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UCL has been described by the Sunday Times newspaper as ‘an intellectual powerhouse with a world-class reputation’ and is consistently ranked amongst the world’s finest universities. Academic reputation One of the highest ranked universities... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.8
Based on 44 Reviews
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I loved London and UCL, but not nessecarily for the academics. I had some world class professors, second-to-none, but going from Wellesley (small school, nice profs who care, etc.) to a large public university with your entire grade based off of one paper, was challenging. Being in London was great - I explored so much, took bud... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 14, 2020 Ucl: An Academic Mess
Not worthwhile and I was forced to go due to IPE major. Didn't gain much. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
December 29, 2019 So Much To Do In London
I was able to see a lot of art in person which directly relates to my major, and was able to grow academically by engaging with a new style of education. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to live completely on my own, deal with maintenance issues, buy food and household goods, set up a bank account, cook, and manage expenses. It was worthwhile to learn these things. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I became more independent and learned to trust myself when traveling. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
February 26, 2019 London Is The Best City
I got to experience education in another country which is so different from the United States - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 07, 2019 Eye Opening
Gained so many travel experiences and made friends that we would previously not have met in our entire life. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned to appreciate my home school and the organization it has. This school had a terrible registration process for classes. My classes took weeks to be finalized and I frequently had to see the administration in person. At the end of the semester the administration lost my final (and only) exam but I was lucky enough that I... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to survive independently in a bustling city and learned a great deal about the culture. In terms of academics, the program was not very rigorous, professors were difficult to contact, and overall was not enriching, insightful or engaging. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned so much about how to live independently in a (foreign) city, and how to forge new relationships with people from such diverse backgrounds. I gained invaluable exposure to European cities, culture, people, institutions and environments, and was able to grow not only academically but personally as well. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a great deal about countries that were not England, as I only interacted with international students all semester. That was certainly the most rewarding aspect of the semester, and I am so glad I had the chance to study abroad for that reason. Did not learn a great deal in my classes. Became much better at managing log... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
By being exposed to people who don't think so similarly to me, I was challenged to question myself every day: Is there a better career path for me that I haven't considered because it's not popular in the US? Is there a better way to do higher education? Is there a more interesting thing to study for me that isn't offered in the... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Navigating other cultures, exploration - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I got to connect with people from all over the world and got to see Europe for the first time in my life. I got to go to a large university in a metropolitan setting, and had a chance to essentially be a first-year again and see the process with a new set of eyes and take classes with graduate students on a topic I would not hav... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 04, 2020 Ucl Experience
I had a good time in London, lots of art galleries, plays, musicals. Loved that. Also London is very student friendly, there are a lot of student discounts. UCL was fine but did not quite meet my expectation. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
December 20, 2019 Experience At Ucl
I felt like I learned how to live on my own in a city environment. I also learned a lot from my flatmates about how this experience differed from their experience in their home countries. I also liked being able to take classes in subjects that weren't offered at my home university. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I really enjoyed my life abroad and felt that I gained a sense of independence. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
As cliche as it sounds, I think I learned the most about other cultures through mere exposure effect. I tried my hardest to visit as many places as possible, and I loved learning about the culture and history of each place. I also took classes that weren't offered at my home university, so it was really cool to learn about topic... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
New American friends, sense of independence, the experience of having large classes and being "on my own." - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My experience was absolutely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself as a person and a traveler - especially how I handle being alone. Living in an single for the first time and doing a bit of solo travel meant that I had a lot of time by myself. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I have lived outside of my home country since I was 5 years old, and I have felt like a perpetual foreigner wherever I lived. London is incredibly diverse, international, and full of students, and I learned that I am most at home in this environment. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
April 17, 2018 Amazing City
Living abroad was a great experience. London is an incredible and diverse city. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 25, 2018 Many New Experiences
Learned a lot about being self sufficient and using resources available to figure things out. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Was worth it for the traveling. No school will be better than Wellesley's but most will be less work. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 03, 2018 It Was Okay...
I was able to travel all over Europe and experience living in a new country/city. Although I felt that a lot could have been improved about the education aspect of my time abroad, I overall really enjoyed being in London and being abroad for a semester. - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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UCL has been described by the Sunday Times newspaper as ‘an intellectual powerhouse with a world-class reputation’ and is consistently ranked amongst the world’s finest universities.

Academic reputation


  • One of the highest ranked universities in the UK and in the top ten universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings)

  • Ranked third in the UK for world leading research

  • 21 Nobel Prize winners from our former students and academic staff

  • High quality education which includes the latest research and innovative approaches to learning

  • Emphasis on small-group teaching, with an overall staff-student ratio of 1:9

  • International perspective
  • A dynamic and cosmopolitan atmosphere with around 30% students from outside the UK, from almost 140 different countries

  • Internationally relevant curricula, ensuring that UCL students are educated for global citizenship and leadership

  • Active exchange and research links with over 260 universities around the world

  • Study abroad opportunities in many degree programmes

  • Outstanding location
  • Located on a compact site in the heart of London with extensive academic facilities on campus

  • Proximity to unparalleled resources such as the British Library, museums, archives, cultural institutions and professtional bodies

  • Situated at the centre of one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities

  • Future prospects
  • UCL degrees are recognized and respected around the world

  • UCL graduates are highly sought after by employers

  • Support and advice on career choices open to all students at all stages of their degree programme

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Business Administration and Management
  • English Language and Literature
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Celtic Languages, Literature
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Writing, General
  • British Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Historic Preservation
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
Minimum GPA:
3.3
Year Founded:
-1826
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