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International graduate applicants
Education and research are activities which transcend national borders,
cultures and languages.
By choosing UCL you are opting not just for one
of the world's top
universities, but for an institution with a distinct ethos and mission
in which teaching, learning and research are informed by the global
context in which we operate. UCL is an institution which strives for international excellence in
all areas of academic activity; an institution which in accordance with
its founding principles, aims to share this experience with those who
can most benefit from it, regardless of their background or
Nearly 50% of UCL's graduate students come from outside the UK, and our academic staff come from over 90 different countries. UCL has international research links, collaborations and strategic partnerships with universities, governmental bodies, funding agencies and the commercial sector that contribute to a unique global network of knowledge provision and opportunity.
By studying or conducting research
at UCL, you will not only be part of this vibrant, cosmopolitan and
challenging environment, but also actively contributing to the further
development of UCL's vision to be a truly global university.
Applications should be made using any of the standard UCL application methods.
The UCL International Office is here to assist you with any advice or information you may need about applying to and studying at UCL. Members of UCL staff regularly attend events overseas to provide information and advice about UCL and you can find out if we will be visiting your part of the world at: www.ucl.ac.uk/international under the heading 'UCL Visits You'.
Country specific information can also be found by following the country information links on the website; these pages contain an overview of entry requirements for each country as well as information about relevant funding opportunities, student societies, in-country contacts and so on.
The Student Centre staff are also able to give guidance on the Points-Based Immigration System (PBIS) and any visa issues, as well as the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), which applies to international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who hold offers to read for research and some Master's degrees in specific subjects.
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Details of acceptable qualifications and the standards required are given in UCL's English Language proficiency requirements.
The UCL Language
Centre offers a range of approved English language courses,
including pre-sessional courses, a Graduate Preparatory course and a
Diploma in English for Academic Purposes.
The Language Centre also runs part-time in-sessional English language courses for students enrolled at UCL. Courses available include general academic English support as well as a range of courses in more specialised areas, such as academic writing tailored to graduate students, presentation skills and so on.
- Further information about our English language courses can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/language-centre
UCL offers a range of scholarships and awards for which international students can apply. Further information is available on the Scholarships website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships.
UCL also attracts students who have received funding from their own government or other external sources, so prospective students are advised to check with the Ministry of Education in their own country or from the British Council for information about other potential funding opportunities.
- General tuition fee information is provided on the Fees, costs and funding page.
Embarking on a graduate degree programme is both an exciting and challenging experience. There are extra challenges in travelling to another country to do this. We aim to make the transition as smooth as possible for you. Our guarantee of accommodation for a year (see the Accommodation page) should alleviate one common concern.
We also ensure that information on practical matters such as immigration procedures, enrolment, tuition fees and other advice is made available to you on the International Office website. In some countries the UCL International Office, in partnership with student societies, provides pre-departure briefings.
A free orientation
programme, held immediately prior to the start of the academic year, is
designed to help introduce you to UCL and London and the comprehensive
range of support services available. A similar welcome event is held a
few days later for all students, to provide information about the
facilities offered by the Graduate School, the Skills Development
Programme, the Postgraduate Association of the UCL Students’ Union, and
related graduate activities, social events and clubs.
During your time as a student you will have access to all of the academic and welfare support services at UCL. This includes the National Health Service, under which international students on programmes lasting more than six months qualify for free treatment. The International Office remains available as a source of support and advice throughout your stay at UCL, providing help on a wide range of issues like opening a bank account, working in the UK during your studies and visa renewal.
The UCL Careers Service offers dedicated support for international students, including advice and guidance on employment in your home country and routes into employment in the UK.
- You can find out more at www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/international.
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