Summer Language Programs

Provincial Summer Language Programs

The ORA, OBW and OJS provincial programs all offer short-term summer language and culture programs.  These are not exchange programs - they involve a tuition fee paid to the hosting university, but the tuition fee is covered by the automatic provincial scholarship that participants receive.  Students can receive University of Guelph credit for these programs if approved by their Program Counsellor.   The credit transfer must be done through the Letter of Permission (LOP) process.  For more information about how to apply for the LOP, please contact your Program Counsellor.

Students must have a 70% cumulative average to be eligible for the provincial summer language programs.  Students with a cumulative average between 67 - 69 % can apply for an exemption from the 70% if serious extenuating circumstances have affected their marks, such as medical issues, a personal or family crisis, or the recent diagnosis of a learning disability.  For more information about how to apply for the exemption, please contact the Education Abroad Advisors

French Summer Language Program with the Ontario/Rhone-Alpes Program

The ORA Summer Language Program offers an intensive French language course at the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level during the month of August in France. Students may receive 1.0 University of Guelph credits in French upon approval by their Program Counsellor.

Application information will be available on the ORA website by January 2020 and applications will be due to the Centre for International Programs at UofG by February 14, 2020.

You can take Beginner level French if you've never taken French before.  Or, if you want to do a full exchange semester or year in France but have only completed first-year French at University of Guelph, you can take the Intermediate level French course at the summer school and then begin a regular ORA exchange afterwards at one of the ORA universities (an ORA exchange is a separate application that must also be submitted to CIP by January 24, 2020).

*Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

German Summer Language Program with the Ontario/Baden Wurttemberg Program

The OBW Program offers an intensive German language course at the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level during the month of August through the International Lake Constance Summer School.  Students may receive 0.5 University of Guelph credits in German upon approval by their Program Counsellor.

Application information will be available on the OBW website in January 2020 and applications will be due to the Centre for International Programs at UofG by February 14, 2020.

You can take Beginner level German if you've never taken German before.  Or if you want to do a full exchange semester or year in Germany but have only completed first year German at University of Guelph, you can take the Intermediate level German course at the summer school and then begin a regular OBW exchange afterwards at one of the OBW universities (an OBW exchange is a separate application that must also be submitted to CIP by January 24, 2020).

*Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

China Summer Language and Culture Programs with the Ontario/Jiangsu Program

The OJS Program offers the following summer programs.  Selected participants for any of these programs will receive an automatic scholarship from the Province of Ontario which covers tuition and accommodations (students must pay for other travel expenses such as airfare). 

Summer Language, History and Culture Program 

Held at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, participants take an introductory course in the Mandarin language and about the history and culture of China, while also participating in organized visits to places of historical and cultural importance in Jiangsu province.

Summer Language and Food Culture Program 

Held at Jiangnan University, students will learn about the food industry and food culture in China through lectures and field trips to places of interest.  Students will visit a variety of locations such as a traditional teahouse and a culinary school, and will learn about such topics as Chinese staple foods and their sources, common herbs and spices, wine and cooking.  While students from any program are welcome to participate, this program is particularly relevant to students in Food Science and Hospitality and Tourism.  Students may receive 0.5 University of Guelph credits upon approval by their Program Counsellor.

China Studies Program 

Held at Jiaotong-Liverpool University, students will take two courses - The Social and Economic Development of China, and Sites of Chinese History.  The program includes field trips to places associated with the study program.

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Detailed information about these programs is available on the OJS website.  *Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

Application information is available on the OJS website and applications will be due to the Centre for International Programs at UofG by February 14, 2020.

Study India Summer Program with the Ontario/India Program

Held in August at Shiv Nadar University, students will learn about India’s history, society, culture, literature, politics, international relations, economy, art, museum culture, and social and physical geography. Participants will be introduced to the challenges faced by a global south country, such as globalization, global warming, environmental issues, social justice, gender equality, and population density. On top of classroom lectures, there will be field trips to Taj Mahal, the National Museum, historical monuments in Delhi,  the river basins of Yamuna and Hindon, and the Mathura Museum.  Participants will also be able to audit a few of the regular university courses being held in order to experience an Indian classroom and meet local Indian students.

See the tentative schedule for the program attached at the bottom of this page.

Application information is available on the OIN website and applications will be due to the Centre for International Programs at UofG by February 14, 2020.

Detailed information about this program is also available on the OIN website. *Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

Summer Language Exchange Programs

University of Guelph students do not have to pay the program fee for the Spanish Summer Language Exchange at Universidad de Malaga and the Italian Summer Course at the University of Udine that is indicated on the respective programs' websites. However, students will be charged U of G tuition for the number of credits received. Participants will be responsible for paying travel costs and for housing during the program.

Spanish Summer Language Exchange at Universidad de Malaga (Spain)

Universidad de Malaga offers intensive one-month Intensive Spanish Courses throughout the summer at the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level, which U of G students can participate in through our exchange agreement.  Students can choose to do the program during the following months:

May 
June 
July

August 

The 90-hour course is worth 0.5 U of Guelph credits (final approval from the student's Program Counsellor is required).  University of Guelph students do not have to pay the program fee for the Intensive Spanish Course, but will be charged U of G tuition for 0.5 credits.  Accommodation in an apartment or with a host family is provided.  Participants will be responsible for paying travel costs and for housing during the program.

To apply for this program, submit the U of G online application for exchange by January 24, 2020.

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