This program allows you to become fully integrated into the academic and social life of Queen Mary, University of London. Fall, spring, and year options are open to you.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
Make sure to check the Academic Guide
for all English Universities to see if Queen Mary, University of London offers the subject areas you want to study.
- Queen Mary, University of London online catalog/course listings. Note that in the UK “course” typically refers to the degree or major and “modules” refer to individual classes. The Associates column in the course catalog indicates whether or not the module is open to UC students – a "Yes" indicates that it is.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
- The Program Guide provides detailed information about the English Universities program.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester; usually 4 courses or 60 Queen Mary, University of London units. A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required per year.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the host institution, although in some cases predeparture preparation may be required.
As part of the University of London, Queen Mary enrolls about 12,000 students in faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Medicine and Dentistry, and Science and Engineering. Strong disciplines include economics, English, history, linguistics, literature, mathematics, modern European languages/literatures, and political science. The Department of English features courses that focus on theoretical and cultural issues as they relate to the study of literature.
Queen Mary is located in London’s East End, a multicultural district with easy access to the city center. Living costs are less expensive than in central London. The university’s location provides students with the opportunity to study and observe the heart of government, media, business, and cultural activity.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Important: Your ability to participate in any internship in the U.K. either for academic credit or life experience depends upon obtaining the correct Tier 4 Student Visa before departure. You must request a CAS number from the host university after acceptance. The CAS number is needed in order to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa.
1. Internships found through the UCEAP London Study Center
Become engaged in internships through the resources of the London Study Center. The Study Center has information on possible internships in the community, including some in the summer after the end of a year program. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the London Study Center and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider.
2. Student - initiated internships
Be creative and design your own internship. Participants have interned at cultural events, at various city councils, and communication companies such as the BBC. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest. Career Development Offices on campus offer excellent guidance on resume or CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we recommend looking at the host institution's online career resources.
"...I decided I wanted to go into public relations. I began by researching all the PR agencies located in Leeds, looking at their websites and blogs to get a sense of the company and whether they would be open to accepting interns. I eventually found a company called MCG PR, a team of women who specialized in public relations for consumer products. [...] Inspired, I started writing a cover letter to them, describing my goals and relating to the post about how it had solidified the notion of my wanting to try my hand at public relations. Working in a tea-induced frenzy, I attached my CV and sent an email to them. The next day, Sarah, one of the partners of MCG, emailed me and asked for my availability, beginning one of the best experiences I’ve had so far while studying abroad. "
Teresa Chang (U.K.-England, University of Leeds)
UCEAP students are responsible to make their own housing arrangements and payments to the housing provider of their choice. Most students choose on- or off-campus dormitories or university-owned housing in the community, while others choose private accommodations in flats or shared houses. All universities have resources to help you find private housing.
Queen Mary will send an accommodation form with its acceptance letter. If the form is returned to Queen Mary by the stated deadline, university housing is guaranteed in one of various types of self-catering residences either on or near the campus. Most of the housing has been built in the last decade with high standards. All rooms are singles, grouped into five to six bedroom flats. Each bedroom has a washbasin, and each group shares a bathroom and kitchen. Laundry and common room facilities are provided. About one-fifth of Queen Mary students live in university housing. The Mile End campus has two new 200-bed halls with full meal contracts. The older halls are about 35 minutes away by Tube (South Woodford). Bed and breakfast or pay-as-you-go meal plans are available. In addition, Queen Mary has opened a 995-room student village and a new Learning Resources Center, greatly increasing computer access. The cost of private housing in London is high.
Past UCEAP students note that France House, Varey House, Maynard House, Lindop House, and Stocks Courts (all self-catering flats) are pleasant residences. Hatton House is more expensive. The East End is the older, lower-income part of the city and you need to be prepared for and able to adjust to this aspect of daily life. Students advise against living along Bancroft Road, where break-ins have occurred, and recommend paying extra for en suite [private bathroom] and in-room Internet access because the convenience is well worth the cost. Students report the telephone system is non-functional in the student housing, but they rented mobile phones for a reasonable price with 60 minutes of free calls per month.
London is the capital of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and is one of the major financial, media, and cultural capitals of the world. Studying here offers you the chance to enjoy an immense range of historical sites, museums, art galleries, concert venues, sports events, shopping, and theaters all a short distance from your university. Take advantage of the many walking tours and tour buses available. The picturesque countryside includes Kew Garden, Canterbury Cathedral, and the town of Windsor. These attractions are only a short train ride away when you need to escape the 24/7 activity of the cosmopolitan city.
The campus is in London’s East End, a multicultural district within easy access of the city center. The location provides the opportunity to study and observe the heart of government, media, business, and cultural activity. Student societies range from Debate to Creative Arts Film and Strictly Come Dancing. The Sports Club offers martial arts and mountain climbing amid the more conventional sports. A volunteer program (called Provide) offers one-day opportunities in various fields.