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University College London
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
London is quite simply one of the most exciting cities on earth. It is the center of everything British—culture, politics, finance, history, and royalty—but also a world capital with a huge multinational population. “When a man [or woman] is tired of London, he is tired of life,” said 18th-century author Samuel Johnson, and the quote is no less true today. Cultural highlights range from St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London to the new British Library and Tate Modern art gallery. Once you’ve mastered the London Underground (also known as The Tube) and bus system, you’ll be ready to check out Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and everything else London has to offer in terms of shopping, nightlife, parks, and recreation.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University College London website. When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students that are being offered in the correct term of study. If you are studying abroad in the spring semester only, choose only classes in which the availability is labeled “spring term.”
Unlike most exchange programs, students are admitted to UCL at the department level, and are expected to take the majority of their coursework in that subject area. For this reason, it is essential that you carefully consider your academic plan for the semester and seek approvals for any necessary course equivalencies before applying to UCL. Students are limited to two admitting departments. If you choose two admitting departments, you must take at least 50% of your classes in the first department. It is possible to be admitted to one department, and then denied admission by another department. If you wish to take classes from a third department, it may be possible, but cannot be guaranteed.
UCL is a very competitive school with many international applicants each term. Many of the departments at UCL have specific requirements for admission, such as having taken a substantial number of courses in the subject matter at your home school, and a very strong academic record.
Universities in the United Kingdom typically use a three-year curriculum; thus, courses listed as “Level 1,” “Level 2,” and “Level 3” do not necessarily translate into first, second, and third year courses in the American system. Students in the past have recommended taking courses at Level 1 or Level 2. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in England offer upper-level courses at Levels 1 and 2. Courses at Level 3 tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and students should pay particular attention to prerequisite requirements.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to UCL and Rutgers University. That means you will take 30 UCL credits or 16 Rutgers credits each semester. The majority of semester offerings at UCL are worth the equivalent of 4 Rutgers credits, although some year-long courses may be worth more credits. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Mid-June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the UCL web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students are normally housed in university residence halls in single or en-suite rooms with private or shared baths. There are no “American-only” residences. Accommodations are located on or near campus, although some accommodations can be a 15 minute or so tube ride away. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of the University College London. You may choose between housing that includes a meal plan (catered housing), or housing that provides kitchen space in which you can cook your own meals (self-catered housing).
You should not count on being able to stay in your room during official university breaks. You will need to visit University College London Accommodation Office upon your arrival in order to reserve space during university breaks. You may be charged a fee per day for using rooms during the breaks. You may also be asked to change rooms during the breaks so that repairs can be done.
To see a summary of the residences, please visit UCL website.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
Band 1 Arts-related subjects, plus Economics and Mathematics
Band 2 Science-related subjects, plus Anthropology, Archaeology, Fine Art, Geography, Planning, and Psychology
For more information about the Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
AASAP Scholarship - Each year the AASAP offers one 1000 pound scholarship. This application does take a bit of time to complete and is very competitive, so please give yourself ample time to complete it. Information about this scholarship and details about the due date can be found on the AASAP website.
BUTEX Scholarship - Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. For more information please visit the BUTEX website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.