UCL Global


UCL in East Asia

Working with world-leading institutions across China, Japan and Korea, UCL academics collaborate with counterparts to solve global challenges and create opportunities for our students to live and study in the region.

Katharine Carruthers
Our partnerships in East Asia have developed significantly over the last five years. Through strategic partner funding schemes and UCL Global Engagement (GE), we have been able to further promote joint research in the region and deepen relationships with our partners.

Director Katharine Carruthers
Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia)



UCL community

We're proud of our international and multi-cultural community which counts 13,776 students from East Asia currently studying at UCL and 26,996 UCL alumni in East Asia. Meet some of our students, alumni and academics through the slideshow above.

Research, partnerships and projects

Find out more about some our research projects and relationships in the region with some of the stories featured. Explore our partnerships and activities with China through our new UCL and China page. 

UCL Regional Network for East Asia

UCL’s East Asia regional network facilitates cross-UCL connections and synergies between academic and professional services staff interested in collaborating with partners in the region.

Led by Director Katharine Carruthers, Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia), the network meets regularly throughout the year to discuss current and future activity. See below for how to get involved.


Current and future partners

Partnership enquiries

We are keen to develop partnerships and collaborations with universities and institutions in East Asia. If you are interested in exploring ways to work with UCL, contact our Network Senior Partnership Manager, Elizabeth Deacon.

Existing partners include: 

  • IOE Confucius Institute for Schools
  • China - Peking University, Yenching Academy of Peking University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong, University of Hong Kong
  • Japan - Osaka University

Students and alumni 

Applying for a place at UCL

Check our pages for international students, which includes specific information by country

Got a place at UCL

The International Student Support team will help you settle into life in the UK, London and at UCL. Also, check Students' Union UCL for a directory of clubs and societies.

UCL alumni

Benefit from connecting with fellow UCL alumni wherever you are in the world with UCL global alumni groups.

UCL staff and academics

UCL Regional Network for East Asia

The network is open to academic and professional services staff and postgraduate students from departments across UCL interested in the region. Join the regional network and get updates.

Information on funding

For UCL academics wanting to develop overseas collaborations, check GE funding opportunities from the Global Engagement team and global research funding from UCL Research. 

Sharing UCL regional expertise with the media

UCL experts interested in sharing their expertise should register their details on UCL’s media expert database.

News Stories

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What's On

Visit the UCL global events calendar.

Case Studies

Check our global case studies.

Did you know?

The Choshu Five
The Fathers of Modern Japan
In May 1863, five young Japanese men were disguised as British Sailors and smuggled on board a ship to Britain. Once they arrived, they were introduced to Professor Alexander Williamson (head of the Chemistry Department at UCL), who, with his wife, took the five under their wing. When the students, who became known as the ‘Choshu Five’, all returned home several years later they went on to found the modern state of Japan. Find out more