Study Abroad at UCL


How to apply

Step 1: Checking your requirements

Check your academic, English language and visa requirements for the programme of study that interests you.

Step 2: Making an application

All Study Abroad/Independent/Erasmus/Exchange students should apply by going to the UCL Apply Online system and then selecting the appropriate level of Affiliate study.

What you need to complete the application (your application will only be processed when you have provided all of the following):

  • a valid email address for your referee
  • an academic transcript provided in English and in electronic format
  • your personal statement
  • home institution confirmation.

Please note that a small number of programmes have additional requirements.

Some notes on completing the application form can be downloaded, you should read these before you get started.

Your home institution must support your application for Study Abroad. Please ask your institution to provide a signed and stamped confirmation of their support on headed paper, as well as confirmation of the Study Abroad scheme you are applying under. Alternatively, please ask your home institution/sponsor to complete the Host Institution Slip. Applications that are not supported by your home institution will not be considered.

Step 3: Deadlines

  • For entry in September, for the Autumn Term only or a full year, the application deadline is 31 March.
  • For entry in January, for the Spring and Summer Terms only, the application deadline is 15 October the previous year.

All applications submitted by the advertised deadlines are considered equally; applications submitted after the deadline may still be considered subject to availability.

Step 4: What happens once you've applied

Applicants will receive an email once the application has been submitted (or if it is saved half way through). Once submitted you should also receive an acknowledgement of your application no more than 48 hours after it has been processed in our database. UCL Admissions will get in touch as soon as possible with a decision about acceptance. If they have any queries regarding your application - for example about grades or prerequisites - they will contact you. You will also be contacted regarding access to the UCL Applicant Portal where you can track the status and progress of your application.

If you are accepted you will be sent an offer email and letter and invited to reply to your offer via the UCL Applicant Portal. Once you've accepted your offer and confirmed that you will be attending UCL, more information will be sent about how to apply for student accommodation, and about visas if this is applicable.

Pre-arrival information, including details of the orientation programme, can be found via the link below from July.

Step 5: Making your module selection

Your module preferences will be collected via your online application and you will be able to select modules once you have completed the pre-enrolment process online.

Please note that the selection of modules listed in this guide is a representative sample from the 2020/2021 offering. As all of this material is published ahead of time, some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have specific module requirements or require confirmation of module availability for 2022/23, it's best to get in touch with the Affiliate contact for your subject area to make an enquiry.

Step 6: Accommodation

Once you've accepted your offer to study at UCL, you will be sent more information about accommodation. The deadline to apply for accommodation if you are arriving in September for the full year or Autumn Term is 10 June. There is no fixed deadline for January starters but you are encouraged to apply as soon as you have accepted an offer of admission. UCL cannot guarantee accommodation for students intending to attend UCL for less than an entire academic year; we recommend that you apply for accommodation as soon as possible after you have received your offer.

Step 7: Applying for a visa

You cannot apply for a visa until three months before the proposed start date of your programme of study. If you accept our offer to study at UCL, more information will be sent to you about this.

Step 8: Arriving at UCL

Once you arrive, there are a number of orientation events to help you settle in, find your way around and meet new friends. You will also complete your in-person enrolment. Details will be included in pre-arrival communications.