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The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge welcomes pre-university students from UK sixth form colleges (individuals) and Japanese high schools (school groups with their teachers) every year.


Eligibility: pre-university students who have finished Years 11–13 at the time of participation in July.


NB Our participants from Japanese high schools are in Japanese High School Years 1–3, equivalent to Years 11 and 13 in England.

Each participating Japanese high school selects approximately three participants, plus one teacher/leader.

Applications for 2024 are now open.

You can apply through the following online application form.

Applications close on 30th June 2024 at 11.59pm, however applications may close early if the programme is full.

Japanese high schools should refer to the join us page in Japanese, as the application process for Japan is different from that of the UK-based participants.

Programme details can be found on the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024 page.


The fee below covers the complete cost of the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024.

To secure your place on the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024, you will need to pay your fees in full.

Details of how to pay your fees will be provided via email after your application.


You will receive an invoice with bank details to make a payment by bank transfer.

We will not accept any other payment methods.




* Our standard programme fee was £300, however by courtesy of various sponsors in the UK, we are pleased to announce that the fee for UK based participants has been reduced to £100.


** If you require accommodation, additional fees will apply. We will send details to you once we receive the application.

Places will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

However, we reserve the right to select participants randomly, in case we receive a high volume of interest.

We reply to all applications.

The form below must be completed and submitted by a Parent or Legal Guardian of the Participant, as it is mandatory for the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge to obtain full parental or legal guardian consent.


All fields are required, unless otherwise indicated.

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