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Tuition fee free summer places

This summer, Study Abroad will once again offer a range of tuition fee free opportunities at partner institutions through our Tuition Fee Free Summer scheme!

Over the summer of 2022, a number of tuition fee free places will be available on global partner summer schools. We hope that these will be available in-person, but please note that this will be contingent on the global situation as well as guidance from UK, international governments, UCL and the host institution.

Details of the specific institutions and programmes available will be confirmed later in the 2021/22 academic year. However, you can see the options that were available over the summer of 2021 to give you an idea of the sorts of summer school opportunities that might be available next summer. Application details will also be added below once the list of participating institutions has been confirmed. Please be aware that some opportunities will only be open to students from specific academic departments or faculties.

 

2021 Summer programmes:

Zhejiang University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Summer Camp

Programme description: The Zhejiang University (ZJU) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global Summer Camp is a unique three-week program which offers participants an opportunity to understand entrepreneurial China in one of China's most dynamic growth areas.

Combined fieldwork with courses, the program encourages participants to observe and learn from the real business settings via company visits, networking events with entrepreneurs and tours searching for business opportunities. By the end of the program, students will be required to create their own China business initiative and present it to the final judges as part of their assessment.

The curriculum is designed to cover different facets of entrepreneurship including the cultural issue, the economic issue, the marketing issue as well as specific areas such as intellectual property and big data. Cultural immersion sessions are also offered throughout the program.

Further information:

The 2021 brochure will follow in due course.

Number of tuition fee free places: 2

Eligibility criteria: non finalist undergraduate students from all departments

Dates: mid-June - early July 2021 - exact dates TBC.

Costs:

  • Tuition fee – waived for selected UCL students
  • Travel, visa, accommodation, activities and admin fees, expenses – students are expected to cover these themselves. Please see the institution’s brochure for details.

Successful students are able to apply for one of our bursaries in order to help with the costs.

Chinese University of Hong Kong International Summer School

Programme description: The International Summer School offers local and international students an international learning environment and opportunities for quality cultural exchange during the summer. Academics from CUHK and renowned overseas universities have been invited to teach in the School. In addition to Putonghua and Cantonese courses, a number of much sought-after courses in business, humanities and social science with an Asian or Chinese perspective are offered.

Further information:

Number of tuition fee free places: up to 12

Eligibility criteria: non finalist undergraduate students from all UCL departments

Dates: two sessions:

July Session: 28th June - 2nd August 2021

August Session: 9th - 27th August 2021

Costs:

  • Tuition fee – waived for selected UCL students
  • Travel, visa, accommodation, activities and admin fees, expenses – students are expected to cover these themselves. Please see the institution’s handbook  and website for details.

Successful students are able to apply for one of our bursaries in order to help with the costs.

City University of Hong Kong Summer Research Internship Program

Programme description: The Colleges of Science and Engineering have an overseas internship scheme to provide students with an opportunity to experience scientific research related to their studies. In addition to the research experience, additional cultural workshops and an industrial visit are provided to give participants a brief understanding of industrial establishments in Hong Kong as well as a taste of Chinese culture. The programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to conduct a research project which will expand their horizons and allow them to apply their knowledge in  a practical setting.

Further information:

Number of tuition fee free places: up to 10

Eligibility criteria: non finalist undergraduate students from UCL Engineering and Physics departments only.

Dates: 7th June - 6th August 2021

Costs:

  • Tuition fee – waived for selected UCL students
  • Travel, visa, accommodation, activities and admin fees expenses – students are expected to cover these themselves. Please see the institution’s website for details.

Successful students are able to apply for one of our bursaries in order to help with the costs.

Nanyang Technological University GEM Trailblazer Summer

Programme description:  Spend a summer in Singapore, the perfect 'soft landing' in the heart of the fast developing Asia-Pacific region and a springboard to explore the many cultures and languages in neighbouring countries surrounding around Singapore. Students will have more than 25 courses to choose from across five tracks of studies, thus, ensuring an enriching summer study immersion and cultural adventure.

Further information:

Number of tuition fee free places: 2

Eligibility criteria: non finalist undergraduate students from Engineering and MAPS departments.

Dates:

6-week programme: 16th June - 31st July 2021
4-week programme: 30th June - 31st July 2021
2-week programme: 30th June - 17 July 2021 or 14 July - 31 July 2021

Costs:

  • Tuition fee – waived for selected UCL students
  • Travel, visa, accommodation, activities and admin fees, expenses – students are expected to cover these themselves. Please see the institution’s brochure and website for details.

Successful students are able to apply for one of our bursaries in order to help with the costs.

Tecnologico de Monterrey iSummer Mx Programme 

Programme descriptioni Summer MX is a program designed for international students who love traveling and learning about new cultures.

Students will live in four vibrant cities in Mexico. The Santa Fe district in Mexico City, the colonial city Queretaro, the industrialized Leon and the modern business and industrial center in Monterrey. They will make everlasting memories exercising their intellectual curiosity and developing entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership skills, in a multicultural setting. During their stay in Mexico, students will learn about different parts of the country without ceasing their studies. Each campus has special activities, with field trips, company visits and networking events that will make their experience unforgettable.

Further information:

Number of tuition fee free places: 6

Eligibility criteria: non finalist undergraduate students from Engineering departments (excluding Computer Science). 

Dates: 5th July - 30th July 2021

Costs:

  • Tuition fee – waived for selected students
  • Students still liable for the service fee which includes accommodation, transport within Mexico and breakfast ($1600). Students are also expected to cover their own flights and visa costs.

Successful students are able to apply for one of our bursaries in order to help with the costs.

Stony Brook Global Summer Institute in Stony Brook, NY

Programme description:  The Global Summer Institute  allows  visiting international students the opportunity to enrol in academic courses at Stony Brook.  All students are required to enroll in a minimum of six (6) credits. Students in the Global Academic Program are eligible to participate in the GSI cultural excursions.

Please note that exchange students will not be offered a housing scholarship, since the $6,186.00 tuition fee will be waived for selected students.  

Stony Brook University has a wide variety of courses across multiple academic departments and disciplines. Admission to some courses is subject to department review, in order to ensure that students have satisfied the course entry requirements.  .

Further information:

Number of tuition fee free places: 4

Eligibility criteria: non-finalist undergraduate students from all UCL departments

Dates: Vary depending on courses taken

Costs:

  • Tuition fee – waived for selected UCL students for six credits
  • Students are still expected to cover their own travel plus the following fees 
  • Housing (single room): $2752.00 (double room will be slightly cheaper)
  • University Fees (includes mandatory health insurance): $663.20

Not included in the total are meals and personal expenses. Students in the summer live in apartment style housing, and are allowed to cook their own food. A summer meal plan is not required, but plans are available to students.

Successful students are able to apply for one of our bursaries in order to help with the costs.

Zurich University of Teacher Education (Padagogische Hochschule Zurich) Summer School 2021

Programme description: The Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH) Summer School provides insight into the Swiss education system, its opportunities and challenges. The programme lasts two weeks and has two academic tracks to chose from:

Special needs and inclusive education in Switzerland

Health promotion and violence prevention in schools

Further information:

Number of tuition fee free places: 4

Eligibility criteria: non finalist undergraduate students from the Education Studies department.

Dates: 20th June - 2nd July 2021

Costs:

  • Tuition fee – waived for selected UCL students.
  • Participants will have to pay a fee of CHF 380 to cover the cost of the welcome and social programme as well as local transportation costs. Travel, visa, accommodation, activities and admin fees, expenses – students are expected to cover these themselves.

Successful students are able to apply for one of our bursaries in order to help with the costs.

While tuition fees are waived for successful students, please note that participants will have to cover their own accommodation, travel and living costs.

Tuition Fee Free FAQs

How do I apply for the scheme?

The application is through Portico and will be visible to eligible students later in 2021/22 under the global mobility tab. Detailed application instructions will also be added above once the application launches.

Can I apply for any of the programmes listed above?

Some of the opportunities are department or faculty specific, so please check the eligibility criteria above before you apply.

I'm only interested in one summer programme. Do I still have to select three choices on the Portico application?

No, if you are only interested in one opportunity, it is fine to list just that. Please only list choices that you will be prepared to accept if offered.

Can postgraduate students apply?

No, the tuition fee free scheme is only available to non-finalist undergraduate students.

I am in the final year of my undergraduate degree - can I apply?

No, the tuition fee free scheme is only available to non-finalist undergraduate students.

I am in the third year of a four-year MSci or MEng programme - can I apply?

Yes.

I am currently on interruption - can I apply?

If your interruption ends before the start date of the programme, you will be welcome to apply.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

The applications will be reviewed once the deadline passes and you will receive the outcome of your application in mid to late-February.

What happens if I'm offered a place?

If you are awarded a place, you will first have to confirm that you wish to accept the place. You will then have to complete a second application for the institution you have been nominated to. Study Abroad will guide you through this process and we expect your place to be confirmed providing you complete and submit your application in advance of the deadline we will outline.

What about COVID-19?

We hope that the opportunities will be available in-person, but please note that this will be contingent on the global situation as well as guidance from UK, international governments, UCL and the host institution.

I applied last year and was awarded a place that was cancelled due to COVID-19. Do I need to apply again?

Yes, if your place was cancelled last year, you will have to apply again but you will be welcome to use the same application responses if you wish. If possible, we will also take into account the situation last summer when reviewing the applications and making allocations.

If my place in 2022 is cancelled due to COVID-19, can I be considered for 2023 instead?

If you are awarded a place for the summer of 2021 and the programme is cancelled due to COVID-19 or you cannot attend due to travel restrictions, you will be welcome to apply again a year later for the places available in 2022 providing you are still a non-finalist undergraduate student. The options available and the number of places we have at each partner varies each year, so we're unable to defer places from one year to the next.