About Our Programme
10 days of your challenge
Around 150 years ago, two groups of Japanese students came to University College London (UCL) from Choshu and Satsuma. They are known as Choshu-Five and Satsuma-19, which includes Hirobumi Ito (First Prime Minister of Japan), Kaoru Inoue (First Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan), Akinori Mori (First Minister of Education of Japan), Tomoatsu Godai (Founder of Osaka Chamber of Commerce). After returning Japan, they had significant contribution to establish current modern Japan.
UCL cerebrates this history in association with many Japanese partners including universities, high schools, and industries. As a part of the celebration, UCL created a spacial summer school, “UCL-Japan Young Challenge” in 2015. UCL warmly invites Japanese and UK high school students and teachers to this summer school. In this school, the students and teachers participate into various educational activities/events. These include lectures by professors of UCL and Cambridge, symposium, language lesson. In particular, we organise “UCL-Japan Grand Challenge Workshop” ‘In the footsteps of the pioneers: new pioneers in dialogue’ which offers great opportunities for Japanese and UK high school students discuss together about 6 types of global problems(UCL Grand Challenge) with guidance of UCL professors. We firmly believe that the participants will have excellent international experience in top world universities of UCL and University of Cambridge.
This event is supported by UK Japan Institute, Rikkyo School in England, University of Cambridge, The UCL Academy, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, JSPS, IHI, Embassy of Japan and many other organizations and individuals.
Purposes of This Programme
Be interested in global and social issues
Experience lectures at one of the best universities in the world
Think about the future career to study at the top universities
Use English as communication tool
Learn Japanese (for UK students)
International exchange with students in the UK and Japan
Autonomy, entreprise, and challenging mind
The topic of the 2019 UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is "Accessibility for All: Sports, AI and Robotics" and students from a range of backgrounds will discuss various social issues with a scope of "accessibility". The detailed information can be found in the latest brochure below. (Brochure coming soon)
Events now Finished!
"Accessibility to All ~ Sports, AI and Robotics"
"Imphal 1944" & Director's Talk Session by Junichi Kajioka
Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across the globe
Professor at Institute of Education, UCL
Film Director and Actor
Emeritus Sadleirian Professor of Pure Mathematics at
University of Cambridge
Senior Research Associate London Centre for
Noel Thatcher MBE
Research fellow at
UCL Institute of
Epidemiology & Health
Research Fellow of
Royal Academy of Engineering
Principal Research Associate,
Dpt. Veterinary Medicine,
University of Cambridge
Group Leader at
Cancer Research UK
University of Cambridge
Japanese Language Teacher
Vice Chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company
Marcos Vera Hernandez
Associate Professor at
Dpt. Economics, UCL
Professor at UCL
Lecturer at Department of Economics, UCL
Certified Professional Facilitator at IAF
PG Research Fellow at IoE, UCL
PhD Student at Leek Lab, Oxford University
Academic Director of UCL Global Disability Innovation Hub
Workshop Illustrator from Scriberia
Director of Public Relations Division, Fukushima Prefecture
Teacher of Geography and Psychology at
The UCL Academy
UCL Global Disability Innovation Hub
We are delighted to announce that the application for UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2019 is now available for British students.
Approximately, 50 Japanese students from 17 high schools in Japan and 10 UCL academy students will be taking part, and UCL is currently seeking an additional 40 sixth-form students from the UK.
The summer school's schedule will include many academic activities, including lectures by UCL and the University of Cambridge, cultural events and Japanese language classes, but one of the main events is the UCL Grand Challenge workshop, which is linked to UCL’s commitment to tackling the world’s key issues. UCL-Japan Youth Challenge selects a topic every year for this; this year it is 'Accessibiity to all'. During the workshop, mixed groups of students will discuss the topic from medical, social and technical points of view and work together to present their findings. Symposiums will be held related to this topic and students will be joined by several experts and high profile speakers/academics to discuss the topic further.
The programme runs for a total of 9 days.
Duration: (July 20 - July 27, 2019)
20 July: Rikkyo School in England (Horsham, West Sussex, England)
21 July - 22 July: University of Cambridge
23 July - 27 July: UCL Bloomsbury Campus
Note: Students who register are expected to join at least the Rikkyo and UCL program.
All food and drink will be provided by UCL-Japan Youth Challenge during the school days.
The cost and the arrangements regarding accommodation (if needed) and travel are to be covered by each participant.
If you do need accommodation, please specify for which part you need it. Depending on that, please choose from Type 1-3. If you sign up for accommodation, dinner and breakfast will also be provided for those dates.
Also please find in the application form information on the location of the specific dates of the program.
<Types, in accordance with accommodation>
Type-1 (£900): Include all accommodation with dinner, breakfast, travel. Lunch and refreshment
Type-2 (£600): Accommodation at Rikkyo and Cambridge with dinner, breakfast, travel. Lunch and
Type-3 (£400): Accommodation at London with dinner, breakfast. Lunch and refreshment
Type-4 (Free): No accommodation and transport included. Refreshment and lunch are included.
Non-Japanese sixth-form students residing in the UK, aged 15, 16, 17 and 18 years
(Parental consent will be required prior to the event. All students are supervised by UCL staff during the event.)
Students will be joined by a group of Japanese students from Japan.
Deadline for registration
There is no specific deadline for this event and registration will close as soon as it reaches maximum capacity. For those of you interested, it is strongly advised that you resister your interest as soon as possible.
The filled in applications will be sent to UCL, and as soon as your seat is secured, we will let you know.
Invoice can be provided upon request.
If you have any questions, please contact through the e-mail address below.
Hideyuki Miyahara, Conductor of this program: email@example.com
Applications for 2019
Parental Consent Form