UCL was founded in 1826 and is located in the heart of London. UCL has a well-established Study Abroad program, welcoming students from colleges and universities around the world. Over 900 study abroad students seek UCL each year from most parts of the world, including the USA, Canada and Latin America, from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea, from Australia and from all over Europe. UCL tries to ensure students gain the maximum benefit from their year or semester abroad. Study abroad students will attend classes with regular degree students and will have the same course load, academic support and access to student services. Thus they will not only gain from the experience of studying in a different system but also from full integration with UK and other international students in classes. In return, UCL expects its students to be serious-minded in their wish to study; they must be willing to participate, keen to learn, and prepared to expend time and effort on their studies in order to reap the rewards of their time at UCL.
The program at UCL is organized around a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorial sessions; the department is a traditional one like our own and is ranked as one of the finest in Britain. Students must take 4 courses for a total of 15-16 WU units per semester. At least two of the courses must be within the admitting UCL department. English majors must take all 4 classes within the English department unless they apply to a 2nd department, in which case they would take 2 English classes and at least 1 in the secondary department. Students who wish to take classes in select departments must first be admitted by that department.
Location and Student Life
UCL is a prestigious British institution of higher education. It is located in central London in the vicinity of other Colleges and libraries comprising the University of London. London's appeal is obvious and hardly needs description, but there's very little of what you might call a "campus" in London. UCL is located just north of Oxford Street and the British Museum. Students enjoy being in the center of the British capital, with its culture, arts, politics, government, media, etc. London has over 200 museums, 150 theatres, 34,000 shops, 5,700 pubs, and 8,000 acres of parklands. The UCL Union provides many clubs and activities and hosts regular events and entertainments. For students wanting to socialize and relax, the Union provides a number of bars and cafés.
Students at UCL usually live in university housing, but are occasionally obliged to live in independent flats.
Students can study at UCL for a full academic year or for one semester during the academic year.
Term Dates Application Deadline
Academic Year mid September - mid June February 1
Fall mid September - mid December February 1
Spring early January - mid June May 1
Minimum 3.5 GPA (both overall and within the major) for English majors. At least three courses of prior or current academic work relevant to the area to be studied at UCL. Students apply directly to a department.