UCL: London's global university

  • First English university to admit women as full degree students
  • First English university to admit students of all beliefs and ethnicities
  • 210 clubs and societies with 18,000 memberships sold
  • 49% of the student body volunteer on external community projects (2011-12)
  • Students from 150 countries and 100 staff nationalities
  • 20% of students study abroad as part of their degree
  • 21 modern languages taught at UCL
  • Central London location

UCL Global Citizenship

UCL is a world-class, research-led, multi-faculty university, consciously and deliberately global and wide-ranging in its reach and ambition. We strive for excellence and are committed to making a difference in the world; our aim is to provide an educational environment that reflects these values and supports our students to develop in the round.

The philosophy of global citizenship within the curriculum is epitomised in the UCL Global Citizenship Programme, a two-week programme open to all undergraduates.

Education for global citizenship 

Citizenship describes our responsibilities towards our community and those around us; global citizenship extends that responsibility in the context of a shrinking and ever more closely connected world. 

UCL believes the education we provide must take into account – and promote – the increasing importance of global citizenship and educate our students not just as experts in their disciplinary fields, but students who are global citizens, those who:

  • look beyond their individual and local interests and see the complexity of an interconnected world
  • understand the nature of the challenges that face that world
  • are aware of their social, ethical and political responsibilities
  • are ready to display leadership and work together to change the world for the better
  • are able to solve problems through innovation and entrepreneurship
  • prosper in a global jobs market that values the skills UCL provides

This is what we mean by education for global citizenship: studying at UCL equips our graduates to face the complex problems of the modern world. These are the principles that inform all that we do at UCL – from our commitment to student volunteering, the way we conduct ourselves as an organisation to the way we work with other institutions. 

A longer introduction to global citizenship and some of the paradoxes and problems it raises as a concept is available in this lecture by our Academic Director, Dr Tim Beasley-Murray

Professor Anthony Smith, UCL Vice-Provost (Education)

Professor Anthony Smith
UCL Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs)

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