If you have any questions about the summer schools please contact the Summer School team.

E: wp.taster@ucl.ac.uk

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Year 12 Residential Summer Schools

Every year, UCL runs a number of residential summer schools for students in year 12 attending non-selective state schools. These aim to give students a taste of university life and the degree programmes we offer. 

Residential Summer Schools run from Monday-Friday, with students staying on site in university accommodation. 

Subject Dates Applications Close
English 23-27 July 2018  Applications closed
Ancient World 23-27 July 2018  Applications closed
Modern Languages 23-27 July 2018  Applications closed
Laws 23-27 July 2018  Applications closed
Psychology with Education 23-27 July 2018  Applications closed
Arts & Sciences* 5-10 August 2018  Applications Closed
Natural Sciences* 5-10 August 2018  Applications closed
Chemical Engineering* 5-10 August 2018 Applications closed
Population Health* 5-10 August 2018  Applications closed
History* 5-10 August 2018  Applications closed
Architecture 20-24 August 2018  Applications closed
Statistical Sciences 20-24 August 2018  Applications closed
Maths & Computer Science 20-24 August 2018  Applications closed
Applied Health Research 20-24 August 2018 Applications closed
Archaeology 20-24 August 2018  Applications closed
Fine Art 20-24 August 2018 Applications closed

*Please note that if you're taking part in week 2, you'll be arriving on Sunday 5 August, and leaving on Friday 10 August. For weeks 1 and 3, they'll be Monday to Friday.

Application Information

  • 19 March is the first deadline for applications to close. If there have not been enough applications for a subject, we may re-open applications and will advertise the new deadline. Applications are not selected on a first-come-first-served basis, so this will not affect any application outcomes. 
  • To apply for our programmes, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. For residential activities, priority is given to students from non-selective state schools outside of London.
  • Please read all the questions carefully before answering them, and do not rush the form - if you make a mistake in your contact details we will not be able to let you know if you have a place!
  • Part of the application form will require you to enter some information about your parent or guardian. Please make sure they are around when you are completing the form to give you this information. 
  • You will also need to give the details of a teacher who can provide an academic reference to support your application. Please make sure you select a student who knows you (and tell them they are your reference). If we do not receive the reference from your teacher we will be unable to consider you for a place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay for these summer schools?
No! Both our residential and non-residential activities are completely free. This includes your meals, and on residential events, it also includes your accommodation and evening activities. We also cover the cost of travel to and from our residential events, and any travel you may need to do as part of the course during the week.

Do I have to stay overnight at the residential summer school?
Yes. Unless you have extenuating circumstances which prevent you from doing so, we expect all participants to stay in the university accommodation for the duration of the summer school. If staying over is a problem, you may want to consider one of our non-residential summer schools or taster courses.

Can my friend/family member take part too?
Only those people who have applied through our system and been notified that they are successful can take part in these activities.

Why is week 2 starting on a Sunday?
We've had some feedback from participants (and academics) that they'd like a longer summer school, so they can fit in even more exciting activities and content. We wanted to test how this would work, so we're trialling it for one week of our summer schools this year. You'll just have your arrivals and introductions and icebreakers on Sunday - you won't start the actual work until the Monday morning.

When will I hear whether I have a place?
This varies for each subject. If applications have reopened, we will email existing applicants to let them know the new deadline date. We aim to have students notified of their outcome in early May. In case of delays, we will inform applicants via our Twitter feed. We are usually shortlisting around 7000 applications for our various activities, which can take a long time. Please be patient, and rest assured that you will be notified whatever your outcome. Please do not email to ask about the status of your application, as this slows down shortlisting significantly.


In July & August 2017, nearly 500 students came to stay at UCL to experience what it's like to study a range of Arts & Humanities, Sciences & Social Sciences subjects at a leading, research-intensive university.

During the evenings students were also able to experience life in London by seeing West-End shows such as the Tempest, School of Rock and the Lion King, going on bus tours, and socialising with other summer school participants on and around the Bloomsbury campus.

You can see what else we got up to on our Instagram and by searching #UCLSummer17!