International Relations Summer Bursaries 

Universitas 21 members provide a variety of summer schools and exciting events every year. International Relations at the University of Birmingham have a number of bursaries available every year to support Birmingham students to attend and engage with their peers from around the globe. 

Hana Fudan River PeaceHana Ruslan, Winner of the 2018 Fudan University Summer Session bursary: "Just do it! I thought I made a crazy decision applying and flying to China alone. But when you get there, you’ll meet new friends who made “crazy” decisions just like you... You’ll definitely love it."

U21 Summer Opportunities  - Summer 2020 Coming soon! Applications will re-open in late November.

International Relations' bursaries for travel in Summer 2019 are listed below. Please note that these locations are subject to change every year, we cannot guarantee that the same scholarship will be running again. 

Previous International Relations bursary winners have sent in reports and photos from their travels - if you're looking to find out more, you can read all about their experiences at the bottom of this page! 

Meena Yakobi

Winner of the 2018 National University of Singapore Summer School Bursary

“What advice would I give to students thinking of applying for a U21 Award? Apply! Apply! Apply! Personally, I was unsure about applying to the event in the first place, as I could never imagine being chosen, but it really is worth trying your luck because you just never know!”

Summer 2019:

Fudan University, in Shanghai, is one of the most prestigious and selective in China. Their International Summer Session combines course study and cultural experiences for students from all over the world, alongside Fudan's own students. Students will have the opportunity to experience Shanghai, achieve multicultural understanding, establish a global vision, and get connected with peers from all over the world. We have three bursaries available to cover flights, accommodation, and subsistence. Fudan have waived the tuition and application fees for the bursary winners.

Watch 2018 Fudan Awardee Verity's video

HKU Summer Institute aims to bring learning outside of four walls and provides initiatives for students to explore Asia and the world. Each programme is special in its own way and is supplemented with social and cultural activities to enrich students’ educational experiences. We have two bursaries available to cover tuition fees for most 6-credit course options, flights, accommodation, and subsistence. 

Korea University is one of the oldest, largest and top-ranked universities in Korea. Their International Summer Campus (KU ISC) provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about Korea through academic and cultural immersion during the summer months. About 120 course offerings cover a wide range of subjects, with a particular emphasis on Business, Economics, Humanities, Sociology, Fine Art, International Relations, Science and Korean Studies. International faculty members from prestigious universities in the US, Europe and Asia provide students with world-class education and research experience. We have two bursaries available to cover flights, accommodation, and subsistence. Korea University have waived the tuition fees for the bursary winners. 

This is a brilliant opportunity to work for one month on a museum or collection project, hosted by either the University of Melbourne (Australia) or Lund University (Sweden). Students will be exposed to many facets of the cultural collections, including through activities such as attendance at workshops and working alongside university collections staff including curators, collection managers, archivists and conservators. Please go to the MAC page for further information and to apply. We have funding to support two UG or PGT students from the College of Arts and Law. 

The National University of Singapore is delighted to offer FASStrack Asia: The Summer School in June 2019, which will take place in Singapore, one of the most modern and dynamic cities in the world. If your interest is Asia and all things Asian, FASSTrack Asia is perfect for you! We have one bursary available (for a Birmingham A2B student) to cover flights, accommodation, and an optional field trip. NUS have waived the tuition fee for the bursary winner. 

The U21 HSG Summer School will be at Birmingham this year, hosted by the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. This year's topic is Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship, one of the most important global issues affecting healthcare. The Summer School will take a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, with collaborative learning groups working together throughout. As well as Antimicrobial Resistance (the ‘problem’), the latter half of the meeting will aim to look at Antimicrobial Stewardship Principles (one of the ‘solutions’). 

This year's U21 Summer School will be hosted by the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, which is an award-winning countryside campus just outside Kuala Lumpur, and offers opportunities for anyone wishing to undertake short term study abroad while learning about Malaysia’s wonderful and varied culture at first hand. The programme includes two full weekends, with excursions to Kuala Lumpur and Malacca included, and plenty of free time to explore the delights of Malaysia! We have two bursaries available to cover flights, subsistence, and the tuition fee (in which accommodation is included). UNMC have discounted the fee for all U21 members.

The University of Zurich (UZH) is a leading European research-intensive institution whose Summer Schools offer interdisciplinary programs open to Bachelor and Master students from all over the world. A range of exciting topics are on offer, all of them blending local expertise with the latest research, and combining teaching, group work, individual study, industry expertise, and academic trips. We have two bursaries available to support the tuition fees for one student on each of the programmes “How Switzerland Got Rich” and “Intercultural Competence: Drawing on the Swiss Experience”. In both instances UZH have generously matched this funding to add up to a full tuition fee waiver. Please note that these particular bursaries do not include travel support. In addition, outside of the UoB process, UZH offer other discounts to students from all U21 universities on a first come, first served basis.

UG Research Chandra Fridlund Davis TureUoB students who participated in the U21 UG Research Conference at Tecnologico De Monterrey University, Mexico. From left: Judah Chandra (Social Policy), Michelle Fridlund (Theoretical Physics), Lauren Davis (History with American and Canadian Studies) and Ana Ture (History).

Previous Bursary Awardees:

Previous International Relations bursary winners have sent in reports and photos from their travels. If you're looking to find out more, you can read all about their experiences below!

University of Auckland, New Zealand

2015 URC Auckland Rachel and EmilyRachel Malik, BA History and Emily Huggard, BSc Geography (front row, left and right) at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference: 'People and Places',University of Auckland.

2015 URC Auckland Rachel Malik report 

University of Connecticut, USA, with projects in Guatemala and Ecuador

Fudan University, Shanghai, China

University of Glasgow

Thomas Pham (LLB Law) and Jiaxin Ji (BA Money, Banking and Finance) attended the University of Glasgow Summer School: Cities and Citizen Engagement in the Digital Age.

Hong Kong University

From top: Kaemel Ragheb (BSc Economics) and Jack Francis Kelly (BSc Accounting and Finance, front row, sixth from left) at the Hong Kong Summer Institute.

HK1 Kaemel R M


JFK with HKU sign

Korea University, South Korea

From top: Kseniya Shrimpton (BA History with English), Kseniya Shrimpton (left) and Madeline George-Olapade (right, MEng Chemical Engineering), and Hussein Elmi (centre, MSc Computer Science) in Seoul attending the Korea University International Summer Campus.

Kseniya 2017 KU

Madeline and Kseniya in Seoul 2

Hussein DressedInGateGuardClothes

University of Lund, Sweden and the University of Melbourne, Australia

MAC Lund Yardley and NistorEmma Yardley and Raluca Nistor, both Art History (above) who experienced a month long placement at Lund University, Sweden as part of the Museums and Cultural Collections Award and Emily Robins, History of Art (below, left) who received the same award and spent her month at the University of Melbourne. Katherine Reeve, History of Art, received the award and went to Melbourne, you can read Katherine's blog here!

MAC Emily Robins

National University of Singapore

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China

2014 URC SJTU Phyo & posterPhyo Kiang (Medicine) above, with her poster, and Kalita Patel (MEng Chemical Engineering) below, at the Undergraduate Research Conference at SJTU.

Kalita Patel The Bund Shanghai

Tecnologico De Monterrey (TDM), Mexico

Ella Gardner IElla Gardener, Medicine (above, front row second right) at the Health Sciences Summer School: Vulnerability, Low Budget Health Care at TDM. Amy Tuson, BSc Astrophysics (photo below 2nd left) at TDM for the Undergraduate Research Conference: A Global Perspective on Ageing Societies.

2014 URC TDM Amy Tuson group


University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2014 UNSW UoB group shot more formal

Photo above are the UoB attendees at the UNSW Summer School: Shaping the Future City, from left to right: Jake Brooks, Materials Engineering; Ella Gardner, Medicine; Ben Giblin, Physics and Astronomy and Diana Murgulet, Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Waseda Crisma forestCrisma Begum, BA Law (photo above, centre) at the Waseda Summer School. Ben Giblin, Physics and Astronomy, also attended Waseda for the U21 Undergraduate Research Conference: Connecting to the Future.


Professional Services