Going Abroad Independently

Did you not find what you were looking for? This page lists other options for studying or completing a work placement abroad.

Various organisations offer internship and grant programmes for which you can apply independently. Remember to check the application periods and possible tuition fees carefully.

Begin your preparations at least one year before the desired period abroad. For more information, please contact the organisation in question directly.


If you are looking for something to do in summer 2018, see the Summer Schools offered by other universities!

Obtaining a Study or a Work Placement Independently

Information on studies and work placements in international organisations can be found e.g. on the Maailmalle website maintained by the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) (Finnish and Swedish).

Grant Programmes

Internship Programmes

  • OPH’s internship programmes: country programmes, IAESTE for the field of technology, Finnish organisations abroad
  • NORDJOBB: Nordic internship programme to improve labour mobility and increase knowledge and awareness of Nordic languages and cultures in the North.

Internship Programmes of Student Organisations

  • AIESEC: independent international student organisation operating in more than 100 countries
  • FiMSIC: Finnish Medical Students’ International Committee takes care of the international relations of medical students
  • ELSA: The European Law Students’ Association is the world’s largest international organisation for students of law and young lawyers

Useful Links


You can apply for a travel grant from the University of Tampere for an independently arranged work placement period lasting longer than three months. The university does not provide grants for independently arranged study placements. More information: Head of Financial Aid Office Eini Mäkelä.

Student financial aid can be granted for higher education studies abroad (more information from Kela). Supplementary funding can be obtained from a variety of foundations and associations – for example, see the SYL grant database.

Summer Schools abroad

Many universities offer courses in the summer months, usually for a separate fee.

NB! If you participate in a summer school programme abroad in summer 2018, you can apply for a new 500 euro travel grant. The grant can be paid after completing the course. The grant is meant primarily for summer programmes organised by UTA partner universities, but in case of sufficient funds, grants may also be given secondarily for participation in courses arranged by universities other than UTA partners. Read more and fill the grant application: Funding Studies Abroad

Some of the summer programmes offered by (mostly) UTA partner universities are listed below. Please see Summer Schools in Europe for more options.


Country Organising University Summer Programme Dates
Austria University of Vienna univie: summer school – European and International Studies 2018 14 July - 11 August
Belgium University of Antwerp Antwerp Summer University several dates
China London School of Economics, Peking University Summer School Beijing, China 6 - 17 August
Czech Republic Charles University Summer University Prague 2018: Project Europe at a Crossroads 8 - 22 September
Czech Republic Charles University Prague Summer School of Journalism 2018 1 - 15 September
Estonia University of Tartu Estonian Summer Courses (Estonian language and culture) 23 July - 3 August
France Sorbonne Nouvelle University Theater Summer School 2018 at Sorbonne Nouvelle 2 - 20 July
France University of Angers International Summer Schools at University of Angers June - July
Germany University of Duisburg-Essen Global and Transnational Sociology Summer School 11 June – 6 July
Germany European University
The European System of Human Rights Protection 9 - 20 July

University of Bayreuth

Bayreuth International Summer School in Bavaria 1 - 14 July
Germany University of Münster WWU Summer School: European Campus of Intercultural Perspectives 27 - 31 August

Europa-Universität Viadrina

Transsectoral PeaceLab. Hybrid Solutions to Hybrid Conflicts? Academia, Civil Society and the Arts 20 August – 2 September
Greece Aristotle University of Thessaloniki International Summer School of Medical Law and Bioethics on “Assisted Reproduction and Alternative Family Forms” 5 - 11 July

Ionian University

Summer School of Greek Language, History and Culture (Corfu Summer School) 7 - 22 July
Greece Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Recent developments on financial crime, corruption and money laundering: European and international perspectives 4 - 12 July
Israel Galilee International Management Institute

Israel – Palestine Conflict: Understanding Both Sides

18 - 30 July

Italy LUISS University LUISS International Summer Programs 2018 June-July
Italy University of Urbino Summer Course on Italian Language and Culture 9-13 July

University of Genova

International Summer School on Deep Learning 23 - 27 July
Italy/Kazakhstan/India/China University of Milano-Bicocca Bicocca Summer School several dates
Ireland Maynooth University International Summer School 7 July – 4 August

Kosovo International Summer Academy

International Summer Academy (KSA): “Peace building in post-conflict areas – Diplomacy, Leadership and Negotiations 10 - 20 July
Latvia University of Latvia International Baltic Summer School in Canadian Studies: Rethinking Canada 10 July – 17 July
Latvia University of Latvia Riga Summer School 5 - 18 August
Lithuania Mykolas Romeris University Summer School "Science and Art of Communication" 15 - 22 July
Lithuania Vytautas Magnus University Baltic Summer University July-August
Malta Several Off the Beaten Track: Summer School for Anthropologists several dates
Netherlands Radboud University Radboud Summer School 5 - 17 August
Romania Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi Jassy Summer School: A Journey Through Hard Sciences, Economics, Social Sciences and the Tourism Industry 9 - 22 July
Russia Samara Unviersity High-Technology Management (HTM) Summer School 2018 in Samara University 19 - 29 July and 3 - 13 August
Russia Petrozavodsk State University Russian Language Programme 2018 several dates
Russia Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics Baltic Energy in Changing Energy Landscape 15 – 29 August
Russia Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics Doing Business in Russia 15 – 28 July
Slovenia University of Ljubljana Global School in Empirical Research Methods – GSERM (for PhD students, postgraduates and researchers) 20 - 31 August
South Africa London School of Economics, University of Cape Town July School Cape Town, South Africa 25 June - 6 July
Spain University of A Coruña Universidade da Coruña's International Summer School 30 July - 17 August
Switzerland Hochschule Furtwangen University White Water Management – Learning Management in a new way 3 - 10 August
Switzerland University of Zurich 'How Switzerland got rich': UZH International Summer School 9 - 20 July
Switzerland Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IPD Institute for Peace & Dialogue (IPD) Summer Academy several dates
Switzerland University of Geneva Université de Genève: French Summer Course several dates
Switzerland Geneva Business School Geneva Business School Summer Program 9 - 20 July
Turkey Koç University International Migration and the Crisis 25 June - 13 July
United Kingdom Nottingham Trent University Global Summer School 9 July - 3 August
United Kingdom University of Cambridge University of Cambridge International Summer Programme several dates