ACU Global Summer School Grants for UK undergraduates

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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:

  • Registered as an undergraduate at an ACU member university in the UK
  • A UK national who is ordinarily a resident in the UK, or someone with refugee status in the UK

In addition, students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • From a family with a combined annual parental income of under GBP 25,000
  • The first person in their family to go to university
  • A care leaver

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

Themes(s): Politics

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 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 grants

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 [].

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.

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