Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne

Universitas 21 Summer School

Since 2004, there has been an annual U21 Summer School. Each Summer School has had a global theme and attracted some of the best students from around the U21 network to engage in an exchange of culture, experiences and intellect. The Summer Schools have most recently been hosted by the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, University College Dublin, Tecnologico de Monterrey, University of Connecticut and the University of New South Wales. Themes have included: Food Security, Conflict Resolution, Human Rights and Shaping the Future City.

In 2014, the Summer School was hosted by the University of New South Wales in the Australia and the University of Melbourne sent two delegates to participate in in discussions surrounding the future of major metropolitan cities.

Students selected to participate in this program will receive funding to cover their airfares and program fee. Any internal travel or additional costs must be covered by the student.

2015 U21 Summer School

The U21 Summer School is not for credit

Theme: Cities & Citizen Engagement in the Digital Age
Dates: 1 - 15 July 2015
Venue: University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (Scotland)

Our cities are complex, dynamic structures; difficult to predict and manage.

U21 Summer School 2015 will explore the use of technology in civic regeneration, including citizen engagement, population health, education, resilience and urban big data. U21 Summer School 2015 will offer a programme of seminars and practical experiences demonstrating how these technologies can be used to support and improve the vital components of a fully functional city.

Cities in transition must rethink underlying structures: physical, social, economic and environmental. Increasingly shifts in these are informed and influenced by the intelligence, understanding and opportunity created by new technologies. Cities which fully grasp this potential are those most likely to remain relevant, viable and successful in the future.

We will also explore the importance of citizen engagement within sustainable cities: in asset-based community planning, protecting vulnerable groups, addressing youth inequalities and democracy and governance.

A formal programme brief will be provided in early November 2014.

Further information is available on the U21 website.

How to Apply


  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Melbourne, have completed at least 200 points of study at the time of applying in March 2015 and have an academic average of at least 65%. Please note that students may count study undertaken in their current Bachelor's degree and concurrent Diploma towards the 100 points.
  • Please write an personal statement of no more than 1200 words addressing the three key points below:
    • What is your motivation for applying to participate in the U21 Summer School?
    • Demonstrate a proven interest in the theme (give examples of previous work, volunteer or study experiences).
    • Outline how the skills and experience you possess will make a positive contribution to this program.
  • Provide an official copy of your University of Melbourne transcript and your CV. Official copies of your transcript can be ordered online from Student Administration.

Application must be submitted to the Melbourne Global Mobility office by 3pm on Monday 10th March 2015


  • The University of Melbourne may nominate 5 candidates to participate in the U21 Summer School
  • Successful applicants will be selected by a panel of academic and professional staff based on the quality of their written application and academic history. Please note that selection is highly competitive and the selection committee's decision is final.
  • Successful candidates will receive funding from the University of Melbourne to cover the cost of the program fee and return flights from Melbourne to the UK.