Admission requirements and how to apply
Academic admission requirements
You should normally have completed or expect to complete two years of study at university level, prior to entry to UCL. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 / 4.0 (or equivalent) is expected, but some subject areas expect at least 3.5 and a good background in the relevant areas. 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 specific to individual subject areas please read the relevant entry in this guide and address any queries to the subject contact.
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 subject areas for which you have applied. This is to ensure that your academic progress is not hindered by language difficulties.
The required evidence may take the form of one of the following:
- Completed a minimum of twelve months' education in a country that UCL considers to be 'majority English speaking', no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment
- Completed a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that UCL considers to be 'majority English speaking', no more than two years prior to the date of enrolment
- Completed a school-leaving qualification containing English, which UCL considers to meet the CEFR B2 level in all four skills, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment
- Obtained one of the English language tests accepted by UCL, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. A number of qualifications and tests are recognised, UCL's preferred English Language qualification being the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The qualification or test result must have been awarded at the appropriate level (standard, good or advanced).
Students should also refer to UCL's accepted English language qualifications.
To apply you need to send the following documentation to the UCL Access & Admissions Office:
1) A completed application form. Download the:
- Affiliate application form (PDF file)
- Disability and Ethnic Monitoring Form (PDF file)
- Guidance notes for completing the form
2) Your most recent official transcript from your home institution and details of the modules you are currently studying.
3) Two letters of recommendation from members of academic staff at your home institution who are familiar with your work
4) A personal statement explaining why you wish to study at UCL and providing a preliminary selection of courses.
5) A completed Disability and Ethnic Monitoring Form
6) Our Preferred method of receipt for all applications and documentation, including references and transcripts, is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If it is not possible to send certain documents by email, please arrange for them to be posted to:
Admissions, Student and Registry Services
University College London
Completing the application form
State your preferred subject area in section 12a). You will be expected to take at least 50% of your course-load in this area.
If you need to apply jointly to two subject areas, enter the second subject in 12b).
If you wish, you may suggest an alternative department (section 13a) should you be unsuccessful in your first choice.
You should also provide a provisional list of courses you would like to take in section 19. If you are applying for the Independent Studio Programme at the Slade School of Fine Art you should write ISP Painting, or Sculpture or Fine Art Media as appropriate. Remember that your courses will not be confirmed until you arrive at UCL.
If you are applying either to the Independent Studio Programme in the Slade School or the Architecture Programme in the Bartlett you should also send a portfolio as part of your application. This should be sent directly to either the slade or the Bartlett.
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UCL will inform you of its decision as soon as possible after receiving your application. If you are accepted you will be sent an offer letter, a reply slip and information on how to apply for UCL student accommodation.
Pre-arrival information including details of the orientation programme can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/isop from July.
If you have applied for UCL student accommodation, further details will be dispatched in August for those arriving in September and admitted for the full year or the Autumn/Fall Term, and in early December for those commencing their studies in January for the Spring and Summer Terms.
If you are a national of an EEA country (EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) or of Switzerland, you do not need to obtain prior entry clearance to enter the UK.
If you are a visa national or a non-visa national and your programme of study lasts for more than six months you must not attempt to travel to the UK without a valid Tier 4 student visa under any circumstances.
If you are a visa national and your programme of study lasts for six months or less and you do not intend to take up work, including voluntary work, part-time work, vacation work or work placement as part of your programme you can apply for prior entry clearance as a ‘student visitor’. If there is a possibility that you will want to work or apply to extend your stay then you must apply for a Tier 4 student visa.
If you are a non-visa national and intend to leave the UK within six months of starting your studies and do not wish to seek employment then you are not required under UK immigration law to obtain prior entry clearance. Instead, on arrival in the UK, you must seek leave to enter as a student visitor by presenting immigration officers with details of your programme of study (your offer letter). You must also be able to show that you have the financial resources to meet the costs of your stay. However, we strongly advise all students to seek prior entry clearance even if coming for less than six months.
Further information relating to UK immigration and applying for a student visa can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/international/after-you-apply/immigration
At UCL, our principal concern when considering applications is to recruit and select students who are likely to complete the programme successfully and derive benefit from it. Once these requirements are met, we disregard other issues such as disability, age, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, number of children and beliefs relating to religion and politics. This attitude and these considerations underlie the equal opportunities policy of UCL, to which we are firmly committed. We positively welcome applications from members of groups which are currently under-represented.
Applicants with a disability that may require adjustments to be put in place should contact:
UCL Student Disability Services
UCL Student & Registry Services
University College London
London WC1E 6BT
UCL’s decisions on applications are made in good faith on the basis that all of the information provided by applicants is complete and accurate. Should there be any change in your circumstances after you submit your application, for example, if the subjects you are currently studying change from those indicated in your application, you must inform UCL as soon as possible.
UCL reserves the right to refuse admission, or to terminate a student’s attendance, should it be discovered that a false statement has been made or if significant information has been omitted.
Decisions on the admission of applicants are final and there is normally no right of appeal against such decisions. UCL will consider a complaint relating to an application for admission only if there is substantive evidence of irregularity in the procedure under which the application has been processed. In the first instance, any complaint concerning applications should be addressed to UCL Access & Admissions. If the complaint is against UCL Access & Admissions, it should be addressed to UCL’s Director of Student & Registry Services.