University College London
Program Site: University College London (UCL) campus in central London
Eligibility: Art History, Earth Sciences/Geological Sciences, Psychology, and Neuroscience majors with a relevant academic background, a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA, and completion of two years of college before the start of the program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 is required, but some subject areas expect at least 3.5 and a good background in the relevant areas. It is strongly recommended that all PSYC majors have taken at least 4 major courses, as well as PSYC Statistics, PSYC Research Methods and WRIT340, prior to studying abroad. NEUR majors should have also completed at least 4 PSYC courses, as well as Biology and Chemistry. AHIS majors must have completed at least 4 major courses.
Description: UCL is a constituent college of the University of London and was the first university to be established in the city. Consistently ranked among the top five universities in the UK, it has the largest research income of any UK university and counts 19 Nobel Prize winners among its past staff and students, including Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the double-helical structure of DNA.
UCL has a total student population of 19,400, about a third of which come from outside the UK. It admits over 800 study abroad students each year to study alongside British students. Its urban campus lies in the heart of London within walking distance of the British Museum, British Library and the West End.
Academics: This program is currently open to Psychology, Neuroscience, Earth Sciences/Geological Sciences, and Art History majors only. Students must take at least half of their courses in one of these departments; the remainder can be chosen from any of UCL’s other 41 departments except English. Every department has an Affiliate Tutor who offers academic advice and support to study abroad students.
Course load and Credit: Students take four courses and can earn a maximum of 12 units for the fall semester or 15 for the spring. View courses on the UCL Study Abroad Guide.
Activities and Other Program Features: UCL has over 140 clubs and societies - cultural, sports, arts, religious, media, departmental and more. Students enrolled at UCL also become members of the University of London Student Union, which has recreational facilities and organizes a number of events for students from all over the city.
In addition, the USC UK Resident Coordinator leads several excursions in England and Scotland each semester, which are open to all students attending UK universities through USC Dornsife overseas programs.
Accommodations: Students are guaranteed dormitory housing in single rooms. Double rooms are available upon request. Although some dormitories have meal plans, most are ‘self-catering’ with clusters of rooms on the same floor sharing kitchen facilities. UCL is an urban campus with most accommodation located within walking distance.
Dates: Fall or Spring. Fall semester runs from mid September to late December, spring semester runs from early January to early June.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 4/29/14
Text Updated: 12/11/12
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.