University College London Academic Program

Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

Recognized for its progressive and pioneering approach to teaching and research, University College London is one of the finest universities in the world, regularly appearing as a top ten university in a range of respected international rankings. A member of the prestigious Russell Group, the university offers you a first-rate education in the heart of London, named the “most magnetic city in the world” for ten years in a row.

UCL Nobel Laureates every decade since the first Nobel Prize in 1901

Live in London, with easy access to world-class entertainment and culture

The first English university to welcome women and diverse students

Join one of UCL’s many clubs and societies or become a volunteer

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite Level:
GPA Requirements:
Academic Level:
Academic Strengths:
Anthropology, Sociology & Gender, Biological & Physical Sciences, Health Studies, Archaeology, Geography
On-campus apartment
Visa Required:
60 UK credits

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As UCL is always ranked at the top of the list in the UK, it boasts excellent faculty and high-quality education, and also has many smart students.

University College London SAF Alumni

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About the University


As one of the world's very best universities, University College London consistently places in the global top 20 universities in a wide range of world university rankings. Notably, there has been at least one Nobel Laureate from the UCL community every decade since the establishment of the prizes in 1901. 

A member of the prestigious Russell Group, UCL has a maverick tradition of leading the way, being the first English university to admit women as equals to men, living true to its motto: “Let all come who by merit deserve the most reward.”

During your time at UCL, you have access not only to the best in entertainment and social environment but also to cultural and academic resources.

Learn more at UCL's official website


University College London's Academic Approach

UCL promotes interdisciplinary study while remaining a world leader in research, consistently placed in the top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. The Study Abroad Program at UCL is well-established and welcomes over 900 study abroad students each year from most parts of the world.

As a SAF Scholar, you have a fully integrated experience at UCL. You take classes alongside the other degree students, share the same courses/lectures, and have access to the support and facilities available to UCL Students.


Your course registration happens during the International Student’s Orientation Program when you arrive. If you need to get courses approved for credit, you should include some back-up choices in case the courses you’re interested in are unavailable. You submit your course preferences at time of application, and the university considers those courses in its admission decision.

Course & Departmental Restrictions

Some courses and departments have stricter enrollment/application requirements:

  • English Language and Literature is only available if you’re admitted directly to this subject
  • Management Science is only available for full academic year and spring semester programs only, so you’re present for assessment at the end of the academic year (not available for fall only)
  • Economics Level 2 and 3 courses are restricted unless you’ve been admitted to Economics as your main or joint admitting department. Level 1 courses are available as an elective for other departmental students
  • History of Art is only available if you’re a History of Art (Art History) major at your home university. You’re expected to take upper level courses (level 1 courses not available for History of Art students)
  • Political Science is available if you’re a Chinese student, you need an 85% or above GPA on the Chinese grading scale
  • Psychology needs a 3.6+ GPA to apply
  • Computer Science is only available if you’re admitted directly to this subject
  • Architecture - only available if you’re admitted directly to this subject
  • Fine Art (the UCL Slade School) requires you to take your entire credit load in this area – you may not select any other modules
  • Law is only available if you’re admitted directly to the Faculty of Laws from an institution with a pre-existing reciprocal exchange




Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

Requirements vary by program.
*Please see the requirement for each program here 

Different requirements are as follows: 
Standard Level

  • *TOEFL: 92 (24 in reading and writing, 20 in speaking and listening)
  • *IELTS: 6.5 *Minimum sub-score 6.0 
  • *PTE: 62 *Minimum sub-score 59 

Good Level

  • TOEFL: 100 (24 in reading and writing, 20 in speaking and listening)
  • IELTS: 7.0 *Minimum sub-score 6.5
  • PTE: 69 *Minimum sub-score 62 

Advanced Level

  • TOEFL: 109 (24 in reading and writing, 20 in speaking and listening)
  • IELTS: 7.5 *Minimum sub-score 6.5
  • PTE: 75 *Minimum sub-score 62 
  • *IELTS Indicator is acceptable for entry to the 2022/2023 academic year. It must be taken after July 1 2021.
  • *TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition is accepted for entry to 2022/2023 academic year. 
  • *TOEFL iBT MyBest score is not accepted

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2022

Program dates:
Late September - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Fall 2022 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Late September - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Spring 2023

Program dates:
Mid January - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Housing Information

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On-campus apartment

The SAF program fee covers a single room with a shared bathroom in university-managed Arthur Tattersall House, a self-catered hall near the main UCL Bloomsbury campus. There is Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, and a 24-hour reception desk.

The SAF program fee includes break-stay housing for continuing students, but it does not include early arrival housing.

About London

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Why London

London is an urban metropolis with some of the world’s finest museums and galleries. Abundant in industry leaders, global corporates, and forward-thinking business, it's also home 75% of Fortune 500 companies, making this the perfect springboard to launch your future career.

Learn more about London

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

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