Summer Exchange Programs

Are you only able to go on exchange during the summer, or are looking for a short-term study abroad option?  Below are University of Guelph's partner universities that offer summer programs.  If you are chosen for one of these programs, you will pay tuition to the University of Guelph for the number of credits you will be taking while on exchange. The number of U of G credits you can receive for the courses is up to your Program Counsellor.  Apart from the summer exchange opportunities, you may also want to explore the options of our summer language and summer research programs.

National University of Singapore - FASStrack Summer School

Take up to two courses from the Faculty of Asian Studies and Social Sciences along with other international students from around the world.  Some of the courses include a 7-10 field trip to another Asian country, while others involve weekend learning excursions within Singapore or nearby countries.   Students will take their classes and live in residence at the new University Town campus of NUS, a high-tech and modern educational hub.  

Management Centre Innsbruck (Austria) Summer Program

Restricted to students in Business-related fields of study

Students will be able to take four of the following 'mini' courses, which together usually equal 1.0 UofG credits:  Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Ethics, International Marketing, International Human Resource Management, Introduction to International Business.  Accommodations are available in a local residence.  The regular winter semester at MCI doesn't finish until the end of June, so there will be lots of local and international students on campus to interact with.  In addition, summer program students can pay an optional activity fee of approximately 300 Euros that covers a local bus pass, as well as social activities and field trips including a two-day trip to Vienna. 

University of East Anglia (England) - International Summer School

This 4-week program is designed specifically for exchange and international students and combines academic classes with a range of social activities and sightseeing in the area.  UEA's tuition fee is waived for UofG students.  The fee for residence, field trips, and other services is approximately £1900.

Choose from courses such as British Theatre; Creative Writing; British Film; Shakespeare; Digital Animation; Psychology; International Business; Future Medicine.

University of Exeter (England) - International Summer School

Students can take one course while interacting with other students from around the world.  A team of 15 British students organize and lead social activities for the participants.  A set program fee includes accommodation, two meals per day, a 3-day orientation in London, social events in Exeter and day trips to Bath and St Ives. The courses being offered in summer 2020 haven't been posted yet - check their website in January.  As an idea, the courses in business, international relations, psychology, history, and English literature were offered in summer 2017.

Lingnan University (Hong Kong) - Summer School

The exact dates and list of courses being taught in summer 2020 have not been released yet, but you can see the courses that were offered last summer for an idea.  Students can stay in the Lingnan residences, and there is an airport pick-up service and orientation program for the summer students.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University - International Summer School

Take two courses during one or both sessions.  Students from any program can apply.  HKPU tuition fees are waived for University of Guelph students due to our exchange agreement with HKPU, and HKPU also waives the residence accommodations fee!  There are optional group field trips to Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing or Shanghai during the week between the sessions for an additional small fee. 

Kwansei Gakuin University [KGU] (Japan) - several summer program options

Global Career Seminar in Japan:

A group of approx. 50 Canadian and Japanese students will work together to analyze and solve real business issues posed by industry representatives, such as bioScene, Embassy of Canada to Japan, Japan IBM Co, Ltd., Kao Corporation, RICOH Company Ltd.

Global Internship in Japan:

Following 4 days of preparatory classes at KGU, the Canadian students will be paired with a KGU student and will work together for 9 days in an internship placement, gaining practical experience in a real business environment in Japan. The internships are not only in Kansai area but also in Tokyo and other regions. At the end of the program, students will make a presentation and write a report on their findings. Some of the past host companies/organizations have included Panasonic Co., Fuji Xerox Co., JTB Western Japan, Eli Lilly Japan K.K., Manulife Insurance Co., Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., EnglishCentral, Hanku Hotels International Co., Ltd., and more.

KGU Summer School:

This program is designed for students who wish to learn introductory Japanese and gain a deeper understanding of Japan and East Asia.  A variety of courses are taught in English including topics such as culture, society, international relations, politics, business, and economics. 

In addition to lectures, students will have Nihongo Partners (KGU student buddies) for conversation practice and cross-cultural exchange, be able to participate in several organized field trips, and have the opportunity to experience various traditional cultures such as calligraphy and making Japanese sweets. 

Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Study Program:

Students can take a Japanese language course at the beginner or intermediate level, and will also have lectures about Japanese cultural practices such as calligraphy and tea ceremonies.  In addition to lectures, students will have Nihongo Partners (KGU student buddies) for conversation practice and cross-cultural exchange, be able to participate in an organized field trip to Kyoto, and have the opportunity to experience various traditional cultures such as calligraphy and making Japanese sweets. 

Linkoping University - International Summer Academy

Students will take one of the following courses for which they can receive 0.5 U of Guelph credits: Exploring Sweden, the Anthropological Way, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Implementation for Improved Health Care, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Swedish context, Leadership and Organisational Behaviour in Contemporary Organisations, Nanotechnology - Sustainable Challenges and Social Impact, and the Use (and Abuse) of Culture.  Participants will live in residence for a fee of approximately $760 CAD for the month.  There will be a welcome orientation for participants as well as two organized field trips to Stockholm, and Vadstena by the Lake.