International Student Support


Online ISOP

Welcome to UCL!

The first few weeks of life abroad can be an exciting and daunting time - the International Student Support team are here to guide and support you during your first weeks and throughout the duration of your time at UCL.

The International Student Support team run the International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP) to help make the transition to life in the UK and studying with us as smooth as possible.

In case you are unable to attend ISOP, or if you would simply like to revisit anything covered in the sessions, we have created an online induction page so you can catch up on all the key information. Click on the links below for further details:

Information from January 2018 ISOP

Information from September 2017 ISOP

Academic life

Affiliate students

British life

London life

Online resources

Settling in

Support and wellbeing

Student experiences

Students' Union UCL

If you have questions or concerns after reading through this information, please get in touch with us and we'll be happy to assist you. You can reach us via internationalsupport@ucl.ac.uk

Official Welcome from Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice Provost (International)

Dame Nicola Brewer 2

I am delighted to welcome you to UCL. My name is Nicola Brewer and I am Vice-Provost (International), responsible for creating and delivering UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy (GES). I’ve lived and worked in London, Mexico City, Paris, New Delhi, Pretoria and Cape Town, so I know how exciting and daunting it can be to settle into a new city.

London has a huge amount to offer, and so does UCL, as London’s Global University. Our history as an open and inclusive place to study remains part of our ethos and global outlook to this day, especially when it comes to you, our students.

When I was consulting with students and staff about developing the GES, I had in mind multiplying exactly the kind of global impact that you as graduates of UCL will have during your lives. 

That’s why the first of our five GES strategic drivers is “Giving our students the best possible education and preparation for global careers and lives”. We believe that ‘think global’ starts at home. And we do hope you feel at home during your time here.

We believe the diversity of our students and staff drives excellence and that this, coupled with our interdisciplinary approach to working collaboratively with partners all over the world, is one of the reasons why UCL deserves its place among the top 20 universities in the world.

We want our students to be able to develop as global citizens, professionals and leaders, understanding the perspectives of others and contributing to others’ understanding of the world. You, our international students, are a vital part of being able to do this. We also want you to become ambassadors for UCL – it is now your university, and you can be as proud of UCL as we are of you, our students.

I wish you every success during your time with us at UCL, and hope that is proves to be as transformative for you as for the local and global communities we live in.

Dr Dame Nicola Brewer
Vice-Provost (International)