Institute for Global Health


Study abroad

The Study Abroad programme enables junior (3rd) year and senior (4th) year undergraduate students from non-EU universities to study modules at IGH and UCL for one semester or for one academic year.

Study Abroad students remain registered as degree students of their home institution and receive their degree from their home institution, but in all other respects can enjoy one year's teaching at IGH/UCL as a fully integrated 'affiliate' student at UCL. 

For more than 40 years, UCL has welcomed students from colleges and universities overseas who wish to gain credit for courses taken at UCL in order to graduate from their own home universities. UCL currently admits over 800 study abroad students each year.

The course

The course is similar to the Global Health intercalated BSc offered to medical students studying at UCL medical school. Affiliate students are integrated into all the classes and assessments that the regular degree students are taking, but there are two important differences:

1. Full time Global Health affiliate students will be able to take all optional modules -- Global Maternal and Child Health, Global Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases, and Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health. Affiliate students will not be able to undertake a Global Health project as part of their course of study. Instead, they will make up a full programme by taking modules from other UCL departments outside IGH.


2. We can also accommodate affiliate students who wish to take a single module option as part of their degree in another department. This is subject to availability. If you are interested in a place on one of these modules, please contact Jackie Coster for more information. Note: please do not register for these modules on PORTICO unless/until you have been agreed a place by IGH.



Students from non-EU universities should apply using the affiliate application form.

The closing date for entry for affiliate students are 31 March for admissions in September and 30 September for admission in January

Applying to study global health at UCL

We receive many applications to study global health from affiliate students. In order to maximise your chances of being offered a place, please explain in your application why you are interested in global health and what is it about the course at UCL that appeals to you.


Tuition costs can vary; there are details in the Study Abroad Guide. You should also budget approximately £900 - £1100 a month to cover your living costs (including housing, food and entertainment).


It is the responsibility of students to make sure that they meet UK immigration regulations. Further information on immigration and student visas.


UCL guarantees accommodation to all students coming for a full academic year, and normally those studying for a term or semester. Students can choose from a variety of accommodation options, including catered or self-catering; single/shared, en-suite and so on. Most housing is within 10 minutes' walk of the College or via a short journey by bus or Tube. 

For more information on applying to UCL as an affiliate student, please follow these links: