Arcadia: London - University College London
Founded in Bloomsbury, London, in 1826, and inspired by the ideas of radical philosopher Jeremy Bentham, University College London (UCL) has maintained a commitment to diverse and original thought from its founding and is deeply invested in cuttin... read more
I believe I improved networking skills, management skills, and gained various academic knowledge during my time abroad. Being in a new environment motivated me a lot and let me experience new things. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
I loved traveling in Europe. That, to me, was the best part of my experience. The program of the university I attended was not a good experience. I don't recommend it. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I got to know the culture of London, and I really feel the difference of the education between US and UK. It is a wonderful experience. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a ton about other cultures. I traveled quite a bit and expanded by knowledge and appreciation of Europe. Taylor L - Northwestern University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about my place and my country's place in the world. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
English culture/lifestyle. It was worthwhile because it broadened my views and gave me the chance to experience something different. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
meh A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
I mostly learned how to be independent and truly sort problems out on my own, simple stuff like opening bank accounts, phone plans, budgeting for transport and groceries. University in Europe is rigorously dependent on your own dedication and it took me a moment or two to really understand that I could technically do whatever I ... A student - Fordham University View Entire Review
It was a great experience, but maybe I would choose to go in the Spring time if I had the opportunity to pick again! A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
being independent and meeting people from all over the world A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Ultimately, it was an amazing experience to be in London. I was able to take my academics seriously while still exploring one of the most dynamic and historical cities in the Western world. Moreover, London is truly an international nexus, and I enjoyed my other travels around the UK and Europe immensely. Matthew C - Grinnell College View Entire Review
yes academically and culturally Shuhei Y - Wartburg College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. Came out a changed person for the better. If you're considering going abroad- GO. Emma Shumway - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes. It was worthwhile. I made loads of friends, travelled and learnt a lot about myself as a person.. Vasavi N - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Not only did I get a chance to explore London and the United Kingdom while studying abroad, but the whole continent of Europe was at my disposal. Most people enrolled in college have excelled at scoring highly on tests and papers. But many haven't had to deal with losing their phone in Switzerland or traversing through hills of ... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A new global understanding and friends who live all over the world A student - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
Yes Dan G - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learn more about myself and what I want to do in the future. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned that a college full of english-speaking students in the center of a European city is not that different from the same in a US city. I wasn't expecting an eye-opening cultural experience, and I didn't get one, but what I did get was still really nice: an academically challenging semester in a great city with everything ... dstern117 - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I learned how British university functions and I studied in a totally different educational system. The British university has different perspective than my university in the States, so I got to study the same object from two different perspectives. I also learned different cultures from the fellow students at... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I really got to experience a whole new world. I just wish that I had picked an exchange program..not an affiliated one. tanzina.islam.90 - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I believe I understand how the United States fits into the rest of the world much more than I did before. I think I changed much more as an individual than I expected. I had to learn to live completely on my own for the first time, and I had to do things on my own a lot more than I did at home. My future plans have not changed m... Nicole F - Providence College View Entire Review
YES. Study abroad is the single best thing I've done in college, and London was the most amazing semester of my life. It changed me in more ways than I can count. Hailey B - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
It was amazing to be able to travel and experience the cultural history of Europe. In America, 100 years is a long time; In Europe, 100 miles is a long distance. It's a very different change of pace. Thomas A - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Founded in Bloomsbury, London, in 1826, and inspired by the ideas of radical philosopher Jeremy Bentham, University College London (UCL) has maintained a commitment to diverse and original thought from its founding and is deeply invested in cutting-edge research and continual innovation.
From its inception to the present day, when it is now the second-largest university in the UK (with 42,000 students from 150 countries), UCL has been strongly dedicated to matters of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and gender. It was the first university in England to accept women, and the first to accept students irrespective of race or religion.
It remains one of the UK’s most prestigious universities, and one of the top universities in the world, with particular strengths in English, economics, arts and humanities, engineering, neuroscience, and the social and historical sciences, as well as courses at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art, home to an independent Studio Program. A member of the elite Russell Group and the League of European Research Universities, UCL offers courses in 100 departments across eleven faculties, and its alumni include world leaders, notable inventors, and groundbreaking scientists. A total of 34 Nobel Prize winners have either studied, taught, or researched at UCL.
When applying to UCL, you’ll be accepted into one or two academic departments and take all of your courses from those departments. This is a competitive program best undertaken by independent students who value academic rigor and self-directed study.
The campus is located in the central London area of Bloomsbury, which is near the Arcadia London Center, as well as important cultural attractions, the British Museum and Regents’ Park among them.
The UCL Students’ Union is home to dozens of clubs, sports, and societies, and is a hub of shopping, restaurants, and pubs. Student Central facilities in central London are also open to UCL study abroad students.
Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses. Here is a sampling:
Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.
Please check our website for dates and the latest program information.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Architecture and Related Services
- Computer and Information Sciences
- Biomedical Engineering
- Geological Engineering
- Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
- Middle/Near Eastern Languages, Literature
- Legal Studies
- English Language and Literature
- Creative Writing
- Mathematics, Statistics
- Biological and Physical Sciences
- Cultural Studies
- Political Science and Government
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts
- Art History, Criticism and Conservation
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Arcadia aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participating on an Arcadia program and staying home. Arcadia scholarships are awarded to eligible applicants based on need. Approximately 70% of study abroad students who apply for aid from Arcadia receive some form of award