UCL International Summer School

Introduction

An exciting new opportunity for students to study for credit in the heart of London.

In the summer of 2016, we will be welcoming students to our new International Summer School for Undergraduates.

As part of UCL's study abroad offering, the summer school runs in July and August and is divided into two blocks, each spanning three weeks. Choose to attend for either block, or both, selecting one module per block.

With a wide range of modules on offer from many of our academic departments, you can choose the subject best suited to your academic or personal interests.

Modules are taught by UCL academics on the Bloomsbury campus and include lectures, seminars, group work as well as visits to areas of interest in and around London.

Outside of the classroom, we offer dedicated accommodation within walking distance of UCL and a varied programme of social events to help you make the most of your time in the capital.

Join us for three or six weeks and discover how UCL can help you realise your potential!

Dates for 2016

Block One : 4 July - 22 July, 2016

Block Two : 25 July - 12 August, 2016

Why UCL ?

Based in the heart of London, UCL is a world-leading university. Our academic specialisms cover most subjects, from the arts and social sciences to engineering and physical sciences, and our innovative focus on an interdisciplinary study to examine global issues sets us apart. Our academic excellence, and location in one of the world’s most dynamic capital cities, give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

London’s Global University

UCL has a global reach and a global vision. We currently welcome students from over 150 different countries and recognise and celebrate the diversity and different viewpoints that our students bring. Our academic staff, drawn from around 100 different countries, are similarly diverse.

Global outlook, global issues

The modules on offer give a flavour of UCL’s ethos and academic expertise. Our aim is to make “global citizens” of all our students, and we invite you to think about issues affecting the entire world. We also aim to take your learning beyond the lecture theatre, with site visits, hands-on experience and the latest research findings incorporated into many of our modules. London is uniquely rich in architecture, history, culture and commerce, providing countless case studies for students of every discipline.

QS World University Rankings 2015/16

Rank Institution Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US
2 Harvard University US
= 3 University of Cambridge UK
=3 Stanford University US
5 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) US
6 University of Oxford UK
7 UCL (University College London) UK
8 Imperial College London UK
9 ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland
10 University of Chicago US
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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3-week Summer School

Campus 3 weeks August 2017 United Kingdom London

The Summer School is divided into two blocks, each spanning three weeks (dates can be found below). [+]

The Summer School is divided into two blocks, each spanning three weeks (dates can be found below). You can choose to attend Block One, Block Two or both. All students study one module per block. Classes take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Thursday, between 9.00am to 5.00pm, with trips also included in this time. There is no teaching on the first two Fridays of each block. The final Friday is allocated for assessment and a plenary event. Each module offers 45 contact hours, and students are expected to spend an additional 100 hours on assignments and self-study. The way in which modules are assessed depends on subject area and normal practice in that particular discipline. Please refer to the individual module pages for specific details. At the end of the programme, all students will receive a UCL transcript and certification of attendance. Choosing your module(s) The aim of each module is to provide students with an introduction to subject areas they may not have studied before. Many take an interdisciplinary approach and help students view a subject from a fresh perspective, either on a global scale, or through the unique lens of London. Summer School modules which are due to be offered in 2016 are listed below. All modules are Level 1 (equivalent to first-year undergraduate level). The detail of the modules may be subject to change. Modules may also be subject to minimum participant requirements and/or availability. Students may choose to attend the 3-week session in Block 1 or Block 2. The modules offered during Block 1 and Block 2 are as follows: Block One Sunday 3 July, from 12.00pm : Check in at Summer School accommodation Monday 4 July, 9.30am : Enrolment and orientation Monday 4 July, from 5.30pm : Welcome reception Friday 22 July : End of module assessment Friday 22 July, from 5.30pm : End of block party Action! Introduction to Film Studies Culture, Body, and the City English Language Skills for Academic Purposes Evolution and Sexual Selection Global London: Contemporary Urbanism, Culture and Space Greek Myth and Epic History of Science in 19th Century London How Humans Evolved: The London Roots of Darwinism International Politics of Human Rights International Trade and Migration Literary London Population and Public Health Principles of Microeconomics Psychology in Action The Dark Side of London Transnational History Understanding and Countering Radicalisation and Terrorism Understanding Management (Block One) Block Two Sunday 24 July, from 12.00pm : Check in at Summer School accommodation Monday 25 July, 9.30am : Enrolment and orientation Monday 25 July, from 5.30pm : Welcome reception Friday 12 August : End of module assessment Friday 12 August, from 5.30pm : End of block party Anatomy and Developmental Biology Ancient Greek Medicine in Context Commerce and Catastrophe: London AD 50-1700 Economic Globalisation Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice From Phones, to Smartphones, to the Internet of Things Global Health: Local and International Perspectives London on Film London Style: Visual Culture/ Counter-Culture Modern Data Science Politics of Global Development Principles of Macroeconomics The European Character of London The Sounds of Language: Principles of Phonetics Understanding and Preventing Crime Urban Development in Contemporary London What is Education? Why Democracy? Understanding Management (Block Two) Transferring credit to your home institution All Summer School modules are worth 0.5 course units in the UCL system. A 0.5 course unit is equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. Your home institution will decide how much credit, if any, they will award for your module(s), we therefore recommend that you check with your home institution before you apply. If your institution does not follow the US or European system, the Summer School Office will be happy to provide your Study Abroad Office or academic advisor with any necessary information to help them decide how much credit to award. Teaching and quality assurance Module leaders are highly qualified and experienced experts in their fields. All modules are research led and designed to offer current perspectives and debates in their areas. Classes are dynamic and interactive and there is a strong focus on ‘active learning’. Students are expected to participate individually and collaborate as a group. Alongside lectures, there will be seminars, projects and visits to sites of interest in London. All Summer School modules are approved by the same processes as all other modules and programmes at UCL. All assessment is marked and double marked in accordance with UCL regulations and Summer School marks are formally ratified by an Examination Board. [-]

6-week Summer School

Campus 6 weeks August 2017 United Kingdom London

The Summer School is divided into two blocks, each spanning three weeks (dates can be found below). You can choose to attend Block One, Block Two or both. All students study one module per block. [+]

The Summer School is divided into two blocks, each spanning three weeks (dates can be found below). You can choose to attend Block One, Block Two or both. All students study one module per block. Classes take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Thursday, between 9.00am to 5.00pm, with trips also included in this time. There is no teaching on the first two Fridays of each block. The final Friday is allocated for assessment and a plenary event. Each module offers 45 contact hours, and students are expected to spend an additional 100 hours on assignments and self-study. The way in which modules are assessed depends on subject area and normal practice in that particular discipline. Please refer to the individual module pages for specific details. At the end of the programme, all students will receive a UCL transcript and certification of attendance. Choosing your module(s) The aim of each module is to provide students with an introduction to subject areas they may not have studied before. Many take an interdisciplinary approach and help students view a subject from a fresh perspective, either on a global scale, or through the unique lens of London. Summer School modules which are due to be offered in 2016 are listed below. All modules are Level 1 (equivalent to first-year undergraduate level). The detail of the modules may be subject to change. Modules may also be subject to minimum participant requirements and/or availability. Block One Sunday 3 July, from 12.00pm : Check in at Summer School accommodation Monday 4 July, 9.30am : Enrolment and orientation Monday 4 July, from 5.30pm : Welcome reception Friday 22 July : End of module assessment Friday 22 July, from 5.30pm : End of block party Action! Introduction to Film Studies Culture, Body, and the City English Language Skills for Academic Purposes Evolution and Sexual Selection Global London: Contemporary Urbanism, Culture and Space Greek Myth and Epic History of Science in 19th Century London How Humans Evolved: The London Roots of Darwinism International Politics of Human Rights International Trade and Migration Literary London Population and Public Health Principles of Microeconomics Psychology in Action The Dark Side of London Transnational History Understanding and Countering Radicalisation and Terrorism Understanding Management (Block One) Block Two Sunday 24 July, from 12.00pm : Check in at Summer School accommodation Monday 25 July, 9.30am : Enrolment and orientation Monday 25 July, from 5.30pm : Welcome reception Friday 12 August : End of module assessment Friday 12 August, from 5.30pm : End of block party Anatomy and Developmental Biology Ancient Greek Medicine in Context Commerce and Catastrophe: London AD 50-1700 Economic Globalisation Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice From Phones, to Smartphones, to the Internet of Things Global Health: Local and International Perspectives London on Film London Style: Visual Culture/ Counter-Culture Modern Data Science Politics of Global Development Principles of Macroeconomics The European Character of London The Sounds of Language: Principles of Phonetics Understanding and Preventing Crime Urban Development in Contemporary London What is Education? Why Democracy? Understanding Management (Block Two) Teaching and quality assurance Module leaders are highly qualified and experienced experts in their fields. All modules are research led and designed to offer current perspectives and debates in their areas. Classes are dynamic and interactive and there is a strong focus on ‘active learning’. Students are expected to participate individually and collaborate as a group. Alongside lectures, there will be seminars, projects and visits to sites of interest in London. All Summer School modules are approved by the same processes as all other modules and programmes at UCL. All assessment is marked and double marked in accordance with UCL regulations and Summer School marks are formally ratified by an Examination Board. [-]

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