London Summer Direct Enrollment – University College London (Session I)


Program Description


Why London?

Live and learn like a local student this summer in London when you enroll and take classes at the world-renowned University College London (UCL). From social sciences to health, physical sciences, and more, there’s something for everyone at UCL.

What You'll Study

This program offers an academic experience unlike any other. Whether you enroll in Session I, Session II or both, learn from leading academics in small class sizes, and get to know your classmates—who come from 150+ different countries around the world! Outside of the classroom, you’ll enjoy well-located housing, course-related field trips, and social events to make the most of your time in London. With its uniquely rich architecture, history, and beyond, we think you’ll find that there’s no place like London to spend your summer.

Daily Life

Outside of class, UCL offers a range of cultural events in and around London like comedy shows, quiz nights, visits to historical and cultural attractions, West End shows, an end-of-summer boat party, and more. Some events will be included in the program cost, others may require an additional cost.


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.


Our London Summer Direct Enrollment Program is divided into two sessions, each spanning three weeks. You choose to attend one session or both sessions, and you take one 4-credit course per session. Course options cover a variety of fields, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Computer Science
  • Crime & Security
  • Culture, Literature & the Arts
  • Economics, Business & Management
  • Geography & Urban Studies
  • History & Philosophy
  • Law
  • Medical Sciences
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Psychology & Human Behavior
  • Science & Mathematics

A proposed list of modules for Summer 2020 is available through this link. Please note: Courses are subject to change at the discretion of UCL.

Partner Institution(s)

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.

Advising & Support

In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you’ll take your classes, we’re still here to fully support you.


Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming—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.

On-Site Staff

As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at a local British university, you have access to the IES Abroad London Center and staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety.


Our support services for direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals. 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.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in London, we encourage you to take advantage of field trips that will take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are offered by UCL but will be subsidized by IES Abroad, so additional costs may apply. Possible destinations may include:


1 Day | Summer

Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in London is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


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.

University Orientation

You also attend UCL's orientation, where you get acquainted with the logistics of student life and your classes. Activities include campus tours and a welcome event.


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 Residence Hall - You will live in a student residence hall single bedroom with a shared kitchen and access to laundry and WiFi. Residences are located within walking distance of UCL. No meals are provided.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in London through UCL and IES cultural events, such as:

  • Quiz nights
  • End-of-summer boat party
  • West End shows
  • Comedy nights
  • Visits to historical and cultural attractions
  • Touring Parliament, royal palaces, and gardens
  • Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues


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.

Summer 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2020 $3,205 $1,465 $135 $4,805

Our Center

The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.

Features include:

  • 18th-century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Library resources
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Outdoor patio
  • Staff offices
  • Student lounge
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms

The IES Abroad London Center is recognized by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for meeting or exceeding UK expectations as a quality higher education provider.

Last updated Nov 2019

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