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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 2023?

To enrol on the 2023 programme you must:

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

If you are travelling from overseas to the Global Summer School, you may require an invitation letter from us. For more information about visa requirements, please visit the short-term study webpages.

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.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa to allow you to attend the programme.

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

We require at least 6 subjects in Key Stage 4.

How to apply

When do applications open?

Applications for the 2023 programme will open in January. If you would like to attend Global Summer School 2023, please register your interest and we will contact you as soon as the application process opens. 

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 sessions and streams before making an offer.

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 five days. Once you have uploaded your documents and these have been checked, you will receive an unconditional offer within three working days.

Once you have your unconditional offer you must make full payment of the course fee within seven days to secure your place. 

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.

Fees and payment

Is there a fee for the programme?

The fee for the 2023 programme is £5,825. More information about the cost of the programme, and what is included, 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?

You must pay the full programme fee within seven days of receiving your unconditional offer. After this time, your place will be released.

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.