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Summer Programmes

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Are you interested in studying abroad but perhaps wary of going for a full semester or for a year? Many of our partner universities also offer shorter summer courses which are open to current TCD students, which will give you the opportunity to gain some international experience without having to commit to a longer period overseas.

Taking part in a summer programme can be a brilliant way to experience studying abroad without spending a whole term or year abroad. Unlike with longer programmes, however, credits gained in summer programmes do not count as part of your degree. The courses on offer at each institution are often taught by leading experts in their respective fields, and vary from engineering and science-focused courses to courses focused on language, culture, and history of the region. Please note: being outside the academic year, costs to attend summer programmes are at the student’s expense.

Available summer programmes change from year to year. Below, please find an up-to-date list of summer programmes for 2019. Please note, this list is still being updated. If you have any questions regarding summer programmes, please contact our Study Abroad team at study.abroad@tcd.ie with ‘Summer Programmes Outbound’ in the subject line.

Information sessions on summer programme options will be held in the last week of January 2019 - keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels and the Trinity TV screens on campus for more information!

Summer Programmes 2019

Australia

University of Queensland

University Name
  • University of Queensland
Website(s) Programme Overview
  • The Queensland in July short-term study program for international students takes place from 1 – 21 July 2019 at the St Lucia campus in Brisbane. Students will have between 36-61 academic contact hours and will be able to choose to study one of the following courses:
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • Global Talent Management
  • Event Marketing
  • You will have the opportunity to study at a Top 50 university with students across the globe, engage with industry through field trips and visits and go on a two day excursion to North Stradboke Island, famous for its endless beaches and wildlife.
Programme Duration
  • The Queensland in July programme starts on the 1st of July 2019 and ends on the 21st of July 2019
Application Deadline
  • The final application deadline is the 30th of April 2019.
  • You can also avail of the earlybird application fee if you meet the application deadline before the 1st of March 2019 ($200 discount applies).
Application Process
  • If you would like to apply for the Queensland in July summer programme, please go to the applications page of the Queensland in July website.
  • If you are planning on applying or have already done so, please make sure to inform the Trinity Student Mobility Officer.
  • To complete your online application you will require:
  • Personal statement of no more than 1000 words addressing:
    • Reason for your interest in the program you intend to study at UQ, including why you wish to study at UQ.
    • Your personal goals and ambitions, and evidence of any previous activities and experiences (including voluntary activities) which demonstrate your commitment to these goals and ambitions.
  • English proficiency results (if applicable)
  • Current (and past) records of tertiary study including official transcripts
  • Copy of current passport's photo page
  • If you have any questions regarding the application requirements please contact the International Mobility Coordinator at Queensland, Erin de Lacy.
Course Load
  • Please note, any credits earned is non-transferable and cannot be used towards your degree at Trinity.
  • You will have between 36-61 contact hours depending on the course you choose to study:
  • Event Marketing: 36 academic contact hours
  • Global Talent Management: 36 academic contact hours
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation: 61 academic contact hours
Course Options

    As part of the Queensland in July programme, you can choose from three of the following courses:

  1. Event Marketing Programme: Learn the principles of event marketing and management. Includes industry visits.

    Special events and festivals such as sport, arts, and cultural celebrations have long been used by cities and regions to provide residents with entertainment and leisure opportunities, and to attract domestic and international visitation to the destination. This course aims to provide students with insights into the principles of event marketing and management. It explores the development of event marketing objectives, strategies, plans, and related research. The course develops students’ abilities to appreciate and apply marketing concepts and related management practices to real world event cases and problems.

    Click here to access the Event Marketing Program
    Click here to access the Event Marketing Brochure

  2. Global Talent Management: Gain a deeper understanding of management in a global workforce.

    The Global Talent Management course is designed to provide students with an understanding of three interrelated aspects of management in the global workplace.

    Theme 1: Talent management in the multinational enterprise.
    Theme 2: Engaging in and supporting global mobility.
    Theme 3: Building awareness of present and emerging global talent management trends.

    The course places equal value on building students’ understanding of the theoretical foundations and practical implications of working in a global environment.

    Click here to access the Global Talent Management Program
    Click here to access the Global Talent Management Brochure

  3. Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation: Explore the theory, practise and research behind staring and growing new ventures. Includes industry visits.

    This course focuses on developing entrepreneurs by introducing students to the theory, practice, and research that enable them to start and grow new ventures.

    Students will consider how to match types of ventures to entrepreneurial goals, design innovative business models for value delivery and capture, present new venture ideas and analyse emerging entrepreneurial firms, assess market attractiveness, create competitive advantage, write assumption-based business proposals and manage growth pathways.

    Click here to access the Entreprenurship and New Venture Program
    Click here to access the Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation Brochure

Course Restrictions & Eligibility

  • The program is open to international students who have completed a minimum of one year of full-time undergraduate studies at a university, with a passing Grade Point Average. Students must be 18 years of age or older and currently enrolled at a university
  • Queensland recommends that students have a level of English language proficiency comparable to the following, however it is not necessary to provide proof of your English language proficiency to apply:
    • IELTS: overall band score of 6.5
    • TOEFL IBT: overall score of 87 or equivalent
    • A native English speaker, have studied in an English speaking institution, or have undertaken courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses)
  • Note that UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) may request evidence of a student’s English language proficiency (e.g. via evidence on a transcript or official letter from your university). Approval is at the discretion of the Faculty.
  • This program is only open to current international university students. Current UQ students are not eligible to apply.

Accommodation
  • The accommodation fee is not included in the Queensland in July programme fee.
  • Brisbane offers many accommodation options for students:
    On-campus
    If you’d like to stay on campus, you can enquire about room availability in UQ’s 10 residential colleges. All UQ colleges provide clean rooms, healthy meals, opportunities to meet new friends, supportive staff, and secure premises. Learn more about accommodation at UQ.
    Off-campus
    If living closer to the city centre is more important during your stay, UQ Accommodation Services can help you find suitable accommodation. Options from approved providers are available here.
  • Please do not commit to accommodation until you have been advised of your successful application to Queensland in July.
Visa Requirements
  • Check with the Australian Embassy/Consulate to see if you need a visa.
  • Visa applications should be lodged as early as possible, following acceptance into the program, to allow adequate processing time. Unfortunately, UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law cannot provide detailed advice on visas as they are not the visa-issuing authority. Please contact the Australian Embassy/Consulate if you have any specific questions about getting a visa.
  • Due to the short length of this program, there are Visitor Visa and Working Holiday visa options. Find out more and apply through the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Insurance
  • It is a UQ requirement that students are covered by a comprehensive health, accident and travel insurance policy for the duration of the Queensland in July program.
  • You will need to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy through a reputable provider which includes an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the cost of your accommodation and travel, as well as any other expenses, including treatment for ill-health and personal injury, for which neither Queensland nor Trinity will not be liable. All students accepted into the program must provide evidence in the form of a certificate of currency, which includes the student’s name, passport number and dates of cover, from their insurance provider.
Programme Fees
  • The complete program fee for Queensland in July is AUD $4000 per person.
  • Students who complete an application by the early bird deadline will be eligible for an AUD $200 discount.
  • There is also a 10% discount for Trinity students to the value of $400 reducing the total cost to $3600 AUD.
  • Students who apply by the earlybird deadline on 1 March will be eligible for an extra $200 AUD discount with a total program cost of only $3400.

University of Sydney

Brazil

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

Canada

University of British Columbia

University Name
  • University of British Columbia
Website(s) Programme Information
  • The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP), is a four week academic program offering for international undergraduate students from cooperating universities to study at UBC. The VSP provides the opportunity for students to take two academic courses in various UBC Faculties while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

    This summer you can experience why Vancouver has been consistently voted one of the best places to live in the world. You will have the opportunity to study at North America’s most international university and connect with other globally-minded students.
Programme Duration
  • The VSP Programme is offered twice during the summer (please note the courses on offer differ depending on the time you choose to go):
  • June 8 to July 8, 2019
    Sixteen packages are offered in Applied Science, Architecture, Arts, Business, Community and Regional Planning, Education, Forestry, Land and Food Systems and Medicine.
  • July 13 to August 13, 2019
    Sixty-nine packages are offered in Applied Science, Architecture, Arts, Business, Community and Regional Planning, Dentistry, Education, Forestry, Kinesiology, Land and Food Systems, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Science.
Application Timeline
  • The application deadlines differ depending on which course you choose:

  • June to July 2019:
  • The deadline for registration is February 28, 2019.
  • The suggested date of submission for your Visa application is March 20, 2019 to avoid delays in obtaining your travel permit.
  • The payment deadline for the VSP programme is April 3, 2019.
  • The deadline for submission of the FAR Form (Flight, Accommodation & Roommate) is May 1, 2019.
  • The deadline for the submission of the VSP Waiver Forms is May 8, 2019.

  • July to August 2019:
  • The deadline for registration is March 29, 2019.
  • The suggested date of submission for yor Visa application is April 17, 2019 to avoid delays in obtaining your travel permit.
  • The payment deadline for the VSP programme is May 1, 2019.
  • The deadline for submission of the FAR Form (Flight, Accommodation & Roommate) is June 5, 2019.
  • The deadline for the submission of the VSP Waiver Forms is June 12, 2019.
Application Process Course Load
  • The Vancouver Summer Program consists of two courses in each package and each course is approximately 39 hours of class time.
  • VSP courses do not receive UBC credit. However, students and their home universities receive a Grades Letter from the Faculty.
  • Please also note that any credits/grades earned are non-transferable and cannot be used towards your degree at Trinity.
Course Options
  • If you choose to go from June 8 to July 8, you will have sixteen packages on offer in the following subject areas:
  • Applied Science, Architecture, Arts, Business, Community and Regional Planning, Education, Forestry, Land and Food Systems and Medicine.
    Click here to access the June - July Course Packages Brochure

  • If you choose to go from July 13 to August 13, you will have sixty-nine packages on offer in the following subject areas:
  • Applied Science, Architecture, Arts, Business, Community and Regional Planning, Dentistry, Education, Forestry, Kinesiology, Land and Food Systems, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Science.
    Click here to access the July - August Course Packages Brochure
Course Restrictions & Eligibility
  • Students should consider their choice of program package carefully when applying to the program. Should students wish to move to another program package, only one change will be allowed.
  • Please check each course package carefully as each one outlines any course-specific restrictions or prerequisites.
  • Many course packages have a minimum and a maximum class size, so students are encouraged to register early. Course packages that do not have the minimum number of students will not be offered, but students may transfer packages.
Accommodation
  • Accommodation costs are inlcuded in the overall programme cost.
  • All students are assigned to single-gender units. Students may indicate one person of the same gender as their preferred roommate.
  • The residences are secure and have a 24-hour reception desk. From all residences, students will be within walking distance of classes, libraries, sport facilities and transportation. In all the residences, students have access to on site laundry machines (card, not coin, system).
  • Students in the June - July programme will be housed in six bedroom apartments. For the students going on the July - August programme room arrangements include six bedroom apartments and two bedroom semi-private units.
  • Most students will be assigned a single, non-smoking, private bedroom which can be locked by a card key or hard key. Cooking facilities are available in the shared apartments.
Visa Requirements
  • Students requiring visas and eTAs should begin the application process immediately after reviewing their (LoA) Letter of Acceptance. Students cannot commence “Step 5: Flight, Accommodation, and Roommate Form” as per the 'Next Steps Guide' attached above, until they have received their Visa/eTA.
  • Entry requirements to Canada are determined by your home country. It generally takes four weeks or more to process your Visitor Visa.
  • Use this link to check if you need a Visitor Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

  • If you need to apply for a Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa)
    Apply for a Visitor Visa using the IMM5256 Guide for further instructions. If you need help, contact your nearest visa application centre (VAC).
  • If you need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
    Apply online for your eTA. To apply, you must have a valid passport, a credit or a debit card, an email address, and answer a few questions in the online application.
Insurance
  • Students arriving earlier or staying later than the program dates are responsible for and must purchase additional medical coverage for the days beyond the program dates.
  • Students can arrange extra coverage days with David Cummings Insurance directly by e-mail at info@david-cummings.com. The cost for students is $2.20* CAD per person per day. You can make payment by credit card or in person at their offices in Vancouver (not on campus) after arrival.
Programmes Fees
  • The package fee per student for the 2019 program is $5250 CAD and includes:
    • 2 courses
    • Medical insurance
    • Group airport transfer and city tour
    • Shared accommodation on UBC Campus
    • Orientation and farewell events
    • Course materials
    • Social activities
    • (Optional trips may require an additional fee)
  • Please make sure to familiarise yourself with STEP 4 in the 'Next Steps Guide, p.7' (both the June Guide and July Guide contain the same information and are linked above under 'Application Process') as this contains very important information regarding what the fee covers/does not cover and how to pay it.

China

Beihang University

Beijing Foreign Studies University

Tsinghua University

University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

University Name
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
Programme Information
  • Please be informed that CUHK offer two different summer programmes:
  • The CUHK International Summer School (July & August Sessions)
    The CUHK International Summer School (hereinafter referred to as ISS) is one of the most reputable and recognised summer programmes in the Asia-Pacific region. Each year, more than 600 international and local students join the July and August Sessions of the ISS to experience its intensive academic sessions and Chinese culture immersion in a bilingual and multicultural learning environment.
  • Please note there are two sessions: one in July which is a longer programme with more course options (from International Finance to Urban Sustainability and more) and the August session which is shorter in duration and only allows students the chance to study a Chinese language.
  • The CUHK Summer Undergraduate Research Programme
    The Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (hereinafter referred to as SURP) provides an opportunity for international undergraduate students to undertake research attachments for 8 weeks at CUHK during the summer. Students will conduct research under the supervisiion of a CUHK faculty member and earn 3 credits upon successful completion of the programme (please note that these credits cannot be transferred/ will not count towards your degree at Trinity).
  • When reading the details of both programmes below, please make sure that you are referring to the right programme: please refer back to these definitions to differentiate between the ISS programme from the SURP programme.
Website(s) Programme Duration
  • ISS July Session
    The July International Summer School Session runs from the 23rd of June to the 31st of July 2019 (five and a half week programme).Please see 'Course Options' to see the courses available to you in July.
  • ISS August Session
    The August International Summer School Session runs from the 4th to the 24th of August 2019 and is a three-week programme. Please see 'Course Options' to see the courses available to you in August.
  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Programme
    SURP will run for eight weeks fromthe 23rd of June to the 18th of August.
Application Timeline
  • The application timeline for the July ISS programme is from early February to the 30th of April 2019.
  • The application timeline for the August ISS programme is from early February to the 31st of May 2019.
  • The application timeline for the SURP programme is available from early January to the 28th of February 2019.
Application Process
  • Application for the July and August ISS programme will be available online at www.summer.cuhk.edu.hk however, please note that you will be unable to avail of the exchange waiver (meaning you don't pay the tuition costs of the programme) if you are not nominated by Trinity.
  • In order to be nominated by Trinity, please make sure to reach out to the Trinity Student Mobility Officer.
  • Application for the SURP programme is available online at www.summer.cuhk.edu.hk/surp_app/
Course Load
  • The July ISS Session allows students to enrol in two 3 credit courses, each with 42-45 contact hours.
  • The August ISS Session allows studenst to enrol in two 3 credit courses, each with 42 contact hours.
  • All SURP programme participants will be registered in a 3 credit CUHK course titled ‘Independent Research on International Studies II’. A grade and a transcript will be issued upon successful completion of the programme. SURP is an independent research programme where students are expected to take the initiative to plan their research with the supervisors. There is no minimum number of consultation hours with their supervisors. Students are suggested to work out the schedule for meetings with their supervisors to ensure ample guidance and supervision for their projects. In general, it is suggested that at least one meeting per week should be arranged with the supervisor.
  • Please note that any credit earned at CUHK cannot be transferred towards your degree in Trinity.
Course Options
  • As part of the ISS July Session you will have the opportunity to study the following:
  1. Business and Management
    Asian Business, Global Enterprise Management, International Finance, Internet Marketing, Introduction to International Business, Managing Human Capital (Human Resource Management), Marketing Management, Management (Principles of Management).
  2. China Studies
    Business and China, China on Screen, Chinese Culture and Society, Chinese Foreign Policy, Government and Politics of China.
  3. Chinese Language
    Cantonese (various levels), Putonghua/Mandarin (various levels)
  4. Environment, Science & Technology
    Energy and Green Society, Engineering and Technology Management, Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Fundamentals in Chinese Medicine, Urban Sustainability.
  5. Humanities & Social Science
    General Psychology, Money and Banking, Theories and Practices of International Relations
  • As part of the ISS August Session you will have the opportunity to study the following:
  1. Chinese Language:
    Putonghua/Mandarin (various levels)
  • As part of the SURP programme there are around 70 research topics offered by CUHK host supervisors.
    For the most up-to-date list of topics please see the SURP website www.summer.cuhk.edu.hk/surp_project/.
Course Eligibility & Restrictions
  • SURP Programme: Full-time senior undergraduate students currently registered at an overseas and non-Chinese university with good academic standing can apply.
  • ISS Programme:For certain intermediate-level courses available at the ISS, you are expected to have taken an introductory course in the subject area before enrolling to that class. These introductory courses are known as prerequisites, which are academic requirements that must be satisfied before or during enrollment in a desired class. Please see here for a comprehensive list of course prerequisites.
  • Please make sure to check out the FAQ section for any queries regarding retrsictions/eligibility.
Accommodation
  • For all three programmes, you have guaranteed but optional on-campus accommodation (double ot triple occupancy rooms) with both international and local students, fully furnished and with high-speed inetrnet. Staying in a hostel is also optional but you are encouraged to live on campus to interact with other students.
  • Please note, the accommodation fee does not include a meal plan.
Visa Requirements
  • You will have to apply for a student visa, if you are not a resident of Hong Kong. Follow the instructions in your welcome pack and return the Confirmation of Acceptance and other required documents for student visa application to CUHK by courier (FedEx, DHL, UPS or SF Express) before the deadline. Processing a student visa takes time, so please do it immediately after you have all the documents ready.
  • You will be able to download a welcome pack from your online application account within 3 days after your confirmation of registration and clearance of payment. A set of visa application forms will be included in the pack. Complete and return the forms to the Office of Academic Links (OAL) and the application will be made on your behalf. Be sure to follow the instructions strictly and provide OAL with the necessary documentation to avoid any delay. The Hong Kong Immigration Department usually takes at least 6 to 8 weeks to process a student visa/entry permit application after receiving complete application documents.If you are a citizen of mainland China or Taiwan, there will be additional documents for you to submit when you make your student visa application. Your welcome pack, which will be available to you after your application is successful, will contain detailed information on student visa related matters. Make your application to ISS early to allow extra time for us to process your student visa application.
Programme Fees
  • Fees for the July ISS Session
  • Tuition: Waived (in order to avail of the waived tuition, students will need to be nominated by Trinity College Dublin. Please reach out to the Student Mobility Officer for information on nominations).
  • On-Campus Accommodation Fee: HK$5,130 / US$658
  • Administration & Activities Fee: HK$3,800 / US$488
  • Visa Application Fee: HK$580 / US$75
  • Refundable Hostel Deposit: HK$1,000 / US$129
  • Refundable Caution Money: HK$450 / US$58

  • Fees for the August ISS Sessions
  • Tuition: Waived (in order to avail of the waived tuition, students will need to be nominated by Trinity College Dublin. Please reach out to the Student Mobility Officer for information on nominations).
  • Textbook: HK$180/ US$24
  • On-Campus Accommodation Fee: HK$3,080/ US$395
  • Administration & Activities Fee: HK$2,500 / US$321
  • Visa Application Fee: HK$580 / US$75
  • Refundable Hostel Deposit: HK$1,000 / US$129
  • Refundable Caution Money: HK$450 / US$58

  • Fees for the SURP Programme
  • No tuition will be charged. Students will be responsible for the costs of their own international and domestic travel, as well as other living expenses such as housing, meals, local transportation, and travel and medical insurance.
  • Tuition: Waived
  • Administration & Activities Fee: HK$1,800 (US$231)
  • On-campus Accommodation Fee (Optional): HK$7,650 (US$980)
  • Refundable Hostel Deposit: HK$1,000 (US$129)
  • Refundable Caution Money: HK$450 (US$58)HK$450 / US$58

Hong Kong University

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

University Name
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Website(s)
  • For more information on the International Summer Exchange Programme available at HKUST, please see the following link: https://isp.ust.hk/
Programme Overview
  • Local excursions and cultural activities will be organized exclusively for ISP students. There will also be activities and events for ISP students to interact with each other to encourage cultural exchange.
  • Keep in mind that English along with Chinese are the official languages in Hong Kong. Moreover, Hong Kong is voted one of the safest cities in the world!
  • The ISP at HKUST offers a variety of workshops and activities which although subject to capacity does not usually incur an extra cost. Some of the ones organised include:
  • Welcome and farewell reception
  • Hong Kong milk tea workshop
  • Dim sum making workshop
  • Wing Chun martial arts workshop
  • Dragon boat workshop
  • Daily Cantonese workshop
  • Chinese painting workshop
  • Hiking trips
  • Optional excursions are available at an additional fee, which include trips to Macau and heritage walks/tours around Hong Kong.
  • For more information please see the HKUST Summer Programme Factsheet
Programme Duration
  • ISP 2019 will take place over HKUST's Summer Term, from the 17th of June to the 10th of August. Courses will commence and end on different dates within the Summer Term period.
  • Arrival and dorm check-in: 13 June 2019 (tentative)
  • First day of class: 17 June 2019
  • Last day of class: 10 August 2019
  • Departure and dorm check-out: 11 August 2019 (tentative)
Application Timeline
  • 19 February 2019: Deadline for exchange partners to submit student nominations
  • 4 March 2019: Online application deadline for nominees
  • 22 March 2019: Visa applications due
  • 13 April 2019: Fee payment due
Application Process
  • All summer exchange students must be nominated by their home institution and have the English language proficiency sufficient for English taught university-level courses.
  • If you would like to apply for the International Summer Programme, you must do so by getting in touch with the Student Mobility Officer.
  • Your application will not be accepted unless you are nominated by Trinity. If you are accepted onto the programme, the Study Abroad office will reach out to you with further instructions.
Course Load
  • Students will study at least 3 credits and up to 9 credits of regular undergraduate-level courses offered by HKUST
    (please note, these credits are non-transferable and cannot be used towards your degree at Trinity).
Course Options
  • As during the regular term, Summer Term courses are offered by the School of Science, School of Engineering, School of Business and Management, School of Humanities and Social Science and Interdisciplinary Programs Office. Course offering varies from year to year. Tentative course lists and course schedules are expected to be available in January and April 2019 respectively. Each School or the Interdisciplinary Programs Office has the right to open some of their courses exclusively to students from their own exchange partners. Enrolment eligibility of each course varies.
  • For a list of tentative summer courses for 2019 please see the: 2019 Tentative Course List (please note, HKU advises that this list is still being updated).
  • For a list of previous years’ courses, please see the: HKUST ISP courses website, where you can see the 2018-2019 Course Catalogue and the 2016-2018 Course Catalogue
Course Restrictions
  • Please note that HKUST may or may not consider students whose majors fall outside of HKUST’s major disciplines:
  • The School of Science will consider majors outside of HKUST's major disciplines
  • The School of Engineering will consider majors outside of HKUST's major disciplines
  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences will consider majors outside of HKUST's major disciplines
  • The Interdisciplinary Programs Office will consider majors outside of HKUST's major disciplines
  • The School of Business and Management will NOT consider majors outside of HKUST's major disciplines.
Accommodation
  • All students will be provided university housing. Students will be assigned to a double (or a triple room with double occupation) in a student hall for the program duration.
Visa Requirements
  • All international students (except holders of Hong Kong Identity Card who have the right to land and study in Hong Kong) are required to obtain a student visa to study in Hong Kong. The student visa processing time is normally 8-10 weeks. Incomplete application and missing documents will cause delays. Whether a student is granted a student visa is at the discretion of the Hong Kong Immigration Department. Students who fail to obtain the appropriate document for the right to study in Hong Kong will be declined participation in the ISP.
Insurance
  • All students are required to subscribe to the HKUST Compulsory Travel Insurance Plan. If your students are covered by an institutional insurance policy that covers their exchange periods, you may wish to contact us about institutional insurance waivers. Waivers may be given on a case-by-case basis.
Programme Fees
  • While students do not need to pay tuition fees to HKUST, each student will be charged HK$8,000 which covers the following items: university housing fee Student visa application and handling fee HKUST compulsory travel insurance fee. The amount will be deducted accordingly for students who do not need a student visa to study in Hong Kong, or if your institution has obtained institutional insurance waiver from HKUST.

Japan

Kyoto University

University Name
  • Kyoto University
Programme Information
  • Every year, Kyoto University runs the Amgen Scholars Asia programme, which provides selected undergraduate students from across the world with the opportunity to engage in hands-on research experience.
  • The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University is eight weeks of intensive research in the sciences. Amgen Scholars will be assigned to one several of Kyoto University departments or interdisciplinary areas that traditionally support science and biotechnology research. These areas may include: biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and neuroscience.
  • Placements will be made based on student interests and available spaces. While each Amgen Scholar will be assigned for supervision by a specific Kyoto University faculty member, supervision and guidance may also be provided by other persons associated with the supervising professor’s lab, including graduate students and post-doctoral associates. All placements are full time (approximately 40 hours per week).
  • As an Amgen Scholar, students will have the opportunity to:
    • Gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science;
    • Interact with receiving guidance from faculty mentors, including some of Asia's top academic scientists;
    • Participate in engaging scientific seminars, workshops, networking events, educational and cultural based activities, as well as a two-day Asia Symposium.
    • Financial support is provided by means of a scholarship, along with paid travel costs and accommodation.
  • Please note that the application deadline for this summer scholarship programme is very fast approaching and applications will close at 3 p.m. (UTC+9 hours) on February 1, 2019.

    Please click here to access the Amgen Scholars Program flyer for 2019
    Please click here to access the Amgen Scholars Program application guidelines for 2019
Website(s) Programme Duration
  • This is an eight week programme which will run from the 11th of June to the 4th of August 2019.
Application Timeline
  • The application deadline for submission of all materials (including recommendation letters) is at 3 p.m.(UTC+9 hours) on February 1, 2019
  • Notification of results will be in early April 2019.
  • Arrival in Japan will be on June 10, 2019.
  • The programme period will run from June 11 to August 4 2019
  • The symposium in Singapore will take place from August 3 to August 4, 2019.
  • Departure from Singapore will be on August 5, 2019.
Application Process
  1. Statement of Purpose
    In the online application system, you will be required to enter your “Statement of Purpose” in two columns. Each of the columns has space for a maximum of 3,000 characters (including spaces).
    In your statement of purpose, be sure to:
    - Describe why you chose a particular laboratory as your preferred host laboratory, and what you expect to learn at that laboratory.
    - Propose a research project, which you plan to follow at your chosen laboratory.The proposal must include the background, purpose of your research,experimental methods, and anticipated results.

  2. Recommendation Letters
    In the online application system, you are required to nominate two people to provide letters of recommendation. Immediately after you submit your application, an e-mail notification will be automatically sent to the two people that you nominate with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
    Be sure to notify the people you nominate and receive their consent before you enter their contact details in the online application system, so as to ensure that the e-mail notification is not overlooked.
    Please also ensure that you submit your application allowing sufficient time for the persons nominated to submit their letters of recommendation on or before 3:00 p.m., February 1, 2019 (Japan Standard Time [UTC + 9:00hrs.]).
    There is no specific format for the letter of recommendation, but it should be written on departmental letterhead, including the recommender’s signature. It should then be scanned and submitted as a PDF file.

  3. Uploading Files
    You will be required to upload the following files in PDF format.
    - Official academic transcript of your college or university
    - English test scores (applicants must prove a good working knowledge of English, demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 72, IELTS overall band score of 5.5, Cambridge English FCE, TOEIC score of 1095, TOEIC L&R score of 785, or TOEIC S&W score of 310, if not a native English speaker or English is not your first language.

  4. Application Period
    The deadline for the submission of all application materials, including recommendation letters, is 3 p.m. on February 1, 2019 (based on Japan Standard Time (UTC +9:00 hours).
Course Options
  • Amgen Scholars will be assigned to one several of Kyoto University departments or interdisciplinary areas that traditionally support science and biotechnology research. These areas may include: biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and neuroscience.
  • In addition to full-time research positions, Amgen Scholars also take part in a variety of educational activities, including:
    - A seminar series in which faculty will give presentations on relevant research areas and critical professional issues. The seminars will be designed to expose students to cutting-edge research and broaden their understanding of opportunities in their graduate school and scientific careers.
    - A poster session at the end of the program in which the participants will share their summer research projects with a larger audience.
  • The Amgen Scholars Asia Symposium will take place in Singapore during the program period. Amgen scholars from Kyoto University will participate together with Amgen scholars from the other program participating universities in Asia. All meals and accommodation will be provided during the symposium. Attendance at the Asia Symposium is obligatory for those enrolled in the Amgen Scholars Program.
Course Eligibility & Restrictions
  • General Requirements:
  • The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University aims to support international and domestic students so they can study at Kyoto University as vacation scholars. In accordance with an instruction from the Amgen Foundation, Kyoto University selects half of the annual participants from colleges and universities throughout Asia, while the other half may come from colleges and universities across the globe.

  • Amgen Scholars Asia Program applicants must be undergraduate students who are:
  • Enrolled in colleges or universities worldwide that award a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent);
  • At minimum, have completed their first year of undergraduate study at the time the summer program begins, and
  • Are not graduating before the summer program begins, and after the summer program ends will resume undergraduate studies for at least 1 semester or quarter

  • Asia Program applicants must also have:
  • A strong record of academic performance; and,
  • A good working knowledge of English, demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 72, IELTS overall band score of 5.5, Cambridge English FCE, TOEIC score of 1095, TOEIC L&R score of 785, or TOEIC S&W score of 310, if not a native English speaker or English is not your first language, and
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D.

  • Program Requirements
  • Amgen Scholars at Kyoto University must agree to:
  • Travel between the nearest airport to their university, Osaka and Singapore on the dates and the most economical routes designated by Kyoto University.
  • Submit original boarding pass to Kyoto University.
  • Stay at the accommodation designated and provided by Kyoto University for the duration of the program, including during the Amgen Scholars Asia Symposium.
  • Undertake an eight-week intensive research project at one of the participating laboratories.
  • Provide a copy of their valid passport to the program office as soon as their participation in the program is confirmed. If necessary, apply for the appropriate visa(s) for entry Japan and/or Singapore in a timely fashion.
  • Assign any intellectual property that results from their work during the program to their supervisor in the first instance.
  • Fully participate in the academic activities of the laboratories they are assigned to, attending any relevant research seminars and workshops.
  • Attend the orientation, all required conferences, activities, and social events organized through the Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University.
  • Provide feedback on the Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University.
  • Contribute to media requests from the Amgen Foundation.
  • Prepare a poster presentation on their work at the end of the program.
  • Participate in the Amgen Scholars Asia Symposium.
  • Given the intensive nature of the program, participants will be unable to engage in other work or study during the period of the program. Applications from students who do not plan to be present at Kyoto University for the full duration of the program will not be considered.
Accommodation
  • All Amgen Scholars (excluding Kyoto University students) will be accommodated close to Kyoto University. The payment for accommodation will be made directy to the real estate agency by Kyoto University.
Visa Requirements
  • If your application for the Amgen Scholars Program is successful, you will be required to provide a copy of your valid passport immediately. Those who require short term visas for entry to Japan and/or Singapore must obtain the necessary visa(s). The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University will assist successful applicants with this process.
Insurance
  • All students must arrange their own private health insurance. Please be aware that neither the Amgen Foundation nor the Kyoto University can provide health insurance. All students must enroll in Kyoto University's "Co-op Liability Insurance" upon arrival.
Programme Fees
  • Travel Costs
    Kyoto University stipulates the travel schedule and route, and provides an economy class airline ticket. The inbound flight should arrive in Japan on June 10, and departing flight should leave Singapore on August 5. If the student cannot arrive in Japan or leave Singapore on the specified dates for personal reasons, no travel expenses will be provided.
  • For students from universities outside Japan: Airline tickets are provided for flights between the nearest airport to the student’s university and Osaka/Singapore by the most direct and economical route.
  • Accommodation
  • All Amgen Scholars (excluding Kyoto University students) will be accommodated close to Kyoto University. The payment for accommodation will be made directly to the real estate agency by Kyoto University.
  • Scholarship
    180,000 yen will be provided to Amgen Scholars. Scholars will receive:
    90,000 yen at the beginning of the program
    90,000 yen in the middle of July
  • Amgen Scholars Asia Symposium
    The Amgen Scholars Asia Symposium will take place in Singapore during the program period. Amgen scholars from Kyoto University will participate together with Amgen scholars from the other program participating universities in Asia. All meals and accommodation will be provided during the symposium. Attendance at the Asia Symposium is obligatory for those enrolled in the Amgen Scholars Program.
Contact Information

Singapore

National University of Singapore

Singapore Management University

United States

Boston College

University of Chicago