Is this Program Right for You?
University College London (UCL)
is one of the most prestigious institutions in England, and is the third oldest university in the country. UCL occupies the same location, just north of Oxford Street and the British Museum, as it did when it was founded in 1826.
Studying in England is very different than what you might be used to. Students are expected to study outside of class to retain a large portion of their subject matter. Unlike universities in the United States, the majority of each student's grades in England is based on one or two large assignments or solely on the final test - not on class participation or attendance. This study abroad experience will provides AU students an independent experience with the opportunity to get to know students from Britain and all over the world.
AU students directly enroll in UCL for either a semester or for a full year and earn AU credit. Because you are directly enrolling in UCL, an extensive course catalog is available to you. UCL has one of the widest ranges of degree programs in Britain. Subjects of study include Anthropology, Art, Film Studies, Biology, History and Physics, just to name a few. AU students are integrated into life at UCL, taking classes together with British and other overseas students.
The typical course load at UCL is four courses in a semester with students receiving four AU credits per course. When students apply for admission to study at UCL, they normally apply to one academic department where they will take at least two of their courses. Study abroad students are sometimes admitted to two departments on a joint basis. There is a chance, depending on department, that a student could be denied acceptance for a particular department, but still be admitted to the overall study abroad program at UCL (and take courses in a different department). Acceptance to some UCL departments can be competitive/limited.
See the UCL website for more on course offerings and the academic program.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Life in London
London is truly one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world, offering students an unparalleled environment in which to live and study. Whether your interest is art and theater, politics and economics, or film and music, it can all be found in abundance. Lying close to the center of London in Bloomsbury and within easy reach of the West End, UCL is able to cater to a variety of tastes in culture, social life and sport. Despite its large student body, UCL occupies a relatively compact area within the university quarter of London in a peaceful setting of academic and professional institutions. More on student life at UCL can be found at their website.
Housing and Meals
Students are responsible for applying for and paying for housing directly with UCL and meal arrangements independently. Housing at UCL
is primarily in student halls and houses, the majority of which are within a few minutes walk of campus. UCL Halls of Residence, along with Intercollegiate Halls, are catered, providing breakfast and dinner, while Student Houses offer self-catered flats. The accommodation typically takes the form of single or shared study-bedroom. UCL guarantees housing to all full-year study abroad students who have been admitted and have submitted an application for accommodation. Students who come for less than a full year will be considered for housing, but it cannot be guaranteed. Assistance is provided for students wanting private accommodation.
There are two kinds of visas available to students studying in the UK: the Short Term Study visa and the Tier 4 Student visa. Each visa type has different requirements and stipulations. More visa guidance will be provided after acceptance to the program. Each student is responsible for applying and obtaining the appropriate visa.