Academic and professional resources

Information about academic and professional resources and opportunities available to international students.

On this page you can find information about various academic and professional resources for UCL students, including:

British Council Study UK: Prepare to study and live in the UK

The British Council has launched a new open online course (MOOC) on preparing to study and live in the UK. The course lasts 4 weeks and requires 3 hours of study per week, and it is free to sign up. 

The Study UK course will assist you with preparing for your studies, and provide information about UK academic culture, how courses are structured, and the language skills needed to achieve success. It will also cover practical issues about life as a student in the UK, including what to bring, things you need to do on arrival, accommodation and making friends.

To join the Study UK course, please visit the Future Learn webpages.

UCL Go Abroad

The UCL Study Abroad team offers a range of global opportunities for current undergraduate students, both during and outside of term. These include Erasmus+ study exchanges, UCL wide and departmental exchanges, as well as short-term global mobilities such as summer schools, summer research and international volunteering.

For more information about going abroad during your time at UCL, please see the Go Abroad webpages.

UCL Transition mentors

If you are a first year undergraduate student you will be assigned a Transition Mentor who will help you settle in at UCL and provide advice on academic topics, support services and administrative tasks that you need to complete at the start of your course.

For further information about transition mentoring, please see the Transition Mentors webpages. 

UCL Doctoral School

The UCL Doctoral School provides support to postgraduate research students through courses, scholarships and inter-disciplinary programmes. The School is committed to ensuring that the quality of research training at UCL is at the highest international level. 

To find out more about the Doctoral School, please visit their website.

UCL Alumni mentors

You can make the most of your time at UCL by connecting with UCL alumni all over the world, and strengthening your personal and professional network. 

You can search the Alumni Community online directory for potential mentors from a pool of experienced alumni. Whether you have just started an undergraduate degree or plan to be at UCL for a year or less, you can contact your future mentor directly and build a mentoring relationship that works for you both.

More information about alumni events, groups and benefits can be found on the UCL Alumni website.

LinkedIn Learning

As a UCL student, you have access to LinkedIn learning, LinkedIn's skills development resource. Learn in-demand skills with 16,000+ online courses taught by real-world professionals. 

UCL Global Citizenship Programme 

The UCL Global Citizenship Programme brings together students from across UCL to explore the biggest global challenges. The programme is open to all UCL undergraduates and taught postgraduates, and takes place on the Bloomsbury campus. The programme is free of charge, however, spaces are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

The Global Citizenship Programme offers an opportunity to investigate real global issues and how they could be addressed, through research and your actions as a citizen. Each year, you can choose one of five strands: three are focused on UCL's Grand Challenges, and two are focused on preparing for your next step after university and putting your skills into practice. There is no admissions test or interview to sign up, you just need to complete the registration form indicating which of the five strands you would like to do. 

For more information about the programme, please visit the Global Citizenship Programme website.

UCL Careers

UCL Careers is dedicated to supporting all current UCL students, researchers and recent graduates to help them find the right path towards success in their future career. The Careers team can help you find work opportunities such as internships, graduate vacancies and part-time jobs, as well as other opportunities such as volunteering. They can also help if you are planning to pursue further study, are applying for PhD or post-doctoral positions, or are looking for financial support.

UCL Careers offer a range of services, including one-to-one advice, interview coaching, career-specific events and workshops. They can support you with writing CVs and applications, and with preparing for interviews, assessment centres and aptitude tests. 

For more information and useful online resources, please visit the UCL Careers website.

UCL Innovation & Enterprise

UCL Innovation & Enterprise can help you boost your employability, get to work on a business idea and make connections with like-minded peers through a range of workshops and events overseen by experienced entrepreneurs. They offer support to students so you can learn how to think like an entrepreneur, get advice about a startup idea and get your business off the ground by applying to UCL's incubator programme.

More information on how to start a business, access competitions for startup funding and develop your entrepreneurial skills can be found on the Innovation & Enterprise website.

UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) 

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) offers a range of courses for international students, including courses in nine modern foreign languages and academic English. Foreign languages are also offered in the evening to UCL students, UCL staff and London’s wider academic and professional community.

To find out more about the language courses on offer, please visit the CLIE website.

Academic Communication Centre (AAC)

The UCL Academic Communication Centre (ACC) is a support service to enhance UCL students’ discipline-specific writing and speaking skills. We work closely with UCL academic departments and faculties to develop tailored workshops, classes and tutorials for native and non-native English speakers.

For more information on the writing and speaking support available, please visit the ACC website


Part-time work Opportunities 

For students looking to earn some extra cash whilst studying, part time work can be a great solution. Below are a list of agencies offering flexible part time work that can fit around your studies.

Note: This is a list of part-time work agencies popular with students in London. UCL is neither affiliated with any of these organisations nor officially recommending them.

Koru Kids

Twist London

Evolve Hospitality 

Stephanie Jackson Recruitment

Hel's Agency