Short-term opportunities 

We offer a wide variety of short term opportunities for you to experience alongside your studies.  Ranging anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks these include places at our summer schools at partner universities, international internships, as well as other exciting work and volunteering experiences!

Applications for short term opporunities in 2023/24 will not open until later in the year, but please find below a sample of opportunities that were available during 2022/23

Global University Partner Summer Schools - CLOSED

The Study Abroad & Exchanges office is working in collaboration with our global university exchange partners to offer Turing funding for students to take part in a 4-week summer school. 

Opportunities were available in: 

Use our interactive map to discover other opportunities where you could take part in a 4-week summer school.

Use the universities' websites to  research the full costs, eligibility criteria and application process (including deadlines) before you apply.

Once you have found a summer school you are interested in and begun the host university application process, please contact the Turing team ( for more details about funding. 

  • Turing Cost of Living grant vary depending on whether you are a widening participation student, Birmingham Scholar and/or Chamberlain Awardee
  • Turing Travel grants are only available to widening participation students, Birmingham Scholars and Chamberlain Awardees
  • We can only offer funding for students taking part in 4-week (28 day) summer schools

Common Purpose Global Futures, Hong Kong - CLOSED

This opportunity is only open to those students who are in the Birmingham Scholars network.

The University of Birmingham is working in collaboration with Common Purpose to exclusively offer Birmingham Scholars an innovative and exciting global leadership programme in Hong Kong

This programme will run from Saturday 17 June to Saturday 15 July - if you apply, you must be able to attend the whole duration of the programme and a mandatory pre-departure in-person session on campus in early June.

The Common Purpose Global Futures programme is a 4-week programme in Hong Kong with 3 stages: Immersion, Internship, and Reflection. The programme will begin with a week-long leadership programme before the opportunity to apply these skills in a internship in Hong Kong. 

Selected students will spend a month in the awe-inspiring city that is Hong Kong. Through cultural immersion activities and spending time with local businesses, government agencies, NGOs and in communities, students will get beneath the surface of the city. Students will then spend three weeks working days in an organization on a work placement - not just to get experience, but to actually working on a real-life projects that will make a meaningful difference to the organization.

If you are a Birmingham Scholar selected for this programme, your programme fee and accommodation will be paid for by the University of Birmingham. You will also receive a Turing Scheme travel grant and cost of living grant.


IENA American Summers, USA - CLOSED

The University of Birmingham is working in collaboration with IENA to offer students Turing Scheme funding to undertake summer camp placements with American Summers. Students who are selected will be recommended to IENA and recommended students are offered a reduced registration fee. Please note we can only fund camp placements which are 9 weeks or shorter.

In addition to a reduced registration via selected students will receive Turing Scheme cost of living grants to take part in this opportunity. Students who are undergraduate Birmingham Scholars or Chamberlain Awardee are also entitled to a travel grant. Students who take part in this opportunity will be paid by their camp.

Find out more about IENA American Summers

If you have any questions about the American Summers, the placements or the American Summers application, please direct these to: Lyndon Ashworth (

Application for funding
Application for opportunity 

University of Amsterdam Urban Changemakers Summer School, The Netherlands - CLOSED

The University of Birmingham is working in collaboration with University of Amsterdam to offer Birmingham Scholars an innovative and exciting Urban Changemakers summer school in the Netherlands. This Programme is open to non-final year Birmingham Scholars only.

This Programme will run from Thursday 13 July to Thursday 10 August 2023 - if you apply, you must be able to attend the whole duration of the Programme. There will also be mandatory pre-departure and post-trip group sessions on campus. Dates to be confirmed.

Please use this form to apply for the Programme.

The application deadline is: 28 February 2023, 11:59 

About the programme

This is a 4-week Programme in Amsterdam with 4 (tentative) themes: Where are you, Empowerment, Navigation and Growth, and Wellbeing, Resilience and Changemaking. You will be supported by additional activities in Birmingham, and will have the opportunity to enrich the wider Birmingham Scholar community as part of your development. 

Successful applicants will be required to undertake 4 volunteering engagement activities with us throughout the 2023/24 academic year to share your learning with fellow Birmingham Scholars, our partners, and future students.

For more information please contact

Funding for successful Birmingham Scholar applicants

The University of Birmingham, the University of Amsterdam and the Turing scheme will fund the tuition fees for the Programme and provide accommodation at the University of Amsterdam.

Successful applicants will be eligible for an exceptional costs grant of £155 (e.g. for Visas, or Passport costs), and a travel grant of £250 for the Programme (successful applicants must apply for the Turing grants as a mandatory condition). Your travel grant will be used by the University to pay for your flight and transfers. Funding towards accessibility needs is also available. Please contact for details. 


Please be aware that the accommodation provided for this Programme is a private student dorm room with shared facilities.


Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this Programme and may have access to additional funding to support accessibility requirements. Please contact to discuss further.