University College London

United Kingdom

Language of instruction


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 Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Term 2 & Term 3 (Spring & Summer Terms) January–June
Semester 2 Term 1 (Autumn Term) September–December

Students on exchange in UQ Semester 1 are required to attend both Term 2 (teaching term) and Term 3 (assessment term).

UCL is available for single-semester exchange only (except for Chemical Engineering and Physics and Astronomy where a full-year exchange is compulsory).

View the UCL academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

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

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

2.0 UCL course units, or 30 ECTS, is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

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.

To be eligible, you must have completed 2 years of study at university within the fields of study chosen at UCL.

Find courses

Search the UCL course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

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. 

Study areas taught in English

Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Geotechnical engineering
History and ancient history
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International relations
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Political science
Public policy

Course restrictions

You can select courses in up to 2 study areas, but 50% of your course load must be within your host study area (admitting department).

Exchange programs at UCL are limited to:

  • Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences 

The following programs are available to exchange students, but cannot be your host study area (admitting department):

  • Political Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics

The following programs are only available in Spring Term (UQ Semester 1):

  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Management Science and Innovation
  • Mathematics and Statistics

Students are unable to take courses from the following departments in 2020:

  • Computer Sciences 

Additional academic information

Students who have completed Physics or Chemistry courses at UQ will be considered stronger applicants for Biomedical Sciences courses at UCL.

UCL pays particular attention to personal statements, taking note of any relevant experience or interest’s applications have declared.

UCL has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


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.

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. Students may also be eligible to apply for an accommodation bursary from UCL. 


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.