Find a Summer Abroad Experience

Summer Abroad

Overview

Spend the summer studying at one of our university partners without interrupting your winter semester course load. You can also add a summer term before you begin your winter Exchange program.

Summer Abroad application process

  1. Research the summer program options and information on both the Go Global Summer Abroad pages as well as partners’ summer program websites (links for each partner program are on the Summer Abroad pages).  Individual programs are listed by country on this page.
  2. Check the eligibility requirements and then apply to Go Global by the deadline. 
  3. Go Global will review your application after the deadline and secure faculty approvals. You’ll hear back about results of your Go Global application within 4-6 weeks.
  4. Go Global will nominate you to the partner, and you’ll be invited to apply to the partner university. Go Global will support you through this process.
  5. The partner university will notify you about your admission to the program in the subsequent weeks as well as provide any registration, immigration/visa or pre-arrival details.
  6. You’ll get invited to pre-departure programming in the spring that’ll help prepare you for your experience and give you a chance to connect with other students.

Go Global for your faculty

Go Global allows you to travel abroad to study, conduct research, or to take a course abroad with UBC students and professors. 

Find options for specific faculties, specializations, or other international experiences.

Discover programs

  • Take courses beyond what's offered at UBC
  • Add academic and extracurricular experience to your portfolio
  • Form global connections and make friends from around the world

Americas

Costa Rica

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

EARTH University Consortium for Sustainability Summer Program
  • Agriculture
  • Applied Biology
  • Arts
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Forestry
  • Land and Food Systems
Partner institution January

Mexico

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

Tec de Monterrey Summer Courses

Spanish Language

UBC

Partner institution

January

United States

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

University of California Berkeley Summer Sessions

temporarily suspended for summer 2021

Various areas Partner institution December
University of California Berkeley Summer Sessions Online  (Virtual) Various areas Partner institution December

Asia & Middle East

China

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to

Application deadline

Fudan University International Summer Session
  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Chinese Language
  • Chinese Studies
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Science

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner Institution

December

January

Nankai University Summer School
  • Anthropology
  • Arts
  • Chinese Studies
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Management

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

December

January

Peking University Globex Julmester Summer Program

*cancelled for summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Chinese Studies
  • Commerce
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Science

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution (limited spaces)

January
Peking University Globex Summer Program Online (Virtual)
  • Chinese Studies
  • Commerce
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Science

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution (limited spaces)

January

Renmin University International Summer School

*cancelled for summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Arts
  • Chinese Language
  • Chinese Studies
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Science 
  • Sociology

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

December

January

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Antai Global Summer School
  • Arts
  • Chinese Language
  • Commerce
  • Management

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January

Zhejiang University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global Summer Camp
  • Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner Institution

December

January

Hong Kong

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to

Application deadline

University of Hong Kong HKU Summer Institute Online (Virtual)
  • Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Math
  • Media Studies
  • Physics
  • Science
Partner institution January

University of Hong Kong Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Commerce
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
Partner institution January

Chinese University of Hong Kong International Summer School (ISS)

  • Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Commerce
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Political Science

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology International Summer Exchange Program (ISUP)
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Commerce
  • Management
UBC December

Israel

Program name

Area(s) of study 

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Summer Program

Various Areas

Partner institution January

Japan

Program name

Area(s) of study

 Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

Keio University Keio Summer Program

new!

  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • History
  • Japanese Studies
  • Japanese Language
  • Sociology
Partner institution December
Kyushu University Summer Science Program 
  • Forestry
  • LFS
  • Environmental Studies

UBC (limited spaces)

December

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) Summer Gateway Program

  • Arts
  • Japanese Language
Partner institution

December

Sophia University Summer Session in Asian Studies
  • Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Japanese Language

Partner institution

UBC (limited spaces)

December

Waseda Summer Session
  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • History
  • Japanese Language
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
Partner institution (limited spaces)

December

Lebanon

Program name Area(s) of study Tuition payable to: Application deadline

Lebanese American University Study Arabic Online Summer Session (Virtual)

  • Arts
  • Arabic Language
Partner institution January

Lebanese American University SINARC Arabic Language Summer Program

temporarily suspended for summer 2021

  • Arabic Language
  • Arabic studies
Partner institution January

Singapore

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

 Application deadline

Nanyang Technological University GEM Trailblazer Summer

  • Arts
  • Chinese Language
  • Chinese Studies
  • Commerce
  • Creative Writing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Media Studies
  • Science

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January

National University of Singapore Summer Study Programs

new expanded offerings!

Various areas

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

December

National University of Singapore FASStrack Summer Programme Online (Virtual)

Various areas UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution
December

Singapore Management University - Global Summer Programme

  • Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Management

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January

South Korea

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

Korea University International Summer Campus (ISC) Various Areas

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January

Seoul National University International Summer Institute

Various Areas Partner institution

January

Sungkyunkwan University International Summer Semester Various Areas

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January

Yonsei University International Summer School

Various Areas

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January

Taiwan

Program name

 Area(s) of study 

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

National Taiwan University Summer Plus

Various Areas

Partner institution

January

Turkey

Program name  Area(s) of study  Tuition payable to: Application deadline
Koç University - International Migration and the Crisis Summer Program
  • Arts
  • Economics
  • Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January

Europe & UK

Austria

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

WU International Summer University Online (Virtual)

  • Commerce
  • Management
Partner Institution January

International Summer University WU in Vienna

  • Commerce
  • Management

Partner Institution

January 

Denmark

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

Copenhagen Business School International Summer University Program (ISUP)

  • Commerce
  • Management

UBC

Partner institution

December

DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia Summer Sessions

Various areas Partner institution

December

January

Technical University of Denmark Summer University DTU Various areas UBC December

Finland

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

University of Helsinki Summer School 

*cancelled for summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • English
  • Geography
  • Forestry
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January

France

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

Sciences Po Summer School
  • Arts
  • French Language
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
Partner institution January
KEDGE International Summer School
  • Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
UBC January
ESA - Terroir Driven Food System Summer Programme
  • Lands and Food Systems
  • Science
UBC January
France Agro3 Consortium - ISARA-Lyon Agroecology International Summer School
  • Land and Food Systems
  • Science
UBC January
HEC Paris Summer School
  • Commerce
  • Management

UBC

Partner institution

January

Germany

Program name

Area(s) of study 

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar Bauhaus Summer School Various Areas Partner institution January

Free University of Berlin International Summer and Winter University

  • Arts
  • Geography
  • German Language
  • German Studies
Partner institution

January

Free University of Berlin International Summer University Online (Virtual)
  • Arts
  • Geography
  • German Language
  • German Studies
  • History
Partner institution January

Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin Summer School

  • Arts
  • Geography
  • German Language
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
Partner institution

January

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Remote European Studies Summer School (Virtual)

  • Arts
  • German Language
  • InternationalRelations
  • Political Science

Partner institution

UBC

January

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München International Summer University (MISU)

  • Arts
  • International Relations
  • Political Science

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January
TU Darmstadt Automotive Engineering Summer Germany 
  • Engineering
UBC (limited spaces) December

Netherlands

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

University of Amsterdam Summer School Online (Virtual)

  • Arts
  • Economics
  • Health Sciences
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Partner institution  January

Russia

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

RUDN University Russian Language Summer School 

  • Arts
  • Russian Language
Partner institution January
RUDN University Virtual Russian Language Summer School (Virtual)
  • Arts
  • Russian Language
Partner institution February

Spain

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona Summer School

  • Arts
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Spanish Language
Partner institution January

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela Summer Spanish Language Courses

  • Arts
  • Spanish Language
Partner institution January

Sweden

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia Summer Sessions

Various areas

Partner Institution January

Switzerland

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

Université de Lausanne Summer French Language Courses

  • Arts
  • French Language
UBC January

Turkey

Program name  Area(s) of study  Tuition payable to: Application deadline
Koç University - International Migration and the Crisis Summer Program
  • Arts
  • Economics
  • Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

UBC (limited spaces)

Partner institution

January

United Kingdom

Program name

Area(s) of study

Tuition payable to:

Application deadline

London School of Economics LSE Summer School

  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Political Science
Partner institution

December

University of the Arts London Summer Study Abroad
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Film Production
  • Film Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Media Studies
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
Partner institution December

University of Cambridge Girton College Summer Programme

  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Management
  • Political Science
Partner institution

December

University of Cambridge Pembroke-King's Programme

*cancelled for summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Various areas

Partner institution December
University of Birmingham International Summer School (BISS) Various areas Partner institution January

University of Edinburgh Summer School

  • Arts
  • Education
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Kinesiology
  • Political Science
Partner institution January

University of Oxford Exeter Summer Programme

Various areas Partner institution (limited spaces)

December

Oceania

Summer Abroad Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What courses can I take to transfer credits back to UBC?

Any credited, academic course taken through Go Global is eligible for credit transfer.

View a list of evaluated courses previous students have taken under the “Transfer credits and equivalent courses” section on each partner university page. Not all courses are offered during the summer session because some might be from the winter term. Check the university partner’s website to see the full list of courses available.

New courses not already evaluated can be submitted as new course requests for transfer credit. Find out more about the transfer credit process.

What’s the maximum number of credits I can take during the summer?

For most faculties, students can take a maximum of 12-14 UBC credits during the summer session. This includes any coursework taken at UBC and through Go Global programs. Contact an Academic Advisor in your faculty if you have questions about this.

Can I apply directly to the partner’s summer program without going through Go Global?

You are welcome to apply for summer programs independently, but it’s not likely you’ll be able to transfer credit for coursework you complete. As part of the application review process, Go Global secures faculty approvals that will allow you to transfer credit back. Independents are also ineligible for student services and funding opportunities related to Go Global programs.

Can I apply for more than one Summer Abroad program?

Yes, you are welcome to do more than one summer program or even multiple Go Global experiences (e.g. Summer Abroad + Winter Term Exchange), provided that you are approved by your faculty to do so. Make sure the study dates don’t conflict, and take into account any exam periods, early arrival for housing move-in, or orientations. Remember to submit a separate application for each experience you plan to participate in.

Can I take a summer session term at UBC before (or after) my Summer Abroad program?

Absolutely, as long as the study dates don’t conflict, such as within any exam periods, early arrival for housing move-in, or orientations.

What’s the difference between summer exchange and summer study abroad?

Summer exchange is the term used when students pay the tuition portion of their Summer Abroad program to UBC at the tuition rate they normally pay. After acceptance to Go Global, students report the number of credits they plan on transferring back from the Summer Abroad program. Then an exchange code gets added to the student’s Student Service Centre (SSC) summer registration, which charges the corresponding tuition fees. Summer exchange spaces are limited and can be more competitive, so including a second choice on your Summer Abroad application is strongly recommended. 

Study abroad (sometimes also called “fee-paying”) refers to when students pay tuition to the partner university at the rates listed on their website. When selecting this option, be sure to research costs carefully and take note of the currency used to list prices. 

Summer exchange and summer study abroad are both part of the Summer Abroad programming. Some experiences have both summer exchange and study abroad options. Depending on whether you pay UBC tuition at domestic or international rates, the costs can vary widely. Research the options to see which makes the most sense for you. 

Under both options, the partner may charge other fees for housing, activities, excursions, and more, payable directly to the partner. Transfer credit and awards eligibility are the same regardless of whether you do summer exchange or summer study abroad.

What’s the deadline to apply for Summer Abroad?

This depends on which program you are applying for. There are two deadlines for Summer Abroad programs: early December and late January. Check out the individual Summer Abroad program pages for details. Individual programs are listed by country on this page.

How can I find out more?

Join a group advising session held every Wednesday at 12 pm. See details on the Go Global Go Global Events Calendar. You can also request an appointment with a Go Global Advisor by completing this online form, or by emailing go.global@ubc.ca

Advising and resources

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If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone.

Advising hours

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Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm