Interdisciplinary summer schools are a rather efficient way of universities and their faculties to introduce international PhD students and academic staff members to the fields of study they could offer. These summer schools could also offer a great opportunity to international PhD students and academic staff members to extend their knowledge on certain topics, introduce them to new ways of teaching certain fields of study as well as to meet new colleagues, and potentially establish connections within academic circles.
Improved skills and knowledge
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|Mobility stages||Pre-arrival phase|
|Delivery schedule||Once an academic year|
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|Target groups||PhD student/Early career researcher|
|Types of contracts of researchers||Full degree student Permanent employee Employee in training (interns, research fellows, postdocs) Exchange student|
|Career stages of researchers||6-12-months of experience 1-3-years of experience 3-10 years of experience 10-15 years of experience|
|Lengths of stays of researchers||0-3 months|
When organizing interdisciplinary summer schools, the following should be kept in mind:
Challenges to consider: it would be beneficial if the host institution could also offer a few scholarships for talented PhD students/young academics who could not afford to pay a participation fee.
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@Tourist information centre/board/Municipality can help with informing the international partcipants about the beautiful sightseeing places, as well as activities they can indulge in in-between the activities assigned by summer schools.
@EURAXESS centre can help with spreading information on the summer school within its European network
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@Municipality can host a welcome event at its venue, the mayor could give a welcome speech, present the city, its (modern technical, greens or architectural) achievements
@Tourist information centre/board/can help with informing the international participants about the beautiful sightseeing places, as well as activities they can indulge in in-between the activities assigned by summer schools.
In 2017, the University of Novi Sad organized the Interdisciplinary Summer School for Chinese Students. The students were offered lectures in a wide variety of subjects, and were given by the teaching staff from the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Novi Sad on various topics.
The Aalborg University international summer school offers: