University College London Summer Virtual Language Standalone Program

Language Standalone
Times Top 100
Delivery Method:
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.

Take your English language to the next level during your summer break

Dive into the idiosyncracies of British life and culture

Personal support on course content, assignments, and activities from expert

Strong focus on content and interaction with the flipped classroom approach

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:
Academic Level:
Academic Strengths:
Anthropology, Sociology & Gender, Biological & Physical Sciences, History, Philosophy & Religion, Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies, English

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Former SAF Scholar

I felt reassured throughout the entire process, no matter what problem came up they were able to be resolved. Also, I was introduced to my teachers and classmates, every thing was very well handled. 

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

In UCL's summer English language program, you are in classes of no more than 15 students, so you get high levels of individualized attention and feedback on your language abilities.

Your objectives on this course are:

  • Improved English language skills
  • More confidence in communicating in English
  • Better understanding of British life and culture

Instructors assign your tasks and provide flipped classroom learning for you to complete as your schedule allows. You'll watch lectures, take notes, and complete interesting assignments, viewing PowerPoint presentations as the teacher explains the content, and contribute to engaging online discussions. You also work on peer review assignments, and grammar/vocabulary practice activities. The synchronous and asynchronous parts of the program are clearly presented, so you understand how to work together to support your language and academic skills development. 

Your instructors are available during office hours to help you with questions about the course content, assignments, and activities.

Explore Beyond the Classroom

SAF Beyond the Classroom is a collection of services provided to students enrolled in virtual courses with SAF. Join weekly virtual classes exclusively available to SAF students to enhance your online coursework experience.

Participate in:

  • Weekly discussion groups
  • Virtual campus tours
  • SAF-only university-hosted private virtual events
  • Western culture experiences
  • Expert lectures
  • Career advice
  • Trivia nights
  • …and more

Students who successfully complete an SAF program receive a program completion certificate from SAF, alongside their Western universities completion certificates, and potentially can receive support in obtaining any recommendation letters from their professors.


Course Registration 

SAF automatically enrolls you in courses. Courses are designed as a set list based on the program.

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

There are no specific language requirements, but students on the course usually have levels of English in the following ranges:

  • IELTS: 4.5 to 7.5
  • TOEFL iBT:  45 to 109

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.

Summer 2023

Program dates:
Mid August - Late August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization, we’ve set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. Regardless of your type of study, we have your back and support your health and safety in the virtual world, too.
24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you throughout your enrollment

Program-Specific Information

Heath and safety information prepared based on your program

Help In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to wellbeing services

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office that advocates for your interests


Admissions Support

We guide you through your digital admission process and help you interact with your intended university

Exclusive Welcome

Meet your tutors, SAF Staff, fellow SAF Scholars at the beginning of your study abroad virtual experience

Connect With Classmates

We arrange digital social activities and cultural events, so you meet other SAF Scholars and local students

Get Digital

We get you set up and settled into your secure digital learning campus, so you’re confident in your new learning environment

Beyond The Classroom

The pre-course tailored virtual orientation encourages you to get the most of your digital overseas study experience

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 Virtual Programs

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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