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

UCL as Global Citizen

UCL aims to make a positive contribution to the communities with which we interact, and to act ethically and responsibly in all we do. Here are some of the ways in which we are developing the idea of the university as 'global citizen':

Working Globally


In 2009 we opened our first overseas campus: the School of Energy and Resources in Adelaide, South Australia (UCL SERAus). The school will offer an innovative two-year MSc programme in Energy & Resources, with students spending their second year on an industry placement pursuing a research project which has been developed in collaboration with their host company (based in one of the world's seven continents. 

Our second overseas campus is UCL Qatar, located in the capital city Doha, and offering postgraduate and research opportunities in a world-class centre for the study of cultural heritage. You can read more on the UCL Qatar website.

For further information on UCL's global activities, please see the UCL Global website.

Supporting local communities: the UCL Academy

UCL Academy logo

UCL works extensively with local schools, offering summer school programmes, taster days and other activities. We are also delighted to be sole sponsor of an Academy school in the London Borough of Camden. The UCL Academy, which opened in September 2012, pioneers UCL's 'education for global citizenship' agenda in the secondary sector, with pupils encouraged to take an independent approach to their learning and to become involved in a range of self-directed learning activities and volunteering projects. For more information about the Academy’s commitment to global citizenship, click here.

Encouraging a global perspective


At UCL, we believe that knowledge of a modern foreign language is an integral part of a 21st century education. This does not necessarily mean fluency; the experience of communicating in an unfamiliar tongue is an important life skill, and language study brings with it insight into new cultures and ways of thinking. To reflect the importance that we place on students having had some experience of language study, we introduced a modern foreign language requirement for all UK undergraduate students from 2012. 

UCL Grand Challenges


UCL's Research Strategy identifies four 'grand challenges' for the world:

Global Health
Sustainable Cities
Intercultural Interaction
Human Wellbeing

UCL's academics are focusing their research efforts across disciplines and faculties to pool expertise in these areas in order to use our combined strength to contribute to the solution of some of the major problems facing the world today. For more information about the Grand Challenges, please click here.

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