We're proud to say UCL is London's Global University, based in one of the most diverse cities on the planet and with links and partnerships around the world. Around 37% of our students come from outside the UK, and we strive to give all our teaching a global perspective.
Before you arrive
If your application to UCL is successful, the International Student Support Team will provide information before and after your arrival, from
general information on immigration matters to practical advice to help
you prepare for your time in the UK.
In addition the International Student Support Team
provides online pre-arrival information for students before they travel
First-year accommodation is guaranteed and further information about our Student Residences can be found on the Student Accommodation website.
International students should consult the following pages before arriving at UCL:
International Students' Orientation Programme (ISOP)
Our ISOP held
immediately before the academic year begins in September, is designed to
help you settle in, learn how to access the range of services and
opportunities on offer and adjust to the process of teaching and
learning at UCL.
All non-UK students are invited to attend the
programme, which is free of charge. In addition, social events in the
programme allow you to make new friends.
While a student at UCL, you will have access to all the
academic and welfare support services described in this website. In
addition, our on-site Student Centre can help you with issues like
opening a UK bank account. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer
your questions or direct you to someone who can.
UCL Careers offers dedicated assistance for international students, whether seeking employment in their home country or considering working in the UK.
The Student View
" Everybody tries to make you feel welcomed and as comfortable as possible.
"I wanted to find a programme that encompassed both economics and business studies and I am more than glad that I chose UCL. Being among the best universities in the world, UCL promotes a multicultural environment characterised by innovation and professionalism. It has some of the best professors in the world with a great material base and worldwide connections.
Studying at university is completely different to what I was used at high school. Here there is a focus on individual study and even though you don't spend that much time in lectures and tutorials, the library is always waiting for you. All the Tutors have office hours and you can go and ask them personally about things you didn't understand, or discuss a specific subject in depth. Everybody tries to make you feel welcomed and as comfortable as possible.
Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor - I've already had two meetings with mine. It's nice to be able to talk to a mature person who has achieved so many things in life and get their opinion and advice to help you better integrate into university life."
Bogdan Dumitriu, Second Year, Economics
and Business with East European Studies BA
Support services available to international students on their arrival at UCL: