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 course
- UCL Go Abroad
- UCL Transition mentors
- UCL Doctoral School
- UCL Alumni mentors
- UCL Bentham Connect
- UCL Global Citizenship Programme
- UCL Careers
- UCL Innovation & Enterprise
- UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)
- UCL Academic Communication Centre (ACC)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UCL Bentham Connect
UCL Bentham Connect has been created by UCL to help you find and post jobs, secure internships and opportunities exclusively within your alumni community.
By fully integrating with social networks, and cultivating a culture of helping and giving back, you will be amazed how vibrant your UCL community is!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.