3-4 week summer academic and cultural study abroad program covering different focus areas in the UK


US-UK Fulbright Commission

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)


U.S. Citizen


Sophomore Year



Average GPA of Scholars


Endorsement Required


Award Amount

The Summer Institutes will cover the majority of participant costs. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance.


The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme. Participants in these programmes will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.


Summer institutes are fully-funded, including tuition and fees, travel, housing, and meals. Some participants are able to transfer course credit to their home university.

Scholars also participate in professional development and community events, as well as gain access to a strong alumni network and ongoing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and advancement.


To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a US citizen and possess a US passport
  • Have had no or very little study/travel experience outside of North America
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme
  • Be able to participate in the programme in its entirety
  • Have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes

Selection Criteria

  • Strong academic ability
  • Ambassadorial skills
  • Intercultural sensitivity
  • Genuine desire to learn more about the UK and to share aspects of American culture
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community involvement
  • Leadership potential
  • Plans to further the Fulbright mission and give back to the US upon their return

The best applications are from well-rounded students who are willing to: 

  • Respectfully engage with fellow participants representing different backgrounds and different points of views 
  • Be comfortable with living either on or off campus, prepared to share living accommodations, and willing to adjust to cultural and social and academic practices different from those in the US.