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

Global Citizenship and your studies

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Your course

UCL is a world-renowed university - and as a result, already highly international in its outlook and its intake (of both staff and students). Your tutors will be experts in their field, and are likely to have established links with colleagues in other universities across the world; you will benefit from these links, which will inform the content of your course, and perhaps bring you into contact with ongoing research.


Departments are now being asked to put even greater emphasis on 'global citizenship' issues when developing programmes, and to overhaul existing courses to make the global dimension more explicit.

Time abroad?

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It's not only linguists who can spend some time at an overseas institution! Over a fifth of UCL students spend some time at a university overseas during their course, among them medics, engineers, anthropologists and historians. UCL has links with over 60 partner universities, and opportunities across a range of subjects - which means the opportunity is open to all of our students, even those who are not enrolled in a course with a compulsory year abroad. For more information, contact the UCL Study Abroad office.

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Using your subject

If you are keen to use your subject knowledge in a practical way, why not consider becoming a UCL Student Tutor or Mentor? You'll have the chance to work with young people in local schools, to encourage them to develop an enthusiasm for your subject, and to consider the possibility of continuing on into university.

If you are particularly interested in becoming a teacher, UCL participates in the Student Associates Scheme, which is funded by the Teacher Development Agency and co-ordinated by the Institute of Education. Under the scheme, students get the opportunity to undertake supervised teaching work in local schools, and to gain evidence of experience that will be useful when you apply for teacher training courses. You'll also be paid a bursary for each day you spend in school. For more information, click here.

You might also think about exploring the options open to you at the UCL Voluntary Services Unit, which co-ordinates volunteering opportunities - including several, such as the Teddy Bear clinic and the Book Group, which bring together students in a particular discipline to use their subject knowledge to help others in the London community. For more information, contact the VSU directly.

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