Short-term study opportunities

Study overseas for a few short weeks and gain credit towards your degree. Our short-term overseas study programs and study tours give you the opportunity to travel and learn at universities and colleges all over the world.

Short-term programs

Programs are taught in English and usually run for 2-6 weeks during the summer and winter holidays. They are an excellent addition to any resume and you may be able to have them credited to your degree.

Find information on application dates, study times and costs below. Program fees in some cases also include accommodation, excursions, cultural activities, some meals and other living expenses.

Tuition fees

For most short courses or programs, you will pay the tuition fee to the host university. If the host university waives the tuition fee, you may be required to pay the VU tuition fee for unit(s) you complete. Some short courses or programs will also include an activity or administration fee.

You can find fee information for each short course or program on this page, or contact Victoria Abroad for further information.

How to apply

To apply for a short term program please download and complete:

For VU study tour applications please contact Victoria Abroad.

You can find out more about applying to study overseas.

Short programs in The Americas

Canada, University of Ottawa

Summer program
In the wake of Canada’s 150th anniversary, regular students and international visiting students will be registered to a class together to study and discuss issues around a selected topic. With added socio-cultural activities, the program will offer a comprehensive international perspective and real-time intercultural exchange, providing added value to participants' learning and skills development.

Related study areas: International perspectives on strategic communications
Costs: CA$5,000 + HST (housing and activities included)
Study dates: 30 June 2017 - 20 July 2017
Application deadline: 1 March 2017

Read more about this University of Ottawa program.

Colombia, University of La Sabana

Latin American Studies Program
La Sabana's Latin American Studies Program is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students from varying disciplines. In 2017, the theme for the program will be Sustainable Development in Latin America.

Related study areas: Business, economics, international relations, politics, international studies, or cultural studies.
Costs: USD1,950. This fee includes, tuition fee, accommodation, most meals, and much more.
Study dates: 16 January 2017 - 10 February 2017
Application deadline: 15 November 2016

Read more about this University of La Sabana program.

Mexico, Iberoamericana University

Summer program
Social Realities in Mexico: An integrated approach to Latin American culture and development. This six-week course is designed to sharpen your awareness of the primary concerns around development and social challenges in Latin America. You will acquire factual, technical and theoretical knowledge to undertake those challenges, and strengthen their foundation skills through first-hand experience.

Related study areas: Spanish language, community development, human rights, poverty and social inequality, migration, environment and sustainability and indigenous studies.
Costs: USD 2,990 - a 10% discount applies to VU students. This fee includes tuition fees, accommodation, internal flights, most meals, cultural visits and activities.
Study dates: 5 January 2018 - 16 February 2018
Application deadline: 15 October 2017

Read more about the Iberoamericana University program.

Mexico, University of Monterrey (UDEM)

Summer program
UDEM invites you to its Spanish and Mexican Culture Total Immersion program, in which participants will not only improve and practice their Spanish proficiency, but will live different cultures and unique lifestyles. 

Related study areas: Spanish language, culture and business.
Costs: USD 2,000. This fee includes tuition fees, accommodation, most meals, cultural visits and activities.
Study dates: 4 July 2017 - 29 July 2017
Application deadline: To be advised

Read more about this University of Monterrey (UDEM) program.

United States of America, The Business, Finance and Management School of New York

Summer and Winter program
The Summer and Winter program offers high-level classes held in New York. Mornings are generally dedicated to classes and afternoons to visits. Students are given the opportunity to discover the Wall Street professional world and build a network.

Related study areas: Business
Costs: USD $990
Study dates: July, January and February
Application deadline: May (for July program) November (for January program)

Open for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Read more about The Business, Finance and Management School of New York.

Short programs in Europe

Austria, University of Salzburg

Summer School
The Summer School deals with the topic of European Private Law. The students of the Summer School will have the opportunity to take part in an intensive training programme in a unique atmosphere. They will attain essential basic knowledge of other legal systems and will also acquire some basic knowledge of the legal terminology of some of the most important European languages.

Related study areas: Law
Costs: EUR 450 including tuition, excursion and 2 meals during the organised activities.
Study dates: 2 July 2018 - 14 July 2018
Application deadline: 30 April 2018

Read more about this University of Salzburg program.

Austria, Joanneum University of Applied Sciences

Applied Summer School - Business in Europe
The summer school will be organised on the Graz Campus and students will be hosted by the Institute of International Management at the University. Excursions to a world heritage castle, a famous chocolate manufacturer and to the city of Vienna and the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, will give the students the opportunity to get to know the cultures of Austria and Slovenia, its neighbouring country.

Related study areas: Business
Costs: EUR1,250. Includes accommodation, some meals, excursions, company visits.
Study dates: 3 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
Application deadline: 30 April 2017

Read more about this Joanneum University of Applied Sciences program.

Austria, Innes Summer Schools

Summer Schools
INNES - International Network for Educational Support in Higher Education - offers a variety of summer programs. Some of the programs are "Climate Friendly Buildings - Then and Now", "Urban Living with Water", "Austrian Architectural Culture", "Place Branding", "International Economy and Sustainable Development" and "Art and the City". See the website for more options.

Related study areas: Engineering, architecture, design, business
Costs: Euro 600-800, depending on program chosen. Tuition fee scholarships available.
Study dates: July 2017 - July 2017
Application deadline: 1 April 2017

Read more about this Innes Summer Schools program.

France, Ecole de Management de Normandie

Winter School
The Normandy Winter Programme is designed to give an introduction to business practices in France/Europe.

Related study areas: Business
Costs: Euro 1,500
Study dates: 16 January 2017 - 10 February 2017
Application deadline: 3 October 2016

Read more about this Ecole de Management de Normandie program.

France, ESSCA School of Management

Paris Summer program
This four-week Paris Summer Program offers a mixture of international business and marketing course options in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

Related study areas: International business and marketing.
Costs: Overseas tuition fees are waived for VU students. An administrative fee of EUR 1,500 which includes accommodation, public transport pass, course materials, welcome lunch and dinner and guided tours is required.
Study dates: 19 June 2017 - 13 July 2017
Application deadline: 10 April 2017

Read more about this ESSCA School of Management program.

France, IESEG School of Management

Global business and management program
IESEG School of Management offers a 4 week Global Business and Management program in Paris.

Related study areas: Business, international studies, management and language studies. The program awards 12 ECTS.
Costs: EUR 3,190 (less 10% discount for VU students) with accommodation, public transport pass, tuition and extracurricular activities included in the cost.
Study dates: 1 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
Application deadline: 15 May 2017

IESEG offers a merit-based scholarship which pays between 25-50% of the fees (deadline 1 May 2017).Read more about this IESEG School of Management program.

France, Catholic University of Lille

European summer program
Study for 4 weeks in this European Summer Program in Lille. There is the option of the Arts, Social Sciences and Business Program, the Science & Engineering program, the Graduate Law program or the French program.

Related study areas: Arts, social science and business; science and engineering, graduate law; French
Costs: EUR 2,900 with tuition fees, accommodation, breakfast and lunch, public transport, field trips, 5 group dinners, orientation, cultural and social activities included in the cost.
Study dates: June 2017 - July 2017
Application deadline: May 2017

Read more about this Catholic University of Lille program.

Germany, Berlin School of Economics and Law

Berlin International Summer School
The Summer School offers a variety of three- and four-week summer programmes taught in English that explore topics in the fields of business and business law, and German language and culture. 

Related study areas: Business and business law, and German language and culture.
Costs: EUR 850 -1,100 depending on program. Includes accommodation.
Study dates: 25 June or 2 July - 22 July 2017
Application deadline: 15 March 2017

Read more about this Berlin School of Economics and Law program.

Germany, Cologne Business School

Business Innovation Summer Program
The Cologne Business School (CBS) and the University of Vic–-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) have established the unique Business Innovation Summer Programme that focuses on innovative business design and management, held in Cologne (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain) - two of the cities with strong economic power in Europe. Students will be provided an extensive insight into innovative business and design thinking, as well as economic and cross-cultural management in Europe.

Related study areas: Business
Costs: EUR 3,500 (EUR400 discount for early bird applications). Includes accommodation and flight from Cologne to Barcelona.
Study dates: 1 July 2018 - 21 July 2018
Application deadline: 30 April 2018

Read more about this Cologne Business School program.

Germany, International School of Management - Dortmund

Summer School (Graduate students)
The Graduate Summer School is a two week program covering two courses - Global Marketing and Orchestrating Organisational Change as well as three company visits.

Related study areas: Business
Costs: EUR 950 (tuition only)
Study dates: 3 July 2017 - 14 July 2017
Application deadline: 31 March 2017

The two courses are worth a total of 6 ECTS. Open only to postgraduate students.Read more about this International School of Management - Dortmund program, contact Victoria Abroad office for information flyer.

Germany, Munich University of Applied Sciences

Supply Chain Management Summer School
This is a two week program in which students study three courses. All courses involve company visits and tours in Munich as well as surrounding areas.

Related study areas: Future supply chain management, operational excellence, doing business in Germany.
Costs: EUR 1,695 with tuition fees, company visits, internet access and a welcome package included in the cost. Accommodation is an additional EUR 650 - EUR 950.
Study dates: 3 July 2017 - 14 July 2017
Application deadline: 1 March 2017

Program open to undergraduate and postgraduate students.Read more about this Munich University of Applied Sciences program.

Germany, Philipps-University Marburg

International Summer University (ISU)
The Summer University addresses a different political/international studies topic each year. An example of a previous topic is "business, Politics and Conflicts in a Changing World". The program consists of two seminars and a German language course. There is also an extracurricular program with excursions, cultural events, lectures and social events.

Related study areas: Political sciences, sociology, social psychology, cultural and regional sciences, German language and culture.
Costs: EUR 1,850 (scholarships may be available)(incl tuition, accommodation, some meals, social events and more)
Study dates: 22 July 2017 - 19 August 2017
Application deadline: 31 March 2017

Read more about this Philipps-University Marburg program.

Germany, Philipps-University Marburg

German Language Winter Program
German Language and Culture program in Marburg.

Related study areas: German language and culture
Costs: EUR 2,450
Study dates: 2 January 2017 - 14 February 2017
Application deadline: 30 October 2016

Read more about this Philipps-University Marburg program.

Germany, University of Augsburg

Summer program
Augsburg Summer Program on European and International Economic Law.

Related study areas: Law
Costs: EUR 500 administration fee.
Study dates: 19 June 2017 - 28 July 2017
Application deadline: 30 April 2017

Applications assessed on a first come, first served basis.Read more about this University of Augsburg program.

Hungary, ESSCA School of Management

Budapest Summer program (Graduate students)
The objective of the Budapest Summer Program is to make the students of the programme familiar with the business practice of domestic and international companies located in Hungary. Open to graduate students only. This is an intensive 4 week program.

Related study areas: Business
Costs: Overseas tuition fees, company visits, course materials and the farewell dinner are waived for VU students.
Study dates: 16 June 2017 - 14 July 2017
Application deadline: 10 April 2017

Open only to postgraduate students.Read more about this ESSCA School of Management program.

Netherlands, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Arnhem Business School

Doing Business in Europe 
The program covers Dutch and European Culture and Economy, company visits, European logistics, Consumer Behaviour and Business Law.

Related study areas: Business
Costs: EUR 1,500. This fee includes accommodation, airport pick up and drop-off service, some transportation, visits and excursions, welcome and farewell dinners and medical insurance. You are still required to pay VU tuition fees.
Study dates: 24 June 2017 - 15 July 2017
Application deadline: 1 April 2017

Read more about this HAN University of Applied Sciences, Arnhem Business School program.

Spain, School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy (CETT - UB)

Summer program
CETT School of Hospitality and Tourism offers a Summer Program over 3-4 weeks in Barcelona. There are 4 different programs taught in English to choose between.

Related study areas: Marketing, Events, Business, Sports Management
Costs: Euro 650 approximately
Study dates: 3 July 2017 - 27 July 2017
Application deadline: 31 May 2017

Options for a 3 week course valued at 4 ECTS. The 4 week course is valued at 10 ECTS. Read more about this School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy (CETT - UB) program.

Spain, School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy (CETT - UB)

Winter School
CETT School of Hospitality and Tourism offers a Winter Program over 3 weeks in Barcelona. There are 3 different courses taught in English to choose between.

Related study areas: Tourism and Hospitality, Events, Business
Costs: Euro 1,200 approximately.
Study dates: 9 January 2017 - 20 January 2017
Application deadline: 30 November 2016

Read more about this School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy (CETT - UB) program.

Switzerland, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) - School of Management and Law

Swiss Summer Academy
The Summer Academy in Winterthur offers 3 courses taught in English over 2 weeks. The courses include Luxury Goods Management, Wealth Management and Alternative Investments, Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy.

Related study areas: Business, International Studies
Costs: CHF 2,500 (10% for VU students). This fee includes tuition fee, welcome reception and orientation, internet access and extra curricular activities.
Study dates: June 2017 - July 2017
Application deadline: April 2017

Read more about this Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) - School of Management and Law program.

United Kingdom, Coventry University

Summer school
The Coventry University Summer Schools are designed to be interactive, fun and challenging. Whether you’re coming to explore a new topic or to build upon your existing knowledge, we have a number of Summer School courses to suit a variety of interests.

Related study areas: Wide variety - see website for details.
Costs: GBP 995-2,395 depending on program (5% discount for VU students)
Study dates: 18 June 2017 - 9 July 2017
Application deadline: 3 June 2017

Read more about this Coventry University program.

United Kingdom, Kingston University

Summer school
The summer school classes focus on experiential learning in and around the London area. Classes are available in a wide range of discipline areas.

Related study areas: Wide variety - see website for details.
Costs: GBP 3,170 for one class or GBP 3,630 for two classes. Includes accommodation, some meals and activities and more.
Study dates: 5 July 2017 - 4 August 2017
Application deadline: 15 April 2017

Read more about this Kingston University program.

United Kingdom, Nottingham Trent University

Global Summer School
The Nottingham Trent University Summer School offers a wide range of study areas that allows you to either deepen your subject knowledge or broaden your interests. You can get to know our faculty, connect with projects, and practice what you have learned through activities in and around Nottingham.

Related study areas: Wide variety - see website for details.
Costs: Vaires depending on course/s taken, see website for details. Additional GBP150-175/week for on-campus accommodation.
Study dates: 3 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
Application deadline: 1 May 2017

Read more about this Nottingham Trent University program.

Short programs in Asia

China, ESSCA School of Management

Shanghai Summer program

The 6-week Shanghai Summer Program offers an excellent introduction to contemporary China and to the essential aspects of doing business there.

Related study areas: Business
Costs: Overseas tuition fees, company visits, course materials, airport pick up and the lunch and farewell dinner are waived for VU students.
Study dates: 12 June 2018 - 21 July 2018
Application deadline: 10 April 2018

Read more about this ESSCA School of Management program.

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University

HKBU Summer Programme
Hong Kong is in the heart of Asia and a gateway to Mainland China. It is a world class cosmopolitan city where east and west blend in many ways. It is an exciting and dynamic destination. Your living and learning experiences at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) will be enriching and unforgettable. It is a place where we seriously promote scholarly work and engage students in internationalized activities on campus.

Related study areas: Business, Communication, Economics, English, Film, Finance, History, Journalism, Marketing, Religion, Science and Sociology.
Costs: USD 1,601 approximately, covering accommodation, activities, visa processing fee.
Study dates: 3 July 2018 - 3 August 2018
Application deadline: 9 April 2018

Read more about this Hong Kong Baptist University program.

Indonesia, ACICIS - Australia Consortium for In Country Indonesian Studies

Short term, semester and year programs 
ACICIS offers short term or semester long study programs at various universities in Indonesia.  These programs provide a unique opportunity for non-Indonesian speakers to experience in-country study at an Indonesian university. 

Related study areas: Community development, international relations, education and Indonesian language.
Costs: Consult the ACICIS website for details on costs. Please take note that VU is not a member university.
Study dates: Various dates - Various dates
Application deadline: See ACICIS website

Read more about this ACICIS - Australia Consortium for In Country Indonesian Studies program.

Republic of Korea (South Korea), Hanyang University

You can choose a summer school option or a winter school option at Hanyang University.

International Summer School (Seoul)

The Hanyang University International Summer School offers all courses taught in English in a variety of fields. Students can be fully immersed in Korean culture by participating in various field trips, excursions and cultural programs.

Related study areas: Art and Design, Communication and Media, Economics and Business, Education, Engineering, Humanities, International Studies, Korean Studies and Language, Science and Mathematics, Social Studies.
Costs: KRW 1,700,000. This fee includes application and tuition. Accommodation an extra KRW 500,000-800,000.
Study dates: 2 July 2018 - 27 July 2018
Application deadline: 15 May 2018

Read more about this Hanyang University International Summer School  program.

International Winter School (Seoul)

This program combines top-class education with great cultural experiences. Get to experience Korea during winter in a unique way!

Related study areas: Business, Engineering, Science, Communication, Korean Language and Culture
Costs: 1 session: KRW1,500,000. 2 sessions: KRW2,500,000. This fee includes tuition, accommodation and activities.
Study dates: 26 December 2017 - 12 January 2018 or 26 January - 10 February 2018
Application deadline: TBC

You can choose to do one or two sessions. Read more about this Hanyang University International Winter School program.

Republic of Korea (South Korea), Kyung Hee University

Global Collaborative Summer Program
Taught by a faculty team of internationally renowned scholars, courses are centered on Humanity, Civilization, Global Governance, Global CSR and Sustainable Development.

Related study areas: Humanities, Social Sciences
Costs: USD 1,000 approximately. This fee includes tuition only.
Study dates: 29 June 2018 - 26 July 2018
Application deadline: 30 April 2018

Read more about this Kyung Hee University program.

Taiwan, National Chengchi University

International Summer School
Learn about Taiwan with an Asian and global outlook at National Chengchi University (NCCU). The program provides you with both intensive Mandarin Chinese learning and 10 English-taught Academic courses in the fields of Management, Social Sciences, and Humanities, focusing on the aspects of Taiwan, China, and East Asia. In addition to the academic and language benefits, the program provides you with several well designed excursions as well; you will be taken to the most significant cultural and historical attractions in northern Taiwan. So make your summer meaningful and unforgettable, come to NCCU to enhance your knowledge in international business, culture, economics, politics, history, Mandarin Chinese, and give yourself an opportunity to meet and interact with international students from all corners of the world with diversified cultural and social background.

Related study areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Management
Costs: USD 520 (2017 figure, the cost for 2018 is to be announced) and upwards depending on number of course and Extra-curricular activities. See Website for more information.
Study dates: July 2018
Application deadline: April 2018

Read more about this National Chengchi University program.

Global programs

AIM Overseas

Short term programs in summer and winter
AIM Overseas is an external organisation offering short-term overseas study programs. Applications for each program need to be submitted directly to AIM Overseas and a short term program application form submitted to Victoria Abroad.

Related study areas: Arts, business, education, health, international relations, international and community development.
Costs: Contact AIM Overseas for further details in regards to costs.
Study dates: Programs run for three to four weeks and begin in the July and January holiday periods.
Application deadline: March and September

Read more about this AIM Overseas program.

CIS Australia

Internships, volunteer and short term programs
CISaustralia is an external organisation dedicated to providing Australians innovative, high quality overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth and developing engaged world citizens.

Related study areas: All areas
Costs: Contact CIS Australia for further information regarding the cost of this program.
Study dates: Program lengths vary.
Application deadline: Deadlines vary

Read more about this CISaustralia program.

The Global Student

Internships, volunteer and short-term programs
The Global Student can provide individual internships or volunteer experiences for students across a range of industries or disciplines within SE Asia through carefully chosen partners or hosts.

Related study areas: All areas
Costs: Contact The Global Student for further information regarding the cost of this program.
Study dates: Program lengths vary
Application deadline: Deadlines vary

Read more about this The Global Student program.

Study tours

Study tours are often organised by VU academic staff and involve a group of students travelling overseas. If nothing is listed here for your course, please contact your College to find out if there are any study tours available. Some study tours are eligible for part funding through the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan.

Current study tours

World History International Study Tour 2018

Historian Robert Pascoe will lead a study tour based on his long-running first-year subject, World History, in January to February 2018. 

The program focuses on world history through multiple countries. It includes visits to historical sites that will allow you to actively engage with history and the local culture in a unique, personal way.

The tour can be taken as:

  • one or two VU History electives
  • credit towards a degree in another university,
  • a non-credited cultural tourism experience.

Current students and VU alumni are particularly welcome.


  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Stanley, Old Hong Kong
  • Istanbul and south-west Turkey: Topkapi Palace and precinct, Bosphorus cruise, Gallipoli, Bergama
  • Athens and Greece: Acropolis, Archaeological Museum, Corinth, Delphi
  • Rome and Italy: Roman Forum, St Peter’s, Trastevere, Florence, Venice
  • Arles and Paris: Roman Arles, Avignon, Louvre, Notre Dame, Branly
  • London: Houses of Parliament, Imperial War Museum, Tower of London, British Museum

The program

Victoria University will collaborate with CISaustralia and local partners for this short-term study abroad program across Hong Kong, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France and the UK.

In each location, there will be guided tours of important historic sites and precincts, with activity-based assessments that will deepen each participant’s understanding of these locales. Each evening there will be short presentations of the day’s discoveries, and a discussion of the major themes in World History as they emerge.

Explore: How did people live in earlier times? What did they eat? How did they worship? What was it like to be a slave? Or a woman? How did they express themselves through poetry, stories, mosaics, artworks? What evidence do historians use in understanding the past? How can we as time travellers see the past in the buildings, the streetscapes, the museums?

Program leader

Professor Pascoe is Dean Laureate and a Professor of History at Victoria University. He is the author of more than 30 books and monographs in the fields of history and higher education. He took his undergraduate degree in History at Melbourne, his PhD at Murdoch University, and his postdoctoral studies at Harvard. He was the founding Dean of Arts at Victoria University, serving from 1991 to 2005. In 1981 he led a study tour to Greece and Egypt for Australians Studying Abroad.


  • The ancient Middle East
  • Classical and medieval Europe
  • The French Revolution
  • The British industrial revolution


This Study Tour is supported by the CISaustralia Faculty Led Programs team.

CISaustralia is a Gold Coast-based Study, Intern and Volunteer Abroad specialist firm working with Australian universities to provide high-quality programs. They promote global awareness, inspire personal growth and develop engaged world citizens.

CIS has 70+ staff globally, 30+ on-site directors and coordinators, and a multitude of partner and host representatives. They offer diverse and comprehensive programs delivered by experienced staff, and send 3500+ students abroad each year.


OS-HELP Loans and VU Study Overseas grants are available.


Related study areas: Open to all study areas, students should seek approval from their course coordinator.

Costs: $6,600-$7,200 (depending on numbers), with a $400 initial deposit. International flights additional.

Important dates

  • 11 August 2017: Application deadline
  • 1 September 2017: $400 deposit due
  • 20 October 2017: Full payment due
  • 11 January to 10 February 2018: Tour dates (provisional)

Contact us

If you have any questions about short-term programs or study tours contact Victoria Abroad