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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (UPC) foundation students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and go on to study a variety of different undergraduate courses at UCL and other top UK universities. Here you can find views and testimonies about their experience of the course, how it helped them prepare for their undergraduate degree and what the staff and students are like.

Testimonies


Degree preparation

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Teaching staff

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Making friends

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Interviews


Nanami, former UPCH foundation student

Nanami Tsuchiyama

Nationality: Japanese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: UPCH (2019)
Progressed to: Geography with Quantative Methods BA at UCL

"The Geography and the Build Environment module was really helpful because I wanted to study Geography. Through this module, I was able to learn concepts which built the foundation of my undergraduate studies." Read more

Jeongmin Lee (former UPCSE student)

Jeongmin Lee

Nationality: South Korean
Previous course at UCL CLIE: UPCSE (2019)
Progressed to: Biomedical Sciences BSc at UCL

I feel like it is a huge advantage that I could use the same area as UCL undergraduates, including lab facilities and libraries, especially with UCL being a high ranked global university." Read more

Arkadiy Serezhkin

Arkadiy Serezhkin

Nationality: Russian
Previous course at UCL CLIE: UPCSE (2017)
Progressed to: Engineering (Mechanical with Business Finance) MEng at UCL

"The UPC course was a really great experience; yes - there were hard times, but overall it was a great course which developed me, not only my technical knowledge but also my personality." Read more

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Satoshi Takemoto

Nationality: Japanese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: UPCSE (2017)
Progressed to: Security & Crime Science BSc at UCL

"I enjoyed the discussions about different topics: politics, philosophy and science. There were various kinds of students from different backgrounds and countries, with different opinions, so we were able to share alternative views." Read more

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Cristina Trovati

Nationality: Russian/Italian
Previous course at UCL CLIE: UPCH (2017)
Progressed to: Urban Planning, Design and Management BSc at UCL

"Here I got the feeling that teachers care; they want to immerse you in a subject and actually enjoy teaching it. This helped reignite my passion and interest." Read more

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Haixiang Sun

Nationality: Chinese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: UPCSE (2017)
Progressed to: Computer Science BSc at UCL

"Living in London met my expectations – it’s really international, I don’t feel like a foreigner, even though I am. There are a lot of events and opportunities here, so you’re never bored." Read more

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Xianya Qiu

Nationality: Chinese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: UPCSE (2015)
Progressed to: Statistics, Economics & Finance BSc at UCL

"The UPC course was taught on the UCL campus, which was important for me. Only by studying on the campus could I get the insight of what university is like in the UK." Read more

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Abdullah Alhasan

Nationality: Saudi
Previous course at UCL CLIE: UPCSE (2017)
Progressed to: Geology BSc at UCL

"The UPC is arranged in a way to get the best out of you. It helps you cope with stress, because there are so many deadlines, it gets you used to it." Read more