How to apply
All applications for the World Challenges and Innovation Summer School must be made online. Please follow the steps below to make sure that you provide us with all of the information we need to assess your application.
Step 1 - Check your eligibility
In order to apply for World Challenges and Innovation Summer School, you will need to:
- be aged 18 or over before 30 July 2018
- be enrolled on an undergraduate degree
- meet our English language requirements
For more details, please see our general and academic eligibility criteria page.
Step 2 - Gather your supporting documents
It is recommended that you gather your supporting documents before beginning your online application. You will be prompted to upload copies of the following documents as you work through the online application form. We are able to accept Word, PDF and JPG files.
- Personal statement
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Your university transcript to date
- Proof of your English language eligibility
The personal statement is an important part of the selection process. Provide up to 600 words addressing the following points:
- What aspects of the summer school are you most interested in?
- Why should we choose you as one of our Summer School Students?
- What are you hoping to get out of your Summer School experience?
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A curriculum vitae is a written overview of a person's experience and other qualifications. CVs may also be requested for applicants to postsecondary programs, scholarships, grants and bursaries.
A translation must be included if your transcript is not in English. If you do not have access to a transcript, we may be able to accept an academic reference instead.
Proof of your English language proficiency (if your degree is not taught in English)
You will need to provide proof of competency in English (e.g. IELTS), if your first language is not English or English is not the language in which you are taught at school.
Step 3 - Apply online
Apply via the online application form.
- Create an account.
- Click on the summer schools tab at the top of the page.
- Read through the information on the pages and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Choose either:
- World Challenges and Innovation Summer School|WCSSC|1|SK|PT|OP
- World Challenges and Innovation Summer School with English Language|WESSC|1|SK|PT|OP
- Work through the form and click ‘submit application’ when you are ready.
- Remember that by applying for the programme you are agreeing to our World Challenges and Innovation Summer School terms and conditions (pdf).
We will aim to communicate the outcome of your application within 20 working days of receiving your application.
If your application has been successful you will receive an email with further information about the summer school and how to pay your tuition fees. To confirm your place on the summer school you will need to pay the full tuition fee.
Once your payment has cleared, a member of the team will email you to confirm your place on the programme and provide you with documents for your visa application.
If your application has been successful, you will receive an official Letter of Offer from the Centre for Continuing Professional Development by email. To confirm your place on the programme, you will then need to accept this offer and pay your tuition fees in full within 10 working days. Information about how to pay tuition fees will be included in the offer letter, which will be sent via email.
Once your payment has cleared, a member of the team will email you to confirm your place on the programme and, if appropriate, provide you with documents for your visa application.
If we have to cancel the World Challenges and Innovation Summer School due to a failure to meet minimum recruitment levels or because of an event outside our control, we will refund your tuition fees. However, we are unable to accept liability for any costs or losses incurred by you which are the result of the cancellation. We therefore advise that you take out insurance against cancellation of the summer school if your travel costs are likely to be substantial. If we fail to meet a minimum recruitment level, we will inform you no later than 4 weeks before the summer school commencement date.
If you're not a UK or EU national, you may need to apply for a visa to study on our summer programme. For more information, see our visa information page.
General and Academic eligibility
The World Challenges and Innovation Summer School welcomes applications from students from all over the world. There are no restrictions on nationality. If you are not a UK or EU national, you may need a visa to attend. For more details, check Imperial College's visa information page.
The World Challenges and Innovation Summer School is suitable for students who are currently studying an undergraduate in either science, technology, engineering, medicine or business management subject.
In practice, this means that you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have passed at least one undergraduate module in your degree. As part of your application process, you will need to submit a transcript to date which we will use to assess your eligibility for the summer school.
If you are not able to access a transcript to date, or you are currently undertaking a module which will not appear on your transcript, we may be able to accept a reference from a member of academic staff who can vouch for your performance.
If you're not sure if you satisfy our academic eligibility criteria, or believe that you may need to submit a reference instead of a transcript, please contact us.
This programme is only suitable for students who are 18 years or older and enrolled on an undergraduate programme. We are unable to accept students who are below the age of 18 or have not yet started their undergraduate education. If you are aged 15 to 17, you may be interested in the Imperial College London Global Summer School .
English language eligibility
You meet our English language eligibility if you:
- are undertaking an undergraduate degree taught in English
- have passed an English language qualification at school or at university (you will need to provide proof of this in your programme application)
- have an IELTS or TOEFL qualification.
For IELTs, we would usually ask for a score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in any element.
For TOEFL, we would usually expect that you have achieved 72 overall with a minimum of 17 in any elements.
You will need to provide proof of your qualification in your programme application.
If you are not a UK or EU national, you may need a visa to attend. For more details, check Imperial College's visa information page.