On this program, UNC students directly enroll at University College London (UCL) for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life. You may apply as an exchange or non-exchange student. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking UCL students, have access to student housing, and participate in all aspects of student life.
Studying and living in London is an extraordinary experience. While you will be living in one of the world's most renowned cities, you will be able to take advantage of a huge diversity of cultural activities - museums, historical sites, fine arts performances, theater, and nightlife.
The UCL program is open to UNC students in the following majors:
Physical and Mathematical Sciences*
An exchange student who gains admission to UCL is expected to concentrate his/her academic studies in one particular subject area. Students must take at least 50% of their courses in the admitting department (see list above). Beyond that, students are free to take courses in other UCL departments, subject to the agreement of those departments and the students' qualifications. The main exception to this is the Department of English Language and Literature, which only allows students admitted to the department to take their courses.
*Economics and Math applicants must have at least a 3.5 overall GPA and within the major to be eligible for the program. Physics courses are only available for students studying at UCL for the academic year or the spring.
The British education system
The British educational system positions students to be more independent and pro-active in their learning. Rather than multiple assessments throughout the semester, students may be graded only on a final essay and/or exam. Students may find that they are spending less time inside the classroom, but the expectation is that they will spend increased amounts of time engaged in independent study. While this system may prove challenging for U.S. students, many students thrive on the freedom to direct their education and welcome the exposure to a Graduate School-style approach.
UCL provides housing in one of its two Halls close to campus, or you can apply for housing in intercollegiate halls through the University of London Accommodation Office. You may have a short commute by bus or tube (London Underground subway system) from your residence hall to your classes. Residence Halls include most meals while accommodation in Houses provides a room in a building where you would cook meals in a shared kitchen facility. UCL guarantees housing for year-long students, and usually can accommodate all semester students as well.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.