3-week Summer School

UCL International Summer School

Program Description

3-week Summer School

UCL International Summer School

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.

Cost & Fees

Tuition Only

One block : £1,750

Fees cover the costs of all academic excursions. UCL also provides Summer School students with a pre-paid Oyster travel card, which can be topped up for personal travel, for use on London’s tubes, trains and buses.

Current UCL students receive a 10% discount on the fees quoted above.

Tuition and accommodation fees combined

One block : £2,650

To secure your place on the Summer School, and your accommodation if applicable, you will need to pay your fees in full within 30 days of receiving your offer, or by 1 June 2016, whichever is sooner.

Details of how to pay your fees will be provided as part of the application process.

Application Fee

Please note that applications require payment of a non-refundable application fee of £50 that must be paid when submitting an application.

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 proficiency by providing us with a qualification such as:

  • IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in each subtest
  • GCSE/IGCSE, with a pass at grade C

English Language Skills for Academic Purposes

Students with an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) may choose to take English Language Skills for Academic Purposes in Block One.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
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