Otago Polytechnic

Summer School overseas scholarships and programme packages (Jun – Aug)

Experience a new culture and make valuable international connections that can last a lifetime.

A number of Otago Polytechnic’s partner institutions around the world offer scholarships to our students from year 2 of study onwards. Either degree or both degree and diploma students are eligible to apply. Scholarship places are limited for some programmes.

Our partners also offer programme packages (of between 2-4 weeks) during our winter break (around July). These block courses are usually school and degree/diploma specific and credit bearing – so can be credited back to your study at OP on discussion with your school. These programme packages are designed for international students and are delivered in English. There is a programme fee, but it covers tuition, activities/trips, accommodation (usually), week day meals (often) etc. – so it’s very good value.

Our international partners let us know about upcoming courses during the year, so keep an eye on Facebook and Moodle for any updates. Please contact us, if you’d like more information: exploremore@op.ac.nz  



  SUIBE – Shanghai University of International Business & Economics, China

June - July

Shanghai University of International Business & Economics (SUIBE) has generously awarded places for Otago Polytechnic students in the Shanghai SUIBE Summer School Programme. 

This is for students who are in their second year (or higher) of diploma or degree study at Otago Polytechnic and are New Zealand or Oceania countries passport holders. 

The programme is taught in English and is sponsored by Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship for international students. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees, accommodation, meals, culture activities, field trips and textbooks at Shanghai University of International Business & Economics (SUIBE) for the successful applicants.

The programme will consist of a basic Chinese course, lectures focused on topics of business, economics, finance, business law, management and Chinese cultures, cultural experiences, field trips and activities with local students. You do not need an academic background in these subjects to participate – it is a general interest programme, suitable for all eligible students. Previous participants have had no business background but still found the programme extremely worthwhile and interesting, as well as an amazing experience.

Our schools at Otago Polytechnic are flexible regarding the departure date and are encouraging to those wishing to participate.

For more information, please read the Shanghai SUIBE Summer School information sheet or contact Otago Polytechnic Exchange coordinator Liz White at studyabroad@op.ac.nz

  Donghua University – Shanghai, China

The Donghua University Summer (July/August) Chinese Language Program (SCP) is available to all degree and diplomas undergraduates across OP’s schools. SCP is highly suitable for those who plan to study longer or work in Shanghai in the future. Students will receive survival language learning, a traditional cultural experience, and hands-on experience of the city and life. You will have the opportunity to make friends from all over the world.

Donghua University has previously awarded one scholarship for an Otago Polytechnic student that offers a full application fee and tuition fee waiver, and for all additional self-funded students - a 10% tuition fee discount.

For more information, please contact Liz White at studyabroad@op.ac.nz.

  Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong

PolyU International Summer School is available to all degree and diplomas undergraduates across OP’s schools, from Second Year onwards. The scholarship includes free accommodation and tuition. All courses are credit bearing. 

There are two 4-week sessions available and an optional one-week field trip applies to both. Students can choose either session, and can participate in the field trip with either session (a small fee is charged for the trip). Discuss with your school programme leader which session suits your programme timetable best. 

Session 1: June to July

Field Trip: mid-July

Session 2: July to Aug

Visit the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Summer School website

Find out more about the International Summer School programme.



  Fontys – The Netherlands

‘Experience it: coaching for success’: Fontys offers a summer school programme suitable for Sport and Adventure and Applied Business degree students in particular. The programme runs in August. If at least two OP students participate, a course/tuition fee free option can be negotiated. 

Find out more about Fontys’ summer school programme, or contact Liz White at studyabroad@op.ac.nz.

  Humber – Canada

Humber is offering a Global Summer School from 5-27 July 2019. There are seven programmes to choose from for all students. 

Find out more about Humber’s summer school programmes or contact Liz White at studyabroad@op.ac.nz.

  Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences – Germany

Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences is ideal for students studying Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Energy Management (Business) or related disciplines. Please check suitability to your study with your programme leader. For OP students, the University offers a heavily discounted programme fee of 900 Euro for the course. Flights, insurance and meals are additional. Programme dates are: mid-July – mid-August. 

Find out more about Hochschule Darmstadt University’s summer school programmes or contact Liz White at studyabroad@op.ac.nz.

  Kansai University – Japan


Kansai University Free Online Course

Up to 50 students from all over the world will be invited to participate in a seven-week online program. This course is designed to give students opportunities to consider global citizenship with regard to key contemporary social issues in international settings, taking international and domestic perspectives. Students will examine a range of broad themes relating to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including topics on foreign policy, international affairs, trade and finance, and defense and security. In addition, we will explore more specific areas of contemporary interest, for example, aspects of health and well-being, international approaches to education, and business innovation and development. The course is designed to be responsive to topical and immediate global concerns and will draw upon themes and materials as they develop.

Read the FAQs about this course

Program Content

Dates: July 27 to September 15 (7 weeks)

Program Cost: Free

Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled in academic institutions affiliated to Kansai University or who are currently exchange students at Kansai University. With adequate command of English, sufficient to understand lectures and participate in discussions, is a minimum requirement (desired English language proficiency: TOFEL iBT72, IELTS 5.5, Total 1560 score of TOEIC S&W plus L&R and above).

Download the complete programme overview 

Application Procedure

Download the application form

Statement of purpose (300-400 words)

Language ability certificate(s) *for non-native English speakers Academic transcript

Application Deadline: July 10, 2020


  ICT Summer School - Metropolia

ICT Summer School at Metropolia UAS will be organized in August 2020 for the 20th time. Your students are kindly invited to participate! The list of courses offered and more information about the ICT Summer School can be found in our website and in the flyer. All courses in the ICT Summer School are taught in English. NOTE regarding possible changes due to COVID-19 pendamic! Currently we are planning to organise the ICT Summer School normally and enrolment for the courses is in May. However, this works only if the COVID-19 situation is fully under control in August and it is not anymore a threat to our health and wellbeing. We are constantly monitoring the situation and we will make the decision on how to organize the ICT Summer School 2020 on June 12, 2020 at latest. In case of cancellation of the face-to-face courses, some courses will be offered on-line.


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