Brexit - Information for EU students

UCL has more EU students than any other UK university. We value our European students tremendously, with their intellect, curiosity and investigation contributing to the lifeblood of our institution.

EU students at Russell Group Universities
UCL has the most EU students in the Russell Group and in the UK overall. Graph shows absolute numbers and proportion of student body (yellow stars).
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  • UCL will continue to welcome and value students from EU countries
  • The UK will still be part of Europe and value its strong relationships with its European neighbours, with which it shares deep-rooted social and cultural bonds
  • The UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting degrees in 2017/18 will be charged UK fees and will be eligible for UK Government Loans, as in previous years, and for the duration of their degrees
  • The UK is likely to remain part of the EU until at least 2019; it is not yet clear what arrangements will be made for EU students from 2018/19 onwards.

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4 things to love about UCL

UCL will continue to be one of the world’s leading universities, offering students an exceptional learning environment with outstanding opportunities for personal development.

An exceptional learning environment

UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength (REF 2014) and has the most professors, with 975 among its academic staff; the UK university average is 85. As a result our students can benefit from:

  • access to leading academics in their discipline
  • access to facilities and equipment you don’t usually find in a university
  • an impressive network of sector and industry partnerships
  • our world-leading research feeding directly into degree programmes.

With nearly 900 different degree programmes, there are plenty to choose from.

A good investment

UCL’s degrees are more affordable than equivalent programmes in the USA and compare very favourably with other Top 10 World Universities (QS). Current foreign exchange rates make UCL degrees an even more attractive option. 

UCL has the best academic to student ratio in the UK at 1:10.2. The best European universities usually have a ratio of between 1:15-20 (QS World University Rankings). The quality of UCL’s degrees is widely recognised by employers, contributing to our students achieving starting salaries that are nearly 20% higher than the UK average (HESA 2014). 

The vast majority of UCL’s Master’s degrees are 12-month programmes, reducing the cost and time spent gaining your qualification compared to most European universities. Undergraduate degrees in the UK are also usually shorter than equivalents in EU countries.

Driven to change the world

UCL was established in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race or religion. It was also the first to admit women on equal terms with men.

This spirit continues today. Very few universities can claim to rival UCL’s impressive strength across academic disciplines. This strength in breadth is a vital advantage in empowering our academic community to pioneer interdisciplinary approaches to tackle global challenges. Part of this mission involves developing novel degree programmes to train leaders of the future. 

This drive is also reflected in UCL’s Global Citizenship Programme and Research-based approach to education.  


UCL is one of three Top-25 World Universities in London, more than any other city. London’s leadership in higher education contributes to making it one of the world’s most inspiring and exciting cities. As the political, business, legal and cultural capital of the UK it also offers important practical advantages to students. See how UCL students excel in London.

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