Summer schools are a great way to boost up your academic knowledge during the summer break without having to miss out on a change of scenery.
What are summer schools?
Summer schools or summer academies are an increasingly popular kind of education that is offered by universities and other institutes of higher education during the summer break. The variety of what is offered by summer schools in Europe or abroad is huge. Some summer programs focus for example on a certain subject in a full-time intense course. Others are less intensive and also offer a cultural programme and language courses along the way, giving you the chance to get to know the country and culture. The duration of a summer school varies from anything between a couple of days up to 8 weeks.
What are the advantages of attending a summer school abroad?
- ECTS credits: Many summer schools offer ECTS credits for their courses. They are well-recognised worldwide and can enable you to replace a part of your studies with a summer school course! That gives you a less packed schedule during the semester and the possibility to speed up your studies.
- Experience abroad: Studying in another country is a great experience and gaining international experience already during your studies is getting increasingly important on the job market. Unfortunately, not every student has the time and the chance to spend a full semester abroad. Before considering university courses, summer schools are a great alternative to getting your study abroad experience!
- Get to know people, country and culture: Summer schools are not only about the academics but can also give you great experiences that go far beyond the average summer holiday! Along the way, you have the great opportunity to get to know fellow students from all over the world, improve your language skills, meet locals, experience a different culture and much more!
- Good try out: Are you undecided which university to choose for your Master’s or which specialisation to take? Summer schools are a great opportunity to get to know a university or a certain subject beforehand.
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