Arts and Sciences (BASc)


Rules and Regulations for BASc with Study Abroad (Y001)

Find the Rules and Regulations for your BASc with Study Abroad Degree Programme here.

If you do not start on the BASc with Study Abroad (Y001) course there is the opportunity to transfer from the 3-year degree. If you wish to do this, you will need to have switched before mid-October of your second year. For students wishing to study abroad in 2019/20, this will be 16.00 on Friday 12 October 2018. This is so that you are on the stream for the preparatory briefing meetings run by the UCL Study Abroad Office and so we can ensure we have sufficient exchange places for all students who wish to study abroad.

Your year abroad can consist of all or part Erasmus+ Traineeship. Please visit the Traineeship page for all necessary information related to it. You will still need to complete the below BASC0027 and BASC0035 if you participate in a Traineeship.

You may transfer 'out' of the Study Abroad programme into the 3-year degree at any time during your first or second year. 

To transfer to or from the BASc with Study Abroad, please contact the BASc Study Abroad Officer.

Eligibility for Study Abroad

In order to confirm your place at a Study Abroad partner institution, you will be expected to:

  1. Have achieved a minimum 2.1 (60%) raw average (i.e. the total of the marks of all 120 credits, divided by 8) in your first year; AND
  2. Achieve a 2:1 (60%) raw average by the end of your second year.
  3. In both instances above, you are also required to pass all of your first and second year modules and be complete in each module. If you fail a module in your second year, you are automatically entered for the resit during the Late Summer Assessment period. If you will not get your resit marks through before term begins at your host institution, you will not be permitted to study abroad and will automatically be transferred to the three year degree.

The rules exists in order to protect you, as you will need to be able to cope with university standard courses at an institution abroad. This may include courses in a foreign language which you will find particularly difficult if you are also struggling with the subject itself. In certain cases we reserve the right to decide whether a student is suitable for a particular overseas institution, e.g. if the institution is especially prestigious or requires a high level in a particular subject.

In year two, you will be required to pass all of your second year units in order to progress to the study abroad year. Students who have not passed 240 credits by the end of their second year will not be permitted to study abroad and will automatically be transferred to the three year degree.

Study Abroad Regulations

In order to progress to your final year from your year abroad, you must be complete in 360 UCL credits (that is, all modules taken at UCL including the BASC0035 Study Abroad Project and the BASC0027 Shell Units) and have passed 330 course units in total. To be complete in a course unit you must have submitted assessable work for all components of the module.

To pass the BASC0027 Shell Units, you must complete all the required engagement activities:

  • Pass 70% of the required credit load at the host institution (this includes regular attendance for your courses and participating in exams)
  • Submission of the Year Abroad Declaration
  • Submission of the arrival and departure form
  • Submission of the Reflective Piece
  • Submission completion of the Study Abroad Questionnaire

The penalties for failing to satisfy the above requirements are as follows:

Failure to pass or complete the shell units (BASC0027) will result in the student being transferred to a three year degree programme (UCL Reg 3.2.8.ii) and will be awarded an alternative degree title upon graduation. This alternative degree title will reflect the fact that a student has not fulfilled all the requirements of the BASc with Study Abroad.

Failure to pass or complete the Study Abroad Project (BASC0035) will mean you will carry the Fail on your transcript. You cannot re-sit the assignment.

Details of the Study Abroad Project module and Shell Units (BASC0027) are outlined on the Study Abroad Project page.

Language study whilst abroad

One of the primary aims of the year abroad is language acquisition and so you must continue with your core language study whilst on your year abroad so that you can progress at least two levels when you return to UCL for your final year.

For example, if you complete Level 2(B) at the end of your second year, you will be expected to take the equivalent of Level 3(C) while abroad before enrolling on at least Level 4(D) when you return to UCL for your final year. You can do this by studying at an institution where the language of instruction is the language you are taking, or by enrolling in language classes at the appropriate level at an English speaking institution. If language tuition at the appropriate level is not available at your host institution, you are responsible for sourcing and funding teaching elsewhere. You will be required to sign a declaration form as part of the main application process confirming this.

You are not permitted to go back to your home country for your year abroad or your traineeship placement.