University College London Exchange
About This Program
- Location: London, England - University College London (UCL)
- Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarters, Full Year
- Language of instruction: English
- Eligibility: Students must have a major or minor corresponding to one of the faculties(departments) at UCL with which Northwestern University is partnered which include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Economics, Geography, History, Archaeology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Science & Technology Studies, Statistical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Molecular Biosciences, and Engineering.
- A GPA of 3.3 or above. Some departments require a 3.5 GPA within the subject area including: Economics, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Molecular Biosciences, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy and Statistical Sciences)
- Program type: Exchange Program
- Program credits: Minimum Credit Requirement
- For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
- For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1
- Fall Quarter: Late September - mid-December
- Full Year: Late September - mid-June
- Winter/Spring Quarters: Early January - mid-June
Click on the term below to access the program budget sheet.
In this exchange program, students enroll directly at University College London (UCL) and take classes with local and other international students. Northwestern students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year. Students will pay Northwestern tuition and are responsible for travel and all other expenses (including room and board). Information on the visa process can be found through the Exchange Student website.
UCL is one of the top universities in the world and was ranked 5th in QS World University Ranking 2014-2015. It was founded in 1826 and in 1878 it became the first university in England to admit female students on equal terms with men. UCL has the best academic to student ratio in the UK (1:10), enabling small class sizes and outstanding individual support. UCL is also the top-rated university in the UK for research strength. At least 32 UCL academics and students have recieved Nobel Prizes, including Mahatmi Gandhi, Alexander Graham Bell, and John Stuart Mill.
UCL is located in central London in the Bloomsbury area, which is filled with academic institutions, museums, libraries, restaurants and some of London’s finest parks. For example, the British Library, British Museum, National Theatre, Royal Opera House, and National Gallery are all within walking distance. The city is very well outfitted with public transit trams, buses, and underground rail.
Housing & Meals
UCL will assist students with housing, and most Northwestern students will be housed in UCL residences, alongside local and international students. Students will typically have their own room with a shared bathroom, and most have self-catering options. All residences are within a 2-mile radius of UCL with easy access to local food stores and other restaurants. Meals are also available at UCL’s Student Union for under £3.00. If students cannot be accommodated in UCL residences, they may be housed in privately leased residences, with assistance from UCL.
Students will be expected to enroll in four courses per term. Students will apply and be admitted to a home academic department, where they must take 50 percent of their courses (two per term). The following UCL departments are included in the UCL exchange program and will be available to Northwestern students to enroll, if they meet the eligibility requirements of that department: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Economics, Geography, History, Archaeology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Science & Technology Studies, Statistical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Molecular Biosciences, and Engineering.
For the remaining 50 percent of their courses (two per term), students may enroll in courses outside of these departments. Each department has a study abroad tutor, or academic adviser, who will assist Northwestern students in making course selections and completing course enrollment.
Students will receive a transcript issued by UCL, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for information on the “C” grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.