Group of four students sitting in front of the fountain in Kelvingrove Park

International summer school

Our International Summer School (ISS) attracts participants from around the world to join our world changing community over the summer.

Courses are led by world-class academic staff and are credit bearing, enabling students to supplement their studies and gain an international, academic and cultural experience at a World Top 100 university.

Flexible approach to summer learning

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcomed students in 2021 to our virtual ISS and are preparing for Summer 2022, both online and on campus.

For students participating on campus in 2022, Scottish day trips, social events and an introduction to Scottish Ceilidh dancing awaits them.  Online participants will also be able to experience Scottish culture and gain an insight into our beautiful country through a programme of interactive and informative sessions led by our student assistants and a professional travel guide.  

Our summer school courses are designed to give an in-depth exploration of a topic. Students can choose from our portfolio of open courses, available to all students currently enrolled at an international higher education establishment.

Working with partners

We can work with our international partners to develop courses suited to your curriculum needs. Our International Summer School team and academic colleagues can work with you to plan, develop and support the establishment of bespoke summer school courses. This approach ensures that students gain credits that can be transferred to their home institution. We are delighted to work with partners such as UCEAP, HKU, UIC, ZJU, Arcadia and Minnesota University.

Exciting developments in our portfolio

We are constantly developing our course portfolio. This includes introducing students to new academic experiences such as research, as well as what life is like for a student at the University of Glasgow. We work with students at key points in their future planning, including at high school level. Our summer school offers a chance to explore, develop and realise future aspirations.

History summer research projects

The History summer school research projects give students who wish to explore and understand the research process, an opportunity to work with a member of staff on a research topic. Participants will present a paper to their peers at an end-of-course conference. Students will be supported throughout the process by their tutor and will have access to our archives and library to research their topics. Additionally, they will meet at weekly seminars to discuss and debate topics relating to the research process with their peers. This is a unique opportunity for students who are considering a career in research to become an active researcher for the summer.

The benefits of the summer school

Our summer school is a great opportunity for all participating students to engage with staff and peers in exciting subject areas. It provides an opportunity for partnership collaboration and course development as well as options for short-term study and mobility.