European summer schools? It’s time to rethink your university destinations.

American University of Paris students


The increased range of English-taught degree programmes at European universities means going to a UK university is no longer an obvious choice among British students. Choosing whether to study abroad, however, can be difficult if you have no experience with universities overseas. It isn’t easy to find time during the academic year for a trip abroad to attend a university open day. Neither is deciding if an international university is right for you after a one-day visit.

Summer schools offer a perfect solution. Spending two or three weeks studying and living at a European university is a fantastic way to explore if you are a good fit there.

Many top European universities will open their doors to high school students in July, giving you the opportunity to experience a snapshot of university life abroad. New friends, new country, new you. It will be truly a unique and transformative experience. A summer abroad isn't just about your studies - it's about being inspired, challenged and growing as a person. It will also help you develop suitable strategies when it comes to choosing the right university in the future.

Here is a selection of the very best summer schools in Europe. All of them are fully taught in English and open to motivated students around the world.

Summer's Cool in Milan, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy)

The "Summer's Cool" programme at Bocconi, opened to high school students aged 16-18, has enjoyed outstanding success. It offers the widest range of courses of any summer school in Europe. You will live and study for two weeks in their urban campus in downtown Milan.

You can choose 2 courses out of the 10 options available: Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing, International Politics, Finance, Strategy, Economics, Big Data, Luxury and Fashion, Game Theory, and Doing Business and Human Rights. You will not only attend classes, but also work in team projects and present your results to an entrepreneur during a company visit.

When: 3-14 July 2017

Application deadline: 26 May 2017

How to apply: Apply online on their admission portal 

Pre-college programme, SciencesPo (France)

The French presidential election 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable in history. What could be a better time to attend a summer school at Sciences Po, one of the best universities in the world for politics and social sciences? What makes it even more special is the fact that the last four French presidents are Sciences Po alumni, alongside with 28 other heads of state or government.

To be eligible to apply, you must be at least 15 years old. Successful in Sciences Po's renown selective admission process, you will spend two weeks in their Reims campus, attending social sciences lectures, French classes and university methodology workshops. On the weekends, you will join study trips to Paris.

When: 9-23 July 2017

Application deadline: unspecified

How to apply: apply online on their admission portal

Summer Programme, American University of Paris (France)

Want to go to America for university, but the thought of having to adapt to an entirely different education style scares you? Studying at the American University of Paris (AUP) this summer may solve your problem.

Located in the heart of Paris, AUP prides itself on its reputation as forward-thinking with a wide range of courses and an international profile. AUP's summer programme lets you sample the Liberal Arts education at American universities while developing ties with Paris and preparing yourself for a globally connected future. As the programme is open to high school, undergraduate, and postgraduate students, as well as professionals, you will have the opportunity to network with people from diverse backgrounds.

AUP's course offerings fall under three categories: Paris - Language and Culture, Creative Arts and Liberal Arts.

When: 1 July 2017, for 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 6 weeks

Application deadline: 31 May 2017

How to apply: apply online on the university's admission portal

ProjectFUN, DigiPen (Spain)

DigiPen is bringing their flagship ProjectFun to their campus in Bilbao, Spain. Live in Spain for a month, learn about video game programming and animation - your summer can't get better than that! In addition to a variety of fun, the summer school also allows you to explore high-tech careers. You must be at least 15 years old to participate in DigiPen's summer school.


  • Video Game 1: 19 June - 30 June, 26 June - 7 June, 3 July to 14 July, 10 July - 21 July
  • Art and Animation: 19 June - 30 June, 3 June - 14 June
  • Video Game 2: 10 July - 21 July
  • Mobile App Development: 10 July - 21 July

Application deadline: unspecified

How to apply: contact the university directly 

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