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

Internationalising the Curriculum at UCL

UCL's Global Citizenship agenda marries UCL’s strengths as a radical, innovative, principled institution with its outstanding reputation for the quality of its teaching. In doing so, we are shaping UCL as a distinctive university for the twenty-first century.

What does the ‘global citizenship’ agenda mean for teaching at UCL? 

  • A focus on real-world problems, or on theoretical issues in their global context
  • The exploration of ideas, traditions, canons, problems from different cultural perspectives – with a view to exploring the nature of difference and its value as a stimulus to deeper reflection
  • The use (and evaluation by students) of different methodologies – with reference to the cultural contexts in which they are developed and used
  • The use of a variety of assessment techniques – particularly those which assess sensitivity to cultural difference, teamwork, problem-solving skills
  • Links between study abroad experiences and the taught curriculum
  • Exploration of the ethical and cultural dimensions of a practical problem
  • Activities which require students to reflect on ideas around personal and social responsibility, the nature of leadership and the ways in which change impacts upon the world
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Global Citizenship in the Curriculum

UCL's Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching and the UCL Learning Technologies Support Service are both available to provide advice and support to departments on issues relating to global citizenship in the curriculum.

Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT)

CALT has developed a website to support staff with the process of internationalising their curricula, which includes:

  • Information, guidance and resources
  • Details of relevant training courses and professional development for staff
  • Case studies from across UCL
E-learning Environments (ELE)


The E-learning Environments team can provide help, training and advice with the use of technology for teaching, including:

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