Study Abroad is an exciting and rewarding opportunity; a
unique experience that counts towards your degree programme and gives
you the chance to learn life skills not taught in the lecture theatre.
UCL students share their study abroad experiences and talk about how the programme has benefited them.
Get an international perspective
We encourage you to study abroad and the opportunity extends beyond the 60 or so UCL degree programmes that
include a year abroad as an integral part of the curriculum (for example, degrees with "International" or "Year Abroad" in their title, or our Modern Languages degrees). Many UCL departments offer the chance to study abroad, and a Study Abroad Fair is held every year so you can find out what opportunities are on offer.
UCL has exchange agreements with around 250 institutions in 40 countries across five continents, including
many of the world's most prestigious universities. With many partners in Europe, UCL is proud to be a part of the Erasmus+ programme.
Financial support is available and you will
also be supported by a network of Departmental Study Abroad Tutors, Peer
Advisers and the UCL Study Abroad team. These will provide you with
information and the knowledge of their first-hand experience, as well as
academic support before, during and after your placement.
The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) provides linguistic support if you are not studying a language as part of your degree.
The Student View
"I have always been a bit of a language geek, and after high school I wanted something that would take me out of my comfort zone. The Nordic countries had captured my interest with their pristine nature and distinctive cultures, so picking Finnish and Swedish was almost a no-brainer. The Language and Culture degree is great in this sense, as it gives students a lot of freedom in selecting their modules from across different departments, so that they are free to explore particular topics which would otherwise require another degree.
I spent my third year abroad at the University of Lapland (Lapin Yliopisto) on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland. To me personally the real highlight was being able to interact with a culture of which I had only ever read on paper, and make myself understood in a language I had never actually used in real life. For a language student there is nothing more monumental than the first full conversation with native speakers, even if this is just asking about your missing luggage at the airport!"
Elisabetta Bozzetti, Fourth Year, Language and