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9 reasons to study the UPC at UCL

The UPC is taught at one of the world's top universities in central London. Find out how you can benefit from studying your international foundation year at UCL.
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1. Global top 10 university

We’re the only UK university in the top 10 of the QS World University Rankings 2023 with its own international foundation programme. Start your journey with the UPC and move on to your chosen degree at a high-ranking university. Find out more.

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2. First for Education

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) is part of the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, a world-leading centre for education and social science. It has ranked number one globally for Education for the past nine years (QS World Subject Rankings 2023), so you can be confident of an outstanding educational experience. Find out more.

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6. Blend of subject-specific learning and academic skills training

You'll be taught specific academic subjects in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. You'll learn how to reflect and produce work in each discipline, whether it's a technical laboratory experiment, a field trip research project or a critical evaluation of sources.

You'll also develop your academic skills, such as academic speaking and writing, independent study, and critical thinking. Find out more.

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8. The full 'university experience'

We teach the UCL foundation programme on our central London campus. We use the same teaching methods as you’ll encounter in undergraduate degrees.

You'll be a UCL student from day one and can take advantage of UCL's academic, social and welfare resources. We guarantee a UCL accommodation place if you apply for accommodation by the deadline.

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9. Number one student city

London has been named the best city in the world to be a university student for the fourth year in a row in the latest QS Best Student City Rankings (2023). Find out more.