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Academic Resources

Studying abroad at UCL means that you will have access to some of the best academic facilities available. Whether you choose to study Engineering or the Sciences, Humanities or the Arts, UCL provides you with the technical and intellectual resources to achieve the most from your studies.

UCL Library

With over two million books and subscriptions to over 12,000 journals in a combination of electronic and print formats, UCL Library Services provides access to a vast range of resources across all subject areas taught. There are 16 specialist libraries in and around UCL, with valuable and historical material housed in the Special Collections. New facilities include a Learning Laboratory in the Science Library, for students to undertake presentation and group work, and the fully refurbished UCL Language and Speech Sciences Library, based in Chandler House.

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UCL Centre for Languages & International Education

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education offers courses in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish at various levels, which can be taken for credit. In addition there are 16 languages available on the evening classes programme. The centre also provides pre-sessional and in-sessional English language courses for international students. Facilities include a Self-Access Centre equipped with an online library of over 3,000 films, TV documentaries, a language laboratory, computer-assisted language learning, resource books, journals and newspapers.

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Laboratory facilities

UCL is constantly striving to ensure that our laboratories are equipped with the most up-to-date equipment and facilities. Recent improvements and additions include: fully refurbished laboratories in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, a Virtual Trading Floor in the Department of Computer Science and a Bioprocess Microfluidics facility in the Department of Biochemical Engineering.

Computer and IT facilities

UCL offers a wide range of IT facilities in open-access cluster rooms and student residences. These provide over 150 general and specialist software packages. Many subject areas have their own computer facilities and computer network points are available in individual rooms for most UCL residences. In addition UCL’s wireless network (eduroam) provides secure web and email access in many locations across UCL. IT training is provided through scheduled sessions and online courses.

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Technology is used in a range of ways at UCL to complement and enhance teaching and learning. UCL’s e-learning tools provide access to class materials; communication with fellow students and tutors; materials created collaboratively; text, video, audio and images resources, and online tests and assignment submission. UCL also has a growing online media presence, including selected lectures and guest presentations on iTunes U.

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Museums and Collections at UCL

UCL’s diverse collections provide a resource of international importance for your studies and enjoyment. They include:

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period.

The Grant Museum of Zoology

Founded in 1828, the Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London, and is consistently listed in Time Out’s ‘101 Things to do in London’ feature. It houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom including ancient or extinct species such as the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine, the quagga, and the dodo.

The UCL Art Collections

UCL Art Collections hold over 10,000 fine art objects, including prints and drawings by Old Master artists such as Dürer, Rembrandt, Turner and Constable, and sculpture models by the Neo-Classical artist John Flaxman.

The UCL Institute of Archaeology Collections

The UCL Institute of Archaeology houses fine teaching and reference collections. They include prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts from many parts of the world as well as collections of Classical Greek and Roman ceramics.

The Geology Collections

Learning with objects has been an integral part of geological study at UCL since the first half of the 19th century. Today, the collection includes rock, mineral and fossil samples collected over the last 175 years, including some of historical importance.

The Ethnographic Collections

This collection, exemplifying Material Culture, holds an enormous variety of objects, textiles and artefacts from all over the world.Much of the material was donated in the mid 20th century and acquired through scholars’ fieldwork, principally that of Daryll Forde, who founded the Department of Anthropology at UCL.

The Science and Galton Collections

There is a wealth of scientific apparatus, equipment and memorabilia pertaining to various scientists whose innovative work was conducted at UCL over the last two centuries. The Galton Collection comprises over 50 objects including the instruments, papers and personal effects of Sir Francis Galton F.R.S. (1822–1911) and is a popular resource for researchers and anyone with an interest in the history of science.

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