International Student Support


How UCL works

The way UCL works may be different to the system you are used to in your home country, or in another country if you have already studied abroad. For example, the UK marking system or methods of teaching. But you should know that there is a lot of support available to you, whether you are unsure where to find computers around campus or you need help with selecting your courses.

When you first arrive at UCL, you may find that you hear some confusing words around campus. You may wonder what the 'Portico' is or where you can find your 'UPI'. Don't worry though, everyone is in the same position and you will get used to how things work in no time!

Check out the handy UCL glossary we have put together with some terms which may be unfamiliar to you, so you can feel at home even before you arrive.

UCL's Values

You can find some of UCL's unique values below and more information is available on the About UCL pages.

London's Global University

  • UCL is London's Global University and we provide education for global citizenship, which means equipping our graduates to face the complex problems of the modern world.

Interdisciplinary Learning

  • Many of UCL's degree programmes allow students to build a customised study programme across different disciplines.

Independent Learning

  • We think of our students as partners and independent learners. Your academic department will be able to advise what this means in their specific context.


There are many resources available to you when preparing for your life at UCL and in the UK. You may find it useful to refer to the online tool Prepare for Success which contains learning resources to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study. You can also read about the support which is available to you at UCL.