order to have it transferred to AU this can be challenging.
At some universities it may also be necessary to combine more courses in order to get the required amount of ects credits (at Hokkaido for example, where most of the courses are less than 5 ects credits.) in such case the study council may decide that a given combination of courses at said university will be transferred as one block of 5 or 10 ects credits.
Did you not find any interesting places or courses from our list of free summerschool destinations? Then there’s plenty of options to go to a summer school abroad on your own. Almost any major or medium sized university will have an English taught summer school in one way or another.
The easiest ways to find them is to either just google summer schools in Europe or which part of the world you are interested in, or to go directly to one of the many online portals for summer schools, such as this one: www.summerschoolsineurope.eu
Going on your own means that you are arraning everything yourself, including paying the tuition fee the summer school might charge for their courses.
If you get a pre-approval for a self-arranged summer school you may be eligible for the Danish state scholarship for study abroad
Usually our semester partner universities also offer a discount for AU students, if we receive information about such discounts for certain destinations, we will post them in the table below.
|Country||City||University||ECTS available||Tuition fee €||Discount for AU students||Deadline|
|Ireland||Galway||National University of Galway||6||2150||No||31.04.2021|
|Germany||Frankfurt||Frankfurt School of Finance and Management||5||1.950-3.500||25%||01.05.2021|
|Germany||Oldenburg||University of Oldenburg||6||0||100%||01.03.2021|
|Spain||Madrid||Universidad Autónoma de Madrid||6||1.299||12,50%||31.05.2021|
|France||Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux||Kedge Business School||5||500-1000||No||first come, first served|
|Switzerland||Zurich||University of Zurich||6||1.390||Yes||25.04.2021|
|France||Toulouse||Toulouse Business School||12-24||1600||100 €||23.04.2021|
|Malta||Gozo||OFF THE BEATEN TRACK||9||3450||No||first come, first served|
|Germany||Frankfurt||The European University Viadrina||12||1990||400 €||15.03.2021|
|Scotland||Glasglow||University of Glasgow||7,5||980-5875||10%||20.04.2021|
|Italy||Pisa||University of Pisa||3-10||250-1000||No||Depends on the course|
|India||New Dehli||University of Hyderabad||10||500||No||01.04.2021|
|England||Leeds||University of Leeds||5-10||2.150-3.800||10% if more than 10 students apply||01.05.2021|
|China||Hong Kong||Hong Kong Polytechnic University||6||1.000-2.000||No||15.03.2021|
|China||Hong Kong||University of Hong Kong||6||1-800||10%||31.05.2021|
|Israel||Jerusalem||The Hebrew University Jerusalem||3-10||1.500-2.250||No||Depends on the course|
|Germany||Aachen||RWTH Aachen University||1.794-2.990||No||15.04.2021|
|Belgium||Bruxelles||Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management||2||490||No||30.06.2021|
|South Korea||Seoul||Sogang University||6||1.150||10%||14.05.2021|
|Germany||Tübingen||University of Tübingen||4-6||100-175||No||Depends on the course|
|Norway||Oslo||Norwegian Business School||6-15||950-1.200||30%||01.05.2021|
|Finland||Turku||University of Turku||3-5||45-75||No||12.04.2021|
|Belgium||Antwerpen||University of Antwerp||3-6||200-1.000||No||01.05.2021|
|Germany||Jena||University Hospital of Jena||0||100%||15.04.2021|
|South Korea||Seoul||Korea University||3||750||No||14.05.2021|
|Czech Republic||Prague||European Summer School||650||No||20.06.2021|
|The Netherlands||Groningen||Hanze University of Applied Science||5||750||No||01.05.2021|
|Austria||Graz||University of Graz||6||10||No||30.03.2021|
|Lithuania||Vilnius||Vytautas Magnus University||2-6||550-750||No||11.06.2021|
|Japan||Osaka||Kansai Gaidai University||5||115-575||No||30.04.2021|
|Slovenia||Ljubljana||University of Ljubljana||6-7||50-285||No|