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London, England

Arts+Sciences (University College London)

Study Program

Dates

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12 weeks

Costs

Credit

16 semester hours

24 quarter hours

Eligibility

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Dates

TBD

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24 quarter hours

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Dates

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22 weeks

Costs

Credit

16 semester hours

24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

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Tentative Dates

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23 weeks

Credit

16 semester hours

24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Overview

University College London is one of CIEE's top-ranked partner schools and is internationally renowned for its reputation in teaching and research. From arts and humanities to social science, history, and STEM, you'll find challenging coursework across various academic disciplines to advance your degree. Outside the classroom, you will have every opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities and excursions organized by CIEE beyond the city to ensure you have an enriching experience of living and studying in England's most famous city.

Unique Experiences

LIVE IN THE HEART OF LONDON

UCL is located in Bloomsbury, the academic heart of London. It 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.

6,138

RESTAURANTS

8,500

RED DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES

43

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Experience
  • London bridge with bus during sunset
  • London phone booths on street

Your Destination

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 is a leading hub for the arts. Students enjoy discovering London’s many eclectic neighborhoods and activities. 
Students walk or take London’s Underground to get to and from housing and UCL’s campus.

CIEE London is just around the corner from UCL in a beautiful Georgian square tucked up against the British Museum. It has a lounge, cafe, and study areas and from our doorstep, you can be at the British Library in 10 minutes, enjoying a picnic in St James’s Park in 15 minutes, or at the London Eye in 20 minutes.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in London.

The Culture

london tower bridge

Excursions & Activities

  • Join us on one of our day trips out of London as we visit Oxford, Cambridge, Bath and the beach at Brighton. 
  • 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.
London students in front of Big Ben

Projects

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

Program Blogs

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Housing
Academics

Academics

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.

GPA

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 Requirements

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.

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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.

Grading

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.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

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

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

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.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall 2024 12 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $27,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 Start Date * End Date TBD*
Program Spring 2024 22 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $29,950
Program Spring 2025 23 weeks Start Date * End Date *

*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.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $20,956**

Housing = $6,500

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $27,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,073

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $1,000

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $0†††

Personal expenses = $190††††

Total Costs = $3,713

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee:

Select Housing Fee = $750^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Unless a student is completing an internship, there are no visa fees for academic programs under six months in the UK for US-passport holders. US-passport holders stay in the UK on a Visitor visa.

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $22,456**

Housing = $7,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $29,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,898

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $1,000

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $0†††

Personal expenses = $280††††

Total Costs = $4,628

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee:

Select Housing Fee = $750^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Unless a student is completing an internship, there are no visa fees for academic programs under six months in the UK for US-passport holders. US-passport holders stay in the UK on a Visitor visa.

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

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 travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Mark Simmons

Center Director

Mark Simmons has an M.A. in History from the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate degree in Administrative and Information Management from Napier University Edinburgh. 

Seán O’Donnell

Student Life Manager

Seán O’Donnell studied Anthropology at Goldsmiths – perhaps that’s why he is so good at working with students as they explore and study with us in London! He has worked...

Get Started Steps

Get Started

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1

Start an Application 
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2

Connect With Your Campus Study Abroad Office 
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3

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