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!
Students receive an official transcript from University College London upon successful completion of their program.
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.
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)
- English Language and Literature
- European Languages, Culture, and Society
- European Social and Political Studies
- Greek and Latin
- Hebrew and Jewish Studies
- History of Art
- Law (Year)
- Mathematics (Spring and Year)
- 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)
- Architecture (Year)
- Biochemical Engineering (Year)
- Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience
- Biological Sciences
- Chemical Engineering (Year)
- Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
- Computer Science
- Earth Science
- Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Spring and Year)
- Fine Art
- 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
- Population Health
- Project Management for Construction (Year)
- Psychology and Language Sciences
*Band (category) 3 departments
- Creative Writing
- Liberal Arts
- Public Health
*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.
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.
- 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