Summer Programmes


If you are a GCU student who is unable to commit to a trimester exchange, or if you would like to sample what it is like to study and live abroad before committing to an exchange, a Summer Programme could be for you.

Credits don't count towards your GCU degree but this experience would look fantastic on your CV to attract potential employers.

Summer School in South Korea

GCU has secured three places on two Summer School programmes in 2018, delivered by our partners Hansung University and SeoulTech. Both universities are located in South Korea's incredible capital city, Seoul. These summer schools give students the chance to learn about or build on their existing knowledge of South Korea’s language and culture while making friends and developing a range of transferable skills that are appealing to future employers. Accommodation, tuition fees, and meals during the course are provided and successful applicants are encouraged to apply for one the various scholarships available to cover travel costs to Seoul.


Successful applicants do not have to pay for tuition, cultural activities, meals or even accommodation. These costs are waived under GCU’s exchange agreements with the institutions. Participants will need to fund travel to and from South Korea, meals outside of the programme’s duration, as well as additional spending money. Successful applicants will, however, be strongly encouraged to apply for one of the various scholarships available to help with these costs. 

Hansung University – 4-week programme (June 24 – July 21)

For more information on the Hansung University’s 4-week programme, please see their website

Seoul Tech – 2-week programme: Dates TBC but will take place between June and August.
For information on Seoul National University of Science and Technology’s 2-week programme, please see their web page.

What previous participants said:

     “It was incredible. I made life-long friends with a group of amazing people and I have memories to treasure for the rest of my life. The country is so different to ours which just adds to the excitement.”

     “100% worth it. Every day is an awesome adventure with a chance to immerse yourself in a fantastic culture with fantastic people. A chance to make friends for life.“

     "The summer programme was one of the busiest and tiring months of my life, but it was so worth it. I have made so many unforgettable memories with new friends across the globe."


Applications for 2018 have closed.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, students

  • Cannot have already taken part in an exchange as part of their studies at GCU
  • Can be studying any degree course at any level

Please note that students from an economically disadvantaged background will be given preference however we encourage any students interested to apply.

How do I apply?

To apply, please download the South Korea Summer School Application 2018-19 and submit it to by midnight on 7th March 2018. You will need to obtain a copy of your transcript from the Campus Life Desk to include with your application. 


Saxion University of Applied Sciences Summer School - Engineering Visions 2018 

Engineering Visions is a multicultural and multidisciplinary intensive summer school programme. Students from universities in 7 different countries will work together on multidisciplinary projects as well as having the chance to develop their networking, team building and presentation skills among others. 

26th August - 8th September

Enschede, Netherlands

225€ fee includes tuition, transport in Enschede, breakfast & lunch during the course. 

The Saxion UAS application 2018 deadline is 15th May. For further information and to apply, please contact Andrew Quinn.  


Lahti University of Applied Sciences Summer School

We are pleased to announce that applications to the Lahti University Summer School will open on 15th March. 

What is it?

A 2 week summer school consisting of team work, lectures, workshops and excursions focussing on environmental issues. There is also a social programme offering students the chance to experience Finnish culture.

Who is it for?

10 undergraduate/postgraduate students with an interest in environmental issues.

Where is it?

Lahti is located in the south of Finland, approximately an hour and a half from Helsinki.

How much is it?

The usual cost of the summer school is 650€ plus 280€ to cover accommodation costs. The good news is, thanks to GCU's partnership with Lahti University, tuition fees are waived! This means that students will only pay the 280€ accommodation fee. Remember, GCU has a number of scholarships available to help cover travel costs. We recommend that you research these to find out about possible ways to fund your flights.

Why should you apply?

  • This is a great opportunity to gain international experience. Not only will you meet like-minded people and grow your knowledge of other cultures, but you will also develop a range of transferable skills which are attractive to future employers. You will be able to show that you are adaptable, motivated, and have experience of working with people in an international setting. 
  • Lahti University will arrange accommodation for participants, so you don't have to worry about finding temporary accommodation.
  • Participants will be provided with bikes to get around Lahti, reducing transport costs during the summer school.
  • Gain 5 ECTS credits (you should check with your department if these credits wil be transferred back to GCU).

How to apply

Sound good? Any GCU students interested in applying can find more information and the full programme here.  Please apply to Lahti University directly. Applications open on 15th March. Please note that applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. To avoid disappointment, students should submit their application as soon as possible and pay the accommodation fee.