Frequently asked questions
Please see below for answers to some of our frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please contact us.
Why should I apply for Global Summer School?
What will I gain from attending the programme?
This programme is an opportunity to experience life as a student at Imperial College London, a specialist STEM institution ranked 11th in the world.
In week one, you will join a learning stream and attend lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and workshops delivered by current Imperial faculty members focussed on developing understanding and practical skills.
In week two, you will work together in groups with students from all streams to solve a real-world challenge alongside staff from the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace. You will develop group work, communication and presentation skills, all of which are vital for all Imperial students.
Which subjects can I study on the programme?
What is the level of supervision on the programme?
Our team of trained mentors, senior residential assistants and Global Summer School staff are on-hand to support you throughout the programme.
During academic sessions, you will receive dedicated support from an Academic Mentor who will be a current Imperial student studying a subject related to your stream. On evenings and weekends, our Pastoral Mentors will help to coordinate and supervise students during our packed programme of social events.
What are the entry requirements?
What are the age requirements for the Global Summer School 2021?
To enrol on the Global Summer School in 2021 you must be 16 years old on or before 31 August 2021. You should not reach 18 years old at any point during your Global Summer School session. For example, if you enrol on the July Global Summer School you should already be 16 or 17 years old, or be due to turn 16 before 31 August 2021. You should not reach 18 years old on or before the 10 July 2021.
Which qualifications do you accept as proof of English language ability?
Please check this list of international qualifications and equivalents accepted at Imperial. 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?
You can check if you need to apply for a visa in advance of arriving in the UK on the UK government website. 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 you an invitation letter. 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 do I apply?
When do applications close?
Places on the Global Summer School are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Applications will close when the programme is full. We do not run schools at any other time of year.
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 global spread and best fit of applicants across the sessions and streams before making an offer.
Will you provide me with a summer school visa letter, if so how do I request it?
If you require a visa, you will need to apply for this before you arrive in the UK. You may be asked for a visa letter from us, please contact us as soon as possible to request this.
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 before submitting. You can find further guidance on the applying page. If you require any minor changes to be made to your application after submission please contact the Global Summer School team. If major changes are required, please submit a new application and withdraw the previous one.
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 14 days to secure your place. For late applications, we will require your payment within 7 working days.
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.
Is there a fee and how do I pay?
Is there a fee for the programme?
The fee for the 2021 programme is yet to be confirmed. 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. Find out more about free programmes run by our Outreach team here.
When do I have to pay my tuition fees?
You must pay the full programme fee within 14 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.
Where is the accommodation?
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.
You will receive occasional updates, via email, about our Global Summer School and alerts to when applications open.