UCL Department of Economics


L101 Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for BSc Economics with a Year Abroad (L101)

How competitive is application to BSc Economics with a Year Abroad?

Places available at host institutions are limited and the application process is competitive. 

Can I apply for both the three-year BSc Economics degree and the four-year BSc Economics with a Year Abroad?

Yes, applications can be made to both programmes.

How much are the fees?

If you take part in an exchange you'll pay no tuition fees to the host institution and reduced fees to UCL in your year abroad. You can find out more in the fees and funding section of the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Can I transfer between the available Economics degrees?

Due to the small number of available places, opportunities to transfer from the three-year BSc Economics degree or BSc Economics with a Placement Year to BSc Economics with a Year Abroad are not anticipated. Any opportunities that do arise will be communicated to all eligible students in Year 2 of their programme.

Requests to transfer to the three-year BSc Economics may be considered the Departmental and Study Abroad Tutors. You'll need to pass both the first and second year examinations, including any compulsory modules, to an approved standard to be able to continue to the third year abroad; a student who fails to achieve the required standard may be eligible to transfer to Bsc Economics.

How are marks factored into the degree while studying abroad?

You'll take the equivalent of 120 UCL credits at your host institution while studying abroad. At least 60 of these credits must be approved courses in Economics, Mathematics, or Statistics, at an appropriate level.You must pass 90 credits while studying abroad, and must have accrued 330 credits to progress to the final year.

How is my final degree classification determined?

As described above, at least 90 credits must be passed during the year abroad. The final degree classification will be based on marks obtained at UCL during years 1,2,4 under the same scheme used for BSc Economics degree classification.

Can I choose where I'll study abroad? What are the options?

You'll take your year abroad at an approved institution. Previous student destinations have included:

Columbia University
Georgetown University
Università Commerciale di Bocconi
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
University of British Columbia

University of Melbourne
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto

The list of approved institutions is subject to change annually and spaces at each partner institution are limited. Attempts will be made to accommodate student preferences, in accordance with an allocation process in the second year, but it is not possible to guarantee that students will secure a spot at one of their preferred destinations.

For general information on entry requirements and study abroad see the UCL Undergraduate Prospectus.