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Module registration for affiliates

This page includes information on how to complete module registration for affiliate students who are on exchange at UCL.

This page provides guidance on how to register for modules, including:

As an affiliate student, you will gain access to module registration once you have completed the online pre-enrolment process.

Information about pre-enrolment can be found on the new students webpages.


Key terminology

Please see below for a definition of some key terms which you may find useful when familiarising yourself with the module registration process. 

Portico: the UCL Student Information Service, where you complete module registration. You can access Portico here. 

Module: individual courses making up your programme of study are referred to as 'modules'. You will often find the terms 'module' and 'course' used interchangeably.

Credit: this denotes the value and length of each module. Most modules are worth either 30 credits (for modules that run over a full year) or 15 credits (for those that run over one term). A 30 credit module is equivalent to 8 US credits, 15 ECTS or 30 FHEQ, and a 15 credit module is equivalent to 4 US credits, 7.5 ECTS or 15 FHEQ.


How to register for modules

Please note that this page only provides an overview of the module selection and registration process.

For more in-depth guidance, please consult the module registration information on the student status section of the website.

You should ensure that you discuss your module choices with your home university before you arrive at UCL. Information on courses and updated module lists are usually available on your UCL admitting department's website, and you can contact the department if you have any questions. Visit our department information webpage for department-specific contact details and links. 

Accessing module registration

Module registration is accessed via Portico, the student record system. You can login with your UCL username and password to access the system.

You will gain access to module registration once you have completed online pre-enrolment. Please note that there is a short window around 10pm where module registration is not available due to system maintenance (this should only last around 10-15 minutes), during this period the link to module registration is not available.

The deadline for students starting in September 2020 to complete module registration will be announced in due course. 

UCL Module Catalogue

The module catalogue will help you find information about modules within your department and across UCL. You can also access the catalogue when you log into Portico and select your modules. You can search for modules by department, title, keywords, codes and/or credit value. Please note that not all modules in the catalogue will be available to you; you are advised to check with your home/parent department and the module/teaching department to see whether you are permitted to take particular modules. 

For more information about the modules running during the 2019-20 academic year, please view the UCL Module Catalogue.

Completing module registration

Please see the video below for information on how to complete module registration.

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Module approval

Once you have submitted your module selections they must be approved by your parent department, and the teaching department that runs the module if you are taking an option outside your own department. You can check the status of these approvals through the ‘More information about your module selections…’ link under ‘My Modules’.

You will be notified by email when your module selections are approved/declined, if a module you selected was declined you should contact your department for advice and to request another module.

If you experience any technical difficulties with module selection, please contact the UCL Information Services Division Helpdesk (contact details are provided below). 


'Meet Your Department' 

All affiliate students will be allocated an Affiliate Tutor, who will be your main point of contact for academic support and queries relating to your programme of study. You will be able to meet your Affiliate Tutor and/or departmental administrators as part of the 'Meet Your Department' sessions, which will take place during the International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP) week.

Visit our department information webpages to access further guidance for affiliate students. This includes the contact details of your Affiliate Tutor and information about the 'Meet Your Department' sessions.

Arrival forms and Erasmus Learning Agreements

If you are studying at UCL as an affiliate student, you may have an arrival form or Erasmus placement form that needs signing. You can go to the Student Enquiries Centre to get this done, but please note you must have completed enrolment before you can do this. See the Student Enquiries Centre's opening times and location.

If you have an Erasmus Learning Agreement form that needs to be signed, this is signed and stamped by your department, so make sure you bring it along to the 'Meet Your Department' session.


Contact details

If you have any queries about module registration, please contact your department in the first instance.

If you have any problems accessing Portico, contact the Information Services Division (ISD) Helpdesk by emailing portico-helpdesk@ucl.ac.uk or by calling 0207 679 0637.