University College London

London
United Kingdom

Language of instruction

English

   Limited places available. Potentially available as a second of third preference.

University College London is London's leading multidisciplinary university and is consistently ranked within the Top 10 universities in the world. Founded in 1826, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any class or religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.

UCL is situated in the historic Bloomsbury region in central London, a location which offers students an unrivalled range of cultural, academic, and business resources.

Semester dates

UQ SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 1Term 2 & Term 3 (Spring & Summer Terms)January–June
Semester 2Term 1 (Autumn Term)September–December

View the UCL academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UCL has online resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 24 September (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 31 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

  • B Advanced Humanities
    Semester 1, 2023
    The highlight of my experience was definitely the friends I made
  • B Advanced Business
    Semester 1, 2023
    Travel was always a major goal for me in choosing the UK and I was fortunate to visit 10 countries while on exchange.
  • B Computer Science
    Semester 1, 2023
    As an exchange student it was great to make local friends, they were so helpful in helping me to accommodate, showing me around the city, sharing important tips to survive in both uni and the city.

Full-time study load

60 UCL credits (FHEQ), or 30 ECTS, is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Host university requirements

GPA

  • You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5 to study at UCL.
  • Biomedical Sciences students will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.

Study Options
You must choose one admission department from the list of departments below and take at least 50% of courses within the chosen department. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Semester Restrictions

  • Students on exchange in UQ Semester 1 are required to attend both Term 2 (teaching term) and Term 3 (assessment term).
  • Mathematics is only offered in a full-year exchange.
  • The School of Management is only offered in UCL's Spring term (UQ Semester 1) or in a full-year exchange.  

Other Restrictions

  • Single degree students: You must have completed 2 years (32 units) of university study, and a minimum of 12 units within your chosen field of study at UCL.
  • Dual degree students: You must have completed 2.5 years (40 units) of university study, and a minimum of 18 units within your chosen field of study at UCL.
  • All students: Each department/subject area at UCL have their own pre-requisites and you must meet these pre-requisites to be considered for UCL. Additionally, each course may have additional pre-requisites that you must meet.
    To find the department/subject area pre-requisites, visit Study Abroad at UCL, select ‘subjects’, select the study area, and the pre-requisites will be outlined or linked.
  • For UCL's Department of Economics- the required modules indicated or their equivalents should be covered and successfully completed prior to arrival at UCL.; these are noted in 'Additional academic information' below.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

Search UCL Subjects (study areas for Exchange/Study Abroad (fee paying), UCL Module catalogue, and go over  'Additional academic information' below. Course restrictions apply, please see "Course Restrictions" below for more information.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Anthropology
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Business administration
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil engineering
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Finance
History and ancient history
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International relations
Marketing
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Public policy
Sociology

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 24 September (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 31 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

Students studying at UCL for a full year are guaranteed a place in university accommodation, provided they apply before the relevant deadline. Single-semester exchange students will normally be allocated housing, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Cost of living

Budgeting for living and day-to-day expenses while on exchange will vary according to your personal needs and wants. UCL suggests budgeting a total of around £390 per week. The university also provides a breakdown of estimated living expenses and additional costs to help you prepare for exchange.

The Which? Student Budget Calculator is also a useful tool to help you create a budget and manage your finances while studying in the UK.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students studying at UCL can apply for a scholarship through BUTEX. BUTEX offers a number of £500 scholarships to students studying on exchange at member institutions.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students who are making an application for a visa of more than 6 months will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge (IHS) for access to the National Health Service (NHS) whilst on their studies in the UK.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 24 September (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 31 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UCL provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the British High Commission for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 24 September (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 31 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)