Study abroad


UCL Study Abroad Programme

UCL Study Abroad programme 2019/20

Welcome to London!

As a Study Abroad student at UCL you have access to an extensive and flexible range of subject options. Whether you are looking to focus solely on your major area of academic study, explore a more interdisciplinary route or experience something completely new, UCL can support you.

The UCL advantage

Why choose UCL?

At UCL we’re proud of our pioneering history, our distinguished present and our exciting future. Assessed as one of the top ten universities in the world, UCL is a multidisciplinary university with specialisms in most subjects from across the academic spectrum and a strength in interdisciplinary study. Our diverse staff and student body, and our location in the heart of London, give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

About our teaching

At UCL we believe in providing a global perspective, and aim to help you identify and contribute to solutions for, global problems and issues. Training in study and personal skills is embedded in our approach and our curriculum is constantly updated to ensure that it includes the latest developments and discoveries in the field.

About our students and staff

Our students are selected on the basis of their talent and potential, regardless of their social or national background, and we recognise and celebrate the diversity and different viewpoints that our students bring. Our academic staff, drawn from around 100 different countries, are similarly diverse.

QS World University Rankings 2019

Rank Institution Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US
Stanford University US
Harvard University
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) US
5 University of Oxford UK
University of Cambridge UK
7 ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland
8 Imperial College London UK
9 University of Chicago US
10 UCL (University College London) UK

Study Abroad at UCL

This online guide provides summary information about the wide range of academic subjects, opportunities and services available to study abroad students at UCL. As well as hopefully answering some of your questions about the UCL programme, the guide provides links and contacts to readily access more detailed information. Please note that this guide is intended for prospective students only, and is published ahead of time so is subject to change.

UCL has a very well-established study abroad programme, with over 1,000 students every year joining us from most parts of the world including the USA, Canada and Latin America, Japan, China and Hong Kong, Australia and all over Europe.

We try to ensure that our study abroad students benefit from a fully integrated experience at UCL, so you’ll take classes alongside our regular degree students, share the same course loads and lectures, and have access to the support and facilities that are available to UCL students. Students who join us for a term or longer automatically become part of the UCL Alumni community.

Teaching and academic support

At UCL we value independent and self-directed study, and encourage you to think problems through and question things rather than accept everything that is being said in the lecture theatre. That said, our academic infrastructure is excellent and you will benefit from small-group teaching, seminars and tutorials (and practical classes where appropriate). We know that the British academic system might be different to the system that you’re used to, so we’ll help you develop the necessary study skills to succeed in the UK. UCL has one of the best staff to student ratios in the UK (1:10.3).


  • Register interest in your chosen subjects
  • Receive notice of visits to your country and more
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