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Programs Abroad

Intro to Short Term Programs and Summer Schools Abroad

Short Term Programs Abroad is for students who are looking for a shorter experience abroad, to explore courses outside their major. Short Term Programs also can allow students to earn credits more quickly, so that they can complete their program sooner or have more space in their study plan for electives.  

Our countless international contacts offer students from HdM the possibility to participate in short term programs in different countries around the globe. During HdM study break periods, you can experience two to ten weeks of everyday student life, attend seminars, focus on different subjects, and learn new academic methods. The whole time you will be improving your language abilities, discovering a new country for yourself, and develop friendships.

Financing and Costs

Students usually must finance Short Term Programs themselves. However, there are a variety of tuition free programs, so you are exempt from course fees and only have to cover travel and room and board costs. Individual foundations also offer scholarships for certain courses.

DAAD: GO EAST STIPENDIUM For programs in Eastern Europe, including Russia

Earning Credits (ECTS) Abroad

For a recognition of your study achievements abroad and to ensure the course(s) can be considered within your Major (Schwerpunkt), we recommend that you create a Learning Agreement. Before you plan your attendance a a Short Term Program, we recommend that you meet with your Dean of Studies, bring all relavant course details with you, and complete the Learning Agreement Form. By doing so, you will determine in advance how the courses that you wish to attend at your chosen university could apply to your degree at HdM.

Program Options:

Below you will find a list of programs offered by our partner institutions. If you have found a program outside of our partner network (there are hundreds of options across the globe!), or if your desired program is not listed below, you are still welcome to apply and participate.



Australia | Austria | Belgium | Canada | Chile | Denmark | England | Estonia | Finland | France | Italy | Lithuania | Mexico | Poland | Portugal | Russia | Scotland | Singapore | South Korea | Spain | Sweden | Thailand | The Netherlands | USA

MELBOURNE, Australia


Dates: 6 - 24 July, 2020

Cost: Free of charge

Credits: none


The Global Design Program Uniquely is a 3 week intensive course which include lectures, workshops and presentations. In collaboration with the Melbourne City Council, the project– Uniquely Melbourne – allows students to explore contemporary design and embark on the basis of the design process, by working on furniture design for Melbourne’s famous laneway cafés. Classes are a combination of International and local Australian students from Swinburne.

This program is suitable for any students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree, interested in learning design techniques to solve problems, especially in the areas of Industrial and Interior/ Architecture Design. Please see the attached flyer with information about the program. Due to the current COVID-19 situation the program will take place as an online webinar. More information will follow shortly.

ST. PÖLTEN, Austria


Dates: 29 June - 3 July 2020

During the Creative Media Summer School from June 29 to July 3 2020 of artistic practice, creative processes and theoretical reflection on animation are in the centre of attention. The participants have the possibility to obtain and deepen their knowledge and skills in the course of workshops and discussions. Internationally renowned speakers and workshop leaders guarantee a high quality education and up-to-date information. Besides workshops, face-to-face conversations with artists and researchers as well as networking with like-minded people are on the agenda.

Student's participation in the offered workshops is free (except for the material fee, if necessary). After successful completion of a workshop, the students receive an official certificate confirming that they obtained 5 ECTS credits.

For more information or to register, visit the university website.




Dates: 11-17 Oct 2020


The Innovation Boot Camp is designed to take place twice a year. Due to the corona-virus the Short Term Program in May 2020 was canceled. The prelininary program of the project in May 2021 can be seen here.

In fall 2020, students have the chance to experience Entrepreneurship in one compact week at the Karel De Grote University College in Antwerp, Belgium, and the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The preliminary schedule foresees creative workshops on Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping and MVP as well as social activities in both cities. Participants can earn 6 credits in this Short Term Program.

For students of the HdM and partner universities of HdM, there is no program cost.

Participants are responsible for their travel, accommodation, meals and social program.

More information on the program and application process will follow soon.




Dates: Postponed to June 2021


"The Honours Class in Flexible Packaging" aims at highlighting the production of packaging, mainly focusing on the prepress and file handling related topics. The Graphical and Digital Media department of Artevelde University of Applied Sciences in Ghent organizes this class in cooperation with Esko, a global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging and label, sign, display, commercial printing and publishing industries.

The Honours Class trains talented students in the academic year prior to graduation in examining different packages and downloading template files to produce their personal designs. Moreover, a visit to Drupa as well as social events in Ghent are foreseen. After successful participation in the Honours Class, students will receive a certificate and earn 9 ECTS.




Dates: 17 June - 01 July 2020

Costs: no program costs. Participants need to cover travel, accommodation, meals and individual activities themselves. A grant might be possible.

Deadline application: closed


The  Summer Class 3D MODELING AND 3D PRINTING 2020 organized by Artevelde University of Applied Sciences (Department of Graphic and Digital Media) offers students insights into different 3D printing techniques and materials, as well as in 3D modeling software. Students will learn to create, to scan and print 3 D models with the help of different techniques and video tutorials. Participants can expect visits to the international drupa fair 2020 in Düsseldorf as well as to a 3D company specialised in large format 3D printing services.

Further information can be found on the university website




Dates: 14 Sep - 20 Dec 2020

Registration deadline: 15 April 2020


The largest university of applied sciences in Flandern offers STAR-Track, a multidisciplinary exchange program in Autumn that is short for Specialist Training for Ambitious Rookies.

Students, who are ready for a new challenge and opportunity, can choose the following courses:

  • Applied Computer Science
  • Biomedical Laboratory Technology
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Chemistry
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Social work
  • Sports 

For students of partner institutions, there is no fee. For further information, please visit the website




Dates: 17-28 August 2020

Costs: 750 € (early bird) and 950 € (regular)

Application Deadline: Online before 15 March 2020 (early bird) or 15 May 2020 (regular)


During this hands-on summer school TAKEOFFANTWERP, students will be introduced in the theoretical framework of a business idea by focusing on different aspects of entrepreneurship. The topics range from ideation over intellectual property to market research and business modelling. Moreover, students will engage in a real-life based group work which will let them apply the knowledge and skills they gained effectively.

Master students or bachelor students in their last year who are interested in discovering entrepreneurship. As the summer school is interdisciplinary by nature, students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. 4-6 ECTS credits can be awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

For more information, please visit the university website




Dates: April - June 2020

Costs: no tuition fees

Credits: 6 ECTS per course (equals 1 Ryerson credit)


Experience Print Management at Ryerson University in Toronto and enrol for online two-week summer courses. Please see below the new application deadlines.

  • GCM 460: Asset Management for Graphic Communications (Apr 27 - May 11)
  • GCM 740: Accessibility for Graphic Communications (May 28 - June 11)
Application Deadline for GCM 460 and GCM 740 is: 10 April 2020
  • GCM 746: Sustainability in Print and Packaging (June 15 - June 29)
  • GCM 802: eBook Production and Publishing (June 30 - July 15)
  • GCM 810: Creativity, Clients and Design (July 16 - July 30)
Application Deadline for GCM 746, GCM 802 and GCM 810 is: 8 May 2020
Students must submit complete the GCM Application Form by the deadlines listed.

For additional information please see the attached brochure or email


NEW: The Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University has opened a boutique campus in Cortona, Italy (please see below).






Dates: Term 1: 6 - 24 July 2020;  Term 2: 27 July - 14 August 2020

Aarhus University offers up to 100 summer courses within almost all academic areas in 2020. The courses are both at BA and MA level. In addition, a group of PHD students and working professionals attend the university's program each year. The prepreliminary course list can be seen here. The final course list and full course descriptions will be available on our website in December. Almost all courses are taught in English. participants of the summer courses can expect an extensive social programme and very good housing options.

Applications: 15 January - 1 April 2020

For more information, please check the university website



Course dates: 20 July - 7 August 2020

Arrival dates: 18 - 19 July 2020

Departure dates: 8 - 9 August 2020

Costs: £2200 (unless otherwise stated)

Application deadline: 1 June 2020


During the International Summer School the Birmingham City University offers 15 courses in the fields of:

  • Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
  • Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


An overview of courses can be found in the attached brochure.

Please visit the university website for more information on the International Summer School. The online application form can be found here.

If you require any further information, please get in touch at




The University of Cambridge will postpone its International Summer Programs to July and August 2021 for adults of all ages and backgrounds. The Programs will cover a wide range of subject areas including: Science, Literature, History, Interdisciplinary, Creative Writing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Art and Visual Culture, plus two new areas for 2020: Global Challenges and Visons of our Future. More information will be available in the coming weeks on the university website.

Participants of the International Summer Programmes get to stay in a Cambridge College and experience student life in this amazing city.


UCA International Creative Summer School in Surrey, England

Arrival dates: The weekend of 18 July 2020

Course dates: 20 - 31 July 2020

Departure date: 01 August 2020

Course fee: £2,000


During the Creative Summer School, the University for Creative Arts brings together talents from across the globe for 2 weeks of creative discovery and cultural exploration in and around London and South-East England. Students will be studying with some of the UK’s leading creative academics, practicing artists and technicians.

The Creative Summer School will give you a full programme of workshop-based creative experiences and reflective learning alongside cultural visits, social activities and independent exploration to allow you to make the most out of your time with us. The programme will help you to develop your skills, personal portfolio and understanding of the UK’s creative industries and educational opportunities.


Courses to study:

  • Creative Art & Design
  • Brand Management
  • English for the Creative Arts• Multimedia Film Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion Textiles
  • Interior Architecture & Design


What is included in the course fee:

  • 2 weeks of specialised academic teaching and creativity
  • Accommodation for the full 2 weeks
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off*
  • Breakfast and lunch provided every day through the University’s refectory (Monday–Friday)
  • Cultural visits on Wednesday & Saturday to places such as London, Windsor and Brighton (including entry fees)
  • Programme of optional social events during evenings and free weekend time**
  • UCA International Summer School t-shirt

For more information, visit:




Tallinn Summer School

Dates: 13 - 31 Jul 2020

Application deadline: 30 Apr 2020  

Tallinn Summer School offers a summer porgramme for international students. The 3 week programme in July includes several courses in various fields and provides a fascinating cultural programme full of recreational trips. Participants have a chance to visit museums, historical sights, and attend lectures and a wide range of social events.

Cost: Dependant on course, ca. 200 € - 650 €

Course subject areas:

  • Languages: English, Russian, Estonian
  • Politics and the Changing World Order
  • Educational Sciences
  • Creative Workshop (including Short Film, Creative Writing etc)
  • Interaction Design

For more information or to register, please visit: Tallinn Summer School Website


Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland


forthcoming: ICT Summer School in August 2020

Course list: published in March/April 2020

Registration for courses: May 2020

Cost: No program fees for HdM students! (students are responsible for their own travel, accomodation, and meals)

Contact for further information:        


TAMPERE UNIVERSITY of Applied Sciences, Finland


Course dates: 3-14 August 2020

Application dates: 1 April - 15 May 2020


Tampere Summer School offers 29 interesting couress in various academic fields, such as entrepreneurship, innovation and start-up.

More information on the program, including courses and costs, can be found on the university website.




Dates: July 2021 (Dates to be confirmed)

Costs: 400 € for B.A. and M.A. students

Application deadline: 1 May 2021 - Summer School

Registration fees and accommodation: 650 € including training and accommodation. Participants need to pay flights, transfers (arrival and return) between the airport and accommodation themselves.


Bachelor and Master students can learn about Biobased Materials & Biomass Valorization in the Pargora Winter and Summer Schools 2020. A mix between high international conference and active learning/ workshops/ labwork about demonstrator projects are offered in early February or/and early July 2020. Please see the program here.




New and exciting summer school proposals are on offer to international students who want to open their horizons studying in Italy or abroad.

The first available  destinations  for 2020 applicants are: 

  • 1st Edition of "MEDEA - MEditerranean diet, bioDivErsity and functionAl food"

DATE: 24-29 May, 2020

LOCATION: Catania Area, Sicily

  • 10th Edition of GEM "GREEN ENERGY MANAGEMENT"- Tunis, University of Tunis el Manar 

DATE: 6-16 Sep, 2020

LOCATION: Tunis, Tunisia


DATE: 9-17 Sep, 2020

LOCATION: La Valletta, Malta

  • 8th edition of "LEARNING FROM THE LOCAL" 

DATE: 5-20 Sep, 2020
LOCATION: India, various locations

  • 3rd edition of "SMART CITY LOOKS LIKE", Gran Sasso Science Institute

DATE: 31 Aug-6 Sept, 2020
LOCATION: L'Aquila, Italy


Application and Info are available at the Summer School Bicocca Website


FCAD Cortona, Italy


Dates: June 2020 - POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2021!


The Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University, Canada, offers students from select partner universities the chance to apply their creative skills in the historic Tuscan city of Cortona working alongside international students. This is a one-of-a-kind chance for young people to participate in an immersive learning experience offered by one of Canada’s top universities. While students explore, discover and create under the Tuscan sun, they will be collaborating with students from Toronto and around the world and networking with local professionals.

Four courses are on offer during June 2020, varying in length and costs. Please see the overview. Students interested in participating need to register for a mandatory virtual info session.




Date: May 2020 (tba)

Registration: 15 April 2020


Students are invited to participate in the international student conference "Forum of Ideas" at the Faculty of Arts and Education at Kauno Kolegija.The conference stimulates students’ and teachers’ creative cooperation, builds up traditions of student’s creative activities and provides the possibility for students to present their scientific research, creative artistic works, project experiences. More information can be found here




Dates: Summer  I (27 May - 23 June) and Summer II (1 - 28 July 2020)


Universidad De Las Americas Puebla offers a wide range of Summer Schools, ranging from Business Internship, Community Oriented Programs to Spanish Immersion Programs and Tailor Made Programs.

An overview can be found here.




Dates: 6-24 July 2020

Costs: 800 € (1-4 courses) for students from non-partner universities (excluding accommodation)

Application deadline: 15 April 2020


The International Summer School in Warsaw offers courses in the fields of Law and Business in a lobalized World. Addtionally, business and cultural activities will take place. Please see the program here




Please find the University of Porto Summer Courses here Summer Courses that might be of the interest of your students.

If more information is needed, please contact the direct email addresses of each course or send an email to:




Course dates: mid-April until mid-July 2020

Costs: Fees depend from the number of ECTS and duration, guide fee is 45000 rub (about 610 Euro) for a group of 10 students

Application deadline: No later than 6 weeks before the start of the School


The “Season’s school” offers an international educational programme  of 1-3 weeks in the fields of Design, Business, Economics and Social Technologies. Please see the course list here.

The extent of the programme can vary from 2 to 10 ECTS credits. The programme can include lectures and practical classes, as well as activities related to visiting the enterprises and organizations in the chosen area of training, and cultural programme. The number of students in a group should not be less than 5 and no more than 25. The working language is English. 5-25 places are available for students in the season's school.


Course dates: 20 July - 7 August 2020
The Summer School of UWS is inviting students from our international partners to live and study in Scotland for three weeks. The Summer School will be hosted at our Paisley Campus, on the edge of Glasgow.

Students will take part in two modules focusing on enterprise, leadership and management which carry 10 ECTS credits. The timetable is structured to give you the freedom to explore more of Scotland and the UK. Opportunities to go on excursions to places like Loch Lomond and some fun social activities throughout the three weeks will be provided. Please see the attached brochure.

This Summer School includes all tuition fees, accommodation and organised social activities for a cost of £1250.  To secure a place please reply to with contact details and we will be in touch next month with an early bird offer available for interested institutions/individuals. An early bird discount can be applied for here until 29 February 2020.





Course dates: 6 - 17 July 2020 (session 1) and 20 -31 July 2020 (session 2)


The Summer Short-term program in 2020 at Donnguk University offers a wide range of courses, such as Korean language and culture, communication skills, film, corporate management as well as design and architecture. Various cultural experience programs are also included in the session.

More information can be found in the attached brochure.




Course dates: 6- 31 July 2020 (Please note: Course “Entrepreneurial skills for International Business” (1 week) is going to be celebrated from June 29 to July 3, 2020)

Application deadline:  Early-bird registration (special price): Until March 31, 2020         Standard registration: Until May 22, 2020

Applicants can register now by fulfilling this application form.


This Summer Program  STUDY ABROAD offers 1-, 2-, 3-, & 4-week taught by Professors of proven expertise in the most leading-edge areas of knowledge of our University (Science and Engineering, Business and Social Sciences, Computing, Health Sciences, Education, Modern Languages, Tourism, etc). Courses are taught in English, Spanish or bilingually.

This program is a unique opportunity for both undergraduate and postgraduate students to improve their academic, scientific and professional knowledge through a unique summer academic immersion experience.

The summer course packages include accommodation and meals, local transport voucher, cultural tours and trips, among other services. The workload of the courses is from 22.5 to 80 hours and they can be recognized by up to 10.6 ECTS credits at the Home University.

Please see the attached brochure for more information. Questions on the Summer Courses can be addressed via email to




Course dates: 29 June - 4 July 2020

Costs: Registration fee is waived for students from a UPF international partner university

Registration: Students can regiser from 10 February 2020 here


Academic offerings and catalogue during Barcelona International Summer School (BISS) at UPF are available on the website. Students can choose among 33 courses taught in English or Spanish. Disciplines and themes cover Social Movements, Law, Urban Studies, Environment, History, Gender Politics, Journalism, Humanities, Transmedia, Neurosciences, Artificial Intelligence, Migration, Quantum Mechanics, or Digital Marketing, among others. They are all designed to be innovative both in content and methodology, having an applied component with workshops, activities, visits, laboratory work or in situ interpretation, which enables learning beyond the classroom.

The schedules and calendars (during the month of July) are based on modules, so that students have the flexibility to combine courses of 4, 2 or 1 week at the heart of Barcelona creating a vibrant and motivating environment for participating students who are looking for an intellectually challenging summer experience. Please see the promotional video which explains the experience of both professors and students.




Dates: 6 - 7 June 2020: Arrival dates and pick-up service, 8 June - 3 July 2020: Program

Jönköping University will offer the following undergraduate/bacgelor level courses taught in English:


  • Purchasing Logistics with a Global Perspective (10 ECTS credits)
  • Global Perspective on Health and Welfare (10 ECTS credits)
  • Communicating Nations (10 ECTS credits)


Students have the opportunity to obtain credits and participate in social and cultural activities to discover and learn about Sweden and the Swedish culture. In addition the programme includes visits to companies and to organizations related to the courses, examples of such are IKEA & Husqvarna in the area of logistics and Companion & Integrera Mera in the area of health and welfare and organizations linked to communicating nations. A brief overview of the JU's Summer School can be found here.

Application online to JU’s Summer School will be open in December 2019. Application deadline: 1 April 2020.

The complete course syllabuses and more information is available at






The Innovation Boot Camp is designed to take place twice a year. Due to the corona-virus the Short Term Program in May 2020 was canceled. The prelininary program of the project in May 2021 can be seen here.

During 11-17 October 2020, students have the chance to experience Entrepreneurship in one compact week at the Karel De Grote University College in Antwerp, Belgium, and the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The prelimiinary schedule foresees creative workshops on Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping and MVP as well as social activities in both cities. Participants can earn 5 credits in this Short Term Program (3 ECTS for attendance + 2 ECTS for written paper).

For students of the HdM and partner universities of HdM, there is no program cost.

Participants are responsible for their travel, accommodation, meals and social program.

More information on the program and application process will follow soon.




Dates: 6 - 17 July 2020

The list for the AUAS Summer School in 2020 will be online shortly. English-taught courses spanning diverse topics and disciplines will be lectured by acclaimed senior lecturers. Most of our courses are two-weeks in duration.

For a general overview please visit:


WINDESHEIM UNIVERSITY, The Netherlands (also Germany and Spain)


Dates: 22 June - 11 July 2020

Cost: Varies by course


The Joint Summer School Program on Doing Business Across Europe is organized by the 3 partner universities Windesheim University, Netherlands, Rosenheim Technical University, Germany, and Ramon LLul University, Spain. The program is designed for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students and takes place in the 3 European countries. It aims at giving students insights into the fields of Business Ethics (Germany), Circular Economy (The Netherlands) and Entrepreneurship & Innvovation (Spain).

Program fee: 750 - 850 EUR per week, 2.000 EUR for full programme

The program fee covers tutition for workshops, excursions and accommodation. Expenses for travel, meals and  insurance need to be covered by the students themselves.

Apllication deadline: 1 May 2020 (Early bird deadline: 1 February 2020) via this link

Further information can be found here



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