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Please see below for answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

Entry requirements

What are the age requirements for the Global Summer School?

To enrol on the programme you must:

  • be 16 or 17 years old before the start of your programme
  • not turn 18 years old before or during your programme


Which qualifications do you accept as proof of English language ability?

Our English language qualification requirements are in line with those for undergraduate programmes at Imperial. The College's English language requirements are at the Standard Level. If you are unsure, or yours is not covered, please contact us. When completing your application form please indicate in your personal statement whether English is your native language, whether you are taught in English at school, or whether you hold an English language qualification. 

Will I need a visa to attend the Global Summer School?

For more information about visa requirements, please visit the short-term study webpages.  

If you are travelling from overseas to the Global Summer School, you may require an invitation letter from us. Once your place is confirmed on the programme, we can arrange to send this to you. If you have further questions about applying for a visa for the programme, please contact us after your place has been confirmed on the programme to request this. 

How many subjects do I need to submit in Key Stage 4?

We require at least eight subjects in Key Stage 4.

Which grades do I need to list?

If you have achieved any formal qualifications in the last one to two years, please list all of these (e.g. GCSEs). If you do not have any formal qualifications, please list your most recent class grades, indicating that these are class grades in the ‘qualification type’ section. Additionally, if you have any predicted grades for the subjects you are currently studying, please list these. Providing detailed information about your qualifications will ensure that your application can be assessed quickly by the Global Summer School Team.

What documentation will I need to bring?

If travelling from outside the UK, please ensure that you bring the following documentation:

  • Medical insurance
  • Visa and guardian permission to travel: Some students will require a visa to enter the UK. For more information about visas, please visit short-term study.
  • Passport: We require an up-to-date copy of your passport on file in case of emergencies

How to apply

When do applications open?

Applications are now open. Please click here to apply for Global Summer School 2024.

Please note, there is no final deadline for applications. Applications are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Academic subjects will close when they have reached full capacity. We recommend applying as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

How do you assess applications?

We look first at whether applicants meet the age, English language and academic requirements of the programme. We will then read the applicant's personal statement and teacher's reference. Once applicants have been scored against these five categories, we will finally consider the mix of nationalities and best fit of applicants across the subjects before making an offer.

How do I complete the application form?

Please ensure that you read and follow the step-by-step application guidance providedbefore you start your application. These instructions are very detailed and should answer your questions as you complete the application form. If you have read through the guidance thoroughly and you still have questions, then please contact the Global Summer School team at

Can I make changes to my application once it has been submitted?

You are not able to make changes to your application once it has been submitted so it is important that you have completed all fields with the required information.

If you have made a mistake on your application, or require changes, please contact the Global Summer School team for advice.

How do I know if I have been accepted?

Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you by email within 10 working days to tell you the outcome of your application.

I have been accepted. What do I do?

If you receive a conditional offer you must upload your supporting documents within seven days. Once you have uploaded your documents and these have been checked, you will receive an unconditional offer within five working days.

Once you have your unconditional offer you must make full payment of the course fee within 14 days to confirm your place. Please note, the payment deadline will reduce to seven days later in the application process.

What happens if I have issues with my visa or it is declined?

We can provide visa letters to help you with your application, however, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are applying for the correct visa and have all the necessary documentation ready to submit.

How can I withdraw my application?

If you have not yet submitted your application, please log in to the application system, select your application and click the blue cross in the ‘Withdraw’ column next to your application. If you have submitted your application, please contact us so that we can withdraw your application for you.

If the subject I apply to is already full, can I choose another subject to attend?

During the application process you will be asked to provide your first and second choice of subject, and if you can attend either session. If we are unable to offer you a place on your first choice option then we will hopefully be able to offer you a place on your second choice if you meet all requirements. You will have the option to accept or decline this offer.

Fees and payment

Is there a fee for the programme?

The fee for the 2024 is £6,600. More information about what is included in the programme fee can be found on our fees page.

Imperial College London is committed to supporting the brightest students regardless of background. If you are a UK applicant, find out more about free programmes run by our Outreach team

When do I have to pay my tuition fees?

To confirm your place, you will need to make full payment of £6,600 within five days of receiving your unconditional offer. 

Do you offer any scholarships or financial assistance?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any discounts, scholarships, bursaries or financial assistance to cover the costs of the programme.

Can I pay in instalments?

If you apply by mid-February we may be able to agree on a payment plan. Instalment payments are non-refundable after the 14 day cancellation period for each payment. Please bear in mind that your place will not be confirmed until payment is received in full.

Do you offer refunds?

You are able to cancel your confirmed place within 14 days, after this time the programme fee is not refundable. 

Is insurance and healthcare provided?

Contents and healthcare insurance is not included in the programme fee. We strongly recommend that all participants take out full travel insurance to cover the duration of the programme. Students travelling from outside the UK should ensure that this includes comprehensive medical cover. 


Where will I stay during the programme?

All students stay in twin en-suite bedroom in our Prince’s Gardens hall of residence on campus

Do I have to bring bedding or other items?

No, all bedrooms are en-suite and include: 

  • Bed linen 
  • Towels 
  • Kettle with tea and coffee 
  • Shampoo, shower gel and moisturiser 
  • Hairdryers can be hired for a £10.00 refundable deposit. 

Is there anywhere to wash my clothes?

Yes, there is a laundry room located in the basement of Prince’s Gardens which are operated using a mobile app.

Can I live off-campus?

You are required to live on-campus in our halls of residence for the duration of the Global Summer School. The programme has a full academic and social schedule and you will be busy for most of the day and evening. Therefore, we cannot grant permission for students to leave and return during the programme.

Can I leave to visit family and friends during the programme?

We ask that you do not make arrangements to see friends and family during the programme. We have large numbers of students attending and a packed schedule of events across a range of different locations. This makes it very difficult to coordinate meeting times/sites and to keep track of students who depart from the group.

Can I remain in the UK for a few days after the end of the programme?

Students are welcome to stay in the UK with family or friends after the programme ends. Unfortunately, the Global Summer School team cannot offer students accommodation before or after the programme. Imperial College do have summer accommodation options that can be pre-booked online, although persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that if you choose to extend your stay, you do so at your own expense and there is no supervision from the Global Summer School team after the date of departure. It is also the students’ responsibility to ensure their visa, insurance and any other documentation is valid for the remainder of their stay.