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For undergraduate, graduate taught and graduate research students applying to UCL via a reciprocal Exchange agreement

Before you apply

Before you apply you need to check that your university/institution has an exchange agreement with UCL, and you need to ensure that it is with your department and at the correct level (e.g. Undergraduate or Graduate).

What can I study?

As an Exchange student at UCL, you must apply to the relevant department covered by the exchange agreement. 

At undergraduate level, you will need to take at least 50% of your courses within that department, but you may choose up to 50% as electives from other departments (subject to availability and course tutor approval). You can see a full list of courses and departments available in our Study Abroad guide.

At graduate level You will need to take at least 50% of your courses within that department, but you may choose up to 50% as electives from other departments (subject to availability and course tutor approval). You should consult the relevant departmental websites for course information.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to study as an Exchange student at UCL, you must take and participate in a full course load of study. At undergraduate level you will be expected to take 2.0 UCL course units each semester (30 ECTS / 16 US Credits) which is typically 4 courses per semester (4.0 cu / 60 ECTS / 32 US credits for the full year). You will also be expected to attend classes and take all assessment for all of your registered courses at UCL.

You must be currently enrolled at an institution covered by our exchange agreement and at the appropriate level. If you are studying towards a Bachelor’s degree, you will need to apply at Undergraduate level. If you are studying towards a Master’s degree, you will need to apply at Graduate Taught level. If you are studying towards a PhD, you will need to apply at Graduate Research level.

How to Apply

To apply as an exchange student, you should be nominated by your home university. Your home university should nominate you on the basis of your suitability for the programme, but you should also meet our Academic and English language entry requirements.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3/4.0 (or equivalent) is expected, but some subject areas expect at least 3.5 and a very good background (A grades) in the relevant academic areas.  

You should also be currently studying in a similar area to the department of admission and UCL  Admission Tutors need to be confident that you have sufficient academic background in their subject (and enthusiasm for it) to enable you to take classes alongside regular degree students.

For details of admission requirements (including any pre-requisites) specific to individual subject areas and courses, you should contact the relevant Affiliate Tutor/Contact directly. Their contact details can be found in the relevant departmental entry in the Study Abroad Guide.

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme you have applied for. The required evidence may take the form of one of the following:

Substantial education (minimum one year) conducted entirely in English
Substantial work experience (minimum 18 months) conducted entirely in English
An English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) recognised by UCL to the required level.

Full details of the English language qualifications accepted by UCL

Deadlines

For admission in September: 31 March
For admission in January: 30 September

There is some degree of flexibility with these deadlines, and we would still accept applications up to one month after these stated deadlines, however, we strongly advise you meet these deadlines to avoid disappointment with admission and housing.