Study Abroad (JYA, Exchange & Erasmus Incoming)
This information is for History students. If you are not a History student please click here.
Visiting Study Abroad students (JYA, Exchange, Erasmus aka affiliates) join the same classes as British and other students who are studying for a full degree at UCL. Erasmus students normally take these modules too, even Sorbonne students who are completing the maîtrise, as experience has shown that they work very well as a background to work on the mémoire.
At UCL History our course tutors have considerable leeway to teach their subjects as they see fit. You may find this confusing at first, but your teachers will explain the requirements and structure of their courses to you at the first lecture or class.
At home you may be accustomed to being given a strictly structured timetable of class readings and assignments. In the UCL History Department your tutors will give you reading lists and regular assignments, but you will be expected to work more independently, to read widely around your subject, and then to share and apply the knowledge that you have gathered with your fellow students.
A typical lecture-based module will have between 30-75 students, who attend one formal lecture all together each week, and who are then divided into classes of around 15 students for classes, which will meet most weeks for about an hour.
Seminar-based modules normally consist of about 15 students, who meet weekly for classes of about two hours.
You will find more information in our handbook for incoming History Study Abroad students.
UCL is in the heart of London, one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. From here you are within walking distance of a wealth of libraries, museums, galleries and theatres. And as many of London's cultural resources are free, even a student with very little money will have many things to do. For advanced students working on the larger tesi or a mémoire de maîtrise, London's libraries are a paradise, perhaps the strongest combination in the old world, and the strongest anywhere if manuscripts are included.
Preparing for your studies
The Study Abroad Handbook for incoming students can be accessed here. The final version with final dates and contact details, and pre-registration guidance for History modules, will be sent to accepted students before arrival (in July for September entry, and in November for January entry).
Postgraduate Erasmus students should refer questions about pre-registration for History modules to the Study Abroad Administrator (History) – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who wish to change their modules can do so once they have arrived and enrolled. Changes must be made within the first week of teaching as we do not permit students to do so after this point due to material missed.