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  Location   London, United Kingdom
  Autumn Semester / Academic Year
  Spring Semester (winter + spring quarter)
  Credits   18-24 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.3 GPA
  Language   Instruction in English
  Adviser   Mike Renes |
  Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  Spring Semester priority deadline
  May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General   UCL was ranked 4th in the world in the 2010
  QS World University Rankings. UCL is located
  at the very heart of London, a leading global
  city that provides students with an unparall-
  eled international and urban experience.
  Students should be aware that this exchange
  is very competitive and space is limited.
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations

This university also offers a summer school option. For more information, visit University College London Summer School.

Where You Will Study

London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is the world's largest financial centre alongside New York City and has the largest city GDP in Europe. It has the most international visitors of any city in the world and London Heathrow is the world's busiest airport by number of international passengers. London's 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutions in Europe.

London has a diverse range of peoples, cultures and religions and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries. In July 2010 Greater London had an official population of 7,825,200, making it the most populous municipality in the European Union. UCL is located at the very heart of London and is well served by transport links from all over the city, including King's Cross and Euston Station.



University College London was founded in 1826. It is truly international in its makeup, with 34% of UCL students coming from outside the UK, attracted from nearly 140 countries around the globe. The academic year at UCL begins in September and is divided into three terms that are roughly equivalent to UW's fall, winter and spring quarters. Most teaching takes place in the first and second terms (equivalent to UW's fall and winter quarters), with the third term (equivalent to UW's spring quarter) normally reserved for examinations although some teaching may take place as well. Although generally speaking students may study at UCL for the Fall, Spring, or Academic Year, some departments only admit students for particular semesters.

When compared to American university courses, first and second-year courses in England are typically more advanced and akin to Junior and Senior-level courses in the United States. Due to the highly specialized and structured compositions of the curricula, UW exchange participants should have a background in their proposed area of study and not plan to enroll for courses in more than one or two specializations. Depending on their background, students choose from an extensive range of courses available from UCL's undergraduate degree programs, including European Cultural Studies, Modern Languages, European Social & Political Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Social & Historical Sciences, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, and more.

In general, British universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. Although many courses are designed as full-year units, most at UCL allow students the option to enroll on a quarter or per-term basis. Classes generally meet as large lectures, seminars, group discussions and/or tutorials. Lectures, seminars and discussions are similar to those taught at the UW in terms of size and general format. Tutorials are smaller discussions with the professor teaching the course.

You can begin your search for courses right here:

UCL course information

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Students are strongly encouraged to apply for university accommodations with UCL. Student housing is an exceptional way to meet British students and to integrate into campus life. Although university housing is not guaranteed, most international student applications are accepted as long as students apply by the housing deadlines. Housing in London outside of university accommodations can be extremely expensive due to UCL's prime location and also the high cost of living in London in general.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.

See  Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University College London Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

University College London Exchange.pdf

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email