Summer courses abroad
Applying for summer courses abroad
The aim of summer courses is to give students the opportunity to experience what it is like to study in a country other than Sweden. For some summer courses, you do not need to pay tuition fees if you are a student at Lund University, whereas for others you do need to pay them yourself. When you apply, you should be aware of the costs associated with the exchange, such as travel costs, living expenses and visa costs. If you are nominated for a summer course, you can still be nominated for exchange studies.
The application period for summer 2019 closed on 8 February.
Preliminary dates for the application period for summer courses 2020 are 24 January to 7 February 2020.
Go to the online application
You will find the online application a bit further down on this page during the application period (which usually opens in January or February). You will also find application instructions, information on attachments, assessment of your application and notification of nomination.
In order to be considered eligible you must fulfil the following requirements:
- You must be registered as a full-time student at Lund University at the time of application
- You must have earned at least 30 credits at the time of application, and 60 credits at the planned time of departure
- You must have good language skills in the language of instruction
The links below connect you to a database where you can find more information on each of the summer courses. The information connected to the 2019 summer courses will be updated continuously until the first day of the application period.
Summer courses with no tuition fees
Tuition fees for the following summer courses are covered by Lund University. You need to cover your own travel expenses, visa- and living costs.
- Summer Courses at Aarhus University, Denmark
2–19 July and 22 July–9 August 2019
The duration of each of these courses may vary. Courses in the following disciplines are offered: Business, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Health, Humanities
- University of Southern Denmark Summer Courses
5–16 August 2019
Engineering and Science Summer School
- Tampere Summer School, Tammerfors, Finland
1–16 August 2019
The duration of each of these courses may vary. Courses in the following discipline are offered: Business/Finance, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Health, Humanities
- Korea University, International Summer Campus
6 weeks: 25 June–1 August 2019
- Chinese University of Hong Kong, International Summer School
The summer courses are offered in three different time periods:
23 June–31 July 2019
4–24 August 2019
23 June–18 August 2019
- Shanghai Jiao Tong Global Summer School
a) Two-week courses (11–26 July 2019) focusing on the following topics:
- Chinese Policy and City Governance
- Discover China
- China's Policy on Climate Change, Energy and Environment
- Social Welfare Policies and Practices in Modern China
- China Design
- Sustainable Ecological Design in China
- Green City Green Future
- Green Technology for Environmental Pollution Control
- China's Urban Forest and Ecosystem Monitoring
- Knowing Satellite by Cubesat
- Chinese Traditional Exercise and Health
b) Three-week courses (11 July–2 August 2019) focusing on the following topics:
- Machine Intelligence and Robotics
- Reversing Climate Change
- Tsinghua International Summer School
11–24 July 2019
Courses in the following disciplines are offered: Architecture, Creative City, Environment, International Relations, Industry Frontiers, Urbanisation, Gender
Summer courses at the Nordic Centres in Asia
The Nordic Centres in China and India aim to increase understanding and create closer ties between the Nordic countries and China/India through research and education cooperation. To take part in these summer activities, you need to be nominated by Lund University. You cover the tuition fees, travel expenses, any visa fees and living expenses yourself.
- Nordic Centre Fudan “Chinese Politics and Society” (Bachelor’s level)
27 June–10 July 2019, Fudan University, Shanghai
- Nordic Centre Fudan “Business and Innovation in China” (Master’s level)
12–25 July 2019, Fudan University, Shanghai
- Nordic Centre India "Contemporary India: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Course"
30 June–27 July 2019
- Nordic Centre India "Exploring the Environment in India: Issues in Sustainability"
23 June–20 July 2019
- Nordic Centre India "Gender and Society in Contemporary India"
14 July–10 August 2019
- Nordic Centre India "Hindi Language Studies"
30 June–27 July 2019
Application and attachments
Your 3 highest ranked choices in the application for summer courses will be taken into account. The attachments required for a complete application may vary depending on which summer course you are applying for.
The following attachments are compulsory:
- 1 Statement of purpose – present your reasons for wanting to attend a summer course abroad (only 1 SoP for all application choices, max 1 A4)
- CV (max 1 A4)
- Transcript from Ladok (your own print is accepted)
Name your files “type of document”, first- and family name (i.e. CV-Johan-Johansson.pdf)
Special attachments are required for some application choices:
- Study Plan – choice of courses (only for: Aarhus, Korea, CUHK)
- Separate application forms (only for Nordic Centre Fudan)
Assessment of your application and notification of nomination
The applicants will be selected on the basis of the following:
- The application with attachments must be complete and in correct English; incomplete applications will not be considered
- Statement of Purpose/ description of reasons for travel and what you want to get out of your summer course are important in the assessment process (one A4 page)
- CV – previous qualifications and engagements are reviewed
- Study results retrieved from Ladok are reviewed
- Special attachments are taken into account
- Applicants with no previous experience of exchange studies at LU are prioritised
- An equal distribution between applicants from different faculties is sought
- International students who apply for summer courses in their home countries are not prioritised
- Exchange students at Lund University are not prioritised
All applicants are notified via email approximately three to four weeks after the application deadline. If you receive an offer but do not reply, you are assumed to have declined the offer.
Credits from summer courses can sometimes be included in your degree, but this is not a requirement for being eligible to apply.
Non-EU/EEA students (who are required to pay tuition fees at Lund University) that are nominated to these summer schools and who choose/ are allowed to get the course accredited by Lund University will pay the regular tuition fee per number of credits accredited. Lund University will issue an invoice that will be sent to the student after accreditation.
Primary contact via email:
sommarkurs_utomlands [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
You can also visit the International Desk during regular opening hours: