UCL Summer School 2022

University College London

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UCL is London’s leading multi-faculty university and is currently ranked 8th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022).

Since 1826, we have championed independent thought by attracting and nurturing the world's best minds.

UCL is a diverse global community of world-class academics, students, industry links, external partners, and alumni. Our powerful collective of individuals and institutions work together to explore new possibilities.

Renowned for world-class research, global influence and impact across a broad range of subject areas – our reputation attracts and empowers the best and bravest of thinkers, creating a home for the thought leaders of today and tomorrow.

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www.ucl.ac.uk
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1826

Reviews

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Mike
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Experience

The overall experience was unreal! From modules and campus to the city and UCL staff.
Really amazing how everyone is really friendly and they’re from everywhere around the globe !
Amazing experience.
All the professors where really prepared and the modules were perfectly timed for the period we were there. Campus is really close to the main London attractions so it comes handy to visit places after class or during the weekends.
Staff were also great at organising field trips and events all over London.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Literally nothing, everything was excellent !!!!!!
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Fola
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great way to experience living in London!

I was at the UCL Summer School 4 years ago and I used it as an opportunity to see what it would be like to live and study in London. I still look back on the experience fondly. I studied the Understanding and Countering Radicalisation and Terrorism module (a mouthful, I know) which was very engaging. We were taught by a wide range of experts and academics. And we also had the opportunity to attend a conference at the British Library. The other students were fun - I'm still in touch with a number of them till today. I would definitely recommend!

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Tianwei
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

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It was a wonderful journey here. We had five classes a week, each for three hours. There was enough time for digesting what had been taught in the class. Also, I explored London on the three weekends and joined some social programmes to make new friends.

My programme was Entrepreneurship. We learned how to evaluate a business opportunity and how to create a feasible one. All those knowledge were put into practice. By finishing an independent essay and groupwork, I exercised those knowledge and learned it by my heart. I may apply those knowledge in later daily life.

The London adventure was amazing as well. I visited several famous spots, such as Big Ben, River Thames, etc. Scenery there was beautiful. London combines contemporary fashion style with old European architecture style. You could sit on the bench under big leafy trees, seeing the long River Thames waving fiercely. You could witness the magnificent building of White House. You could have a walk in the Hyde Park, watching geese and ducks playing beside the lake together. Also, the location of our classroom was at a business street, where there were lots of modern caffee houses and restaurants. You can feel the prosperity of London there.

Diversity of this programme was unbelieveable. There were 52 nationalities in the two sessions of UCL summer school. Here I made some new friends with different backgrouds. We exchanged our culture and tradition. Also, I encoutered students from different universities in my home country. We keep in touch with each other after we came back home. Those friends expand my world.

All in all, I will never forget this London jounery as well as the learning experience here. I had a crush on it the first day I came here. It is definitely worth trying, otherwise you may regret!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
It was the final presentation. I felt nervous about my part of presentaion and had some doubts on our groupwork. Finally, I just went ahead and relaxed myself. Surprisingly, our presentation was the best one.
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Humberto
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer at UCL

UCL Summer School was a great experience for me. The academic side of the course is taught by brilliant professors, the campus is right in the middle of London and the friends you meet come from all around the world. Moreover, ever since I returned to Mexico, I have received so many opportunities regarding the field of studies I explored in UCL. I had a lot of fun, met amazing people and would definitely recommend this course for anyone who wishes to have an international experience in a top 10 world-ranked university.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I only spent about a week in the library. I wish I had started visiting it earlier, its fantastic.
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Tingting
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Unforgettable Experience

I had a great time studying at UCL last year. First of all, the lecturer is humorous and knowledgeable. Her explanations are rich in content and interactive. The lecture content structured pretty well and easy for people to learn, even for those who has no previous background. Also, everyone in the class were pretty active. The social activities held by UCL are interesting from operas and movies to day trips, which take us to know all aspects of London and Britain. The staff are very friendly and you can ask them any questions. In this program, not only did I learn a lot of knowledge, but also made a lot of friends. I really had a great summer in London.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do not be nervous, the university staff and lecturers are friendly. You will enjoy a good summer!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

There are a few reasons why I chose this program. One is UCL's academic reputation. It is a well-known school. Being able to study there allowed me to learn in a different setting, and this experience was fantastic.

Another reason is UCL's location. Studying and living in London is exciting. Exploring and studying in London at the same time is a dream come true to me.

The last reason is that the "spiritual founder" of the UCL, Jeremy Bentham, is one of my favorite philosophers, and I'd like a chance to see and study at the school that he contributed.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

UCL Summer School had helped me a lot after the program. I applied to this program by myself, and the process was straightforward. UCL did an excellent job of communicating with its students.

After the program ended, I needed my transcript earlier because of my U.S. visa regulations (I was an international student in the U.S.A., then studied abroad at the UCL), and UCL helped me in every way they could to comply with the visa regulations and communicated with my university.

It was a complicated process, and I am very grateful that they were willing and able to help me.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

For those who are thinking of applying to this program, I encourage you to go for it!

My experience at UCL Summer School was the best among my study experiences. I am from Taiwan, and I studied in the U.S.A. for four years, but I missed UCL the most.

I love my instructor. I love the class I took at the UCL (it was called "The Dark Side of London") even though it was not related to my major. I love the campus and the staff there. I am happy with the accommodation. I can't think of one thing that I don't like about this program or this school.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Overall, I'd say my academic life and social life was very balanced. My class was in the morning on weekdays. After the class, my classmates and I went to lunch together. We also explored London together in the afternoon, such as going to the famous Hyde Park and the Tower of London. I spent most of my nights studying and doing homework, but there were a few nights when I went to UCL's social events. On the weekends, my friends and I went to other cities, such as Brighton.

From my experience, the class I took required around 20 hours of work outside of the classroom per week. Some people needed a lot more time than me to complete the assignments.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I'd say that I did not have much fear in terms of traveling alone. All I had was excitement for this program and London.

I traveled by myself to Europe many times before this program, and I was very familiar with facing new cities alone. Also, as I stated before, UCL communicated with students and gave us very clear guidelines. I know exactly what to expect and what to do.

My only fear (actually more like concern) is that I did not know whether the money I paid would be worthy. I turned out that this program is worth every penny. UCL Summer School designed terrific social events for students, and my class was perfect as well.

When is the moment that you realize you chose the right program?

Given that I only had a summer to study abroad, and I could only choose one program, I had compared a lot of the programs and decided to apply for UCL for the reasons in the first question.

However, the moment I realized that this was the right program is when I represented my class to a midterm meeting with the staff of this program. At that moment, I knew that the program I chose had a passionate team behind it, and they truly wanted to listen to students' feedback. By gathering one student from each class, we discussed different opinions and suggestions to improve this program. At that meeting, I felt our voice was heard and included. I believed not many schools would design this session just to listen to our opinions.

From what I learned, this program is relatively new, and they were still experimenting with many elements of the program, but they are willing to improve the program and doing all they can to provide the best experiences to students. I admire this positive attitude they have, and I believe this program has the potential to grow and be the best.