What is Summer School?

A summer school is a form of education provided by universities and international colleges during the summer vacation, with courses usually lasting one to eight weeks. Students engage in full-time intensive classes related to a chosen topic and have the option to attend extracurricular activities designed to encourage socialisation and stimulate cultural awareness. Summer schools offer courses that may aid students in revising a subject studied during the previous academic year, further exploring a known subject, or discovering a new interest.


Summer School consisted of studying two courses:

  • ТНТ 311 Water Resources Management and Treatment Technologies (10 ECTS) 

  • THT 312 Water Management in Cold Climate (5 ECTS).


Water Management in Cold Climate course at University centre in Svalbard (UNIS) at Spitsbergen. 

Svalbard is an island beyond the polar circle, close to the northern Pole. Population of Spitsbergen counts near 2,5 thousands people, at the same time population of polar bears counts more than 3 thousand. In the middle of summer average air temperature is near 5 degrees and the sun is shining round-the-clock, that is why it was really special and even exotic place for studying.

Studying was quite intensive: lectures were held every day from 9 to 17 o’clock on different relevant topics related to drinking water and wastewater treatment in cold climate areas. In particular: wastewater as one of the main pollutant of arctic aquatic resources, centralized system of wastewater treatment in cold climate areas, natural wastewater treatment systems in cold climate, decentralized system of wastewater treatment in cold climate, water supply in cold climate, modern wastewater treatment systems.


 ТНТ 311 Water Resources Management and Treatment Technologies.

The study is performed at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Ås. 

The main topics of the lecture course were: methods and technologies of wastewater and drinking water treatment, systems and networks of water supply and wastewater, water and wastewater reuse, sewage sludge processing and utilization. Also, it is admitted that wastewater could be considered a resource. 

In addition to lectures, practical and laboratory classes are performed. In practical classes students briefly learn STOAT software, which performs modeling of wastewater treatment plant. Labs are conducted separately and by groups of students. 

Students had to pass an examination, which was conducted in the form of online tests. After completing the course, students must prepare a course paper, which could be developed according to established requirements using lecture material and English-language scientific literature. To do this, all the students had access to relevant sources of many scientific literature databases, in particular Scopus and Web of Science.

Who can apply for the Summer School?

There are a few elements which you can consider the most common that occur throughout the application process or that are so widespread that may be considered general rules for the admission.

So, what do you need, at first, if you wish to apply for a summer course?

  • A document which states that you are enrolled in a university;
  • In order to be allowed to apply for a summer course, students are required to be over the age of 18;
  • A transcript which proves that you fulfil the prerequisites that are required by the field of study (Master’s or a PhD degree);
  • A certification of proficiency in English at a required level. 

What actually happens when you apply?

Once you’ve got all the details figured out, it is time to start the application process.

  • Check if you meet the admission criteria.
  • Check if you have to send any supporting documents.
  • Check the visa requirements.
  • Decide if you wish to book your accommodation in advance, if it’s not provided by the institution.
  • Submit your application online.
  • Wait for your acceptance e-mail.
  • Receive invitation letter, travel insurance and flight ticket.