Study abroad in England with IFSA

University College London Partnership

Program Overview

One of the world’s top ten universities and the oldest member of Britain’s Russell Group, UCL is known for research-based teaching and true city living. Highlights include a vibrant arts scene—witness the annual opera production and highly competitive studio arts at The Slade—plus new programs in global citizenship and international health.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

September 15

Minimum GPA

3.30

Credit load

16

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University College London Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Open UCL’s online course catalog to see a list of available courses.

At University College London, a full course load consists of 16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester or 32 U.S. semester credit hours per year. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select.

30 UCL credits = 8 U.S. semester credits

15 UCL credits = 4 U.S. semester credits

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Note that study abroad students at UCL may only enroll in FHEQ level 4, 5, or 6 classes. In selecting your classes, you should be aware of any prerequisites neccessary to enroll.

  • Level 4 classes are introductory classes generally suitable for students with no previous undergraduate study in the subject. See exceptions in the department list below.
  • Level 5 classes are intermediate classes broadly equivalent to junior year classes in the U.S. Applicants should have taken at least 3-4 classes in the subject.
  • Level 6 classes are advanced classes equivalent to senior year or master’s classes in the U.S. Applicants should have taken at least 6-7 classes in the subject, and the subject should also be the student’s major.

For most subjects you can jointly apply to two departments. Please review carefully the exceptions below. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability in advance, contact your IFSA Admissions Counselor as soon as you begin your application.

The following academic units cannot accept study abroad students:

  • Arts and Sciences (BASc)
  • Computer Science
  • English Language and Literature
  • European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS)
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Slade School of Fine Art

The following departments cannot be considered as joint departments:

  • Architecture
  • Bartlett School of Planning
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • Slade
  • Social Sciences

The following departments have additional restrictions or requirements:

BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
These departments require a minimum 3.5 GPA to be considered.

CHEMISTRY
This department requires a minimum 3.5 GPA and a strong background of chemistry and mathematics classes. Students will not be able to take any classes with laboratory work if attending for one semester.

ECONOMICS
If students have already taken Calculus II or Advanced Mathematics, Intermediate Microeconomics and at least Introductory Macroeconomics, then they will have a large range of classes to choose from in the Economics Department. All other students will have a more restrictive choice of classes. Economics classes in the UK have a strong statistical basis. Students who are not accepted directly into the Economics Department will be unable to take classes above Level 1 within this department. The Slavonic and East European Studies Department offers alternative economics classes.

ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
This department only accepts applications from full-year and spring-only students; fall-only students will not be considered.

HISTORY OF ART
This department admits only history of art majors. Fine art majors will not be considered.

LANGUAGES
The Center for Languages and International Education (CLIE) is not a department; therefore, students cannot apply to it. It is possible to take classes within this center, but that must be arranged upon arrival at UCL. Languages may also be studied via European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) and Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), among other schools and departments.

LAW
Since law modules run over the entire academic year, classes are available only to full-year students.

MATHEMATICS
This department only accepts applications from full-year and spring-only students; fall-only students will not be considered. Prerequisite knowledge will apply to all modules, across a range of breath and depth.

NEUROSCIENCE
This department requires a minimum 3.7 GPA to be considered.

POLITICAL STUDIES
This department requires a minimum 3.5 GPA with a strong background of political science classes. Spring 2023 applicants are asked to choose an alternative department such as SSEES, The Americas, History, or Anthropology.

SOCIAL SCIENCES
This department only accepts applications from full-year and spring-only students; fall-only students will not be considered. It requires a minimum 3.5 GPA to be considered.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least two (2) years of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.

Visa Requirement

  • Fall or Spring Term: Not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.
  • Academic Year: A visa is required for all students.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control—including local government regulations and health protocols—could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:

  • London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
  • London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
  • Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:

  • The Square Mile Tour: The City of London, also known as the Square Mile, is just over one mile of the capital city. But what a mile it is. The Square Mile is the oldest part of London, dating back to 43 A.D. when the Romans christened it Londinium. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to Borough Market, the Bank of England to Tower Bridge, this walking tour will give you an exclusive glimpse into the London of old and new.
  • London Graffiti and Street Art Tour: Get ready to experience the very best London has to offer in street art and graffiti during our urban street art adventure through the amazing painted streets of Shoreditch, East London and the surrounding areas. See work by some of the world’s most famous street artists including Banksy, Ben Eine, Obey, Roa, C215 and 100s more. We introduce you to all the various types of street art from street sculpture to stencils, wheat pastes and stickers. In addition to schooling you in graffiti art and explaining the different styles of lettering and techniques used in street art, the tour will really open your eyes to the graffiti/street art around you, as well as the meaning behind the graffiti.
  • Stonehenge and Bath Visit: Stonehenge has stood on Salisbury Plain for around 5,000 years and it’s still unknown how the prehistoric monument came to rest there! Make up your own mind during this visit and discover the fascinating theories behind these rocks. You’ll learn about Stonehenge from the fascinating exhibits and be able to enjoy a virtual sunrise as it rises over the prehistoric stones! Afterward, travel to the Roman city of Bath for a walking tour of this World Heritage city once home to Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Gainsborough, Lord Nelson, and Beau Nash. Then prepare to travel back 2,000 years to the Roman era with a visit to the Roman Baths.
  • Piers and Queers Brighton Trip: Since the 18th century Brighton has become a cosmopolitan place of recreation, escape, and freedom. A destination for people who didn't conform. With an LGBTQ+ population now estimated at 15%, Brighton celebrated England's first civil partnerships, and hosts the UK’s largest Pride event as well as Europe's first Trans Pride, rightly earning its title as the LGBTQ+ Capital of Britain. Peers and Queers is a tour of Brighton from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer perspective, in a colorful 90-minute walk along the beach and historic city center taking in more than 200 years of history including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life, and political activism. Afterward, there’s time for a walk on the pier and fish and chips, just watch out for seagulls!
  • Windsor Castle and Eton College Tours: Take a full-day tour to the beautiful Berkshire towns of Windsor and Eton. Visit the queen's home at Windsor Castle which has more than 900 years of royal history and is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. After lunch it will be on to Eton, home of the world-famous Eton College founded in 1440. Eton has educated generations of British and foreign aristocracy and members of the Royal family including Princes William and Harry, and British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and David Cameron.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

Self-Catering;Some Included

Details

Depending on the housing you are assigned, you may have some meals included in the residence hall/dormitory housing fee or self-catered apartments/flats. (Supplemental fees sometimes apply). All of UCL's housing is scattered throughout London and you should be prepared for a commute of 15 to 40 minutes by bus or tube to your classes.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Spring 2023

January 3, 2023

June 10, 2023

$31,225

September 15

Fall 2023

Mid-September 2023

Mid-December 2023

$25,995 (estimated)

March 1

Spring 2024

Early January 2024

Mid-June 2024

$31,225 (estimated)

September 15

Academic Year 2023-2024

Mid-September 2023

Mid-June 2024

$47,500 (estimated)

March 1

Term

Spring 2023

Term begins

January 3, 2023

Term ends

June 10, 2023

Program costs

$31,225

Application deadline

September 15

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Mid-September 2023

Term ends

Mid-December 2023

Program costs

$25,995 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 1

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Early January 2024

Term ends

Mid-June 2024

Program costs

$31,225 (estimated)

Application deadline

September 15

Term

Academic Year 2023-2024

Term begins

Mid-September 2023

Term ends

Mid-June 2024

Program costs

$47,500 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 1

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