Summer Universities

What is it?

Summer University (SU) is one of the most popular projects of AEGEE, dating back to year 1988. Every year, from June to September, it offers around 50-70 different events and 200 AEGEE antennae all over Europe take part of it. Over 3,000 students from 40 countries from Portugal to Azerbaijan and from Finland to Malta are attracted by it.

Summer universities promote cultural exchange, mutual understanding, developing language skills (and its importance in self-development), and active citizenship. National borders are forgotten, biases overcome and feeling oneself European grown.

For many new member a Summer University serves as a gateway to the deeper AEGEE life. This is where many young people discover the charm of AEGEE and experience the frequently mentioned but verbally unexplainable AEGEE spirit.

The magic of summer universityies can somehow be explained by the fact that the participants are not ordinary tourists, but quickly become a group of friends. When going to a summer university, one can forget about boring tourism booklets and trips and be prepared for an unforgettable cultural experience with the help of the local AEGEEans. After two weeks of summer university, the participants will have made many new friends as well as gained authentic cultural experiences.

Still, this university does not mean loads of studying. Instead, acquiring of new knowledge happens by/through activities: it gives the opportunity to meet people from different countries and get to know about their culture and people.


Types of summer universities:

Language Course

  • Length: 2 weeks*
  • Language classes: at least 16 hours
  • Price: max. 70 EUR per week**
  • In addition to language classes: excursions, sightseeing, social programme (parties)

Language Course Plus

  • Length: 2-4 weeks*
  • Language classes: at least 20 hours conducted by professional teachers
  • Price: max. 90 EUR per week**
  • In addition to language classes: excursions, sightseeing, and social programme (parties)

Summer Course

  • Length: 2-4 weeks*
  • Lectures/workshops for at least 10 hours, practical side instead of theoretical
  • Price: max. 70 EUR per week**
  • The topics can vary a great deal. Usually, the focus is on one aspect from the local culture. Some examples of the topics: business, medieval age, sport, adventure, water world, mythology, literature, music, film, photography, and games.

Summer Course Plus

  • Length: 2-4 weeks*
  • Lectures/workshops: at least 20 hours conducted by professionals
  • Price: max. 90 EUR per week
  • The course is concentrated on a certain topic and supported by a local university. For example, it is possible to be closely engaged in sports, dancing, investigating the European legal system or surviving courses.

Travelling Summer University – TSU

  • Length: 2-4 weeks*
  • Price: max. 90 EUR per week***
  • This is the most popular type and it is organized by at least two locals. The purpose of this kind of SU is to make the participants acquaintated with different lifestyles, cultures, and sights, stopping in at least 4 places. Theoretical courses are usually not part of it.

*usually an SU lasts for 2 weeks
** the price includes: accommodation, at least one warm meal per day, the study and social programme; most projects include breakfast and other parts of programme as well
***the fee of Travelling summer university includes travel costs between visited places, sights, museums as well as aforementioned (see **)
NB! Travelling costs to the country where the Su takes place have to be covered by the participant.

Do you want to join in?

Application process:

  • The applicant chooses up to 3 summer universities from the list:
  • The applicant can apply electronically to 3 different summer universities.
  • Local antenna confirms it’s members applications.
  • Computer program chooses 1 application from the submitted ones (so called pre-selection), taking in account: the number of applicants, gender, nationality – in order to have a wide variety of people.
  • The organizers of SU are sent the applications which were chosen in pre-selection part and they choose the participants taking into account: the motivation letter, gender, age, country, nationality.

Usually, our members have got into the SU-s they where they wanted to go, for there are always less applicants from Estonia than from other countries.

What do you need to do before applying?

  • Become a member of an AEGEE local (e.g. Tallinn)*
  • Pay the SU applying fee – €2.50 (AEGEE-Tallinn has to pay €2.50 for each applicant to AEGEE-Europe, in order to keep the project running)
  • Fill in the application form at and write a great motivation letter.

*in order to become a member of AEGEE-Tallinn, you need to fill in the membership form and pay the membership fee 15 EUR

You will find all the descriptions of the SU-s there: