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Arts+Sciences (University College London)

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Information for term Arts+Sciences (University College London)

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

March 15, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 25 – Dec 17, 2021 (12 weeks)*
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.3 Overall GPA


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Immerse yourself in London’s bustling university life at CIEE’s top-ranked partner school, University College London, renowned internationally for its outstanding reputation. From arts and humanities, to social and historical sciences, you’ll find challenging coursework across academic disciplines to advance your degree including engineering, law, biomedical sciences and more. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Live in the heart of London

    UCL is located in Bloomsbury, the academic heart of London, and is surrounded by academic and professional institutions, parks, and museums.

  • Take advantage of

    more than 120 student clubs and societies, and a dynamic volunteering unit.

  • Take classes in

    arts and humanities, engineering, law, architecture and design, history, and sciences with students from more than 140 countries.

  • restaurants

  • red double-decker buses

  • colleges and universities


Location & Culture

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London’s history stretches back to the Romans and houses four World Heritage Sites, world-renowned museums, and gorgeous parks. A contemporary global city, London is home to almost 9 million people from all over the world, is a major financial center, and leading hub for the arts. Students enjoy discovering London’s many eclectic neighborhoods and activities.

The Culture


  • Take a three-day excursion and see more of the UK – England, Wales, or Scotland.
  • Explore London’s highlights - the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the British Museum, East London’s street art scene, and more.
  • Experience the contemporary entertainment scene by attending sporting events, concerts, and theater.
  • Stop by the dynamic student union at UCL and select from a wide-range of clubs and activities.  
  • Join a sports team or workout at UCL gyms and fitness facilities.


Volunteering. Through the UCL student union, students can connect with a range of organizations throughout London that are in need of support.

Daily Life

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    Residence halls or shared apartments: centrally located in Bloomsbury, Farringdon, or Kings Cross. Students share twin or triple rooms.


    Meals are not provided - students have access to cooking facilities to prepare their own meals.

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Where You'll Study

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    Getting Around

    Students walk or take London’s Underground to get to and from housing and campus.


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The Arts + Sciences program at UCL is designed for disciplined students who are highly motivated, think creatively, and are eager to experience a different culture.

University College London (UCL). This challenging and highly selective top-ranked U.K. university has an excellent reputation. Founded in 1826, UCL is the largest college within the University of London and was the first to admit students of any religion and social background as well as women on equal terms with men. Nearly 40 percent of students are international and come from more than 140 countries. The campus provides a cloistered environment with cosmopolitan surroundings.


Students must have a GPA of at least 3.3. 

Students who plan to take courses in economics, English, history, or psychology need a 3.5 GPA.

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students must be at least juniors, although second-semester sophomores with strong applications will be considered.

Program Requirements

Students must enroll in 4 courses for a total of 16 credits.

Program Credit

Total credit: 16 U.S. semester/24 quarter credits

Course Credit

University College London courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; typically, 30-50 contact hours

Academic Culture

Students notice striking differences in the British model, which is less structured and requires students to take more responsibility and initiative. The CIEE staff supports students as they adapt to this new style. Students take a series of lecture courses, which may include seminars, tutorials, and labs. Students are expected to prepare in advance for seminars and tutorials by researching topics for discussion, writing essays, or solving problems. Students spend at least as much time studying as they spend in class. Each study abroad student has a UCL tutor for support. Students participating in the U.S. spring semester must attend UCL for spring and summer terms, and there is a four-week break between terms.

Class Format

Students take UCL classes with British students as well as other CIEE and international students.


Assessment varies by course and department. Where possible, students are assessed in the same manner as their UCL peers. Academic year and spring semester students take the year-end exam during the UCL summer term. Fall semester students are assessed with a special exam or end of term paper.

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Course Information

Course Notes

  • Students are admitted to one UCL department and must take at least half of their classes in that department
  • Occasionally students may be admitted to two departments

Fall 2021 Courses and syllabi will be available here in January 2021.


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Below is a list of some of the most popular departments for study abroad students. For a full list of departments available at UCL, please refer to the University College London website.

  • Anthropology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • European Languages, Culture, and Society
  • European Social and Political Studies
  • Fine Art*
  • Global Health
  • Greek and Latin
  • Hebrew and Jewish Studies
  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology and Language Sciences
  • Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Statistical Science

*Note that applicants to the Fine Art department must submit a portfolio to be considered.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Flight Voucher

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2021 12 weeks Mar 15, 2021 Sep 25, 2021* Dec 17, 2021*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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