About Summer Schools Abroad
Summer Schools Abroad are an excellent opportunity to get to know:
- new countries
- other people and cultures
- different educational systems
- practice the English language
- learn other languages
- and... obtain credits!
The summer universities last from 3 to 4 weeks.
Each programme comprises a total of 50 to 70 hours, with 3 to 5 hours per day. Furthermore, participants will have the chance to participate in many other cultural and social activities.
The academic programme usually has one course dedicated to the culture and habits of the country/region in addition to other courses in the field of management.
Programmes and dates for 2020
Arrival - June 28th
Departure - July 18th
Application Process and Deadlines
Students who want to apply for the Summer Schools Abroad should:
- Submit the Application Form
- Send a short motivation letter in English and a color passport type photograph, with no background, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the application is only considered valid after submitting the application form, sending the motivation letter and the photograph to email@example.com
The application process has two phases:
1st Phase - until December 15th
2nd Phase – after 15th December at any time in case there are vacant places
Refunds will not be made in cases of withdrawal unless a substitute can be found. In these cases 80% of the fee will be refunded.
In France, lodging is not included.
In general, the price includes:
- Classes and course materials
- Accommodation (in double rooms)
- Some meals (depending on the destinations)
- Local pass or transportation (depending on the destinations)
- Transportation needed for planned activities
- Company visits scheduled during the programme
- Some cultural and leisure activities
In all the programmes, the price does not include:
- Health Insurance
Refunds will not be made in cases of withdrawal unless a substitute can be found. In these cases, 80% of the paid fee will be refunded.
Successful participation in the summer school programme allows students to gain approval in one or more courses and get a certificate from the host University.
Q1. How can I apply for the summer universities abroad?
A1. You have to submit an online application form, send a motivation letter and your digital passport photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q2. I am not a student from the ISCTE Business School. Can I apply for the summer programmes?
A2. Yes. The summer programmes are targeted for students from the Business studies and preference will be given to IBS students. However, we will welcome students from different areas of studies and from other universities to participate in our programmes.
Q3. Is there any scholarship or tuition waiver available to attend the summer programmes?
A3. No. At the moment, none of the summer programmes offers scholarships but we make efforts to keep the final price of each programme as low as possible.
Q4. Do I need to present an English language certificate?
A4. No. There is no need to deliver an English language certificate (like TOEFL) but since the classes are all taught in English, it is recommended that students who apply for the summer programmes have a reasonable level of English. One of the objectives for participating in a summer school programme is to improve your English language skills.
Q5. Which are the criteria for selecting students who will participate in the summer programmes?
A5. The main criteria to select the students are 1) date of application; 2) average grade 3) motivation letter 4) suitability between the level/study area of the student and the content of the courses 5) ensure the heterogeneity of all the groups placed on each destination.
Q6. I applied last year for the summer universities but unfortunately, I was not selected. If I apply again this year, do I have an advantage in the selection process?
A6. Yes. Special attention will be given to students who applied for previous editions and were not placed.
Q7. I was selected to participate in a summer university and I paid the fee but for personal reasons, I need to cancel my participation. Can I be refunded?
A7. Yes. If your place is taken by another participant, 80% of your payment can be refunded. For Seoul & Bordeaux please consult the relevant information of the host universities.
Summer School Abroad 2017
This year we have sent 33 students to Prague, St. Petersburg and Korea partner universities.
Margarida Breia de Jesus, BSc in Management, Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic
This programme was an excellent international experience which allowed me to acquire my language skills, provided me the chance to participate in many cultural and social activities such as be in contact with people from different cultures, visit different places with such an interesting history and travel to other cities near Prague. The Summer University lasted 3 weeks and included multiple activities as companies visits, business trips and some Czech Republic cities sightseeing. I think that was a marvelous opportunity to leave my comfort zone and discover new ways of learning. Learning not only about my area of studies and about this city but also how to be more responsible, independent and dealing with lots of situations that I do not face in my daily routine.
Mariana Goinhas Goncalves, BSc in Economics, 2nd year, Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic
It's a good opportunity for those who don't have the opportunity to go on Erasmus and still have an International Experience and see for themselves what are the other cultures and how different they are from us and get used to it in order to be more prepared for different working environments and different languages and ways of thinking.
Marisa David da Costa; BSc in Management, 2nd year, Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic
The Summer School Program in Prague was an absolutely incredible and an unforgettable experience.
This experience had excellent and interesting classes, amazing travels in the center of Prague with buddies, study visits to various companies like Skoda, Moser, Becherovka and Budweiser Budvar.
Due to the central location of the Czech Republic we had the possibility of knowing immense countries: Poland, Germany, Hungary and Austria.
I had the opportunity to improve my English, meet new cultures and make new friends. Oh, and I also learned some words in Czech.
Alexandre Jorge da Mata Reis Ribeiro Serra, BSc in Economic, 2nd year, Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University
Summer School was a great experience, allowing me to expand my academic background and develop some of my communication skills. Being a country that invests a great part of its resources in Research and Development, the subjects where very important in helping us understand some of the topics that we deal with every day, but in a different perspective.
Henrique Nunes Bota, BSc in Economics, 2nd year, Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University
The Summer School Program was definitely an experience that I will never forget. I learnt about their culture and their people. I also had the opportunity to meet St. Petersburg and its most beautiful places. The Summer School enriched me in many aspects, from gaining now knowledge of financial markets, Russian culture and learning Russian language. I would encourage everyone tospend some time in their life in St. Petersburg.
Summer School Abroad 2016
This year we have sent 49 students to the different partner universities.
Alda Valadão, BSc in Finance and Accounting, 2nd year, Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic
The Summer School was a very enriching experience. In the morning we had classes and afternoon trips with buddies, to the historic center of capital and to many other places. We also made many study visits to major companies such as Skoda, Moser, Becherovka and Budweiser Budvar. The fact that the Czech Republic has a good geographical location gave us the opportunity to visit other countries quite cheaply. I love this city, its gorgeous views and even the crazy czech language. Summer School in Prague was the best choice!
André Loureiro, BSc in Economics, 2nd year, St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
It was a really pleasant experience. We got to know a different culture and a different way of thinking, which will help us in the future. It was really good, to learn new subjects related to my area, but in a different context, which can enlarge our thinking. We made fantastic friends, knew amazing teachers, increasing not only our network, but also our personal relations.
Raquel Nascimento, BSc in Management, 2nd year, University of Seoul (UOS), Korea
The Summer School in South Korea was one the most incredible experiences I've ever had. Besides meeting people from all over the world, we had the chance to visit not only Seoul but other beautiful sights of Korea. I was impressed by how everything was very well organised by UOS. A great chance to know a different culture, meet new people and have amazing experiences.
Marta Pratas, BSc in Management, 2nd year, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China
China makes you feel a big cultural shock and that's one of the most important part, because with that the students become more tolerant and the world gets another chance to be in peace. Don't be afraid to try new things, because that's what you will always remember better.
Summer School Abroad 2015
This year we have sent 67 students to the different partner universities.
Margarida Lourenço, BSc in Marketing Management, 2nd year, Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic
The Summer School Programme in Prague is an excellent international experience which has enriched me has a social and cultural level and also allowed me to acquire skills that certainly will be useful in my future career. Czech University of Life Sciences is great, has excellent and modern classrooms and good teachers. This programme also allow me to practise my English, be in contact with people of different cultures, made new friends and visit different places that as an interesting past history.
Falgun Dhiresh, BSc in Management, 2nd year, Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic
Summer School in Prague is just amazing. Great people, great conditions and excellent educational programe. And it doesn't end in only this because the buddies and all the prague czech university of life sciences members will make your journey be memorable!
Patrícia Carolino, BSc in Management, 2nd year, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
This intensive course was really helpful because gave us some information about the ethics in business and how this topic can influence the whole company. Another important thing is the fact that we can have an international experience as well as meet new people from all over the world. In conclusion, this kind of experience can make a difference in our life and in our curriculum because nowadays is very important contact with different cultures
Joana Grelecka, MSc in Human Resources, 1st year, University of Seoul, Korea
Summer School gave me an opportunity to make my dream of 14 years come true in an affordable way. I might have never been able to afford such an experience. Summer School gave me an authentic experience as each of us had a Korean buddy helping us a lot and showing the real Korea not the touristic one.
Sara Reis, BSc in Management, 2nd year, Sun Yat Sen University, China
This summer school was one of te most enriching experiences that I have been through. I was warmly welcomed by the chinese university and the whole program was very well organized.
Rodrigo Felício, BSc in Economics, 1st year, Balkan Express
It's a great opportunity to prepare yourself to the labor market and at the same time to meet new cultures and make new friends from around the world.
Summer School Abroad 2018
Please read below what your colleagues say about their experience:
Diogo Alexandre Afonso Luís, Bsc student in Marketing Management
“This Summer School programme was an excellent international experience that helped me meet new friends, interact with new cultures, improve my English skills and live on my own for the first time. I was able to experience the Czech culture, take part in multiple social activities, company visits and travel to different cities and even countries - I went to Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia) with some pals, for instance.
The organization of the Summer School was really good and we participated in a lot of fun activities such as sightseeing, sports day, multicultural events and even parties!
Most of the classes were interesting too and the teachers and buddies made us feel really welcomed in the university. I had a lot of fun these 3 weeks and i would go back in a heartbeat, it was an amazing opportunity and a different way to spend a part of my summer.
I will never forget this experience and, overall, I would definitely recommend other students to give it a try!"
Beatriz de Pinho Leite, Bsc in Management
“In my opinion, this program is very well structured and really complete. The justification is related to the large amount of high-quality activities organized during the Summer School. We had classes where we learned about many topics and realities (banking system, health system, and others), excursions (visiting other places in the Czech Republic and companies of interest), guided tours to Prague, cultural events with students of other nationalities, like Korean and Taiwanese (where we could learn about other cultures, behaviors, food, typical dances and other aspects). Participating in all of these things, the academic part is largely complemented and this is why I believe it is really worth doing this course.”
Eduarda Ferreira Grilo, Bsc in Economics
“Uma experiência incrível e que me trouxe muito em termos de aprendizagem a nível pessoal. A aliança perfeita entre conhecer novas culturas, viajar e adquirir novos conhecimentos na nossa área de estudo. Recomendo vivamente a Summer School para quem quer ter uma experiência internacional."