This program allows you to become fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University College London. Fall, spring, and year options are open to you.
You are admitted to one of the following departments: Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, History, Geography, Statistical Science, Earth Science, Biological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Linguistics, Political Science, Institute of the Americas, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Natural Sciences, and the Arts and Sciences (BASc) program. (See the "academic offerings" document below to learn about special requirements for some departments.)
You are required to take two courses in the admitting department per semester and the rest in the departments of your choice as long as you meet the requirements. (Note: If you are admitted to the Arts and Sciences program, you are required to take two courses from the program's Core Courses
, including the Interdisciplinary Electives
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
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 2 University College London credits. 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. A UCEAP Special Study Research Project would be in addition to a full course load.
UCL is located in the Bloomsbury district at the very center of London. The college was established in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class, or religion. UCL was also the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men.
UCL’s research and teaching is organized within 10 faculties, each housing a number of departments. Together they form an academic powerhouse covering the arts, humanities and sciences. The college has the best academic to student ratio in the UK (1:10), enabling small class sizes and outstanding individual support. In addition, UCL is one of the top two universities in the UK for number of professors, which means that its students are taught by the most highly qualified experts in their field.
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.
A UCEAP Special Study Internship Project would be in addition to a full course load.
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, 2012/13)
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.
University College London operates a number of university-owned residences, all located on the north side of the Thames with most in close proximity to the campus. Students can choose Residence Halls for dorm-style catered living, Student Houses for self-catered housing mostly comparable to apartment living, or Intercollegiate Halls for catered housing shared with students from other University of London campuses. All options offer at least basic cooking facilities and laundries, with a majority offering some or all of the following amenities: television rooms, quiet study areas, cycle sheds, access to sports and game facilities, gardens, music practice rooms, and more.
The halls are served by public transportation and access to University College London is by bus, underground, or on foot. Travel times are for the most part very short, and all residences are within 30 minutes of campus by public transport. Transportation costs should be considered when choosing housing.
You will note your choice of housing and the accommodations office will try to meet your request but places in specific halls cannot be guaranteed. You are advised to select as many halls as possible.
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 Gardens, 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 the heart of London, close to the city’s many academic resources and rich cultural opportunities in music, theater, sports, museums, and art galleries. The British Museum, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and the West End are all within walking distance of the college. Be independent and proactive in taking advantage of the many activities offered.