UCEAP offers summer programs across three locations where UCLA students can complete their Physics for Life Science series (5ABC or 6ABC). Physical science students can satisfy the Physics 1ABC series, but only at the University of Glasgow. These are highly popular programs that fill up as soon as we begin receiving applications. This page provides UCLA-specific information about the application process and receiving credit for these programs.

To learn more about individual programs, visit the respective UCEAP program pages; you can find the links in our FAQ section.


The Summer Physics programs consist of two, four-week sessions. These are intensive, fast-paced programs. We encourage all students interested in participating to take the Math Readiness Test to informally determine preparedness for the program.

✓ Math Prerequisites: Must be completed by the end of Winter 2020. Exceptions to this policy can be considered on a case-by-case basis for students with a 3.0+ GPA in core STEM courses.

    • Physics for Life Science: Math 3AB, Math 31AB, or LS30AB
    • Physics for Physical Science: Math 31AB and 32A, (32B recommended)

✓  2.5 Cumulative GPA (2.75 for the University of Glasgow)

✓  Maintain good academic standing

Fall 2019 Info Session

The IEO hosts an info session on campus every fall for the Summer Physics programs. We discuss the new application process, eligibility, academics, social programming, and finances among other topics. There is a student panel of returnees who have recently participated on these programs to share their experiences peer-to-peer. The event for this year took place on October 7th. Here is a link to the PowerPoint Presentation of the material covered. The PowerPoint contains everything you need to know about these programs!

Application Process for Summer 2020

Step 1: Online First-Come, First-Served – Students will submit their ranked program preferences via an online preference form, when it goes live on Thursday, October 10th at 7:30am. The order in which students submit this online form will determine the priority given to students’ preferences. The online form to submit preferences will close on Friday, October 11th at 4:00pm.

Step 2: Wait for Your Offer – Within a week you will receive an email with a “program offer” indicating which of your highest ranked preferences you have secured a spot on. The IEO must still review your eligibility in the coming weeks, but provided you meet the minimum requirements and remain in good academic standing, there is no reason why you shouldn’t secure a spot on the program you are offered!

Step 3: Apply – After receiving your program offer, you will be instructed to complete the UCEAP application for your assigned program. Complete the online application and submit the UCLA Intake Form provided in the UCEAP instructions.

Step 4: Receive your Nomination – The IEO will then review your application to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. Before the end of Fall quarter, students will receive their program nomination. At this point, you will have secured a spot on your respective program!


Students can begin registering for a waitlist beginning on Monday, October 21st at 9:00 am.

Please note the following:

    • Students can only be on one waitlist.
    • Students who accepted a program offer cannot join a waitlist.
    • There is no guarantee students on a waitlist will secure a spot on a program.

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  • Where can I complete my Physics for Life Science (5ABC or 6ABC) series?
  • Where can I complete my Physics for Physical Science (1ABC) series?
  • What happens if I don’t secure a spot for my number one choice for Summer 2020?
    • We will go down your preferences until there is an option that still has a space available. You will be given 48 hours to confirm your interest in submitting an application for the program you are offered. If we do not hear from you, your offer will be forfeited.
  • Is there financial aid available for these programs?
    • Eligible students can use some of their UCLA financial aid on these programs. The UCLA Financial Aid Office (FAO) offers aid that range from combined grant-loan packages to all loan packages depending on a students FAFSA record. The package is based on covering the full budget of the program which includes all essential costs like tuition, labs, application, housing, and budgets for meals, transportation, and airfare. Please contact the UCLA FAO if you have further financial aid questions. We also encourage all students to apply to scholarships – you will find a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships here!
  • Will medical schools accept this program for the “year of physics requirement?”
    • The UCLA IEO cannot guarantee that medical schools will accept this coursework. Students are responsible for consulting with the medical schools of interest for confirmation. Nonetheless, since as early as summer of 2011 we have had over 1000 UCLA students, mostly pre-meds, complete these programs and successfully apply to medical schools across the U.S without an issue. The coursework from these programs is converted into UC credit and shows up on your UCLA transcript.
  • Are there other summer programs abroad where I can complete STEM prerequisites?
    • Yes! UCEAP offers one other program that has been pre-approved by the respective UCLA department.
      • Chemistry 30A, 30AL, 30B, 30BLUniversity College Dublin will offer two courses students can take to satisfy a portion of UCLA’s Organic and General Chemistry series.
  • Is there a way to learn about these programs from another UCLA student?
    • Yes! If you are interested in getting in touch with a student who has completed one of the physics programs, please email Ana (aarellano@ieo.ucla.edu) with the program of interest. Also, here are a couple of blogs previous students created for Sussex, Dublin, and Glasgow; please note that exact program details are always changing.
  • Do I need to come in-person to the UCLA study abroad office in Murphy Hall to secure a spot or submit my summer physics application?
    • Please see our instructions on the application process for Summer 2020 above. The first-come, first-served process is now online and students no longer need to bring in their hardcopy forms.