UCL Students Abroad
- Why Study Abroad?
- Where can I go?
- Making a decision
- Academic matters
- How do I apply?
- Preparing to go abroad
- Your arrival
- While you are abroad
- Documents & Forms
- Returning to UCL
- International and Study Abroad Ambassador Scheme
Where Can I Go?
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
We are currently updating our list of exchange partners available for 2016/17 - these will be available online to view from September. Please be aware that not all placements available last year will be open for the following year.
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.
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
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.
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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