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Partner Summer School Programmes

QMUL works with a number of institutions globally. This programme offers our students the chance to spend time at one of our partner institutions over the summer on a language, academic or cultural immersion programme. Programme details vary in length, cost and content, but all QMUL students are eligible to apply.

We are in the process of updating details for summer 2018. We expect to have details of all programmes confirmed shortly.

University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia

This information pertains to the current academic year. Details may change slightly for 2017/18. 

Tuition fees and accommodation: £730 for programme, accommodation and breakfast. Students will be required to pay for travel, other food and any extra costs.
Dates: 19th June – 8th July 2017
Details: The University of Antioquia is an excellent partner and will offer classes in Spanish Language, Latin American Literature, ‘Healthy Cities’, Biodiversity and more. Medellin is a beautiful city with an interesting history, and last year was voted the world’s most innovative city. We have 20 places available on this exciting summer school. 

Summer Course Brochure [PDF 2,792KB]

Summer Course Schedule [PDF 199KB] 

Rio De Janeiro with AfroReggae and People's Palace Projects

This information pertains to the current academic year. Details may change slightly for 2017/18. 

Dates: 1st- 9th July 2017 

Details: In its third successful year, Santander, in partnership with People’s Palace Projects, is once more offering 6 grants for QMUL students to spend a life-changing time in the favelas (shantytowns) of Rio de Janeiro with Grupo Cultural AfroReggae in July 2017 (1st to 9th). This is a unique opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s greatest cultural warriors, as they fight for social transformation through art. In September last year, 6 students from QMUL’s Drama, Geography, and Politics and International Relations Departments had the opportunity to support the AfroReggae team in action in their 4 different headquarters across Rio, in a full week filled with exhilarating experiences. You can read some of their insights about the visit here.

Applications must be submitted by April 17th 2017. Please check here for eligibility and here to apply. Please send your applications to:

Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China

This information pertains to the current academic year. Details may change slightly for 2017/18. 

Tuition fees and accommodation: Application Fee: 600 RMB, Tuition Fee: 4,000 RMB. There are 2 fee waivers for this programme- one of the courses will be free and students must choose 2 courses. Accommodation is available at an additional cost. 
Dates: 3th July – 28th July 2017
Details: Choose from a variety of academic programmes taught in English by international professors. BFSU International Summer Session is an international course programme which features in area studies and related disciplines in humanities and social sciences. Some of the programmes included are politics, international relations and linguistics. Further information is available in the above link. 

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China (in collaboration with QMUL Confucius Institute

Tuition fees and accommodation: Students will be required to pay a £375 deposit which is refundable upon successful completion of the summer camp. Everything is paid for the whole two weeks that you are in Shanghai, including a trip to Beijing to see the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and everything else that Beijing has to offer. The only thing that students pay for is their return flights and visa, which QMUL Confucius Institute will arrange for you. In 2016 students paid £950 in total.
Dates: July 16th 2018- July 29th 2018
Details: Together with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, the QMUL Confucius Institute will be providing the opportunity for students to take part in a summer camp in Shanghai. The programme provides students with the chance to discover the economy, culture, language and history of China today. The China Summer Camp is open to anyone between the ages 18-33, QMUL and non-QMUL. You don’t need to know any Chinese Mandarin beforehand. It is a great opportunity! You will have Chinese Mandarin classes in the mornings and then activities and excursions for the rest of the day. You can check out the Confucius Institute's 2016 blog to see what some of the students got up to last year

The deadline for this opportunity is 23rd March 2018. Please email for further information. To apply for this programme, you will have to register your payment here.

Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

Tuition fees and accommodation: Details pending.
Dates: 8th July – 21st July 2018
Details: The two-week University Immersion Programme (UIP) organized by Sichuan University is designed to convene students and faculty from all over the world to give short courses and lectures to both domestic and international students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. UIP was initiated in 2012 and is now a regular long-term programme. This programme aims to bring together students worldwide so as to give all participants an opportunity to associate and make friends with each other, and stimulate their global awareness and inter-cultural communications.

This programme offers the chance to study in a beautiful city and campus, as well as the opportunity to experience parts of China's culture (Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan Hot Pot). This programme also offers the opportunity for QMUL students to meet and communicate with Chinese students at Sichuan to get an understanding of their way of life. 



Application process & further details

Students will be asked to apply online. You will need the following to hand: 

  • QMUL Student ID number
  • QMUL Email address
  • Current Passport number*
  • You should have prepared a personal statement to attach to the form; it should be no more than 400 words outlining why you should be on the programme.

*Please note that should you be successful on any of these programmes you will be required to have a passport with a minimum of 12 months validity. If your passport expiration date is shorter than 12 months your application will still be considered however you should prepare to apply for a new one, as this may affect some visa applications. Proof of a valid passport will be required at a later date. 

Email if you have questions or require more information. 

The deadline for applications for 2017 has now closed.

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