Study abroad


UCL Study Abroad Programme

UCL Study Abroad programme 2016/17

Welcome to London!

As a Study Abroad student at UCL you have access to an extensive and flexible range of subject options. Whether you are looking to focus solely on your major area of academic study, explore a more interdisciplinary route or experience something completely new, UCL can support you.

Note for students applying to UCL for the 2015/16 session

Please note that this is a guide to the 2016/17 academic session. Please refer to the previous version of the guide for information relating to the 2015/16 session.

The UCL advantage

Why choose UCL?

Our history, reputation and academic standing is a guarantee of quality. Assessed as one of the top ten universities in the world, UCL is a multi-disciplinary university with specialisms in most subjects from across the academic spectrum and a strength in interdisciplinary study. Our diverse staff and student body, and our location in the heart of London, give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

About our teaching

At UCL we believe in providing a global perspective, and aim to help you identify and contribute to solutions for, global problems and issues. Training in study and personal skills is embedded in our approach and our curriculum is constantly updated to ensure that it includes the latest developments and discoveries in the field.

About our students and staff

Our students are selected on the basis of their talent and potential, regardless of their social or national background, and we recognise and celebrate the diversity and different viewpoints that our students bring. Our academic staff, drawn from around 100 different countries, are similarly diverse.

QS World University Rankings 2015/16

Rank Institution Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US
Harvard University US
University of Cambridge UK
Stanford University US
5 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) US
University of Oxford
7 UCL (University College London)
8 Imperial College London
9 ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
10 University of Chicago

Study Abroad at UCL

UCL has a very well-established study abroad programme, with over 1,000 students every year joining us from most parts of the world including the USA, Canada and Latin America, Japan, China and Hong Kong, Australia and all over Europe.

We try to ensure that our study abroad students benefit from a fully integrated experience at UCL, so you’ll take classes alongside our regular degree students, share the same course loads and lectures, and have access to all the support and facilities that are available to UCL students. Students who join us for a term or longer automatically become part of the UCL Alumni community.

Teaching and academic support

At UCL we value independent and self-directed study, and encourage you to think problems through and question things rather than accept everything that is being said in the lecture theatre. That said, our academic infrastructure is excellent and you will benefit from small-group teaching, seminars and tutorials (and practical classes where appropriate). We know that the British academic system might be different to the system that you’re used to, so we’ll help you develop the necessary study skills to succeed in the UK. UCL has one of the best staff to student ratios in the UK (1:10).