World Challenges and Innovation Summer School


Program Description

Join us for a summer of discovery. This summer school for current undergraduate students of any nationality offers a unique window into Imperial's revolutionary approaches to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Balancing lectures with practical tasks, it's a chance for you to challenge yourself academically and personally as you join a global community of learners.

You'll also gain a first-hand look at life at a world top 10 universities, with plenty of opportunities to see for yourself why London attracts more international students than any other city in the world.

Learn from experts

The work of our experts in making the world a healthier, safer and cleaner place to live has helped us earn the title of the UK’s most innovative university for the third year running (Reuters’ Europe’s Most Innovative Universities 2018).

You’ll hear from some of these experts first-hand as they introduce you to some of the latest advances in areas including:

  • Climate change reduction
  • Global health
  • Cyberspace security
  • Data science
  • Robotics

Discover the journey of an entrepreneur

Hear from some of our entrepreneurs who are driving progress by launching their innovations into the commercial world.

The number of start-up companies founded by Imperial students and researchers has more than doubled in the past five years – reaching a record high of more than 136 in 2018 and generating close to £900 million of investment since 2012.

Improve your English language skills

All Summer School students will have an immersive learning experience in English.


At the heart of the Summer School is an intensive academic programme. It is aimed at increasing your knowledge of the very latest Imperial advances in response to some of the world's biggest challenges.

You will be inspired, challenged and supported throughout the programme by our experienced academics, researchers and Summer School ambassadors.

There will also be lots of opportunities to ask questions and discuss your thoughts with our experts and with each other.

Teaching timetable

Our teaching timetable runs from Monday–Friday. Saturday and Sunday are kept free of teaching to give you the chance to explore London.

Each teaching day is divided into a morning and afternoon session, with a break for lunch. Each session described below will last either for a morning or an afternoon.

The programme also includes two field trips:

  • Silicon Roundabout and Tech City UK – London Walking Tour in week one
  • Visit The Design Museum in South Kensington in week two

Week one

Working in a multinational team

Integrated into week one are a couple of sessions aimed at exploring best practices in team working, particularly culturally-mixed team working. You will take away valuable insights that will help you prepare to become global leaders and valuable citizens of today and tomorrow.

Week two

This week focuses on skills that will assist your personal development, from creativity and ideas generation to negotiation and influencing skills.

The week will culminate in a group presentation task from week one's Business model innovation session. This is a chance for you to draw together knowledge and inspiration from week one's academic sessions and personal skills from week two's personal development sessions.


What the fee includes

The £2,400 cost of the two-week programme includes:

  • The cost of all tuition, course materials and a certificate of participation on completion of the Summer School, awarded by Imperial,
  • Use of selected campus facilities,
  • Travel to and from the two field trip destinations: Silicon Roundabout and Tech City UK in week one and The Design Museum in week two.

What is not included

The following are not included in the fee for the Summer School:

  • Domestic or international travel to or from London at the start and end of the Summer School programme
  • Any travel, cancellations to trips to/from the Summer School, possessions or medical/dental insurance for students
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Any associated costs e.g. visas application costs
  • Spending money
  • Stationery
Last updated Jun 2019

About the School

Imperial College London is a world top ten universities with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial is ... Read More

Imperial College London is a world top ten universities with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines. Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges. Read less