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

E: summerschool@ucl.ac.uk

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Year 12 Summer Schools

Every year, UCL runs a number of residential and non-residential summer schools for students in year 12 attending 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. Non-residential events also generally run Monday-Friday, however, students must make their way to and from UCL each day.


In August 2016, 300 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 Aladdin and the Lion King, going on boat cruises, and socialising with other summer school participants on and around the Bloomsbury campus.

You can see what else we got up to in August on our Instagram and at #MEandUCL.


We are still in the process of finalising the subjects and dates each subject will be offered. We can confirm our residential summer schools will be held on the following weeks:

  • 24-28 July
  • 7-11 August
  • 21-25 August

For more information on subjects that will be offered, please keep checking this page and our Twitter. We will aim to open applications in early 2017. For more general information, please see our 2016 Summer School FAQ: Summer school FAQ (pdf)

How do I apply?

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. 

Deadlines for applications will be specified on the application form, but may be subject to change*. Again, our Twitter and Facebook pages will have up to date information.

You will also need to give the details of a teacher who can provide an academic reference to support your application. If we do not receive the reference from your teacher we will be unable to consider you for a place on the summer school.

Please ensure you complete your application form as soon as possible to allow your teacher plenty of time to complete the reference**.

*In the event a course has not reached it's capacity of eligible applicants, we may extend the deadline or reopen applications. The deadline will always be midnight of the date given. Please check this page regularly for further details.

**If the application deadline has been extended, we will accept teacher references submitted up to one week after the new application deadline. 

Does it cost anything?

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 residentials, and any travel you may need to do as part of the course during the week.

For more detailed information about the 2016 programme, view our current brochure or have a look at some of the videos from last 2015.