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UCL has been described by the Sunday Times newspaper as ‘an intellectual powerhouse with a world-class reputation’ and is consistently ranked amongst the world’s finest universities.

Academic reputation

  • One of the highest ranked universities in the UK and in the in the top five universities worldwide (Times Higher)
  • Ranked third in the UK for world leading research (RAE 2008)
  • 20 Nobel Prize winners from our former students and academic staff 
  • High quality education which includes the latest research and innovative approaches to learning
  • Emphasis on small-group teaching, with an overall staff-student ratio of 1:9

International perspective

  • A dynamic and cosmopolitan atmosphere with around 30% students from outside the UK, from almost 140 different countries
  • Internationally relevant curricula, ensuring that UCL students are educated for global citizenship and leadership
  • Active exchange and research links with over 260 universities around the world
  • Study abroad opportunities in many degree programmes

Outstanding location

  • Located on a compact site in the heart of London with extensive academic facilities on campus
  • Proximity to unparalleled resources such as the British Library, museums, archives, cultural institutions and professtional bodies
  • Situated at the centre of one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities

Future prospects

  • UCL degrees are recognised and respected around the world
  • UCL graduates are highly sought after by employers
  • Support and advice on career choices open to all students at all stages of their degree programme

why sts

The Science and Technology Studies Department at UCL hosts the Programme being ideally placed to explore issues in global citizenship. The global community is made possible through large-scale social and technological systems, such as mass communications and transport, and its activity reflects an interaction of politics, business, environment, technology and human culture.
Citizenship is a key concern of STS, where exploring the social and power-relationships between experts and non-experts has been central to understanding the signficance of science in society in the 21st century.

“I was instantly attracted to UCL’s STS department because I knew that I would be learning from some of the top academics in the field.

I immediately sensed a deep awareness of actively participating in society as a global citizen when I began studying abroad at UCL. Taking global citizenship helped me understand how we fit into such a complex network of social, technological, scientific, economic, and cultural exchanges…

I would recommend this course to any student … because an opportunity to study in an institution like UCL and in a city like London does not happen often.”

Lan Li, Affiliate Student, Columbia University

How do I apply?

Students are encouraged to participate in the programme for the whole year, but can also attend for a single semester.  The Programme is hosted and administrated by the Department of Science and Technology Studies. All applications must come through the UCL international student application process.

More information on applications for international students

Want more information?

If you have any questions about the programme or the application process please contact:

Dr Simon Lock
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Gower Street

tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3763

Page last modified on 29 oct 09 20:46 by Simon J Lock

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