2020 Summer and Short-Term Programs

The Office of International Linkages would like to disseminate this information on the available Summer and Short-term Programs with partner universities and networks for 2020:

1. Short-Term Programs of University of Trento for International Students

University of Trento, Italy is offering the following programs for the Senior Undergraduate and Graduate students of the University of the Philippines:

For two weeks, from Monday through Friday, students participate in organized activities for approximately 8 hours per day. Weekends are free to explore the surrounding areas and other Italian cities. The academic component includes not only lectures, workshops, seminars and debates, but also field visits related to the specific School theme. In addition, there are numerous social and cultural activities, such as a guided tour of the town, a one-day excursion to the surrounding mountains and museum visits.

The reduced participation cost reserved for nominated students coming from partner universities is 450 euros (instead of 1.000) and includes accommodation, meals (except for breakfast), bus pass and social activities. All Summer and Winter Schools are completely taught in English. Therefore, a minimum English level of B2 is required.

To ensure timely nominations to UniTrento, please do send the following information to [email protected] on or before 02 March 2020 (for summer school) and 31 August 2020 (for winter school):

Name, Last Name, Study course, E-mail Address, letter of intent addressed to:


Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Director, Office of International Linkages
University of the Philippines

OIL System will then nominate these students to UniTrento by 15 March 2020 (for summer school) and 15 September 2020 (for winter school).
UniTrento will then guide all nominated candidates in the on-line application, which is due by 31 March 2020 (summer school) and 30 September 2020 (winter school).

Each STP will be activated with a minimum of 10 participants. At the end of the School, participants will receive an Attendance Certificate and an official UniTrento Transcript of Records certifying the number of ECTS credits awarded by each School (more details on each webpage).

In addition to these, more STPs will be available at UniTrento. You can check the updates in the next few weeks on page http://international.unitn.it/incoming/summer-and-winter-schools.

By the end of February, students can also find a provisional program on the dedicated webpage for each School. A final screening will be done on the part of UniTrento, especially for TRES 2020 which requires a specific academic background.

UPDATE: The Trento Sustainable Summer School has been postponed to Summer 2021.

2. SOAS Academic Summer School London

SOAS is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We are a specialist Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences institution based in the heart of London, in Bloomsbury, which is within walking distance of all the major sites.

The Academic Summer School offers a range of inspiring and enriching courses for credit in the fields of Development, Economics, Politics, Law, Media, Gender Studies and many more. Taught by our world-leading academics, the Academic Summer School enables students to challenge and interpret the world around them, connect communities and cultures, and inspire change. A unique component of our summer programme – not offered anywhere else in London – is that subject learning is enhanced by a range of immersive Guest Lectures and Workshops from leading industry experts. Featuring BBC News anchors, Fleet Street journalists and political analysts, this series of events will equip students with invaluable practical skills to take into their future careers.

For more information, kindly visit their website at https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/ or refer to the attached brochure below.

3. UBC Vancouver Summer Program

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week program offered by various faculties at the University of British Columbia, Canada for international undergraduate students. The program provides the opportunity to take two courses while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

Minimum eligibility requirements for all course packages:

  • Students must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the program to be eligible to apply
  • Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at their home institution outside of Canada
  • Please note that certain packages will accept graduate students at the discretion of the faculty, however undergraduate students will be prioritized
  • Students must be proficient in English and have a strong academic background
  • Please note that courses are taught at a second to third level university level thus students should be comfortable with listening, speaking, reading, and writing to be successful in the program

Fee of $5,250 CAD per student includes:

  • Course materials and tuition for two courses
  • Shared accommodation on UBC campus
  • Medical insurance
  • Transportation by shuttle bus to and from airport (during peak hours)
  • Vancouver city tour
  • Orientation and farewell events
  • Social activities (some activities may require an additional fee)

Application deadline:

  • June Program: 02 March 2020
  • July Program: 30 March 2020

For more information about the programs, visit their website at https://vancouversummerprogram.ubc.ca/ or in the attached brochure below.

4. Hokkaido Summer Institute, Japan

The season for the Hokkaido Summer Institute (HSI) is approaching once again! More than 160 world-leading researchers from overseas will gather at Hokkaido University (HU) next summer for the HSI, which was established in 2016 and provides lectures with the university’s faculty members during the summer.

Last summer, more than 1,800 students joined the HSI to study a wide range of disciplines from literature to engineering. The university continues to expand the program, and for HSI 2020 there will be over 150 courses (around 120 graduate courses and around 30 undergraduate courses) from June 1st to October 30th, 2020. Each course is worth 1 or 2 academic credits. Most of the courses run for one or two weeks. Students can tailor their own summer program by combining courses according to their major and interests.

Tuition fee will be waived for students who enrolled in the program as exchange students from HU’s partner institutions with which HU has concluded a memorandum of understanding on mutual tuition waivers.

All students from the partner institutions can take this tuition waiver and the number of HSI students is not included in the exchange quota.


  • Undergraduate: around 30
  • Graduate: around 120

Online early application acceptance period*

  • Open: February 3 (Mon.), 2020, 12:00 Japan Standard Time
  • Close: February 21 (Fri.), 2020, 17:00 Japan Standard Time
  • For the 2nd – 3rd application periods, please refer to the website.

*Students are required to apply on the HSI website.

For more details, please visit their website: https://hokkaidosummerinstitute.oia.hokudai.ac.jp/ or in the attached brochure below.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at [email protected]

5. Hokkaido University Short Term Exchange Program 2020 – 2021 (HUSTEP)

The Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP) is a ‘junior year abroad’ type program designed to provide undergraduate students from affiliated universities with the opportunity to study in Japan at Hokkaido University. Participants in this program take a wide variety of classes offered in English in HUSTEP’s two core divisions: Culture and Society, and Science, Technology, and Environment. Students also have the chance to study the Japanese language. In addition, some participants can pursue independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. There will also be opportunities to take part in numerous traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural activities. Finally, students admitted to the program are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

The outline of HUSTEP 2020-2021 is as follows:

  1. Period:
    • Late September, 2020 – Mid-August, 2021 (11 months)
    • Late September, 2020 – Mid-February, 2021 (5 months)
    • Early April, 2021 – Mid-August, 2021 (5 months)
  2. Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
    • Students applying for April – August 2021 should submit their applications in October 2020 not February
  3. Admission notification: Mid-April 2020
  4. Program features:
    • Designed for undergraduate students both in Humanities and Science
    • Courses in English (Japanese language ability is not required)
    • Admission and tuition fee waiver
    • Being eligible to apply for the Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO) scholarship if students participate in HUSTEP
  5. Important details:
    • Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
    • Non-native English speakers must have a score of at least TOEFL IBT 79 or IELTS 6.5.
    • Due to the capacity of the program, there is a screening process to select the participants. Not all students who apply will be accepted.
    • Only a limited number of student can be nominated for the JASSO scholarship.

For more information, visit their website and/or download the brochure at https://www.global.hokudai.ac.jp/admissions/exchange-student-admissions/exchange-programs-in-english-hustep/.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Maki NONAKA ([email protected]), who is the administrative coordinator of the HUSTEP Program.

6. Waseda Summer Session 2020

Waseda University started a four-weeks summer session in 2014. In 2019, they welcomed about 160 international students from 83 universities in 22 different countries and regions around the world. The session is open to international students as well as Waseda students. Participants will choose 2 from 14 courses such as literature and art, business, culture, economics, history, politics and sociology in the context of Japan and Asia pacific, and can earn 4 credits. The classes are taught in English by the experienced faculty members, and Japanese classes can be taken as an optional course. They will also organize extracurricular activities such as field trips, site visits and cultural events to experience Tokyo and Japan!

Online Application: March 2nd , 2020 to March 27th , 2020

Duration & Dates: 4 weeks from June 22nd, 2020 to July 16th , 2020

More detailed program information about courses, tuition & fees is available via the link below: http://waseda-summer.com/. Kindly note that the JASSO scholarship is NOT available for the Waseda Summer Session 2020.

7. Ristumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) 2020 Summer Gateway Program

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) invites you to the Gateway Program. This program offers an eight-week long intensive creditable Japanese course with twelve 95-minute classes per week and practical Japanese cultural activities. Students from overseas or Japan whose native language is not Japanese are welcome to apply.

Built by the Ritsumeikan Academy, which has a history of over one hundred years, APU is Japan’s first truly international university. Our campus overlooking Beppu Bay plays host to students from ninety countries and regions who contribute to making APU a multicultural campus. Come and enjoy APU and Japanese culture with university students from around the world.

Program Period: Thursday, May 28th – Friday, July 31st, 2020

Application Deadline: Monday, March 16th, 2020 (JST)

For further information, visit their website at http://en.apu.ac.jp/home/exchange/content27/. The electronic brochure is attached.

8. KNU Global Summer School 2020

The KNU Global Summer School consists of two sessions. Session 1 is from June 29 to July 24(4 weeks) and Session 2 is from August 10 to 21(2 weeks). It brings together students and academics for a unique intercultural experience through provoking lectures of global and Korean issues as well as Korean language and culture during Session 1. If you want to learn Korean language and culture only, please join Session 2. All courses are taught either in English or Korean, and you will take courses with other participants from all over the world.

Eligibility: International University Students
Session 1 : June 29 – July 24 (4 weeks, 6 credits)
Session 2 : August 10 – 21 (2 weeks, 3 credits)

Application Deadline: 8 May, 2020
Payment Deadline: 15 May, 2020

Application Procedures:

  • Students from partner universities must be nominated by their home universities via [email protected] before submitting the online application
    • As the students will be nominated by UP, please do send the following information to [email protected] on or before 31 March 2020:
    • Name, Last Name, Study course, E-mail Address, letter of intent addressed to: Gil S. Jacinto, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director, Office of International Linkages, University of the Philippines
    • OIL system will be nominating the students to KNU accordingly.
  • Students will receive online application form within 3 days and choose either ‘Session 1’ or ‘Session 2’
  • Complete the online application from January 24th to May 8th
  • Complete the payment and upload a copy of remittance of program fee on KNU website before May 15th
  • All admitted students receive a copy of admission via email (Those that need original copy for visa issuance should send an email or request separately)

Application Deadline: May 8th

Program Fee (for Partner Universities):
• Application Fee: Waived
• Session 1 (4-week): USD 1,400
• Session 2 (2-week): USD 1,000

The fees cover:
• 4-week / 2-week tuition
• Accommodation in a twin room
• Field trips and leisure activities
• Welcome package (Summer T-shirt, Bag and KNU special gift)

For more detailed information about the program, please visit their website: http://en.knu.ac.kr/admission/summer01.htm.

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