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. This page provides UCLA-specific information about the application process and the programs we offer.

To learn more about individual programs, visit the respective UCEAP program pages located in our FAQ section.

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 2021. 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 2020 Info Session

Every fall, the IEO hosts an info session for the Summer Physics programs. We discuss the application process, eligibility, academics, social programming, and finances among other topics. In attendance, there is a student panel of returnees who have participated on these programs to share their experiences peer-to-peer. The event for this year took place on Thursday, October 8th. Here is a link to the Presentation Slides. Additionally, you may find the recording of this session by clicking here.

Application Process for Summer 2021

Updated: 02/10/2021
Thank you for your interest in the Summer 2021 Physics Programs. The deadline to apply to these programs was on January 12th, 2021.
If you would like to participate on a program, please contact Summer Physics Programs Advisor, Ana Arellano (aarellano@ieo.ucla.edu) for permission to submit a late application. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and we cannot guarantee permission.
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Step 1: Online First-Come, First-Served – Students will submit their ranked program preferences via an online preference form, accessible on this page, when it goes live on Tuesday, October 13th 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 Wednesday, October 14th at 4:00pm.

Step 2: Wait for Your Offer – You will receive an email by Tuesday, October 20th indicating which, if any, of your highest ranked preferences you have secured a spot on. This is your program offer.

Step 3: Apply – After receiving your program offer, you will be instructed to complete the UCEAP application and the UCLA IEO Online Questionnaire for your assigned program. You must complete both parts of the application within 48 hours of receiving your program offer to maintain your program offer.

Step 4: 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!

Interest Form

Updated: 02/10/2021
Thank you for your interest in the Summer 2021 Physics Programs. The deadline to apply to these programs was on January 12th, 2021.
If you would like to participate on a program, please contact Summer Physics Programs Advisor, Ana Arellano (aarellano@ieo.ucla.edu) for permission to submit a late application. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and we cannot guarantee permission.
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If you are interested in applying to the Summer Physics Programs, please submit the online Interest Form. Students who submit this form are expected to receive a program offer to apply to their program of choice.

Since the Summer Physics Programs are limited-spaced, the interest form serves as a pre-registration that helps our office keep track of how many available spots are left per program. Only those who receive a program offer are allowed to submit a Summer Physics program application.

Note the following:
  • Students can only submit one interest form
  • Students who submit this form are expected to receive a program offer within 2 weeks of submission
For any questions, please contact Summer Physics Programs Advisor, Ana Arellano (aarellano@ieo.ucla.edu)

FAQs

Are Summer 2021 program still scheduled to run?

At this time, the Summer Physics Programs are scheduled to run. Decisions on term-wide suspensions of Summer 2021 programming would likely come when we have more up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. However, due to the unprecedented and fluid nature of the COVID-19 crisis, programs could be suspended at any time to keep our faculty, students, and staff safe.

The IEO recommends Summer Physics Programs applicants to consider back-up options and alternatives in the event that these programs must be suspended. For more information and updates regarding study abroad and COVID-19, please visit our UCLA IEO Alerts Page. 

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 2021?

  • We will go down your submitted preferences until there is an option that still has a space available. If you receive a program offer, and do not intend to participate on that program, you may forfeit the offer and join the waitlist for your desired program. There are no guarantees of placement for students on a waitlist.

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.

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 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.