Residential Intensive Summer Courses Abroad
We offer our language students the opportunity to practise their language skills and gain first-hand experience of the target cultures in intensive summer vacation courses at selected partner universities abroad.
There is nothing better to improve your language skills than a total immersion course taught by native speakers.
Currently courses are available in:
- Germany – Lüneburg University.
- Japan – Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.
- Russia – Tver State University.
- Spain–Nebrija University, Madrid.
- France–IDRAC Business School, Lyon.
Summer vacation courses are typically 3 to 4 weeks long and combine intensive language tuition of around 20 hours per week with a programme of organised free-time activities such as film and sports events and a variety of excursions.
Further details are made available to all language students by their course tutors.
What students say
Here's what some of our previous students had to say about our Summer School programmes:
"I am having such a great time over here, we have done so much!
We have visited lots of places like the Beijing Opera, acrobatics show, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Lama Temple and the main food market in Central Beijing. We have done Tai Ji class, Calligraphy, visited a migrant school and met with the Education Minister for China, been to some other amazing lakes and places and had Peking duck. I've been having language classes too and at the minute we are being tested on 60 characters! Hopefully you will notice an improvement in my writing!"
"The course was amazing. Each day, we had Spanish lessons, aimed at our own level of Spanish, and all taught in Spanish. The classes were small, with about ten people in each class. The lessons were really well taught, with a real mixture of activities, working in pairs, in teams, or individually. We were always kept involved, with listening activities, writing, speaking and reading with plenty of interesting cultural information thrown into the mix.
Living with a local family allowed me to experience an aspect of Spanish culture I would not have been able to learn about otherwise. I got insight on the cuisine and eating habits, including the unusual mealtimes. Most importantly, I was able to consolidate my knowledge from the classroom as I only spoke Spanish at home.
New city, new family, new friends, new university, being able to communicate in a language I have been studying for ages and thinking in that language. Overcoming the barriers, being stronger and braver, making friends and a new family - that is what the Spanish program was for me."