The ACU is excited to once again be supporting undergraduate students from UK member universities to attend a summer school overseas. 17 grants of up to GBP 2000 are available.
Taking part in an international summer school is a great way for students to learn new skills, increase their intercultural understanding, and build diverse new networks. And universities benefit too – hosting a summer school helps to raise their profile, attract international students, and develop new global partnerships.
This has been a wonderful experience and one of the best summers I could ever have. I have learnt an awful lot and it has definitely helped me to develop as an individual
- Reena from University of Sheffield, hosted by Nanyang Technological University summer programme 2019
The grants, which are funded by the kind legacy of Major Harold William Paxton, are aimed particularly at students from low-income families, care leavers, and students who are the first in their family to attend university.
To apply, students must meet the following criteria:
In addition, students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
How to apply
Submit the application form to the International Office / Global Mobility Office of your home university. The university will carry out an internal selection process and nominate two candidates to the ACU by Wednesday 4 March. Internal deadlines may vary so check the deadline with your university before applying.
The 2020 summer schools
The costs provided below do not include flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations, and in some cases may not include accommodation and meals. Please check all costs carefully by looking on the host university website before submitting a grant application.
Christ University, India
India Winter Program: Sustainability Initiatives in India | 12 – 22 December 2020
Themes(s): Sustainable Development
Indicative cost: GBP 1400
Daffodil International University, Bangladesh
International Social Business Summer Programme | 10 – 20 July 2020
Theme(s): Social Business
Indicative cost: USD 600
Kyambogo University, Uganda
Natural Resources and Development Summer School | 29 June – 22 July 2020
Theme(s): Sustainable development, conservation and managing natural resources
Indicative cost: USD 1500
Lovely Professional University, India
Know India Summer Programme | 2 – 13 June / 2 – 13 July 2020
Theme(s): Indian business culture, yoga, Indian history, survival Hindi, cooking and dance
Indicative cost: GBP 1025
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
GEM Trailblazer Summer Programme | 22 June - 31 July (4 or 6 weeks within this period)
Theme(s): Language and Cultural Studies, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Creative Design and Media, Business and Management, New Technologies
Indicative cost: SGD 2,160 - 3,270 for students from NTU partner institutions, SGD 4,170 - 9,370 for students from non-partners
NSBM Green University Town, Sri Lanka
NSBM Summer Program | 13 – 23 July
Themes: Sri Lankan culture, history, ecology and economy
Indicative cost: 1000 USD
Queen’s University, Canada
Political Studies Summer Institute | 27 June – 11 July
Indicative cost: CDN 4000
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India
Understanding the Challenges of A Developing Country: Culture, Identity, Development | 28 September – 11 October
Indicative cost: USD 1500
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Stellenbosch Summer School 2019 | 21 June – 19 July
Themes(s): General Elective (various subjects), Doing Business in South Africa, Learning, Sustainability & Community Engagement, Public Health
Indicative cost: ZAR 29,400 - 59 850
Note: Students from Stellenbosch’s partner universities qualify for a fee discount. Please enquire with Stellenbosch when applying.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
International Summer School (July Session) | 29 June – 3 August
Theme(s): Business and Management, Chinese Language (Cantonese/Mandarin), Environment, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
Indicative cost: HKD 17,552 – 25,274
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Business Summer Program | 13-26 July 2020
Putra Agriculture Summer School | 1 - 14 August 2020
Indicative cost: USD 700
Note: Email email@example.com for the application form
University of Gibraltar
Business Summer School | 13 May – 21 June
Indicative cost: GBP 1,650 - £3000
University of Auckland
Screen Tools short course | 22 June – 17 July
Theme: Hands-on filmmaking
Indicative cost: NZD 7,190 NZD (University of Auckland will give up to four Global Grant recipients a discount of NZD 3,500 on this fee)
The maximum grant amount is GBP 2000. This is intended to contribute to registration fees, travel to and from the summer school, and visa and vaccination costs. Successful applicants are responsible for arranging their own flights, registering for the summer school in question, and making their own visa and vaccination arrangements.
The total cost of flights plus registration fees and other costs will exceed GBP 2000 for some of the summer schools, so applicants should carefully check the costs for each school using a currency converter such as XE [http://www.xe.com/].
Successful applicants will be required to submit a short-written report or video on their experiences to the ACU within a month of their return.