University College London Summer Academic Program

Summer Academic
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Delivery Method:
Single Term

About the Program

Recognized for its progressive and pioneering approach to teaching and research, University College London is one of the finest universities in the world, regularly appearing as a top ten university in a range of respected international rankings. A member of the prestigious Russell Group, the university offers you a first-rate education in the heart of London, named the “most magnetic city in the world” for ten years in a row.

UCL Nobel Laureates every decade since the first Nobel Prize in 1901

London is one of the biggest, busiest, and most popular cities in the world

A trailblazer, UCL was the first English university to welcome women

Hang out with like-minded students at one UCL’s clubs or societies

Program Advisor

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Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite Level:
GPA Requirements:
Academic Level:
Academic Strengths:
Anthropology, Sociology & Gender, Biological & Physical Sciences, Health Studies, Archaeology, Geography
On-campus apartment
Visa Required:
15 UK credits

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Of course, you will be busy with your academic life in the UK, but you really should take the opportunity to enjoy its cultural life, such as museums and galleries, in your spare time.

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About the University


As one of the world's very best universities, University College London consistently places in the global top 20 universities in a wide range of world university rankings. Notably, there has been at least one Nobel Laureate from the UCL community every decade since the establishment of the prizes in 1901. 

A member of the prestigious Russell Group, UCL has a maverick tradition of leading the way, being the first English university to admit women as equals to men, living true to its motto: “Let all come who by merit deserve the most reward.”

During your time at UCL, you have access not only to the best in entertainment and social environment but also to cultural and academic resources.

Learn more at UCL's official website


University College London's Academic Approach

All UCL Summer School modules serve to incorporate the latest research in each subject area, and makes use of London as that unique learning resource, taking the learning experiences beyond the classroom through excursions and field trips.

As a UCL Summer School scholar, you have full-time student status and a UCL ID Card which entitles you to full access to the university’s 18 specialist and five permanent libraries.

With all of London’s museums, galleries and monuments on your doorstep, you have a wealth of resources to support your studies.



Course & Departmental Restrictions

The program offers more than 50 modules from a wide range of subjects. Many of those modules are introductory, indicating you need no prior subject knowledge. Other modules do have specific requirements for admission.

Subject areas include:

  • Climate Change and Sustainability in Practice
  • Data Driven Web-Based Applications 
  • Educational Representations through the Media
  • Graphic Skills for Urban Studies
  • Making Policy in International Development
  • Money, Banking and Cryptocurrencies
  • Digital Business Transformation
  • Economics for Sustainability: Climate Change and Social Inequalities
  • Public Art, Graffiti and the Right to the City
  • Youth and Globalisation
  • Ability V Disability
  • Gender Studies
  • Populism and the Challenge to Western Democracy
  • Global Migration and Health
  • Making Policy in International Relations




Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following for the majority of modules:

  • IELTS: 7.0 *Minimum sub-score is 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT:  100

For computer science, science, and mathematics modules, the following is required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 *Minimum sub-score is 6 
  • TOEFL iBT:  92

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Housing Information

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On-campus dormitory

The SAF program fee covers a shared accomodation in an on-campus dormitory.

*Housing is subject to availability. For specific questions regarding housing please contact SAF.

About London

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Why London

London is an urban metropolis with some of the world’s finest museums and galleries. Abundant in industry leaders, global corporates, and forward-thinking business, it's also home 75% of Fortune 500 companies, making this the perfect springboard to launch your future career.

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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