If you’re looking for a rigorous and creative academic experience abroad, and the opportunity to explore a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital through cultural and leisure activities, you’ve found it.
In England you’ll enjoy a wide variety of course options through direct enrollment at University College London; coordinated cultural activities; and integration with a local and international student body allowing you to become a participant in the social and intellectual life of perhaps the most dynamic and diverse city in Europe.
Study abroad in London and you will:
Choose from a wide range of courses from art to mathematics, linguistics to physics, and anthropology to philosophy
Live in the heart of London; UCL occupies a compact area surrounded by academic and professional institutions with parks and museums on its doorstep
Integrate with local students through UCL's large and diverse student union, a focus of student life at UCL that includes over 120 Union-affiliated clubs and societies and a Volunteering Services Unit
The CIEE Difference
Enroll directly in one of the top universities in the UK and one of the most diverse, with a study body drawn from over 140 countries. Choose from a variety of courses in departments including the Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Architecture and Design, History and the Sciences.
Cultural Activities and Field Trips
CIEE excursions help students explore all aspects of contemporary London during their stay, including trips to Parliament, sporting events, concerts, and the theater. Each semester also includes a weekend trip to another area within the UK or Ireland. Past participants have had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh, Dublin, and the Welsh Coast.
UCL has a large and diverse Union which forms the focus of student life at UCL. There are over 120 Union-affiliated clubs and societies; cultural, sports, arts, religious, media, and departmental. The groups have access to meeting rooms, rehearsal spaces, and a resource center. The performing arts societies may have the opportunity to perform at UCL’s own West End Theatre.
Students typically earn 16 semester/24 quarter hour credits during the fall or spring semesters and 32 semester/48 quarter hour credits during the academic year.
Each course is typically worth four semester credits.
Study abroad students typically take four courses during the semester and eight during the academic year. Students apply to one academic department where they take at least 50 percent of their courses. Students admitted to a single department are allowed to take one or two courses in another department (without being admitted) after consultation with the appropriate tutor on arrival at UCL. Study abroad students may sometimes be admitted to two departments. This might be advisable if the student has a requirement to take a course which will count towards their major at their home institution. CIEE students may apply to any courses available to study abroad students for which they meet the UCL prerequisites.
Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with over 250 languages spoken in the UK capital. This makes London the most linguistically diverse city in the world. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums (which are all free!) comedy, and theater. For those who want a break in the pace of London life, there is an abundance of green space to be explored in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city.
Where You’ll Study
Ranked as one of the top universities in the UK, University College London (UCL) has a world-class reputation. It is highly selective and offers a very challenging academic experience. Founded in 1826, UCL was the third university in England and is currently the largest college within the University of London. The College was the first to admit students of any religion and social background and the first to admit women on equal terms with men. Today, nearly 40% of the study body comes from outside the UK and from over 140 countries. Despite its large student body, the cluster of UCL buildings, known as the College precinct, provides a compact, cloistered environment conducive to academic pursuit within its cosmopolitan surroundings.
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. Study abroad students are typically housed in single or shared, self-catered rooms with shared kitchens and baths. However, UCL housing cannot be guaranteed and students may be placed in alternate accommodations, in the form of an intercollegiate hall or private residence hall. The UCL student residences are located within a short walk or tube commute of the main UCL campus.
Students are responsible for their own meals during the entire program; however, some meals are provided during orientation. Meals may be taken at cafeterias and University restaurants, at restaurants throughout London, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities.
The CIEE Study Center in London opened in 2000. University College London (UCL) was added as a host institution in 2006. The Arts and Sciences study abroad program is designed for students who are highly motivated, think creatively, and look forward to living in a different culture. Students who apply to study at University College London should be serious minded and motivated to work hard in their chosen discipline. Cross registration among CIEE host institutions is not possible.
CIEE participants will notice a striking difference between the educational system in the United States and Britain. The British educational system allows students greater responsibility and initiative in a less structured environment. This study abroad program is geared towards students who are motivated, self-sufficient, and fully interested in experiencing the British educational system. To aid in this transition, the CIEE London Resident Director will cover these differences during orientation and will be available throughout the semester.
CIEE students take a series of lecture courses. Associated with each lecture course are seminars, tutorials, and possibly laboratory classes. Students are normally expected to prepare work in advance for seminars and tutorials, and this can take the form of researching a topic for discussion, writing essays, or solving problems. Lectures, seminars, and tutorials are all one hour long, while laboratory classes usually last two to three hours.
Much emphasis is put on the private study nature of the British system and students are expected to spend at least as much time studying by themselves as being taught. Each study abroad student has a UCL tutor whom he or she can consult about academic or personal matters.
The fall term at UCL runs from September to December; the spring term runs from January to March; and the summer term runs from April to June. Students participating in the U.S. spring semester attend UCL for the spring and summer terms; there is a four-week break between terms. Students may not enroll for the UCL spring or summer term only.