Summer Abroad Programs

What are you doing this summer?

Apply for a Summer Abroad program and get ready for a rewarding adventure!

Fit one of these experiences in to your summer plans, outside the regular semesters, and many of the credits can be transferred to your degree and explore along the way!

This is your chance to explore new topics, learn some new skills and network students abroad in what are truly international programs. Contact to discuss in more detail and find out more!

Apply through VIU's Education Abroad office

You must express your interest in your chosen summer program to VIU's Education Abroad office before submitting an application to partner school for a summer program. 

Program Overview

There are so many opportunities here for academic study, professional development, international exploration and intercultural learning.

Our partners offer programs in language and culture, business and more.  Condensed and immersive, Summer Abroad programs provide targeted skills and experiences in two to six weeks, and generally between May and August. 

The program fees typically cover accommodation, some meals and cultural activities (travel arrangements are the responsibility of the student). 


J.F. Oberlin University

Summer Session

About the Program: The Summer Session at J. F. Oberlin University is a four-week intensive program in the suburbs of Tokyo. 

Courses offered in 2022 will include two cultural classes and two Japanese language courses. Each course allows participants to have first-hand experience through not only theoretical study, but also through field trips and lectures by guest professionals. Upon completion of each course, participants will be issued an official transcript from J. F. Oberlin University (2 credits/course).

Apart from learning about Japanese language and culture in the classrooms, participants will have first-hand experience through field trips and outdoor activities Every week with JFOU students.

  • Week 1: Exploring “old Tokyo” by visiting Asakusa
  • Week 2: Enjoying Barbeque Along One of Tokyo's Rivers
  • Week 3: Visiting KAMAKURA, the Kyoto of Eastern Japan
  • Week 4: Walking around "Little Edo”, the retro streets of Japan

Location: Machida, Japan

Dates: June 30 - July 30, 2022

Application Period: Apply by March 18, 2022.


  • Completed one year of university with good academic record
  • A grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • One year's previous study of the Japanese language are recommended (not required)

Ritsumeikan University RSJP1

Summer Japanese Program

About the Program: This 5 week in-person summer program consists of Japanese Language and Culture Classes.

Total Program Fee:

JPY 434,100 (includes the following)

  • Program fee
  • Service fee
  • Accommodation fee (single ensuite rooms)

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Dates: May 10 - June 10, 2022

Application Period: February 18 - March 11, 2022

Additional Information:

Ritsumeikan University


Seoul Women’s University

Online Basic Korean

This class is an introduction to Korean alphabets, grammar, and culture for students who have no (or very limited) prior knowledge of Korean. The goal of the course is to provide a foundation that will enable students to acquire and develop integrated skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in Korean. The process of learning these skills will develop the
student’s ability to communicate in real-life situations based on basic Korean level.
It is an online synchronous course, which means we will meet for regular class sessions online via Zoom. Your presence and
active participation are required and important for creating the most effective learning experience.

Location: Online (Zoom)

Dates: March 2, 2023 to June 15, 2023


  • Nomination deadline: Feb. 10, 2023
  • Application deadline: Feb. 17, 2023

All student must be nominated by their home university before applying to ‘Online Basic Korean’ course. The SWU program
coordinator will invite students by email to submit their applications after receiving their nomination.

Student Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Read and write Korean alphabets
  • Read and comprehend simple, written texts
  • Engage in basic conversations of daily life topics such as greetings, time, numbers, etc.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding about the core grammar patterns and expressions of the Korean language

Additional Information:

See the SWU  Bahrom International Program

Bahrom International Program (BIP)

About the Program: Bahrom International Program is a 4-week summer program in Seoul, South Korea.  The program is conducted in English, and is an “experience Korea” cultural program.  The program consists of various lectures, field trips and group activities.  The credits earned at SWU may be transferred to VIU, there will be a requirement to register and pay for 1 course at VIU in order to earn credit for this experience.  This program is not gender specific, despite the University name, the summer program is open for any and all gender identities.  

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Dates: TBA

Application Deadline: TBA

Submit your completed application to or Building 255 reception
*It is not necessary to submit photos, passport copies or the application fee to apply.  These will be requested from students once accepted.

Eligibility and how to apply:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students
  • English proficiency for non-native speakers
  • See the VIU Bahrom International Program (includes application instructions and detailed program information)

Additional Information:

See the VIU Bahrom International Program
(includes application instructions and detailed program information)

Chung-Ang University

Program: CAU International Summer Program

About the Program: The CAU International Summer Program (ISP) is a hybrid program providing students with a window into Korea coupled with courses and cultural experiences that foster an understanding of Korea's culture and society as well as subjects ranging from Business, Social Sciences, International Relations, Korean Language.

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Dates: TBA

Application Period: TBA


  • Enrolled as a student at a university level institution
  • English proficiency for non-native speakers

Additional Information:


Burgundy School of Business

GinkGo Entrepreneurial Garden Program

About the Program: Entrepreneurship is first and foremost a state of being and acting to transform the world. Our responsibility is to learn to create it. The Entrepreneurial Garden has developed a range of short-term programes, combining different modules from ideation to business creation. Courses are taught in English.

Location: Dijon, France

Dates: Undergraduate & Postgraduate Module 1 2022 Program TBA

   Undergraduate Module 2 2022 Program TBA

Undergraduate students may choose to register for Module 1, 2 or both.

Application Deadline: TBA

Eligibility: English proficiency for non-native speakers

Additional Information:

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management 

The Finance and Management Bootcamp

About the Program: 

Aiming to offer students from all backgrounds the opportunity to broaden their international perspective, all while being exposed to advanced courses which provide progressive learning in specialized financial and logistical fields. The finance week of the course curriculum will focus on Blockchain, Sustainability, Accounting and Banking topics, while the management week will cover mostly Leadership, Strategy and Marketing topics. Both course weeks will include relevant company/site visits as well as cultural, culinary, and social activities!

Location: Frankfurt, Germany (New Adickesallee Campus)

Dates: TBD

Price: TBD

Application Deadline: TBD


  • Bachelor Students or first year Master Students
  • Studying non-finance programs

Additional Information: Students from VIU can receive a 25% partner discount on their fees

Additional Information:

Frankfurt School Summer Programs

Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

International Summer University 2022

About the Program: Get the most out of your summer and join us for a hyrbid summer school in the heart of Germany. Our short-term program combines an academic module with a German language course and several free time and leisure activities: day trips to Heidelberg and the Rhine River Valley, riding a solar draisine, hiking, retro-games-night, intercultural training, and many more. As an ISU 2022 highlight, we will offer a 4-day academic excursion to Germany’s capital city Berlin.

The regular program fee is $1990 Euro, however, we grant a tuition waiver to students from our partner universities. This means, the program fee for your students is only $900 Euro. The program fee includes:

  • Accommodation for the duration of the program in a hotel (single room)
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Academic module (inducing lecture material and the academic excursion to Berlin)
  • German language course (lecture materials)
  • All schedules cultural activities and day trips
  • Ticket for the public transportation system for the city of Darmstadt
  • Health-, accident- and liability insurance 

VIU students could receive transfer credit at VIU for MGMT 494

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Dates:  June 10 until July 02, 2022. Online classes start on May 23, 2022.

Application Deadline: Apply to VIU Education Abroad by April 1, 2022 (our team will nominate eligible students to ensure the tuition waiver is received). 

Additional Information:

Karlshochschule International University

Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience

About the Program: The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience is organized by the Karlshochschule International University and InterCulturgemeinnützige GmbH and approaches relevant topics in the field of intercultural management, communication and training and is intended to foster the intercultural perspective within the field of management studies as well as to develop applied solutions for the problems in business and society.

Location: Karlsruhe, Southwest Germany

Dates: TBA

Application Deadline: TBA


  • Undergraduate students with one year of academic record
  • Young professionals aged 18 to 35
  • English proficiency for non-native speakers                              

Additional Information:


Munich School of Applied Sciences

Engineering for Sustainability and The Journey to Industry

Summer 2022 Mode of offering: in-person (subject to change)

About the Program: Munich Summer School of Applied Sciences offers study programs in automotive and electrical engineering, management and entrepreneurship. All international students also participate in German language and culture classes. The program will provide opportunities to learn about German culture by interacting with local students, faculty, staff and through the program's social activities.

Location: Munich, Germany

Dates: Engineering for Sustainability July 4 - August 5, 2022; The Journey to Industry July 18 - July 29, 2022

Application Deadline: March, 2022

Additional Information:


Utrect University of Applied Sciences

Summer 2022 Mode of offering: hybrid

Students can choose between online and in-class according to their personal situation related to COVID-19. 

Utrecht Summer School

About the Program: Select from a variety of courses in the areas of Culture, Language, Social Sciences, Economics, Science, Life Science! Available courses include (but not limited to):

  • Innovation in European Business
  • The Essence of Doing Business in Europe (including 1 week in Milan)
  • Global Management Game: Strategic Marketing, Management and Finance
  • Leadership for Innovation and Performance Happiness
  • Project Management; From Theory to Practice
  • New Financing Models in a Changing World

Location: Utrecht, Netherlands

Dates: Courses are throughout July & August (Dependent on course selection)

Application:  Deadlines vary by course

Eligibility: Bachelor students with a minimum age of 18

Additional Information:


Douglas College

Summer 2022 Iceland Field School 

About the program: 

  • Earn 10 university-transferable credits in 7 weeks during the summer semester
  • Study 4 weeks pre-departure on campus in a small-class setting with 3 instructors
  • Travel to Iceland as a group. Spend 2 weeks exploring the island nation’s breathtaking landscape, how it was formed, its role in the North Atlantic, its history, culture and socio-economic environment as well as how it is a leader in sustainable development including waste management services, energy use, biodiversity and urban design.
  • All Canadian students will receive a $2000 scholarship thanks to the Global Skills Opportunity funding provided by the Canadian Government. 

Location: Iceland

2022 Dates: 

Classes start:Monday, May 9
Group departure:Sunday, May 29
Group disbands in Iceland:Sunday, June 12

Application deadline: Feb. 28, 2022 (for Summer 2022); Jan. 31, 2023 (for Summer 2023)

For program information contact

Additional Information:

Education Abroad Office

Faculty of International Education, Building 255 
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
V9R 5S5

250.753.3245 Ext. 2494