Information for teachers, counsellors and advisors

Global Summer School is a rigorous academic programme with the aim of challenging and inspiring students to pursue a future in STEM. We welcome more than 500 students, representing over 50 nationalities to Imperial every year.

During the two-week programme students can choose to study one of four specialisms - Data Science and Artifical IntelligenceEngineering, Medicine and Life Sciences or Physics. Alongside this unique opportunity to develop their specialist STEM subject knowledge at a world top ten university, they’ll dive into the world of innovation, gain practical skills and add weight to their future university applications.

Why should students apply for Global Summer School?

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An Imperial education

Students will learn from current academics at a world top ten university, the only one in the UK to focus solely on STEM.

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Supportive environment

We have a comprehensive network of student support in place to help students to achieve their full potential.

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Central London location

Our campus is in South Kensington, in the heart of London, the best student city in the world.

Eligibility and assessment criteria

We're on the lookout for students aged 16 and 17 who have:

  • an enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics;
  • excellent academic ability;
  • strong English language skills;
  • and a clear motivation for attending the programme.

More detailed information on eligibility and assessment criteria can be found here.

The application process

How can students apply

Step one

Students will need to complete an online application form and submit information including academic grades and English language ability. You will be required to submit a 50-word teacher reference. Please ensure the student provides your correct contact details to avoid delays to their application. Information about teacher references and your involvement in the application process can be found below.


As a teacher, you may be required to: 

  • verify the application information provided by the student and to amend if needed; 
  • provide information about the student's current and predicted grades; 
  • provide details about the student's English language ability. Please indicate whether English is the student's native language, whether all/the majority of lessons at school are taught in English, or details of any English language qualification held by the student. 

You may also like to include information about how you feel the student would benefit from the Summer School, how the student stands out at school, and details of any other relevant achievements, extra-curricular activities or interests. 

How to provide a reference
Please note, there is a twenty-minute timeout on the form from the moment you click the link (even if you have been active on the page). It should take you no longer than fifteen minutes to complete. However, you may wish to write your supporting statement in an alternative application (e.g., Microsoft Word) and copy and paste it into the required field.

To access the reference form, you will be emailed a unique link which will direct  you to Aspire. If it's your first time logging in, you will be directed to create an account. If you have logged in before, you will be directed to a login screen (once you click on the unique link). Once logged in, you will be able to see all outstanding references assigned to you. You can also view basic details of past applicants and outcomes. To complete a reference, you must enter the applicants' date of birth.

Academic requirements

Students will need to demonstrate excellent academic ability. We require a majority of 9-7 grades (A*-A) at GCSE level or the international equivalent, with a minimum of grade 7 (A) in maths and science subjects. As their teacher, you will need to verify and confirm that the academic information submitted by the student is correct.

Students will need to submit an academic transcript of their most recent school or college grades to demonstrate that they meet the required academic standard. Where this is not available, further information from a teacher, tutor, school counsellor or equivalent would be required. This may be in the format of a document, ideally on headed paper from an official school email address, which confirms predicted or class grades. It may also include proof of extenuating circumstances where a student was unable to take exams, or where they have been postponed. 

We may contact you directly if further clarification is needed on the academic grades or English language skills submitted by the student.

Step two

Applications will be reviewed within 10 working days of receiving both references. If successful, the student will receive a conditional offer.

Step three

Students will be asked to upload their supporting documents within five days.

Step four

We will review supporting documents within five working days.

Step five

If the student meets all necessary criteria, they will be awarded an unconditional offer. To confirm their place, they will need to make payment of the £6,600 programme fee within 14 days. Please note, the payment deadline will reduce to seven days later in the application process

 More detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here.

How can you promote Global Summer School?

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Organise a webinar

We are always keen to speak directly with students. We can organise bespoke webinars to present at your school. Please get in touch with us to organise a webinar.

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Share our registered interest form with your students

This list is designed for prospective students who want to be kept up to date on application opening dates, programme information and more. Students can sign up here.

Future support for students

Our student journey doesn’t end after Global Summer School. We offer a number of opportunities for students to support their university applications and future after school.

Contact the Global Summer School team

Should you require further information, please get in touch with a member of the team.

Clare Whelan
Global Summer School Development Manager

Global Summer School
(+44) 020 75 943 252 (monitored between 09.00 and 17.00 UK time on Monday – Friday)