3-week Summer School


Program Description

Choose from an unrivalled selection of modules and study at a global top 10 university in the heart of London this summer.

The UCL Summer School is divided into two sessions, each spanning three weeks (dates can be found below). You can choose to attend Session One, Session Two or both. All students study one module per Session.

Classes (usually 3-4 hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday, generally between 9.00am to 6.00pm, with class excursions also usually included in this time. 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)

There are over 80 modules available in 2019 from a wide range of disciplines including Crime & Security; Health and Medical Sciences; Economics, Business & Management; Politics & International Relations; Law, Geography & the Built Environment; Culture, Literature & the Arts; Computer Science; Science & Mathematics and Brain Sciences.

Most modules are Level 1 (introductory - equivalent to a first year, undergraduate modules) and so 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. We also offer a number of Level 2 and Level 3 modules so please check our website for details.

All modules are taught by UCL academics, many of whom are leaders in their respective field.

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 home 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.

Cost & Fees

Tuition Only

One Session : £1,995

Both Sessions: £3,600


£1,100 per Session

Application Fee

Please note that applications submitted after March 1st 2019 require payment of a non-refundable application fee of £60.

Entry Requirements

You will have completed one year of undergraduate study at the time of joining the Summer School and be able to demonstrate an average grade of:

  • 3.3/4.0 GPA (US scale)
  • 2:1 (UK scale)

English language requirement

If English is not your first language, you will need to show evidence that you have met our English language requirement. Please check our website for details.


Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

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 innovativ ... Read More

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 interdisciplinary study to examine global issues sets us apart. Read less