Information for Prospective Students
United States of America
Please note that the following information is only a general guide. In addition, other factors may be taken into consideration such as relevant work experience. Please refer to the Undergraduate Prospectus or the Graduate Prospectus for further information.
For entry into UCL’s undergraduate degree programmes, students who hold A levels or the International Baccalaureate with good grades will be considered. The US High School Graduation Diploma on its own does not satisfy UCL’s general entrance requirement for undergraduate degree programmes. To be eligible for consideration students must have usually obtained passes in five, full-year Advanced Placement (AP) examinations at grades 4/5 taken in the two final years of school.
Alternatively, the High School Graduation diploma plus SAT I with a minimum score of 1950/2400 or an ACT of 29 in the Composite Score and 29 in the Combined English/Writing Score. In addition the successful completion of one year of study at a recognised US university, Community or Junior College is required.
For specific entry requirements for individual programmes, students are best advised to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor as listed in the Undergraduate Prospectus.
UCL's "bridging" or foundation year
Students following the US 12 year education system and studying fewer than five full AP courses or those who receive the High School Graduation Diploma or IB certificates (not the full IB Diploma) can apply for entry to our degree programmes via our own undergraduate foundation year.
The UCL University Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities (UPCH) will prepare US students of high academic potential for undergraduate degree level study at UCL. In one academic year students will gain the academic skills required for successful undergraduate study in the UK.
It may be helpful to think about the UPCH course as being equivalent to a "Freshman year" at a US university.
Students eligible for the UPCH course will usually have an intermediate level in a Modern European language (French, German, Italian or Spanish). For more information please visit the course website. You can download a copy of the UPC course brochure from our website.
Affiliate (Junior Year Abroad) Study
UCL has for more than 40 years welcomed students from colleges and universities in the US who wish to gain credit for courses taken at UCL in order to graduate from their home universities. The majority of these students study at UCL in their Junior Year although a small number elect to come as seniors.
Study Abroad at UCL can be for one term (Fall or Spring/Summer) or for the full academic year. Students follow the same classes as UCL’s regular degree students.
Study Abroad applicants should normally have completed or expect to complete two years of study at an approved university prior to their entry to UCL. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 is expected but for popular subjects a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 is required plus serious study in relevant subjects. For further information please see the Study Abroad Guide.
Students awarded a degree from a recognised university with a good cumulative GPA can be considered for admission to graduate programmes. A GRE is not required.
For specific entry requirements for individual programmes, students are best advised to contact the Graduate Admissions Tutor as listed in the Graduate Prospectus.