UCEAP offers three summer programs across Europe where students can satisfy part of UCLA’s introductory physics series. Students will also take a non-STEM elective to complement their study abroad destination.

Students can satisfy UCLA’s Physics 5A and 5B on the Physics for Life Science track at all three locations, while the Physics for Physical Science track at the University of Glasgow offers the equivalent of UCLA’s Physics 1A and 1B.

This page provides UCLA-specific information about the application process and the programs we offer. To learn more about each program, visit the respective UCEAP program pages located 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 2022. 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 2021 Info Session

Every fall, the IEO hosts an info session for the Summer Physics programs. We discuss the application process, eligibility, academics, and finances among other topics. In attendance, there is a student panel of returnees who have participated on these programs to share their experience peer-to-peer. The event this year will be presented via Zoom on Thursday, September 30th from 6:00 – 7:30pm.

Register for UCEAP Summer Physics Abroad Info Session here!

Application Process for Summer 2022

Step 1: View Deadlines and Available Spots – Applications will open on Tuesday, October 5th at 9:00am and close on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:59pm. These programs have limited capacity. Visit our UCEAP Deadlines page to view current available spots.

Step 2: Apply – Complete, both, the UCEAP application and UCLA IEO Questionnaire for your preferred program. Spaces are first-come, first-served – apply early!

Step 3: Receive your Nomination – The IEO will then review your application to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. Provided you meet the eligibility requirements and remain in good academic standing, there is no reason why you shouldn’t receive a nomination. You will receive your program  nomination via email before the end of Fall quarter. Once you receive your nomination, you will have secured a spot on your respective program!


Will these programs satisfy the Physics 5ABC or 1ABC series?

  • While previously Bruins were able to satisfy the complete Physics 5ABC or 1ABC series, starting Summer 2022 they can only satisfy Physics 5AB or 1AB on the respective track.

Which UCEAP Summer Physics Programs are offered for the Summer 2022 term?

Is the Physics for Physical Science track available at all three locations?

Can I apply for more than one program?

  • No. The IEO only permits one application per study abroad term.

Are these programs limited space?

  • Yes, these programs are limited space.  Should we reach capacity, a waitlist will become available to all interested students.
  • Our UCEAP Deadlines page is updated with available spots every 48 hours.

What happens if I don’t secure a spot for my preferred program?

  • We expect to accommodate all interested students, however, should we reach capacity, a waitlist will become available.

Is there financial aid available for these programs?

  • Eligible students can use 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. There is no transcript from the host institution.

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 the summer physics programs advisor, 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.