Study Abroad Program Overview
Experience the rich histories, diverse cultures, and vibrant lifestyles of the United Kingdom while you study at one of UCEAP’s English universities. Courses are available for all majors. Examples include studies exclusively for engineering majors; openings in economics, geography, and human sciences; options for pre-med students; innovative fieldwork or courses in development, ecology, or energy engineering; and art studio, dance, dramatic arts, and creative writing courses.
Choose from one of the many locations available and discover for yourself what makes the U.K. one of the world’s most popular study destinations!
- Choose from a variety of environments: Rolling hills, sweeping plains, woodlands, and the natural beauty of the seashore can be found in the distinctly English and historical university towns of Cambridge, Canterbury, or Norwich.
- Experience life in the big city: Fast-paced, metropolitan London provides the ultimate big-city experience, while trendy Manchester or Bristol provide a more affordable and compact urban setting. Smaller cities such as Brighton or Coventry offer a less daunting but just as lively study abroad experience.
UCEAP Orientation: Your program begins with an event-filled two-day UCEAP-only orientation in London, where you'll meet other UC students studying in England before you head off to your English university for a local orientation.
- During the fall semester, you’ll experience UCEAP’s fabulous Thanksgiving event. This event rotates between the three capital cities of Edinburgh (Scotland), London (England) and Dublin (Ireland). With around 200 UC students attending, your Thanksgiving abroad will be one to remember!
- In the spring semester, join UC students from all over the UK on a weekend excursion or event. Past trips have included a Shakespeare play at Stratford-upon-Avon, a visit to the Houses of Parliament and afternoon tea at a posh London hotel.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Available in various languages but not required.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
September to mid-December
January to mid/late June
September to late May or mid/late June
The fall semester at the University of Manchester runs through the end of January, but students in most departments may be able to arrange final exams in December.
Most English universities guarantee housing for Year students if the housing application deadline is met, but semester students cannot always be accommodated. All the universities have resources for students to use in finding housing in the community. Additional housing information is available by clicking on the host institution link under the Courses and Credit tab.More Information on Housing
Students are encouraged to participate in sports, clubs, and social activities offered on campus and in the community. This is the best way to meet local people and enjoy the cultural experience of this program. Additional information is available by clicking on the host institution link under the Courses and Credit tab.
Internships may be available in the summer following the year program. Students must already have the Tier 4 Student Visa and are responsible to make their own internship arrangements. However, the UCEAP Study Center can help identify and approach the company, provide a letter of recommendation, and help with the required application or resume.
This program is overseen by the EAP Study Center in London. Local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Browse the links below for more detailed information about courses and credit, housing and meals, location, and special opportunities offered at each English University location.
Select a host institution for specific information on courses and credits.
Indicates quarter term
Use the EAP Program Search
to compare the general areas of study available at each English university, then explore specific courses offered through the institution links above.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 to 24 UC quarter units are required each semester or 14 to 16 units per quarter. A total of 42 to 48 UC quarter units are required each year.
These units apply to all institutions in the English Universities program.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Fall||11 - 18||21||14||$5,350 - 7,400||$8,150 - 10,250|
|Spring||16 - 25||21||14||$7,500||$11,600 - 13,650|
|Year||37 - 39||42||28||$13,550||$17,000 - 20,450|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Cost of attending the host university
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Optional excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Local transportation
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page
for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for United Kingdom (England & Scotland)
AASAP Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship
BUTEX North American Scholarship Program
The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards scholarships to undergraduates from the USA or Canada to study at a BUTEX-affiliated UK university for a semester or year. Scholarships provide £500. Find out more
Snowdon Awards Scheme for Students with Disabilities
This program provides funding for students with a physical or sensory disability who are studying at a college or university in the UK. Grants of up to £2,500 are awarded to help cover disability-related costs. Find out more
Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: • Brunel University of London: Students with a 2.85 cumulative GPA may applyGPA Note
: • Imperial College London: Students with a GPA in the 2.85-2.99 range should submit a letter from an engineering faculty who can explain this GPA and the student’s potential for success in the programGPA Note
: • King’s College London: 3.3 cumulative GPA is required for all subjectsGPA Note
: • University College London: 3.3 cumulative GPA is required for all subjects. Economics will not consider applications with a GPA below 3.5
: • University of Bristol: 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for all subjects. Fall is open to Humanities and Social Science majors only, due to lack of early assessment for other majorsGPA Note
: • University of East Anglia: Students with a 2.85 cumulative GPA may apply
: • University of Kent: Students with a GPA in the 2.95-2.99 range should submit a letter explaining the GPA and how the student plans to increase it to Kent’s preferred 3.0 GPA
: • University of Leeds: Students with a 2.85 cumulative GPA may apply. 3.3 major GPA is required for all English classes
: • University of London, Queen Mary: 3.0 minimum GPA
: • University of London, Royal Holloway: 3.3 cumulative GPA is required for Drama and History
: • University of Manchester: Students with a GPA in the 2.95-2.99 range should submit a letter explaining the GPA and how the student plans to increase it to Manchester’s preferred 3.0 GPA
: • University of Sussex: Students with a 2.85 cumulative GPA may apply
: • University of Warwick: 3.0 minimum GPA
Other Eligibility Requirements:
• Imperial College London Year: Students must be majors in engineering fields or computer science. Aeronautical engineering is not available for UCEAP students.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the host institution.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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