List of the Best International Summer Schools in 2020

Publish Date: Sep 17, 2019


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Here is the list of all international summer schools.


Law and Humanities Summer School: Law, Art, Politics, 15-19 June, 2020, University of Lucerne, Switzerland

Event Date: June 15, 2020 - June 19, 2020

Deadline: March 01, 2020

Host Country: Switzerland

The 2020 Summer School will focus on the entanglements of law, art and politics. From statues of the Roman Emperors to Picasso’s Guernica, some of the world’s most celebrated works of art have been explicitly political. But in the twenty-first century everything has been disrupted – including law, including art, including politics. We live in a world obsessed by images and distrustful of politics; a world in which the public sphere is collapsing and private interests seem more powerful than ever. What, then, is the role of art in making and unmaking, representing and challenging the language of law and the power of politics? Can art disrupt the disruptors?


16th Migration Summer School: Migration and Mobility in an Era of Contention, June 22 - July 3, 2020, European University Institute, Italy

Event Date: June 22, 2020 - July 03, 2020

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Host Country: Italy

The Summer School offers a diverse programme including lectures, inter-active workshops and debates. The combined insights from political, economic, sociological, legal, anthropological, and practice-based approaches to the study of migration will enable participants to return home with a deeper understanding of one of the most complex and multifaceted phenomena affecting governments and society across the globe.

The Summer School provides a unique opportunity to network with other participants (a selected group of researchers and practitioners from throughout the world), to exchange with outstanding scholars in the field, and to take advantage of the unique research facilities of the European University Institute (including the EUI Library).

Black Europe Summer School, June 21 - July 3, 2020, Black Women in Europe, Netherlands

Event Date: June 21, 2020 - July 3, 2020

Deadline: March 01, 2020

Host Country:  Netherlands

This course addresses the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe, examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced; the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; issues such as global racisms, everyday racism, and epistemic racism; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and the ways in which each country has dealt with questions of race and national identity. Issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality are central analytics, and scholars from the social sciences and humanities and NGOs working against racism and xenophobia in Europe are encouraged to apply.


Transparency Summer School - Intensive Anti-corruption Training for Future Leaders, 6-12 July 2020, Lithuania

Event Date: July 06, 2020 - July 12, 2020

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Host Country: Lithuania

We welcome individuals from public, private, non-governmental and academic sectors, from all academic backgrounds. Transparency School does not discriminate its applicants on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, political beliefs, marital, familial or parental status, sexual orientation or any other basis.

Summer School -The Politics of Nationalist Mobilization, 22-26 June 2020, CEU, Hungary

Event Date: June 22, 2020 - June 26, 2020

Deadline: March 14, 2020

Host Country: Hungary

The course targets advanced MA and PhD students as well as young researchers with interest in contemporary issues related to migration and territorial and supra-territorial governance. The empirical sessions of the summer course are strongly comparative in their scope and multi-disciplinary in their methodology.

Gender Studies Summer School, 8-14 July 2019, London, UK

Event Date: July 08, 2020 - July 14, 2020

Deadline: June 30, 2020 

Host Country: United Kingdom

Spend an amazing week in London and learn about gender across different disciplines – literature and culture, philosophy and sociology, media and communication, history and political science, religious studies and education.

EBHA Doctoral Summer School - Challenges for Business History in a Changing World, 8-11 July 2020, Barcelona, Spain

Event Date: July 08, 2020 - July 11, 2020

Deadline: February 29, 2020

Host Country: Spain

The 10th edition of the EBHA (European Business History Association) Summer School will take place at Barcelona, from Wednesday, July 8th to Friday, July 10th, 2020. The school, titled Challenges for Business History in a Changing World, aims to encourage a fresh and rigorous exchange of thoughts, ideas, and new research being done by doctoral students in early stages of their doctoral work, in fields closely related to Business History. It is organised jointly by the European Business History Association (EBHA) and the University of Barcelona (UB) in cooperation with the Spanish Association of Economic History (AEHE). 

Winter School - Cultural Heritage & Outreach, 27-31 January 2020, UK

Event Date: January 27, 2020 - January 31, 2020

Deadline: October 01, 2019

Host Country: United Kingdom

During those five editions the participants came from Hong Kong, Sweden, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Mexico, Denmark, Italy, Russia, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Estonia, and the United States. These training events have all been a success and the participants have found it a unique experience for learning and networking. You can see some pictures of the previous editions online (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019). 

6th International Winter School on Big Data, 13-17 January 2020, Italy

Event Date: January 13, 2020 - January 17, 2020

Deadline: October 02, 2019

Host Country: Italy

BigDat 2020 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants on the most recent advances in the critical and fast-developing area of big data, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and industrial innovation with an extraordinary potential for a huge impact on scientific discoveries, medicine, engineering, business models, and society itself. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.

Winter School on Bounded Rationality, 13–19 January 2020, India

Deadline: October 05, 2019

Event Date: January 13, 2020 - January 19, 2020

Host Country: India
The aim of the Winter School is to foster participants’ understanding of the processes underlying human decision making, and to apply this knowledge to the real world, enabling people to make better decisions under uncertainty and complexity. To this end, the School offers a unique forum for decision-making scholars from various disciplines to share their approaches, discuss their research, and inspire one another. 

Cancer Immunotherapy Winter School, 13-17 January 2020, Houston, Texas, USA

Event Date: January 13, 2020 - January 17, 2020

Deadline: October 07, 2019
Host Country: United States
Taught by leading experts in the field, this five-day program provides attendees with a deep understanding of the core principles of tumour immunology and cancer immunotherapy and examines developing areas in the field.

Event Date: January 08, 2020 - January 15, 2020

Deadline: October 10, 2019

Host Country: Italy

What nuclear order will arise as emerging technologies are folded into comprehensive modernization programs in an environment largely or wholly unregulated by arms control? What constitutes stable nuclear deterrence under such circumstances? What emerging technologies are most destabilizing for nuclear strategic stability? Which ones might lead to escalation across the nuclear threshold? The 59th ISODARCO course will explore the technological, military, and arms control developments that are changing and challenging the global nuclear order.

Winter School on Federalism and Governance, 17-28 February 2020, Italy

Event Date: February 17, 2020 - February 28, 2020

Deadline: October 11, 2019

Host Country: Italy
The Winter School on Federalism and Governance​ is a common project of the Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Innsbruck. All editions so far have been honoured by the patronage of the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. The Winter School analyzes the phenomena of federalism, regionalism and multi-level governance from legal and political science perspectives. 

Deadline: October 11, 2019

Event Date: February 16, 2020 - February 21, 2020

Host Country: India

Such critiques of global history are not new. The championing of global history, especially in the UK, by historians of the British Empire and Imperialism had given global history a faint whiff of neocolonialism, especially amongst historians of the many nation-states that emerged from the British Empire. It seemed to lack relevance, for instance, for detailed micro studies of social inequality in locally-embedded ‘small’ spaces, which are deemed crucial to understanding the postcolonial modernity of many a postcolonial nation-state. Hence, it appeared to ignore many of the concerns of historians of postcolonial nations and over-write these with a universalistic, neo-colonialist, hegemonic historiographic agenda.  

Winter School - The New Political Economy of Europe, 15-17 January 2020, University College Dublin, Ireland

Event Date: January 15, 2020 - January 17, 2020

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Host Country: Ireland
The summer school will feature two days of seminars, lectures, and workshops, each of them devoted to one of the Centre’s areas of research: democratic legitimacy, economic governance, and electoral politics. Successful applications would address one of these areas and should include a paper/chapter + CV. Selected researches will have their travel and lodging expenses covered. 

Persian, Armenian and Russian Language Winter Schools 2019, Yerevan, Armenia

Event Date: December 01, 2019 - December 21, 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Host Country: Armenia

ASPIRANTUM - School of languages and cultures invites international participants to apply and take part in Persian, Armenian and Russian language winter schools to be organized from December 1 till December 21, 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia. Each language winter school offers 60 hours of intensive language classes during 15 days of teaching (from Monday till Friday each week). Every day the participants will receive a language instruction for 4 hours.

Citizen Science Winter School - Transforming Research Through Public Participation, 12 – 17 January 2020, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Event Date: January 12, 2020 - January 17, 2020
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Host Country: Switzerland

Citizen science and other participatory approaches in scientific research have received broad attention in recent years. While technological developments have led to a boom in citizen science in the past ten to fifteen years, there is a long tradition of participatory approaches in scientific endeavours.

6th Snow Science Winter School, 16-22 February 2020, France

Event Date: February 16, 2020 - February 22, 2020

Deadline: October 20, 2019

Host Country: France

The 6th Snow Science Winter School will teach these modern techniques of snow measurements. The school consists of a field training complemented by theoretical lessons. It includes the practice with some of the state-of-the-art snow measurement techniques (specific surface area by reflection and spectroscopy, near-infrared photography, high-resolution penetrometry, micro-tomography, etc). Students will learn about how to characterize snow cover, what are the fundamental processes responsible for its evolution, and how does it interact with the environment. For this edition, a special focus will be on snow in a changing climate, impact on human and nature.

Winter School - To understand: Arctic Environment and Ecosystem, 5-12 January 2020, China

Event Date: January 05, 2020 - January 12, 2020

Deadline: October 31, 2019 

Host Country: China

The teachers of the IAS Winter School come from the Arctic countries and China, and students will be from these countries and other countries too. The teaching courses will consist of core courses, lectures and laboratory courses. During the Winter School, the students will attend an international conference (Harbin Forum for Polar Environment and Ecosystem, HFPEE), and at weekend, the students can experience the beautiful Harbin City and world-famous ice sculptures.

Edinburgh Winter School - Debating International Relations, 13 January - 7 February 2020, UK

Event Date: January 13, 2020 - February 07, 2020

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Host Country: United Kingdom

This course will appeal to any student interested in politics, international relations, and international legal and political systems, especially those who are planning a career or academic research in these fields. 

University of Stavanger Summer School - Philosophy of Social Sciences, 12-16 November 2019, Norway

Event Date: November 12, 2019 - November 16, 2019

Deadline: November 05, 2019

Host Country: Norway

The student will gain knowledge of:
  • Fundamental epistemological and ontological issues raised by different research approaches in the social sciences.
  • The philosophical concepts in terms of which these issues are articulated, and the competing philosophical arguments and theories advanced in addressing them.
  • The broader philosophical context within which the student's own research project is situated.

Event Date: March 14, 2020 - March 17, 2020

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Host Country: Austria

The SFB (Special Research Unit) “Credence Goods, Incentives and Behavior” at the University of Innsbruck is delighted to announce the third edition of the Innsbruck Winter School on Credence Goods, Incentives and Behavior. The Winter School will focus on theoretical, experimental and behavioural approaches towards analyzing the economic implications of credence goods and will be taught by Loukas Balafoutas and Rudolf Kerschbamer (both from the University of Innsbruck). In addition, special sessions on selected topics in Behavioral Economics/Finance will be held by Martin Dufwenberg (University of Arizona), Brit Grosskopf (University of Exeter), and Michael Kirchler (University of Innsbruck and University of Göteborg). 

Event Date: June 22, 2020 - June 26, 2020

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Host Country: Germany

The Summer School provides PhD students with an opportunity to present and receive feedback on their research, participate in workshops related to their topic and methodology of research, and meet senior researchers and other PhD students from other countries and educational cultures. Emerging researchers also have the opportunity to engage with research issues in their small tutorial groups, which offer safe and constructive spaces for debate and discussion.

Summer University Program, 29 June - 31 July 2020, Central European University, Hungary

Event Date: June 29, 2020 - July 31, 2021

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Host Country: Hungary

While previously SUN was aimed almost exclusively at junior faculty from Central and Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union, we now encourage MA and PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, young faculty, and researchers as well as professionals worldwide to participate in our summer school. Tuition waivers and/or scholarships are made available for those in need of financial assistance on an academic merit basis with a continued preference for applicants from post-communist countries and emerging democracies. 

EBHA Doctoral Summer School - Challenges for Business History in a Changing World, 8-11 July 2020, Barcelona, Spain

Event Date: July 08, 2020 - July 11, 2020

Deadline: February 29, 2020

Host Country: Spain

The school will focus on theoretical, methodological and practical issues which are of relevance for advanced research in business history. The main aims of the school are to provide students with a full understanding of the newest trends in research in the field and to provide a friendly atmosphere in which to discuss their preliminary findings with leading scholars as well as among their peers. In this respect, the program features both lectures and seminars given by faculty and student presentations of their research projects.

9 International Oxford Summer School 2020

Event Date: Summer 2020

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Host Country: United Kingdom

Oxford Royale Summer Schools’ world-class summer school for ages 19+, offering the true Oxford student experience based on historic university campuses.

This summer, Oxford Royale Summer Schools will welcome a select group of students to two of the oldest and most picturesque of all Oxford University colleges – Merton College and University College. We would be delighted if you were to consider joining us for an experience that will be as culturally and socially immersive as it will be academically beneficial. After all, the only true way to experience the magical city of Oxford is as a student.

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