UCL Summer School: World-class study in the heart of London

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The UCL campus in central London. UCL is the oldest university in London and third oldest in England.
The UCL campus in central London. UCL is the oldest university in London and third oldest in England.
UCL Summer School student enjoying the End of Summer Boat Party on the River Thames
UCL Summer School student enjoying the End of Summer Boat Party on the River Thames
Students on the International Politics of Human Rights module visit Amnesty International
Students on the International Politics of Human Rights module visit Amnesty International
Views of Tower Bridge and The Shard from the UCL Summer School End of Summer Boat Party
Views of Tower Bridge and The Shard from the UCL Summer School End of Summer Boat Party
Students from the Global London module pose across the river from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
Students from the Global London module pose across the river from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
UCL Summer School students pose in front of UCL's Main Quad on the last day of the programme
UCL Summer School students pose in front of UCL's Main Quad on the last day of the programme
A student posing by one of London's famous red telephone boxes
A student posing by one of London's famous red telephone boxes
UCL Summer School students at the UCL Main Quad in Bloomsbury London
UCL Summer School students at the UCL Main Quad in Bloomsbury London

About

UCL is a world-leading university (ranked 8th globally by QS in 2020) in the heart of central London. The UCL Summer School offers students from universities around the world the chance to study undergraduate UCL modules for 3 or 6 weeks and transfer credit back to their home college.
A truly international programme, the 2020 UCL Summer School will welcome students from 50+ countries. Courses are available in disciplines such as psychology, computer science, culture, economics, business, finance, health, international relations, law, natural sciences and more. You can choose the subject best suited to your academic or personal interests and for most modules, no prior subject knowledge is necessary.
Courses are taught by UCL faculty and include lectures, seminars, group work and (where possible) visits to London sites of interest. Also included is dedicated accommodation close to campus and a varied programme of social events and activities to ensure students enjoy their free time.

Highlights
  • Experience life as a Londoner while living with fellow students in one of UCL's city-centre residences. Accommodation is within walking distance to campus and features private bedrooms and shared kitchens.
  • Study and gain credit at one of the world's leading universities (ranked 8th in the world by QS in 2020): All courses are taught by academics from UCL's renowned faculties!
  • Choose courses from a wide range of disciplines! Students benefit form an unrivalled choice of summer courses; all of which carry the same academic rigour as normal UCL undergraduate course.
  • Make friends and lifelong contacts from around the world: The 2019 UCL Summer School welcomed students from 52 countries and 98% said they'd recommend the programme to a friend!
  • Enjoy summer in London; one of the world's great cities. London comes alive in summer and students are free to explore. Our unique Social Programme also ensures students make the most of free time!

Questions & Answers

Reviews

94%
based on 8 reviews
  • Academics 8.1
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.5
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Mike
10/10
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
8/10
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
10/10
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
10/10
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
9/10
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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Olga
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience has a 10 overall

I need to start by saying this is not a summer school only for young people who want to get credits for their colleges and have fun in an interchange experience.
Of course I had the chance to share with many beautiful and incredibly intelligent and challenging young people, eager for knowledge and fun, but this summer school offers wide open areas to study as well as many activities for all of us. Very inclusive I would say.
What surprised me the most was the quality of the teachers. All of them with huge trajectory, all of them experienced researchers and teachers, actually working in their fields, but even more beautiful, all of them so loving and caring. I found a very professional university but a very human one as well.
The summer school staff can’t be more lovely, dedicated, helpful and funny. I loved all of them!

For me it was a very open minded experience as a MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher interested in Mental Health and the Mind (that was my module) because I could get to know the science of mental health but also the complex context of being a human suffering from a mental disorder or taking care of someone in need.
In addition I had lots of fun, I learnt a lot not only from my teachers but also from my classmates who had a very high level. I was delighted studying with all of them.

Pd: make sure you don’t miss the “quiz night”. Absolutely fantastic.

What was your funniest moment?
The quiz night is something you cannot miss. The staff put love of love on this event.
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Gwen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience and best decision

I studied the first term at UCL summer school in 2019, it was a wonderful experience. The program is both knowledgeable and fun. I have learned a lot in my class, The Dark Side of London, and the activities that UCL summer program designed were very interesting! Studying summer program at UCL is one of the best decisions I ever made! Also, since UCL is in London, I got to explore this wonderful city while I study there.
I’ve also applied the master program at UCL because I had a really good time during the summer program. I really recommend it!!!

What would you improve about this program?
Nearly everything is perfect. I would only want to improve the scavenger hunt on the first day. If UCL can design the different routes for each group instead of letting students figuring out on Google Maps, it will be a lot more efficient and save us some time.
I suggest that UCL can plan 6-8 different routes on Google Maps. Then, create a QR code in the envelope along with the assigned group for students. So when each group get together, everyone knows where to go.
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Zoe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One of the best summer of my life

Last summer I did both sessions of the UCL Summer School where I obtained extra credits which transferred over to my home institution, allowing me to graduate a semester early. What started off as a simple strategy to graduate early, turned into one of the best summers of my life! From the first moments it began, UCL staff made me feel so welcome. They organised fun activities for us to meet other people and explore the gorgeous Bloosmbury area, and that was how I was able to meet the group of people who soon became my very close friends and who I'm still in contact with to this day. In fact, 3 of us just reunited in Paris the other day, almost 7 months later! In addition to the fun and freedom I had out and about in London, I also loved my time in class. I took Literary London in session 1 and Fairytales and their Retellings in session 2. I learned so much from my professors, who were experts in the course and fostered such rich and generous conversations. What I also loved about the courses was being able to leave the classroom and learn so much more about the subject but interacting directly with London's rich history. I have nothing but positive things to say about UCL Summer and I only wish I could live it all again!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Throw yourself into it fully. It goes by way too fast.