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The Flemish government (Department of Education and Training) awards financing to five summer schools, organised at the Flemish higher education institutions. The Flemish government has reserved up to €15,000 of financing per summer school per year. This programme aims to promote collaboration between Flemish higher education institutions and those inside and outside the European Higher Education Area. The programme focuses on Flemish and foreign students and, in its design and organisation, is intended to initiatives in the context of internationalisation @home and the acquisition of international and intercultural competencies.

Conditions and criteria

  • The higher education institution must provide co-financing of at least 50%.
  • Financing can be used for reimbursement of study and accommodation expenses of students and teachers, and for operational costs connected with the preparation and execution of the programme.
  • Financing cannot be used for payment of teachers / professors / guest speakers / experts.
  • The summer schools are organised in Flanders, at a Flemish university college or university.
  • Projects run for longer than one year (preferably for three years).
  • The summer school must display a multi-disciplinary approach encouraging interaction by students from various disciplines.
  • The summer school must be organised in cooperation with at least one higher education institution from the European Higher Education Area or outside.
  • Both Flemish and foreign teachers / professors are involved in the summer school.
  • The summer school does not include conferences or research activities.
  • Participation of students must be recognised by awarding ECTS credits.
  • The activity plan must cover at least 10 consecutive business days, only interrupted by Sundays or public holidays.
  • The staff / student ratio must be sufficient to ensure active participation in the course.
  • A narrative report will be submitted at the end, with attention to the goals, conditions, criteria and priorities of the programme.


In the evaluation of applications for financing, priority will be given to summer schools on the basis of::

  • Cooperation with (higher education) institutions / organisations / businesses outside of the European Union.
  • Cooperation with partners from the socio-economic field, with the purpose of developing the possibilities for future internships.
  • Cooperation between universities and university colleges.
  • The organisation of at least one programme module / activity about subjects which are related to the Flemish language and culture (in the programme or in the organisation of extra-curricular activities).
  • Stimulation of interactive learning methods with active participation by students, e.g. via project work.

Do not hesitate to contact Liesbeth Oeyen from the International Office if you have any further questions.