University of Vaasa gives possibility to benefit from the summer semester by supporting exchange studies in the summer schools organized by its partner universities. Summer schools are very suitable for students who cannot participate in semester exchanges, and are primarily recommended for such students.

Summer schools usually take place during June - August, and usually last between two weeks - and two months. The summer schools vary a lot, which means you should carefully read and compare the content of different summer schools.

Our partner universities have different criteria for the students applying to the summer courses, and thus the summer schools have been put into three different categories.

Make sure to apply before the Summer school deadline! The student is reponsible for applying into the summer school according to the application process of each summer school.

Category 1

Summer schools that are in the first category require nomination by the University of Vaasa. There are no tuition fee for the nominated students, and there might be limitations on the number of places available. Therefore, you need apply for the nomination by the Univaasa's own deadline.

Category 2

Summer schools in the second category include partial tuition fee for our students. Either you have to be nominated by the University to the summer school, or you have to prove that you are full time student at University of Vaasa. Please consult Mobility Services about the summer school that you are interested in.

Category 3

Summer schools in the third category may include full tuition fee for all students. For these summer schools, you do not need to apply nomination from University of Vaasa.

Other summer schools

You can search for partner university summer schools on their websites as not all organise summer schools/ inform us of summer schools, which might belong to any of the above mentioned categories. Active University of Vaasa student mobility partner universities can be found here

You may freely apply to summer schools organized by non-partner universities as well, but they are not entitled to the grant.


Applying for the nomination

If you are applying for a summer school in category 1 (and in some cases 2), you need to apply for nomination from the University of Vaasa. Please fill in an online application and attach a motivation letter to the application. After that, please return a cover letter to the Mobility Services (Luotsi room 106).

You can find the link to the online application and the forms for motivation and cover letter on the Forms-section.

Each summer school has their own application deadline, you can find them here. The website is updated regularly during spring.


Students applying for the grant must be registered as attending and should have earned 30ECTS / attended semester. Summer school should not affect the expected graduation and completion of the Master's programme in the given two years and the two extra years given to this.

Grant, length of the summer school and required earned studying points

  • 400 EUR: minimum 2 weeks and 5 ECTS
  • 600 EUR: minimum 4 weeks and 10 ECTS
  • 800 EUR: minimum 6 weeks and 15 ECTS
  • 1000 EUR minimum 8 weeks and 20 ECTS

The grants are given against the length and studies completed abroad. The conditions to receive and keep the grant are to make sure the courses done in the summer school can be transferred to your degree (Learning Agreement) before the exchage. You must study minimum of 5 ECTS of which you will receive a transcript of records and the copy of the transcript must be provided to the Mobility Services. The credits of the summer school MUST be transferred to your studies at the University of Vaasa.

Applying for the grant before the summer school

Please return the folowing documents to Mobility Services by the given deadline:

  • Acceptance letter or e-mail from the summer school (if the summer school requires first nomination from the University of Vaasa, this document can be provided later)
  • Grant Agreement
  • Learning Agreement

The application must be returned to Mobility Services before or after the summer school either by 15 June or 15 August.

Students currently on a semester exchange at a host university who continue their exchange by participating in the summer school of the host university are not eligible for the summer school grant. Grants are not given t summer schools in Finland or summer schools at the home country of the student.

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