UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


How to apply

Learn how to apply to the UPC (UCL Foundation), including what documents to submit, payment, entrance tests, interviews and accepting your offer.

Application process

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Applications for the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) are made directly to the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education via our website.

Required application documents

Before applying for a UPC course, please make sure you have the following documents scanned as either pngs or jpeg files:

  • A certified copy of your school transcripts (translated into English by an authorised translator and stamped). Please see our academic requirements.
  • A copy of your English language test score.

You will also need to provide the following:

  • Fully completed application form - including the personal statement section.
  • A reference from a school teacher on headed school paper and stamped with the school stamp or ask your teacher to complete our reference form. You will be able to upload this document when you complete your application.
  • Portfolio (architecture students only - see below.)

UPC Architecture Portfolio

Architecture students will also need to submit a portfolio, which can be sent by email to upc@ucl.ac.uk when you submit your application. Ideally, we would like you to create one pdf file of all your work and there are many free software packages on the web to help you achieve this.

Alternatively, you may send us a link to your portfolio if it is hosted on a website. For further information about what is required in the portfolio, see the UPC Architecture website.

Important information for UPC applicants interested in Law or Medicine:

Application deadline

The application deadline is 1 August 2021, however we may close applications before this date if the course is full. Please make sure when you submit your application that you are able to take the test on the date set for that session.

Applications will be considered in a number of different rounds, please see the entrance tests section below for further details.

Personal statement

When completing the application you may find that there is not enough room to expand on your answers, so we suggest that if you wish to include additional information you do this in the personal statement at the end of the application. Your personal statement should explain:

  • your reasons for applying for the course
  • why you think you are a suitable candidate
  • what you think you will contribute to the course
  • which undergraduate programme you are intending to progress to after the UPC and your reasons for choosing it.

Please consider this section carefully and write in clear English, using your own words. The statement should not be longer than 500 words.

Under 18s

If you are under the age of 18 at the point of enrolment, you should familiarise yourself with UCL's essential information for students under the age of 18 before making an application.

Application fee payment

Once you have completed the application form and uploaded the relevant documents, you will be directed to UCL’s Online Store where you will need to pay the course application fee of £125 by credit or debit card.

Your application and payment confirmation will come directly to UCL Centre for Languages & International Education. We will then contact you to confirm the next stage of the application (i.e. entrance test(s)). This will normally take a few days, but when we are very busy it may take up to 10 working days. If you haven’t heard from us after 10 working days, please contact us by email.

Next steps

Entrance tests

Once you have submitted a complete application (see 'required application documents' above), it will be checked by our admissions team. If you meet our minimum requirements, you will be contacted about the entrance test(s).

Please submit a complete UPC application by one of the dates below to be considered to take our entrance test(s). 

Make sure that you:

  • are available to take the test(s) for the session you apply for (i.e. if you submit a completed application on 20 January ensure you are available to take the entrance test(s) on 6 March);
  • have time to prepare for the tests.
Submit a complete UPC application by:Take the UPC entrance test(s) on:Decision on invitation to interview by week of:
17 December 20209 January 202118 January 2021
17 January 202130 January 20218 February 2021
17 February 20216 March 202115 March 2021
17 March 202127 March 202112 April 2021
17 April 2021    1 May 202110 May 2021

On each test date, the test site will be open for 24 hours - from 22:00 (UK time) the day before your test, until 22:00 (UK time) on the day of your test. 

On the day of your test day you are expected to start your first test at 09:00 (your local time) and your second test (if applicable) by 10:45 (your local time). 

Your application will be considered equally as long as you apply by 17 April 2021.

Applications received after 17 April 2021 will only be considered should a place on the course still be available. We will be in touch to arrange a test date if there are still places available.


If you achieve 50% or higher in each of the UPC entrance test(s), your application will be sent to the UPC Admissions Tutor for assessment.

The decision on whether to invite you to an interview or not will be made by taking into consideration your whole application (entrance test score(s), school transcripts, personal statement, etc.). The UPC admissions team will be in touch by the advertised session decision date (above).

The interview allows us to assess your suitability for the course and for you to ask us any questions you may have.

Your performance in the interview will be an important factor in whether or not we decide to offer you a place on the course. Your high school results, academic reference, English language level and UPC entrance test(s) results are also considered again before a final decision on your application is made. Following the interview, the UPC Admissions Tutor will make a decision about your application within a few days.


If you are successful after interview, we will send you a formal offer of a place on the UPC course, which is when you are required to pay a deposit to reserve your place. Upon receipt of the deposit, we will issue you with a letter confirming your place on the course and a UCL student number; you are then able to make an application for UCL accommodation.

Guaranteed accommodation

Once you have accepted your UPC offer, you can apply for UCL accommodation. To be guaranteed UCL accommodation during the UPC course, you should submit your accommodation application before 31 May.

If you apply for accommodation after this time, you are still likely be allocated a place in UCL accommodation, but may have to wait until shortly before or after the beginning of the course to find out in which residence you have a room in.

If you are applying for accommodation after the 31 May, you may also want to consider alternative accommodation, more information about which will be sent in your offer email.

Unsuccessful applications

If your application is unsuccessful, we will inform you in writing. Where possible, we will try to offer guidance about other courses that may be suitable for you.

Paying your fees

The complete tuition fee balance will be payable by June. We will email you the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) needed for a student visa application after the full fees have been received.

Course fees can be paid by credit or debit card on the UCL Online Store, or by bank transfer.  Full details of how to pay the fees will be sent with our formal offer.


Full refunds of course fees will be made in the event of a formal visa refusal where a further visa application is not possible. Claims must be made in writing and be supported by a Refusal of Entry Clearance letter. Other requests for refunds will be considered if a replacement can be found to take your place on the course and provided the request is received before the application deadline (1 August 2021).

All refunds will be subject to a £200 administration charge.

Requests for full or pro rata refunds if you withdraw from the course after its commencement will not be considered.

Before your course starts

Once you have accepted your offer and paid the course fees, we will send you the pre-course information booklet with advice on preparing for your subject modules (including reading lists), as well as details on the academic calendar, UPC exams and social trips.

EU citizens starting in 2020/21

If you are an EU citizen and you arrive in the UK during the transition and you intend to stay in the UK longer than three months, you will be able to apply to live and study in the UK, and once you have been here for five years, you will be able to apply for settled status. 

However, you will need to register through a new Home Office registration scheme

If you arrive by 31 December 2020 but do not qualify for settled status, you will be eligible for pre-settled status enabling you to stay until you have reached the five-year threshold. All applications must be submitted by 30 June 2021.

Further information on immigration issues is available on the International Student Support website.