ACU Global Summer School Grants for UK undergraduates

The ACU is excited to once again be supporting undergraduate students from UK member universities to attend a summer school at member universities across the Commonwealth. 

Participating in an international summer school is a great way for students to learn new skills, increase their intercultural understanding, network and have fun while benefiting from the teaching and expertise of another ACU member institution. Full details of the participating summer schools are available here

In 2018, students travelled to summer schools in Canada, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. You can read some of their stories here.

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The summer schools

All of the summer schools on offer are hosted by ACU member universities across the Commonwealth.

How to apply

Applications closed on Friday 15 February


To apply, you must meet both of these criteria:

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

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

The grants

20 grants of up to £2000 GBP are available. The grant 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, and making their own visa and vaccination arrangements.

The total cost of flights plus registration fees and other costs will exceed £2000 for some of the summer schools, so applicants should carefully check the costs for each school using a currency converter (e.g.

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.

These grants are funded by the kind legacy of Major Harold William Paxton.

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