You can apply to spend a summer abroad at a summer school after the first or second year of your course.

About overseas summer schools

Taking part in a summer school is a great opportunity to add an international dimension to your degree at Sussex. We offer summer school opportunities in Asia, Europe, and North America, as well as online study programmes, so you can enrich your studies and experience a new culture while learning. Summer school programmes are three to six weeks long and include academic, cultural and language courses.

This is a great opportunity to study with a prestigious global university and meet students (virtually or in-person) from around the world. You'll develop skills by working with students from a range of different countries and cultures, and you can enhance your studies at Sussex by studying something completely different. The programmes do not count towards your degree, but are a fantastic opportunity for you to experience life at an international university.

At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate or transcript. You can list this certificate on your CV to show employers your experience abroad.

Some of our opportunities at summer schools include a bursary towards the cost.

Summer school opportunities

Explore our range of summer school options.

Business summer schools

We offer Business summer school opportunities in several countries in Europe, giving you the chance to study Business modules from a different perspective. You can study abroad for one to four weeks and most partners will also offer social activities in their programme. Modules are taught in English.

If your application is successful, the Business School will offer you a bursary to cover the tuition fees and some of the costs (travel, accommodation and food). This opportunity is not fully funded, so you will also need to use some of your own funds.


Explore our range of Business summer school opportunities. We will let you know the available options for you at the time of application. See where and when you can take selected modules at the following universities:

How to apply

Applications will open in January 2024. 

To apply, contact We will send you a link to the application form.

The deadline for applications is 21 February 2024.

If selected, you will receive funding to help with some of the costs of your summer school (on the condition that you apply on time to secure a place at the partner university). More guidance will be given nearer the time.

You will also be responsible for booking accommodation, travel and organising your visa (for non-EU students) and travel cover.

Join us in a few weeks for a presentation to find out more about the Business summer school opportunities. We will be in touch nearer the time with more information. 

Global Excellence Summer Programme (GESP)

Important: applications are now open.

This programme enables you to study at one of our prestigious partner universities (see list below).

Eligibility and funding

The summer school opportunities are open to first and second year undergraduate students only (not final year students).

The tuition fees for each programme are covered by the GESP bursary and the government Turing bursary will contribute partly towards travel and accommodation costs. This opportunity is not fully funded. You will also be required to use your own funds.

Student from the groups below are eligible to apply:

  • students with an annual household income of £25,000 or less (as per your Student Finance England loan application for 2023/24
  • care leavers and students who are care experienced
  • students with caring responsibilities
  • estranged students
  • refugees and asylum seekers.

How to apply

Application deadline: 30 March 2024

Contact (including the summer school you’re interested in from the list below) to request an application form. 

This is a competitive process and there are limited spaces at each institution.

GESP destinations

Learn more about where you can go.

  • Ghana to the world summer programme – University of Ghana

    1 June to 30 June 2024

    This programme includes study modules and a volunteering project.

    You will take two modules, choosing either:

    • Africa and the Diaspora and African Art, its Philosophy and Criticism, or
    • Appropriate Technology for Development in AfricsandGender and Culture in Africa.

    There will also be opportunities for students to engage in experiential study and cultural tours of some regions in Ghana.

    Find out more about Ghana to the World.

    Apply now

  • Sawasdee Thailand summer programme – Mahidol University

    18 June to 17 July 2024

    This is a study programme. The first two weeks focus on Thai culture and Sustainable life and society. The second two weeks is a bespoke programme for University of Sussex students and focuses on ASEAN studies. The four-week programme includes a trip to Chiang Mai.

    Find out more about the Sawasdee Thailand summer programme (note the dates for our programme extend for two weeks after the Sawasdee programme, making the duration of the summer school four weeks).

  • Mexican culture and Spanish language – Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

    14 July to 10 August 2024

    This summer school focuses on Mexican culture and Spanish language.

    You will ideally have an intermediate level of Spanish language, although we will also accept applications from students with a lower level of Spanish.

  • Zhejiang Gongshang University, China

    Dates TBC

    Zheijiang Gongshang university is located in the city of Hangzhou. Hangzhou is a historical and cultural city. It is famous for the beautiful West Lake which was put on the World Heritage List in 2011.

    During the summer school you will be able to take lessons in different aspects of Chinese culture, including Chinese language, Business, Kung Fu, Art, Opera, Philosophy and Architecture. There will also be opportunities to visit the local scenic areas.


  • Aarhus University, Denmark

    2 July to 19 July 2024 (Term 1), 22 July to 9 August 2024 (Term 2)

    Attend a summer school in the beautiful city of Aarhus, Denmark’s 2nd oldest city. The summer school takes place at Aarhus University, and you can choose from Business and Management, Humanities and STEM courses.

    You can choose either a Term 1 Undergraduate course or a Term 2 Undergraduate course. The summer school will take place over four weeks. There will be three weeks of lectures and then an exam at the end of the fourth week. You’ll be required to stay the full four weeks. 

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong

    23 June to 31 July 2024

    Apply to attend the five-week Chinese University of Hong Kong summer programme. You can choose one course from the following areas:

    • Environment
    • Science and Technology
    • Global Business and Management
    • Society and Human Interaction
    • Understanding China
    • Cantonese language
    • Chinese language courses.
  • British University Vietnam – Cultural Immersion programm

    Dates TBC

    Attend a summer school at the British University of Vietnam in Hanoi. The programme is four weeks long and includes the following:

    • Week 1: Orientation and introduction to Vietnamese culture and life
    • Week 2: Industry and Community Engagement including one week’s work experience at one of BUV’s corporate partners
    • Week 3: Cultural Exploration and Reflection – learning about historical landmarks, Vietnamese traditional arts, crafts and food.

Global International Learning Summer School

Important: applications now open

This summer school opportunity is open to Foundation and first year undergraduate students only. Find out more about how we process your application.

You can apply to take part in an International Summer School either in person or online, and add an international dimension to your Sussex degree.

You can choose modules related to your degree to further your knowledge in the subject or study something completely different to expand your academic interests.

For Summer 2024, you will have the opportunity to study at the following universities:

You will have the opportunity to experience international teaching and meet students from around the world. The credits received will not count towards your degree, but you will receive a certificate or transcript at the end of the course. This global opportunity will enhance your CV and further your international experience as you progress through your Sussex degree.

A bursary will be offered to cover the tuition fees for the summer school, accommodation and the insurance costs. The bursary will also contributes towards the flight and living costs while there. Please be aware that this opportunity is not fully funded and you will also be required to use some of your own funds.

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity are made through the University of Sussex Career Hub. Do not apply directly through the summer school website of either Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Korea University.

This is a competitive process and there are a limited number of places available. Successful students will be informed after the deadline.

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2024.

Fully funded Chinese language and Culture online course – Zhejiang Gongshang University

Important: Applications for this scheme are now closed.

Take part in a fully funded short online Chinese language and Culture course run by our prestigious partner institution in China, Zhejiang Gongshang University.

We have a limited number of places available to Sussex students, staff and others beyond the Sussex community who are interested in learning more about Chinese language and culture. The programme includes poetry, martial arts, history and business etiquette.

No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required. For those already studying the language, this short programme will enhance your studies through invaluable insights into the culture and language.

As well as learning more about Chinese culture, you can gain global experience for your CV and future job prospects. A certificate will be awarded on full completion of the course. Sussex students will additionally be able to earn 5 Spirit of Sussex Award points for participating, receiving recognition in the Creativity and Culture category.

For information about the summer schools please contact

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