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Fields of Study: Physics

Maximize your summer earning physics credit for the life sciences in a culturally rich location. 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

  • Engage in a study of physics with students from Cyprus and all over the world.
  • Experience living and studying in the city ranked #1 for both education and lifestyle by the New York Times.
  • Complete the equivalent of one year of physics for your life sciences degree at UC.


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.
  • Each course is lower-division and worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.

Current Program Courses

Courses in this program are limited to two physics courses:

Catalogs and resources

  • Math readiness tests: To determine academic fit for this intensive program, consider taking these optional tests.
  • Comparison of UCEAP summer physics: Review similar physics program information across all of UCEAP’s country locations.
  • 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 program is designed for students from across the UC system. Instruction generally consists of lectures, class, workshops, and labs. All lectures, class, and workshops are held on the main campus, while labs are held at the Research and Technology Building.

Class and lectures, which are often used to cover the groundwork in a subject, supplement workshops and labs. The lectures provide background material for the academic work that is assessed during workshops. Workshops are used to solve problem sets in a group environment. During labs you run experiments and test theories learned in lecture and class. ​You are also assigned homework and problem sets.

Classes are Monday through Thursday with four hours of workshops and six hours of labs per week. 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. There is also tutoring available should you need it.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Both physics courses must be taken for a letter grade. Grades for this program are usually available in late October.