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.

Applications for these activities will open in early 2018. Please check our Twitter, InstagramFacebook and Snapchat  (@DiscoverUCL) for updates.

2018 Dates

Our residential summer schools will run on the following weeks:

  • Week 1: 23-27 July 2018
  • Week 2: 6-10 August 2018
  • Week 3: 20-24 August 2018

The subjects (and their week) have not been decided yet, but these will be made available in early 2018.

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. 
  • 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.

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 residentials, 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. 

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.


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!