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Fields of Study: Science

This intensive, fast-paced physics program is divided into two, four-week sessions. You enroll in one course per session for the equivalent of a full year of calculus-based credit.  

Unique Study Opportunities

  • Complete the equivalent of one year of physics to fulfill UC degree requirements in life sciences.
  • Conduct lab experiments to better understand subjects like force, mass, and motion.
  • Learn alongside students who’ve come from all over the world to attend a top-tier university and take science classes.


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: Two courses for a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units.
  • Take both courses for a letter grade.
  • Attend and participate in all classes, labs, and workshops.

In this intensive eight-week program, courses cover material that is usually taught over a full year at UC. The program is unusually fast-paced and demands that you are prepared for a challenging learning experience and a rigorous schedule. Weekly academic activities may include up to eight hours of teaching sessions, six hours of labs, six hours of workshops, and 25 hours of self-study. 

Current Program Courses

This program offers two courses designed specifically to meet the requirements of physics departments at the University of California. You’ll enroll in two lower-division classes, each over four weeks:

  • Introductory Physics 1
  • Introductory Physics 2

The program provides electronic textbooks, printed notes, and laboratory manuals. Both individual and group work is required as well as timetabled office hours with teaching staff.

Catalogs and Resources

  • Physics 1 and 2 syllabi: Read about each course in detail and learn about the objectives, materials, homework, teaching methods, labs, workshops, and assessment.
  • Math Readiness tests: To determine academic fit for the intensive physics program, consider taking these optional tests.
  • Comparison of UCEAP summer physics programs: Review similar physics program information across all of UCEAP’s country locations.
  • Check with your campus study abroad office for course equivalencies.

Academic Culture

The program requires a substantial time commitment: attending classes, participating in labs, as well as time spent outside of class studying and doing research or homework. Due to the intensive nature of the program, it is not possible to make changes to timetables or reschedule assessments. It is important that you keep up with any new material. 

Throughout the program, lecturers and teaching assistants are readily available to you. Students love the small classes and friendly tutors. 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 for the summer term should be available one to two months after the program ends. They may not arrive in time to accommodate summer degree verification deadlines.