There is something irresistible about London. Maybe it’s the sights like Big Ben or the Tower Bridge that already feel familiar. Or the international character that is evident in every neighborhood, where people of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds live and work together. Whatever it is that has drawn you to London, don’t look back now—London awaits!
This is your chance to live and learn alongside students from the UK and around the world by directly enrolling at University College London. IES Abroad London is dedicated to enhancing your study abroad experience with superior student services and opportunities to fully experience life in London. Our staff in London will help you make the most of your experience abroad. London will be your classroom. Involvement in the local community or a student club enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration. W
e want you to feel at home in England, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. Our housing options provide you opportunities to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with the city of London.
- Center: IES Abroad London
- City: London
- Country: England
- Program Credits: 16 per semester
- Language of Instruction: English
- Language Prerequisites: None
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
September 13 - December 15
Late December - Early June
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
Spring 2019 - September 14, 2018
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with University College London.
University College London
Founded in 1826, University College London (UCL) enrolls more than 23,000 students representing more than 140 countries. One of the top ranked universities worldwide, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students without regard to religion, race, gender, or class. More than 21 Nobel Prize winners are from the UCL community.
Students usually apply to one or sometimes two academic departments and then select courses from these and/or other departments. You enroll in four courses (16 credits) per semester. The UCL undergraduate program consists of a series of lectures, seminars, and tutorials (and lab classes if enrolling in science subjects). Tutorial classes are much smaller than lecture courses and, in some departments, are taught on a one-on-one basis. UCL offers a wide range of disciplines, with particular strengths in:
For a complete list of current classes, see UCL's list of subjects. UCL also opens up their Arts and Sciences (BASc) module to students staying for one semester or more. Important note: Some departments, such as Management Science and Innovation, are only available to Academic Year and Spring semester students. Also, some subjects may require an additional fee. See the Costs tab for more information. Also, some subjects – such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Computer Science, Engineering, Fine Arts, Geography, Psychology, Management Science (includes Finance, Marketing, and other business subjects), and the Sciences – require an additional fee. More information on this fee is in the Cost section at left. Students who are unsure whether their intended subject(s) of study will incur the fee should check the online discipline guide (link above) and contact their predeparture advisor to discuss if they are unsure whether they will incur the additional fee.
Advising & Support
Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us.
Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process. But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in London, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.
The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff is there for you.
Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our London-based IES Abroad staff is available to support you. Because of our close relationship with the universities in London, IES Abroad is also able to offer you unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Our staff in London accompanies you throughout orientation, as well as at the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home. As part of our direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options meet our safety and security standards. Student Houses - UCL offers self-catering accommodation in student houses. Kitchens are provided where you may prepare your food, or meals may be bought from the various food outlets on the main UCL campus. All rooms have computer portals.
IES Abroad Orientation Upon arrival in London, you participate in an introductory orientation with the IES Abroad London staff. Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, the IES Abroad orientation program introduces you to your direct enrollment program, your fellow students, and to London. Other highlights may include a bus tour of London and other cultural activities. In addition, you will learn about the teaching methods of British professors of your host institution. University Orientation You will also attend SOAS’ orientation, where you get acquainted with the logistics of student life.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:
- Touring Parliament, royal palaces, and gardens
- Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
- Outings to London’s diverse markets
- Going to world-class performances at London's many entertainment venues
University Clubs & Events
The UCL student union is a great way for international students to further integrate into local student life. The union sponsors more than 140 clubs and societies, and each year, approximately 8,000 students choose to participate.
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
- 3.3-3.7 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (3.7 for Economics Dept, 3.3 for History Dept, and Psychology Dept, 3.5 for English Dept, 3.5 for Management Dept.) Applicant’s GPA must meet published GPA requirement for area/department of study to considered
- Junior or senior standing when program begins.
Passport & Visa Requirements
A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa may be required to enter England. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information. If you're studying with IES Abroad in England, you may be eligible to use the IES Abroad ACCeSS program. ACCeSS is our visa processing service in which we submit your visa application and supporting documents to the consulate for you.
- Tuition: $15,695
- Housing: $4,975
- Insurance: $230
- Total: $20,900
- Tuition: $28,235
- Housing: $13,475
- Insurance: $455
- Total: $42,165
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.