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Study abroad

Study Abroad is an exciting and rewarding opportunity, a unique experience that counts towards your degree programme – and gives you the chance to learn life skills not taught in the lecture theatre.

UCL Study Abroad Programme

In this video UCL students share their study abroad experiences and talk about how the programme has benefited them.

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Get an international perspective

We encourage you to study abroad and the opportunity extends beyond the 60 or so UCL degree programmes that include a year abroad as an integral part of the curriculum (for example, degrees with "International" or "Year Abroad" in their title, or our Modern Languages degrees). Many UCL departments offer the chance to study abroad, and a Study Abroad Fair is held every year so you can find out what opportunities are on offer.

UCL has exchange agreements with around 250 institutions in 40 countries across five continents, including many of the world's most prestigious universities. With many partners in Europe, UCL is proud to be a part of the Erasmus+ programme.

Financial support is available and you will also be supported by a network of Departmental Study Abroad Tutors, Peer Advisers and the UCL Study Abroad team. These will provide you with information and the knowledge of their first-hand experience, as well as academic support before, during and after your placement.

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) provides linguistic support if you are not studying a language as part of your degree.

The Student View


Mikael Zakharov, Fourth Year, Russian and History BA, wearing fur hat and fur-trimmed leather jacket, holding red book with title in Russian Cyrillic alphabet
“I spent my year abroad studying at the Higher School of Economics St Petersburg. UCL helped with the forms and everything that was needed. We had our Russian classes at the university, and in the evenings my flatmate and I would to go the cinema to watch Russian films, or to the theatre to watch plays or operas in Russian.


“HSE St Petersburg assigned each of us a Russian student, who messaged us when we arrived and made sure we were ready for the start of term. These students put on many different events where we could make friends with the St Petersburg students. It was a really good way of practising Russian in a relaxed environment and I am still in contact with a number of the people I met there.”

Mikael Zakharov, Fourth Year, Russian and History BA