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Field of Study: Science

This program offers two intensive and fast-paced physics courses, each divided into four-week sessions. The physics courses on this program satisfy Physics 5A & 5B at UCLA.

Unique study opportunities

  • Complete physics courses that are equivalent to courses offered at your UC campus to fulfill UC degree requirements in the life sciences.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: 8 UC quarter units
  • Take both physics courses for a letter grade.

Current Program Courses

   Introductory Physics 1 and 2   (8-quarter UC units)

Catalogs and resources

  • Math Readiness Tests: To determine academic fit for the intensive physics program, consider taking these optional tests.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Check with your campus study abroad office for course equivalencies.

Academic culture

This fast-paced program focuses on calculus-based physics. You will be covering two quarters' worth of Physics over 8-weeks (two 4-week blocks). The program requires a substantial time commitment: full class attendance, lab participation, and time spent studying and doing research or homework outside of class. Each week will include three 2-hour lectures, one 1-hour Q&A with the course instructor, three 90-minute tutorials, and two 3-hour labs. You will have an exam every other week and weekly assessment on problem sets. 

Changes to the timetable or rescheduling of assessments and exams aren't possible. If you find you are struggling during the program, talk to a faculty or associate tutor immediately. It's important that you keep up with new material throughout the program.

During this intensive program, lecturers and teaching assistants are readily available to you. You have the advantage of small classes and friendly tutors. Faculty members or instructors are most often called lecturers. The title of professor is rarely used and held only by the head of a department or a chairman.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades are usually available in mid-September.

There are several steps involved before the grades you receive at University College Dublin will be posted on your UC transcript. Seniors should especially consider the time delay in processing grades and make sure they do not require grades sooner than what may be possible. No individual expediting is possible.