UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Term dates

The UPC academic year begins with the orientation period on Thursday 22 September 2022, and teaching begins on Monday 3rd October 2022.

The academic year is divided into three terms and finishes on Friday 23rd June 2023.

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials each week and can expect to have lessons from Monday-Friday during each term.

On some days, you will have less scheduled seminar time, leaving you time for independent study – an essential component of the course. You are expected to study most evenings and some of the weekends.

You will also take part in field trips which may take place in the evening or at the weekend.

The first two terms have a 'reading week' when you will not have seminars and instead undertake independent study.

You will sit tests at the end of the first and second terms, as well as be assessed on your homework assignments, before end of year final examinations.

You are expected to attend fully throughout the year and to take all the tests and exams.

First termMonday 3 October 2022 to Friday 16 December 2022
(Orientation Period)(Thursday 22 September 2022 to Friday 30 September 2022)
Second termMonday 9 January 2023 to Friday 31 March 2023
Third termMonday 24 April 2023 to Friday 23 June 2023

UPC Orientation Period

The Orientation Period takes place over seven days during your first two weeks of the UPC (Thursday 22 to Friday 30 September 2022).

The aim is to help you settle in as a UCL student, inform you about the year ahead, and prepare you for your studies on the UPC. There may be some testing for some subjects.

You will meet the staff: the course administrators, coordinators, UCAS advisor, the subject lecturers, Academic English tutors and your personal tutor and have the opportunity to meet the other students.

Finally, you will have your first introductory lectures where you will receive detailed plans for your studies on each of your four subjects.

The orientation period will also include some social programme events where you will meet with other students. This is to help you quickly make friends with other UPC students and help you settle into life on the UPC and also help familiarise yourself with the UCL campus and other parts of London.

We will send you the full details of the UPC Orientation Period at the start of the academic year.