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Programme structure

The UCL Summer School is divided into two Sessions, each spanning three weeks (dates can be found below). You can choose to attend Session One, Session Two or both. All students study one module per Session.

Each module offers 45 contact hours (15 hours per week), and students are expected to spend an additional 100 hours on assignments and independent study. Classes are student-centred with an emphasis on participation and interaction.

All UCL 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, 7.5 ECTS in the European system and 15 credits in the UK system.

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. Upon completion of the programme, students will also be granted the status of UCL Associate Alumni.

Key dates

Session One

Sunday 1 July, from 12.00pm Check in at Summer School accommodation
Monday 2 July, 9.00am Enrolment and orientation
Monday 2 July, from 5.30pm Welcome party
Friday 20 July
End of module assessment
Friday 20 July, from 7.30pm End of Session boat party
Saturday 21 July, 10.00am

 Check out of accommodation

 Session Two

Sunday 22 July, from 12.00pm Check in at Summer School accommodation
Monday 23 July, 9.00am Enrolment and orientation
Monday 23 July, from 5.30pm Welcome party
Friday 10 August
End of module assessment
Friday 10 August, from 7.30pm End of Session boat party
 Saturday 11 August, 10.00am

 Check out of accommodation

Choosing your module(s)

The majority of our modules are at level 1, which is the equivalent to first year undergraduate. Most of these modules require no prior subject knowledge, although some do prefer a background in certain areas. In addition to these, some of our modules are at level 2 meaning prior subject knowledge is required. 

Please refer to the module pages for further details.

The aim of each level 1 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. Our level 2 modules aim to take prior learning in a subject area to the next level.

Transferring credit to your home institution

All UCL 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.

If you are already enrolled as a UCL student, please contact the Summer School Office directly before applying.

Teaching and quality assurance

Module leaders are highly qualified and experienced experts in their fields. All modules are research-based 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’ meaning students are expected to participate individually and collaborate as a group. Where possible, 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 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.

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