Summer opportunities

A full semester or year abroad as part of your degree may not be for everyone; however there are many international opportunities available during university vacations.  These opportunities give you a fantastic chance to explore a new culture, language or academic discipline and would be a great addition to your CV.

IPO Summer Schools

Many of the Summer Schools run through the International Programmes Office offer full or partial scholarships. Normally these scholarships will cover tuition fees, and in some cases accommodation and travel. Further information on the Summer Schools available can be found on My Placement

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 Who can apply?

Undergraduate applicants are welcome from all subject areas and all years, excluding foundation year and final-year students.

Applications for Summer 2017-2018 are currently open.

If you would like to apply to take part in a Summer School at one of our partners you will need to send:

  • your name,
  • Student ID number

to An application on My Placement will then be available for you with in 2 working days.


  • Global Graduates

Global Graduates is a chance to network with The University of Manchester alumni across the globe and learn about their business roles and practice, their cities, working culture and economic climate.  Through visits, students will have the opportunity to develop existing skills and start building professional networks. 

For more information and details of how to apply see the Careers website.  


  • Internships Abroad

The Careers Service provides lots of advice for finding casual work or internships abroad during the vacation period. 


  • Work or Study in China

The Confucius Institute (CI) at The University of Mancheter is offering several scholarships to help Manchester students to become the future leaders of the UK-China collaboration in business, trade, education, and culture. They run a number of schemes that provide financial support to help students acquire the skills they need to progress in their study of China. 

For more information and details of how to apply, see the Confucius Institue's website


  • Study China

The Study China Programme offers students a unique opportunity to experience Chinese life, culture, language and business, it is managed by The University of Manchester and funded by the UK Government Department for Education.

This distinctive three week programme offers the opportunity to interact with Chinese students, academic staff, local families and businesses, providing profound access to this fascinating country. Throughout the programme you will be immersed in a vibrant campus environment at a leading Chinese university, ensuring that your Study China experience is truly unforgettable.

For more information and details of how to apply, see Study China website.


  • British Council

The British Council is an organisation designed to bring international, and cultural experiences, to people's everyday lives. They run several programmes such as 

Generation UK - China Work experience