UPDATE 02/01: Dublin Summer Physics has been cancelled for the Summer 2023 term.  

UCEAP offers two summer programs across Europe where students can satisfy part of UCLA’s introductory physics series.

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 Summer Physics (Life Science) – Cancelled for Summer 2023

  1. Physics 1 (4 units)
  2. Physics 2 (4 units)

Pre-approved by the Physics and Astronomy Department:

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

Glasgow Summer Physics (Life Science)

  1. Physics 1 (4 units)
  2. Physics 2 (4 units)

Pre-approved by the Physics and Astronomy Department:

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

Glasgow Summer Physics (Physical Science) 

  1. Physics 1 (4 units)
  2. Physics 2 (4 units)

Pre-approved by the Physics and Astronomy Department

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

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 2023. 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)

✓  Cumulative GPA: 2.50 for University College Dublin or 2.90 for the University of Glasgow

✓  Maintain good academic standing

Info Sessions

Winter 2023: Talk to a Returnee!

During the first week of January, we held an informal conversation with Summer 2022 participants for Bruins to receive first-hand experience and feedback from these programs. Prospective students heard about study/travel tips and more about life/food/housing abroad.

*This was a complimentary session to our Summer Physics Abroad Info Session. Students were highly encouraged to view the Fall 2022 recording or presentation slides (direct links located below). This session was not recorded.

Fall 2022 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 29th.

Click here to view the Summer Physics Info Session Recording

Click here to view the Summer Physics Info Session Presentation Slides

Application Process for Summer 2023

Step 1: View Deadlines– Applications will open on Tuesday, October 4th at 9:00am and close on Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 at 11:59pm.

Step 2: Apply – Complete, both, the UCEAP application and UCLA IEO Questionnaire for your preferred program.

Step 3: Receive your Nomination – The IEO will then review your application to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. Provided you meet and maintain the eligibility requirements, there is no reason why you shouldn’t receive a nomination. You will receive your program  nomination via email by the end of January. 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 2023 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?

  • No. We expect to accommodate all interested students.

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.