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
- be enrolled on an undergraduate degree
- meet our English language requirements
For more detail, please see our eligibility criteria page.
Step 2 - Gather your supporting documents
It is recommended that you gather your supporting documents before beginning your online programme application. You will be prompted to upload copies of these documents as you work through the online application form. We are able to accept Word, PDF and JPG files.
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?
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. Please check our academic eligibility guidance
Proof of your English language proficiency (if your degree is not taught in English)
Details of what we can accept are on our eligibility criteria page
Step 3: Apply online
When you have all your documents together and are ready to apply, go to our online application form. You will need to create an account to begin your application. Once you have logged in, click on the summer schools tab at the top of the page. Please read through the information on the pages and follow the on-screen instructions.
When you reach the programme title question in 'proposed studies' section, choose World Challenges and Innovation Summer School.
You will then need to work through the rest of the form and complete all questions that are marked as required. Once you have completed all of the compulsory questions, click 'submit application.'
Once you have submitted your application, we will do our best to send you a decision within 20 working days.
Don't forget that, as part of the application process, you will need to agree to our World Challenges and Innovation Summer School terms and conditions. Please download this document and go over it carefully before submitting your application.
If your application has been successful, you will receive an official Letter of Offer from the Centre for Continuing Professional Development. To confirm your place on the programme, you will then need to accept this offer and pay your tuition fees in full. 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.
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 detail, check our 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 (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/visit/summer-schools/under-18-summer-schools/) .
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.
European and UK nationals
If you're a national of a country inside the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you don't need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.
Short-term Study Visa
If you're a national of a country outside the European Economic Area, and you're coming to the UK specifically to attend our summer programme, you should apply for a Short-term Study Visa. This visa allows students to come to the UK for a period of up to six months in order to undertake a short course of study. Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for this visa before you arrive in the UK or you may be able to have your passport stamped on arrival using supporting documentation.
For further advice and how to apply, please visit our International Student Support (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/) website.
Tier 4 Visa holders
If you're already studying in the UK and are on a Tier 4 visa, you shouldn't need to apply for a Short-term Study Visa to attend our summer programme. However, you will need to provide a copy of your Tier 4 visa and a confirmation from your current educational institution. We will let you know when we need this information from you.
If you're attending our summer school before going onto a full-time study in the UK for longer than six months you will need to apply for a Short-term Study Visa for our summer school. You will then need to return home to apply for a Tier 4 Visa which will link to the institution where you will be studying your full-time programme.
Tier 2 and 5 Visa holders
You're able to study on our summer school if your Tier 2 or Tier 5 Visa is valid for the duration of the programme. You will need to provide a copy of your visa and a letter of consent from your employer before you enrol. We will let you know when we need this information from you.
General Visitor Visas and Business Visas
Holders of General Visitor Visa and Business Visas do not have permission to study in the UK. We are therefore unable to accept them on our summer school.
If you need further information about visas, please take a look at our International Student Support (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/) website. If you can't find an answer there, please contact the team.