How to Decide Guide 2014


If you're having trouble making a decision about whether study abroad is right for you, you might want to download our handy 'How to Decide' Guide 2014

The guide is designed for all undergraduate students who intend to spend, or are considering spending, some time abroad as part of their degree programme. The information is intended as a brief guide to get you thinking about your time away, and to direct you to further resources on this site.

UCL Requirements

Study Abroad Preparation Programme

All undergraduate students who undertake a period of study abroad are required to follow and complete the Study Abroad Preparation Programme prior to departure. The Preparation Programme takes place during the spring term and is designed to provide you with the information you will need in order to make practical preparations for your period of study abroad.

Successful completion of the Study Abroad Preparation Programme is a prerequisite for progression to your year or term abroad. Students who do not fulfil all the requirements of the Preparation Programme by the deadline of 25 April 2014 may be disqualified from studying abroad.

The Study Abroad Team hold Study Abroad Pre-Departure Briefings during the spring term to cover a range of practical matters concerning study abroad. Attendance at these briefings is compulsory.

The 2013 sessions were held at the following dates and times in the Cruciform Lecture Theatre:
Wednesday 06 March 2013 1-2pm (surnames beginning A-L)
Thursday 07 March 2013 1-2pm (surnames beginning M-Z and all SSEES students)

After attending the pre-departure briefing, you are asked to demonstrate your understanding of the information you have received at the session through an assessment in Moodle.

The topics covered at the briefing will include:

  • Financial aspects of the year abroad (e.g. student loans, tuition fees, banking, working and budgeting overseas)
  • Insurance
  • Finding accommodation
  • Health and safety and your personal security while abroad
  • The Erasmus programme
  • What is required of you by UCL while you are abroad

You can now download the slides from the pre-departure briefings to use as reference.

Students nominated to attend UCL exchanges outside of Europe were also expected to attend region-specific briefings held in February. The slides from the briefings are available to download below:

In March 2014, all students who will be studying abroad in the 2014/15 academic year will be enrolled on the Preparation for Study Abroad Moodle course which accompanies the UCL Study Abroad Preparation Programme. You will receive an email once you have been enrolled.

This Moodle course will allow you to access an online library of information and resources which will be of help to you in preparing for your time abroad. 

The course will also give you access to the online tasks and assignments which you must complete in order to fulfil the requirements of the Preparation Programme. 

All students are required to read the Travel Medicine, Health and Safety guidance notes before departing for the year abroad. These will be available here shortly and accessible via the Moodle course. Once you have read the notes, you will be asked to complete an assessment in Moodle to demonstrate that you have done so.

The Pre-departure Approval Form is an online form through which you confirm that you have completed each of the individual tasks which comprise the Preparation Programme.

All students must submit a completed Study Abroad Approval Form to the Study Abroad Team through Moodle no later than midnight on 25 April 2014.

N.B. Completion of the tasks listed above (attending a Study Abroad Team Pre-departure Briefing, reading the Travel Medicine, Health and Safety notes, completing the associated assignments in Moodle, and submitting your online Pre-departure Approval Form) by 25 April 2014 is a compulsory requirement for successful completion of the Study Abroad Preparation Programme and progression to your year abroad.

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