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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 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


University of Queensland


Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro


University of British Columbia


Beihang University

Beijing Foreign Studies University

University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong University

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

University Name
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • For more information on the International Summer Exchange Programme available at HKUST, please see the following link:
Additional Information
  • 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 (including ECT conversion)
  • 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 following link: (please note, HKU advises that this list is still being updated).
  • For a list of previous years’ courses, please see the following link:, 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.
  • 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.
Types of Visas
  • 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.
  • 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.


Kyoto University


National University of Singapore

Singapore Management University

United States

Boston College

University of Chicago