Information for Prospective Students
Studying at UCL as an exchange student
For students who wish to come and study at UCL via a reciprocal Exchange agreement.
Before you apply you need to check that your university/institution has an exchange agreement with UCL, and you need to ensure that it is with your department and at the correct level (e.g. Undergraduate or Graduate).
As an Exchange student at UCL, you must apply to the relevant department covered by the exchange agreement.
At undergraduate level, you will need to take at least 50% of your courses within that department, but you may choose up to 50% as electives from other departments (subject to availability and course tutor approval). You can see a full list of courses and departments available in our Study Abroad Guide.
At graduate level You will need to take at least 50% of your courses within that department, but you may choose up to 50% as electives from other departments (subject to availability and course tutor approval). You should consult the relevant departmental websites for course information.
To be eligible to study as an Exchange student at UCL, you must take and participate in a full course load of study. At undergraduate level you will be expected to take 2.0 UCL course units each semester (30 ECTS / 16 US Credits) which is typically 4 courses per semester (4.0 cu / 60 ECTS / 32 US credits for the full year). You will also be expected to attend classes and take all assessment for all of your registered courses at UCL.
You must be currently enrolled at an institution covered by our exchange agreement and at the appropriate level. If you are studying towards a Bachelor’s degree, you will need to apply at Undergraduate level. If you are studying towards a Master’s degree, you will need to apply at Graduate Taught level. If you are studying towards a PhD, you will need to apply at Graduate Research level.
To apply as an exchange student, you should be nominated by your home university. Your home university should nominate you on the basis of your suitability for the programme, but you should also meet our Academic and English language entry requirements.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3/4.0 (or equivalent) is expected, but some subject areas expect at least 3.5 and a very good background (A grades) in the relevant academic areas.
You should also be currently studying in a similar area to the department of admission and UCL Admission Tutors need to be confident that you have sufficient academic background in their subject (and enthusiasm for it) to enable you to take classes alongside regular degree students.
For details of admission requirements (including any pre-requisites) specific to individual subject areas and courses, you should contact the relevant Affiliate Tutor/Contact directly. Their contact details can be found in the relevant departmental entry in the study abroad guide.
If your first language is not English, you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme you have applied for.
The required evidence may take the form of one of the following:
- Substantial education (minimum one year) conducted entirely in English
- Substantial work experience (minimum 18 months) conducted entirely in English
- An English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) recognised by UCL to the required level.
- Full details of the English language qualifications accepted by UCL
To apply to UCL as an exchange student you need to send the following documentation to the UCL Admissions Office:
- A completed Exchange Application Form
- A personal statement explaining why you wish to study at UCL and why you interested in the department you are applying to
- Two letters of recommendation from members of academic staff at your home institution who are familiar with your work
- Your most recent official transcript from your home institution and details of the modules you are currently studying.
- Proof of English language proficiency where required (details above)
- A completed Disability and Ethnic Monitoring Form
Our preferred method of receipt for all applications and documentation, including receipts and transcripts, is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If it is not possible to send certain documents by email please arange for them to be posted to:
UCL Admissions Office
Student and Registry Services
University College London
For admission in September: 31 March
For admission in January: 30 September
There is some degree of flexibility with these deadlines, and we would still accept applications up to one month after these stated deadlines, however, we strongly advise you meet these deadlines to avoid disappointment with admission and housing.
For 2013/14 the official term dates will be:
Fall Term only: 23 September to 13 December 2013
Spring Term only: 13 January to 13 June 2014
Full year: 23 September 2013 to 13 June 2014
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