A walk on the beach, a country side vacation, a water park trip, or simply a whole lot of lazy afternoons, are usually the defining features of summer time. A hiatus in the scholastic ventures of student life. So why interrupt the trance, with productivity and learning, with an international b-school’s summer program? Do these summer business programs have enough meat to justify the break in the break?
After all, the duration of these programs is a fraction of a normal curriculum. So why spend your leisure time, and precious money, in the pursuit of speedy knowledge?
In response, here are some advantages of enrolling in a summer business training initiative.
- Summer programs are beneficial in the context of their contribution to your next educational or career plan. Students who don’t have a business major, or any form of business training, can employ the fundamentals they learn in these business summer programs as extra marketing credentials for grabbing an internship or a job.
- The international exposure, in these short-term programs, could also be a highlight in your resume. Employers may appreciate the international experience, as well as the initiative and knowledge that are associated with it.
- These programs serve as a good stepping stone towards more serious regular business education. The pre-MBA training provides a head start in an already packed and competitive curriculum.
- Entrepreneurship focused programs enable the development of a perspective otherwise not available to non-business majors bit by the entrepreneurial bug. These summer programs are a good way for young graduates, or college seniors, to gain the know-hows to embark on their own projects with confidence.
- Leadership training is also prized by future employers, looking to bring in driven individuals to their workforce.
- Unlike self-studying, these programs have the advantage of being a part of an established and reputed business school system, and being taught by esteemed academics and industry experts.
- Most of these programs are quite intensive, engrossing, and require a full-on participation from its recipients. The close studying association forms a fertile ground to grow your network.
- The participants often earn course credits which can be transferred to their future studies.
- It also works as an experiment to test your interest in the field, experience the instruction style, explore the environment, and judge their inclination in pursuing a more involved study in an international business school setting for the future.
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These programs do come with a few caveats. Especially with the price tag associated with them. Most summer business schools cost upwards of $6,000 in tuition, with additional cost for accommodation, travel, food, supplies, etc. Compared to that, the scrunched-upnature of the courses, suited to the duration of one month or less, is clearly only enough to either focus on very specific targeted course material or introduce the concepts for further study later.
The financial investment, by engaging in such a course, may be too high for the quantity of knowledge gained. Students interested in a more in-depth comprehensive training will not gain much insight from a summer program.
Regardless, if you are interested in the advantages mentioned above, and you are sufficiently aware of your end goals from such a program, there are many elite business schools, across the world, that offer such programs. In fact, more and more b-schools are joining the club, offering summer business programs on focussed topics or general business concepts, attracting undergraduates and recent graduates to courses designed by experts.
Here are some of the top schools and their summer programs for international students in USA, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, Canada, France and Hong Kong.
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Summer programs for international students
Top summer programs in USA, Canada, Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy, France) and Hong Kong
|Business School||Country||Program Name||Education Req.||Duration & Tuition|
|London Business School||UK||The Entrepreneurship Summer School||Individuals interested in an entrepreneurial training.||Total 8 days. Field based Research for 2 months and Final Presentation
|Stanford Business School||USA||– Various Summer Programs on General Management||– Open to a variety of target audience with programs for women leaders to non-profit
– Open to first year MBA and returning joint degree students
|– Details of duration and pricing available on website
|London School of Economics||UK||Summer School in Business and Management||Proof of university offer or completion for 100 level courses
University transcript satisfying prerequisites for 200/300 level courses
$9,200 for the full course
|University of California Berkeley Haas||USA||BASE(Business for Arts, Science and Engineering) Summer Program||Undergraduates in arts, science, and engineering. Or recent graduates.||6 weeks
|Bocconi University||Italy||Bocconi Summer School||International undergraduate students||3 weeks
|HEC Paris||France||Summer School (10 Programs)||University level or recent graduates||3 intakes of 2 weeks each. Cost per intake from $3,000 – $9,100|
|Copenhagen Business School||Denmark||International Summer University Program (ISUP)||Undergraduate and Graduate students||6 weeks
|Chicago Booth||USA||Summer Business Scholars Program||Any undergraduate||3 weeks
|Columbia University||USA||–Business Edge
|Any Undergraduate junior or senior||– 1 month/$9,500
– 1 month/$10,500
– 1 month/$12,000
|ESADE||Spain||International Summer Program||Current Undergraduates or recent graduates||2-8 weeks
$2,500 – $8,000
|Michigan Ross||USA||Ross Summer Connection||Incoming Ross freshmen undergraduates||4 weeks|
|University of Navarra||Spain||International Summer Program in Business||At least 1 year of undergrad study with some form of Economics or Business Administration training||5 weeks
|University of Virginia||USA||McIntire Business Institute’s Certificate in Business Fundamentals||Undergrads, Grads, or Professionals, with education outside the business field||1.5 months
|Darmouth Tuck||USA||Tuck Business Bridge Program||Rising juniors or graduating seniors plus advanced non-business students.||1 month|
|Vanderbilt Owen||USA||Summer Accelerator Program||Undergraduates and recent graduates||4 weeks
|Imperial College Business School||UK||Summer School||Graduates, Undergraduates or recent graduates (<5 years)||1 – 2 Sessions for $2,700 – $4,900|
|HKUST||Hong Kong||International Summer Exchange Program||Undergraduate students nominated from HKUST’s exchange partners||2 months
Fees covered by home institution
|McGill University||Canada||International Summer Program for Visiting Undergraduates||Any undergad with at least 1 year course completed||1 month
|WHU Otto Beisheim||Germany||European Summer Program||Bachelor or MBA summer programs for undergrads or MBAs from partner universities||2 weeks
$560 for exchange students
$2,200 for individual
Apart from the above list of b-schools, there are others such as Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management International Summer Program, Vancouver Summer Program, McCombs School of Business BBA Summer Program, European Business School’s “Doing Business in Europe” program, and Bocconi University’s Campus Abroad Summer Program at National University of Singapore. Many of these are targeted at exchange students from partner institutes, or college students from their own institutions.
There are obviously quite a few well-deserving summer business programs that we have not included in this article. A wholesome amount of research into the details, where-how-what, is strongly recommended. And while you are at it, here are some links that you may find useful.
- Top study abroad countries for Indian students
- Cheapest countries to study abroad for international students
- Is pre-MBA internship a good idea?
- Top Business Schools in USA – Ranking, costs, salaries
- Best MBA in Canada for International Students
- Top Business Schools in Germany – Ranking, costs, salaries
- Top Business Schools in China – Ranking, costs, salaries
- Best MBA in UK for Indian and International Students