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ACU Summer School

Theme: International collaboration

The annual ACU Summer School event is a forum for students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss multidisciplinary issues of global importance. 

Established in 2011, a key element of the School is the aim to mix local and regional students with their peers who may have not ever had the opportunity to leave their own regions. 

Each year, we partner with a different ACU member university to co-host the event on a different theme.

What does this opportunity include?

ACU Summer School is a transformative opportunity which connects students across the Commonwealth. Participants can expect:

  • Talks by leading international speakers
  • Engaging and challenging group project work
  • Networking opportunities
  • Intercultural sessions
  • Skills development

How to apply

Students in the final year of their undergraduate degree who expect to move to postgraduate study, or those already studying for a postgraduate degree (full or part time) are eligible to apply to attend. Qualifying students from ACU member institutions will be eligible to apply for bursaries. 

Applications for ACU Summer School 2023

Applications open: Monday 5 Dec 2022
Applications close: Monday 30 Jan 2023

More information

The School is hosted in a different country each year. In previous years it has been hosted in the following countries - each exploring a range of topics. 


Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Truth and Reconciliation


Leeds Trinity University, UK
Sport and regeneration


Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
Disaster Studies


University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Migration and Refugee Studies


University of Mauritius
Public Health


The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sustainable Cities


Bath Spa University, UK
Environmental Arts and Humanities


University of Rwanda
Universities and the Sustainable Development Goals

ACU Summer School alumni

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Theme: International collaboration