UCL: London's global university

  • First English university to admit women as full degree students
  • First English university to admit students of all beliefs and ethnicities
  • 210 clubs and societies with 18,000 memberships sold
  • 49% of the student body volunteer on external community projects (2011-12)
  • Students from 150 countries and 100 staff nationalities
  • 20% of students study abroad as part of their degree
  • 21 modern languages taught at UCL
  • Central London location

Sensitive to Cultural Difference

UCL is a highly diverse university, with staff and students from all over the world. In such an environment, students are constantly encountering ideas and beliefs with differ from their own. We believe that this mix creates a dynamic learning environment which encourages students to understand the value of learning from others and to communicate in a sensitive and nuanced way.


One in five UCL undergraduate students spends a period abroad as part of their degree.

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Most students study at a partner university, although language students also have the option of undertaking a work placement, typically as a language assistant.

While some UCL departments include a compulsory period of study abroad in their degree programmes, in many other cases students can opt to join the study abroad programme once they have started their degree. Opportunities to study abroad are available to students in many different disciplines, including engineering, earth sciences, mathematics and architecture.

UCL has in excess of 250 exchange partners in over 30 different countries, including 46 of the world's top 100 institutions. Students who study abroad within the EU are additionally able to benefit from the support provided by the Lifelong Learning Erasmus Programme.

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The BA in Language and Culture is one of many the degree programmes at UCL which encourages students to work across disciplines

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"During my four-year degree, I have been able to experience courses in a range of different disciplines: linguistics, anthropology, history and geography. I enjoyed very much the diversity of my classes, including 'Culture of the Sephardic Jewry', 'National Identity in Germany and Austria' and 'Political and Economical Anthropology'.

Through the study of German and French , I gained an insight into these European cultures and I have now decided to pursue a Masters degree in Socioeconomics in Geneva. The Language and Culture programme enable me to develop my skills in a variety of areas and I expect to draw on this knowledge during further studies."

Zsuzana Bayer
BA Language & Culture (French and German)

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Experience of a foreign language and culture, whether through formal study or direct immersion, is an important element of 'UCL graduate-ness'.

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At UCL, we believe that knowledge of a modern foreign language is an integral part of a 21st century education.

From 2012, we are introducing a modern foreign languages requirement for all UK students applying from the UK. Students can meet this requirement on entry (by offering a GCSE in a modern foreign language at Grade C or above) or during their degree programme at UCL (by following a course in a modern foreign language offered by our Language Centre).

UCL does not have a preference for the route a candidate takes, and no candidate's application will be disadvantaged if he or she does not ulfil the requirement on entry. We simply wish to ensure that all our students leave us having studied an unfamiliar language and culture at some point during their time in education.

During their studies, students will also have access to the UCL Language Centre, which offers academic and evening courses in 18 foreign languages.

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