*Information on our Summer 2023 application will be available on this page in September*

UCEAP offers two 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 and satisfy a UCLA G.E.

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 “Programs and their Curriculum” tab.

Programs and their Curriculum

Dublin Science and Engineering: Physics and Irish Culture (Life Science)

  1. Physics 1 (4 units)
  2. Physics 2 (4 units)
  3. The Great Hunger or Early Christian Ireland – Society and Sagas (4 units)

Pre-approved by the Physics and Astronomy Department:

  • Both physics courses will satisfy UCLA Physics 5A and 5B

Pre-approved by the College for the following:

  • The Great Hunger: Social Analysis G.E
  • Early Christian Ireland – Society and Sagas: Historical Analysis or Social Analysis G.E

Glasgow Science and Engineering: Physics for Life Sciences and Scottish Culture

  1. Physics 1 (4 units)
  2. Physics 2 (4 units)
  3. Scotland and the World (4 units)

Pre-approved by the Physics and Astronomy Department:

  • Both physics courses will satisfy UCLA Physics 5A and 5B

Pre-approved by the College for the following:

  • Scotland and the World: Historical Analysis G.E

Glasgow Science and Engineering: Physics for Engineers and Scottish Culture

  1. Physics 1 (4 units)
  2. Physics 2 (4 units)
  3. Scotland and the World (4 units)

Pre-approved by the Physics and Astronomy Department

  • Both physics courses will satisfy UCLA Physics 1A and 1B

Pre-approved by the College for the following:

  • Scotland and the World: Historical Analysis G.E

Pre-approved by the School of Engineering for the following:

  • Scotland and the World: Historical or Social Analysis G.E

Eligibility

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.

Eligibility:
✓ 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 for University College Dublin, or 2.75 for the University of Glasgow

✓  Maintain good academic standing

Info Sessions

Winter 2022 Info Session

This year, the IEO hosted an info session for 3 unique summer STEM study abroad programs. We discussed the application process, eligibility, cost, and much more.

Click here to view the UCEAP Lower Division Requirements Abroad Info Session Recording.

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 was presented via Zoom on Thursday, September 30th.

Click here to view the Summer Physics Info Session Presentation Slides. 

Click here to view the Summer Physics Info Session Recording. 

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 11th, 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!

FAQ

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 both 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.

Will medical schools accept this program?

  • 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 Dublin, and Glasgow; please note that exact program details are always changing.