Access and Widening Participation


Non-Residential Summer Schools

Every year, UCL runs a number of Non-Residential Summer Schools for Year 12 students attending state schools. They aim to give students a taste of university life and the degree programmes we offer. 

Non-Residential Summer Schools 2020

Non-Residential Summer Schools are a great way to experience university life and study a subject in more depth, without having to stay on campus each night. They usually run from Monday to Friday, and usually from 10am - 4pm (this may vary across different subjects)

Application Information 

Applications for 2020 are not yet open and will open in early 2020. Please keep checking back for more information. 

  • For non-residential summer schools, you must usually be from London, or be able to commute to campus each day. We can help with travel costs to cover your travel to campus. Any field/museum trips during the non-residential will also be covered.
  • To apply for our programmes, you must meet certain eligibility criteria
  • Part of the application form will require you to enter some information about your parent or guardian. 
  • 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 teacher 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 lunch, snacks, and any resources you need/travel you may need to do as part of the course during the week.

Do I have to stay overnight at the non-residential summer school?
No accommodation is available as part of the non-residential summer schools. 

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.

I'm not from London, can I take part?
Applicants must usually be from London, or areas that are easily commutable (e.g. Kent, Essex, etc.). Some applicants also stay with relatives/friends in London for the duration of the Non-Residential Summer School. We are unable to offer any accommodation as part of the Non-Residential Summer Schools and cannot contribute any accommodation costs for families/participants. However, we can help with travel costs for participants.

When will I hear if I have a place?
We aim to notify students of their outcome in early May but this varies for each subject. If any subject application deadlines are extended we will email existing applicants to let them know any new deadline dates. We usually shortlist around 7000 applications for our various activities, so it 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.

If your question hasn't been answered, please email the team at wp.taster@ucl.ac.uk