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Your first steps to a career in


Life Sciences



Start your world-changing journey

Our innovative STEM Pre-University International Summer School allows you to choose from three distinct pathways to prepare you for future University studies in Chemistry, Life Sciences and Medicine.

High School students who complete the one of the three pathways are awarded 10 University credits and will receive an official UoG transcript evidencing their achievement. This will help to support future applications to higher education and employment

What’s more, if you successfully complete the Chemistry, or the Life Sciences, track you may be given a conditional offer to one of the corresponding undergraduate degrees: BSc Chemistry or BSc Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

How to apply

Our online application form will go live in January 2022.

As well as completing the application form, you will also be asked to provide the following information.

In preparation for completing the application you may wish to plan ahead and collate the necessary application documents:

1) A letter of motivation -

A letter written by the applicant;

  • Specifying which track (Medicine, Life Sciences or Chemistry) they are applying for and why they are interested in this track. Please note that students must only apply for one track and that applications are not transferrable.
  • What attributes they will bring to the programme
  • Why they would like to study at the University of Glasgow

2) A letter of recommendation from a mentor 

Applicants are encouraged to request a letter of recommendation/ character reference from a mentor. This can be someone who supervises the applicants in their extra circular activities, voluntary activities or part-time employment / work experience activities.

3) A letter of academic suppor -

Applicants are encouraged to request a letter of academic support from a teacher.

  • Outlining that the student is in good academic standing and is expected to meet the entry requirements for the degree track they are wishing to pursue by the time they complete high school
  • As this is the equivalent of a transcript, we ask that those writing the letter detail what they are basing their recommendation on, the student’s academic ability and expected grades
  • Supplementary evidence of academic achievement should also be included to support this letter – for example, a copy of the student’s school record of achievement or transcript detailing grades.


  • Letters from Mentors and Teachers should be on official headed notepaper/ bear an official seal or stamp.
  • Letters should be provided by different people to support the student’s application.


The fee for the course is £4,500.

Course structure

Week 1: 11-15 July

  • Arrival Monday, 11 July
  • Welcome to University of Glasgow
  • Orientation
  • Campus tour
  • Contextualising Scotland
    • Introduction to the Scottish Enlightenment and contemporary Scottish culture and politics
  • Introduction and welcome to the Schools of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Medicine.
    • Spending one day each school
      • Medical
      • Chemistry
      • Life Sciences
    • Tour of the facilities and laboratories
    • Introductory talks and demonstrations
    • Contextualizing study and career opportunities

Weekend trip to SCENE (evening of Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 July)

Students will spend the weekend on the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE)

Weekend excursions and activities: 23 and 24 July

Weeks 2 and 3 (19-22 July, and 25-29 July) *Monday 18 July is a local Glasgow holiday and social events will be arranged for this day.

  • Students break into track for 2 weeks
    • Medical
    • Life Sciences
    • Chemistry
  • Presentation Skills
  • Contextualizing knowledge and learning during the summer school
  • Interview skills
  • Preparing for University and Medical School applications

What's included

  • Tuition
  • Supervision and support from the International Summer School Team
  • Support from University services
  • Transport to and from airport on arrival and departure


  • Single, en suite study bedrooms
  • Bed linen provided and laundered weekly
  • Bedrooms and bathrooms cleaned weekly
  • Common rooms and social spaces
  • Communal study areas
  • WIFI
  • Shared kitchen
  • Laundry facilities on site (coin operated)
  • Onsite 24hr reception and security
  • Key card access to all internal doors and areas
  • Safe guarding policies and controlled visitor rules


  • Pizza party on arrival
  • Breakfast lunch and dinner will be served on campus in the new James McCune Smith Learning Hub
  • Students will also be taken to local supermarkets to purchase personal items and provisions on arrival and during their stay

Dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior consultation with catering staff

Cultural immersion programme and extra circular activities

What is a conditional offer?

A conditional offer means that you will usually need to obtain certain grades in your current studies before an unconditional offer (firm offer) is made. An unconditional offer is made when you have met all the entry requirements for the course.

The benefit of being able to obtain a conditional offer at the end of the Pre-University course, is that it gives you an early offer and a clear indication of what further results you will need to secure an unconditional offer.

Contact us

If you have questions, please email internationalsummerschools@glasgow.ac.uk