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Students looking for a prestigious university to study abroad in London need look no further than University College London (UCL). UCL is a modern, outward-looking institution, committed to engaging with the major issues of the day. It is ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the world, and only admits the highest caliber of students.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • 3.3 overall G.P.A. (3.5 and good background in major area of study)
  • Open to juniors and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Program of study statement
  • NOTE: Students should apply to a department in which they have a background of study (major or minor)
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with supporting documents for stays under 6 months or valid passport with student visa for stays over 6 months

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - Up to 16 credits per semester

Students looking for a prestigious university to study abroad in London need look no further than University College London (UCL). UCL is a modern, outward-looking institution, committed to engaging with the major issues of the day. It is ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the world, and only admits the highest caliber of students. More than 25 alumni hold Nobel Prizes, and the university has been named the top research university in the U.K. Over 29,000 students from more than 150 countries call UCL home, and UCL has the highest number of professors of any university in the U.K. UCL was the first university in England to admit students of all races, religions, and classes and the first to give female students equal standing to their male counterparts. UCL was also a pioneer in study abroad, admitting Japanese students as early as 1863!

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from University College London upon successful completion of their program.

Courses

Students study alongside British and other international students and have a wide range of academic departments from which to select. Students must state their preferred admitting department (listed below the colleges in black – e.g. Architecture, Biomedical Sciences, History) on the application, and must take at least half of their coursework in that department (generally 2 courses). Students are advised to select a second choice department in case they are not accepted into their first choice. Most UCL Admitting Departments expect students either to be majoring in that subject area or for it to feature significantly as a minor. This particularly applies to the high demand subject areas such as Economics, English, History etc. Students also have the choice to apply to a “joint department”, meaning that they would apply for acceptance into two departments at once, but we do not advise this as it delays the acceptance process and is generally unnecessary. Students accepted to the School of English may only take modules from the School of English; thus, if a student wants to take non-English modules, they must apply to a second “joint department”.

Much is expected of each student, but equally, much is provided. While UCL values self-motivation and promotes the acquisition of self-directed learning skills, students benefit from an excellent academic infrastructure. There is an emphasis on small-group teaching and UCL enjoys one of the best staff to student ratios in the UK (1:9). In addition to lectures, students benefit from seminars and tutorials and, where appropriate, practical classes. Every study abroad student at UCL is assigned a tutor to ensure that students achieve maximum benefit from lectures and that they develop the necessary study skills to do well in the British academic system.

Certain departments carry restrictions on the kinds and levels of courses available (e.g. students may only take level 2 and 3 courses in the history of art, law, English literature, or economics if they selected those as their admitting departments).

Not all departments are able to admit students every term. Where available we have tried to indicate below which terms these departments can admit students.

Course times, course descriptions and the semester a course is offered are subject to change and no course is guaranteed.

COURSE BANDS

The program price varies based on the admitting department. A breakdown of the departments can be found below.

*Band (category) 1 departments (lower fees)

  • Economics – additional admission requirements may include:
    • High grades in economics and math courses on transcript
    • Evidence of strong math ability (Calculus I and II)
    • NO failed courses on transcript
    • At least one academic reference from relevant subject (economics/statistics/mathematics)
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • European Languages, Culture, and Society
  • European Social and Political Studies
  • Greek and Latin
  • Hebrew and Jewish Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Law (Year)
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics (Spring and Year)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Statistical Science (Spring and Year)

*Band (category) 2 departments (higher fees)

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture (Year)
  • Biochemical Engineering (Year)
  • Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering (Year)
  • Chemistry
  • Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Spring and Year)
  • Fine Art
  • Geography
  • Global Health
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Management Science and Innovation (i.e. Business) (Spring and Year)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Pediatrics and Child Health
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Planning
  • Population Health
  • Project Management for Construction (Year)
  • Psychology and Language Sciences

*Band (category) 3 departments

  • Cinema
  • Creative Writing
  • Liberal Arts
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology

*Students who wish to take courses from Band 1 and 2 may be able to apply under the lower program cost if they are taking 2 or fewer courses from a Band 2 department. In this case, students should apply to the Band 1 department as their admitting department on the API course form.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Students at University College London (UCL) take up to 16 U.S. credits per semester. Course credits at UCL are determined based on how many “units” they are worth. Most UCL courses are worth .5, 1, or 2 units, and a UCL unit is the equivalent of 8 U.S. semester credits – in other words, a .5 unit course is worth 4 U.S. semester credits; a 1 unit course is worth 8 U.S. semester credits.

UCL Courses

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UCL Courses

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Highlights
  • Ranked #4 in the U.K. (#16 in the world); 5th in Arts & Humanities (Slade School) - Times Higher Education Rankings
  • Ranked #1 in the world for Education; top 5 for Archaeology, Architecture/Built Environment, Anatomy & Physiology; top 10 for Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Psychology, Geography, Anthropology - QS World Rankings
  • Founding member of elite Russell Group of universities

Faculty

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    Kelsey Patton

    Kelsey Patton will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - kelsey.patton@apiabroad.com

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    Heather Lees

    Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.

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    Anna McCole

    Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API London programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Harlaxton Manor

    UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE API EVENT!
    Escaping to the countryside, students will experience what life is like at a stately Manor House. They will spend an afternoon at Harlaxton Manor, where they will take a tour of the manor and learn more about the history of the buildings. In addition to this, students will be treated to Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and enjoy a very English lawn sport, Croquet in the grounds of the manor. This is an exclusive excursion just for API as Harlaxton Manor is usually closed to the public.
  • Canterbury

    Kent, located to the south-east of London, is affectionately known as ‘The Garden of England’. Kent is also home to Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students will have the opportunity to visit one of the most-visited and oldest sites in England, Canterbury Cathedral. During their free time, students can explore the town used as the backdrop for Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’.

  • Peaks, Plague, and Puddings

    Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is one of the largest cities in the East Midlands. You can enjoy the National Justice Museum, the Robin Hood Experience, or enjoy all the boutiques and cafes Nottingham has to offer. A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village. In 1665, when plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park. Before heading back to London, students will have a chance to explore a stately home that was once home to the rich and famous of English history
  • Oxford

    The story of Oxford’s beginnings is a mysterious tangle of fact and legend. A Saxon princess and nun called Fridewide established a monastery here 700 AD on the site of Christ Church. A small community grew up around the monastery by the oxen ford (river crossing for oxen) from which Oxford takes its name. During the 12th century, a university gradually evolved within the defensive walls of the market town. Now Oxford is known for punting on the river, picnics, and poetry. The first colleges of Oxford University were Merton College, University College and Balliol College which were founded in 1249-80.

  • Harry Potter Studio Tour

    The Harry Potter Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology, and talent that went into making one of the most successful film series of all time. Students have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes to props and animatronics. Students explore a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. Some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics, will be revealed.

  • Wales Weekend

    Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Every hill, church or standing stone has a story all of its own. Cardiff, the capital city is the location of many Dr. Who scenes, and the Welsh countryside is home to picturesque abbeys and castles painted by many artists through the centuries.

  • Harlaxton Manor

    UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE API EVENT!
    Escaping to the countryside, students will experience what life is like at a stately Manor House. They will spend an afternoon at Harlaxton Manor, where they will take a tour of the manor and learn more about the history of the buildings. In addition to this, students will be treated to Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and enjoy a very English lawn sport, Croquet in the grounds of the manor. This is an exclusive excursion just for API as Harlaxton Manor is usually closed to the public.
  • Cambridge

    Though best known as the home of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge was important long before the University existed. In the first century BC an Iron Age Belgic tribe built a settlement on what is now Castle Hill. Around AD 40 the Romans took over the site and it became the crossing point for the Via Devana which linked Colchester with the legions in Lincoln and beyond. The first scholars didn’t arrive in Cambridge until 1209 and another 75 years passed before Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, the first college. Today Cambridge is the city of crocuses and daffodils on The Backs, of green open spaces, and of cattle grazing only 500 yards from the market square.

  • Harry Potter Studio Tour

    The Harry Potter Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology, and talent that went into making one of the most successful film series of all time. Students have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes to props and animatronics. Students explore a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. Some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics, will be revealed.

  • Wales Weekend

    Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Every hill, church or standing stone has a story all of its own. Cardiff, the capital city is the location of many Dr. Who scenes, and the Welsh countryside is home to picturesque abbeys and castles painted by many artists through the centuries.

  • Harlaxton Manor

    UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE API EVENT!
    Escaping to the countryside, students will experience what life is like at a stately Manor House. They will spend an afternoon at Harlaxton Manor, where they will take a tour of the manor and learn more about the history of the buildings. In addition to this, students will be treated to Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and enjoy a very English lawn sport, Croquet in the grounds of the manor. This is an exclusive excursion just for API as Harlaxton Manor is usually closed to the public.
  • Canterbury

    Kent, located to the south-east of London, is affectionately known as ‘The Garden of England’. Kent is also home to Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students will have the opportunity to visit one of the most-visited and oldest sites in England, Canterbury Cathedral. During their free time, students can explore the town used as the backdrop for Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’.

  • Peaks, Plague, and Puddings

    Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is one of the largest cities in the East Midlands. You can enjoy the National Justice Museum, the Robin Hood Experience, or enjoy all the boutiques and cafes Nottingham has to offer. A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village. In 1665, when plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park. Before heading back to London, students will have a chance to explore a stately home that was once home to the rich and famous of English history
  • Cambridge

    Though best known as the home of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge was important long before the University existed. In the first century BC an Iron Age Belgic tribe built a settlement on what is now Castle Hill. Around AD 40 the Romans took over the site and it became the crossing point for the Via Devana which linked Colchester with the legions in Lincoln and beyond. The first scholars didn’t arrive in Cambridge until 1209 and another 75 years passed before Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, the first college. Today Cambridge is the city of crocuses and daffodils on The Backs, of green open spaces, and of cattle grazing only 500 yards from the market square.

  • Oxford

    The story of Oxford’s beginnings is a mysterious tangle of fact and legend. A Saxon princess and nun called Fridewide established a monastery here 700 AD on the site of Christ Church. A small community grew up around the monastery by the oxen ford (river crossing for oxen) from which Oxford takes its name. During the 12th century, a university gradually evolved within the defensive walls of the market town. Now Oxford is known for punting on the river, picnics, and poetry. The first colleges of Oxford University were Merton College, University College and Balliol College which were founded in 1249-80.

London is a large city, so all students can expect to use public transportation (i.e. tube or bus) to move around the city on a daily basis, both getting to school and for social/cultural activities. It is a part of life in London. Generally, it will take students 20-45 minutes to get to school from their housing. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.

Students will be housed in privately owned student accommodations, that include quality furnishings and areas for socializing. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats. A weekly cleaning service is provided to the communal kitchen/living areas in all API London accommodations.

We are unable to take housing requests. Students will be placed in one of the following three options based on availability and their API program:

Lady Margaret – Kentish Town

The accommodation building is a 4-story, 8-bedroom period townhouse shared among 16 students in double rooms with two single beds in each room. All bedrooms have private bathrooms. The kitchen is a large, shared space with a seating area and TV. Cooking utensils and crockery are provided. Bed linens are also provided but towels are not. There is a free washer and dryer in the building. Students are responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms and bathrooms.

Lady Margaret is located on a quiet residential street within Kentish Town where there are numerous cafes, shops, restaurants, and pubs. All the benefits of the bustling, vibrant area of Camden Town are a short walk away, as are the delights of the large ancient park of Hampstead Heath. The accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the Kentish Town tube stop, where students are able to take the Northern Line into Central London. The travel time from Lady Margaret to the API office is 20-25 minutes, and the travel time to the Westminster Regent campus, Central Saint Martins, and London College of Fashion is 20-30 minutes. Past students have been pleased with this location, as it offers both a quiet neighborhood and easy access to Central London.

Acorn – Bloomsbury

The accommodation buildings are Georgian 18th-century townhouses and are laid out in flats, with 3-11 students within each flat. Standard rooms will be doubles or triples within a co-ed flat or on a co-ed floor. Single bedrooms are extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed. Each flat will have a fully equipped kitchen, including crockery and utensils. Bed linens and towels are provided and there are free laundry facilities in all buildings.

Acorn housing is situated on the Duke of Bedford’s Estate, between Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square and within walking distance of the many attractions of London’s West End including just a 3-minute walk to the British Museum and the API office. The travel time from Acorn to the API office, as well as FSU, is a 10-minute walk, and the travel time to the Westminster Harrow campus is a 45-50 minute tube ride.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included. Meals are not included in these housing options.

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The program price varies based on the admitting department.

The prices below reflect the "Band 1" price.

  • SPRING PRICING: "Band 2" prices require an additional $4,680 fee per semester session, and "Band 3" prices require an additional $2,300 per semester session.
  • FALL PRICING: "Band 2" prices require an additional $4,000 fee per semester session, and "Band 3" prices require an additional $2,000 per semester session.
  • ACADEMIC YEAR PRICING: "Band 2" prices require an additional $8,680 fee, and "Band 3" prices require an additional $4,300 fee.

A breakdown of the departments can be found in the UCL course offerings section. Please contact the API office if you have any questions about the course fee structure at UCL.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep, 2019 - Dec, 2019 $20,880 Mar 15, 2019 Apr 1, 2019
Academic Year Sep, 2019 - Jun, 2020 $45,560 Mar 15, 2019 Apr 1, 2019
Spring Jan 2, 2019 - Jun 8, 2019 $25,680 Sep 15, 2018 Oct 1, 2018