UCL Students Abroad

Where Can I Go?

Your Options

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UCL has exchange agreements with over 250 institutions in 40 countries across five

continents, including 48 of the world's top 100 universities (Source: QS World University Rankings 2011/12).

Where you can study abroad will depend on your programme of study at UCL. Once you have looked over the options below, navigate through our Options Guide for details of what is available to you.

With the exception of students from European Social & Political Studies, the School of European Languages, Culture & Society, and students studying certain degree programmes in the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, it is not possible to study abroad at a university with which UCL has no formal exchange.

Students applying for exchange in 2016/17

Use the Options Guide to find out which exchanges are available for your department for 2016/17. Please remember that because our agreements with partners are negotiated on an annual basis, placements can be withdrawn, changed or added at any time. We will do our best to notify you if you will be affected by any changes after you have submitted your application. 

Types of exchange programme

There are broadly three different types of exchange programme at UCL, though not all of these will be available to everyone.

Erasmus+ Study Exchanges

The majority of UCL exchanges with European universities are covered by the Erasmus+ programme. The programme offers the possibility of studying abroad in another European country for a period of between 3 and 12 months, and provides a grant to eligible students to help make the most of the experience. It was started in 1987 by the European Commission in order to facilitate the mobility of students between EU member countries, and since then has seen over 1 million students participate. UCL currently has links with over 150 Erasmus partner institutions. 

For more information, visit the Erasmus+ programme page. 

Departmental Exchanges

Various UCL departments have established exchange programmes with their counterparts in other universities around the world. There are both exchanges with institutions in North and South America and Asia, as well as those with institutions in Europe that do not form part of the Erasmus programme.

These exchanges are coordinated at a departmental level, but you may need to apply through the UCL Study Abroad Team - details of your application route for these exchanges will be available on your Departmental Information Sheet. 

UCL Exchanges

The Study Abroad Team has in place a number of exchange agreements with universities from around the world. These exchanges are coordinated centrally by the Study Abroad Team and are typically open to students from more than one department. Places are therefore highly competitive.

Working abroad as part of your UCL degree (SELCS only)

For SELCS students, under certain conditions, the Study Abroad Tutor may permit a student to take up a work placement (as distinct from an assistantship) during his or her Year Abroad. Some programmes (e.g. ESPS, Scandinavian Studies) do not permit work placements. You should check with your degree or programme tutor. For more information about work placements, please check the SELCS Undergraduate Moodle Handbook. 

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