Summer schools

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.

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, which are filled in the order of applications.

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.

Category 3

Summer schools in the third category may include full tuition fee for all students.

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.


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.



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

You must apply for grant to all of our partner university summer schools through the electronic application system. Fill in the electronic application form and follow the instructions on the form. You first need to register into the system (do not use the University of Vaasa e-mail for registration, fire walls are too strong).  After registration you continue with the log-in. In the application you fill out your personal and study details. The programme will create a pdf-version of your application that you need to print and sign.

The link to the electronic application system for exchange studies and summer schools is found in the forms related to exchange studies.

Attach following documents to the application and return them to the 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.