Study Abroad

IES University College London

  • Location: London, England, England
  • Minimum GPA: 3.3; 3.5 for certain high demand disciplines ( ex. Psychology, Economics, English, History, Mathematics)
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

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This program is fall only. Exceptions can only be made for year-long study abroad subjects. 

January 2022 Update – The following subjects will likely not be open to study abroad students in Fall 2022:

  • Arts & Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • English
  • European and International Social and Political Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Philosophy 
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Psychology

University College London is situated near Regent’s Park in the heart of the Bloomsbury district, the center of London. The cultural attractions of London are within easy reach of the College. Nearby are more than twenty theaters, the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. The National Theater, the Victoria and Albert and Geological Museums, and the Museums of Science and Natural History are also within easy walking distance, while the International Students House, and the lively Soho area are a few minutes away. The College’s central position, in relation to such features of the cultural and social life of the capital city, makes traveling and access simple.

  • Visa:

    U.S. citizens entering the United Kingdom for a stay of less than six months do not need a visa. They apply for prior entry clearance as a ‘student visitor’. Students who plan to work while abroad (voluntary work, internships, placements, part-time work, or vacation work) must apply for the Student Route visa. If students plan to stay in the UK for longer than six months, they must apply for a Student Route visa.

    See the the UK Visa and Immigration website to apply and the UK Immigration and Visa Enquiry site with questions.

    Non-US citizens should consult with IES Abroad and the Office of International Student Support before applying to the program.

    Study Abroad & Applying for OPT Policy 

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

Each department has a different GPA requirement so please check the UCL website (3.7 for Economics Dept, 3.3 for History Dept, and Psychology Dept, 3.5 for English Dept, 3.5 for Management Dept). Students apply to a specific department and are expected to take a minimum of two courses in that department.

Please note History of Art modules are only open to History of Art majors.

Direct Enrollment

IES Abroad London provides direct enrollment services, including housing placement and academic support.

Academic Credit

Students studying for the fall semester must take 16 credits. 16 UCL credits are equivalent to 4 Haverford credits.

Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above. Under no circumstances may students leave the program after the end of classes but before completion of the exams. Fall term students may be examined by an alternative means of formal assessment in lieu of the exam. In such cases, a department will either arrange for the student to sit for a specially arranged departmental exam or the student will be required to produce additional course work in the form of extended essays or project work.



The UCL undergraduate program consists of a series of lectures, seminar, and tutorials. Tutorial classes are much smaller than lecture courses and, in some departments, are taught on a one-on-one basis.

Students apply to one or two academic apartments and then select courses from these departments.

Course Highlights

*See program page for important update for 2022 subject availability

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


Mandatory. Upon arrival in London, students participate in an introductory orientation with the IES Abroad London staff. Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, the IES orientation program introduces students to the direct enrollment program, their fellow students, and to London. Students also receive a three-day orientation to the University, which includes meetings with faculty and academic registration.

Number of Students


Housing/Meal Plans

Student Houses – You will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own food, or you have the option to buy your meals from the various food outlets on the main UCL campus. UCL does not have a central campus and student houses are scattered throughout London. Students should expect to commute 20 minutes to an hour to class.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.


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Additional Resources

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Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Fall semester
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: Mid-September to Mid-December
  • Semester II: N/A

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: N/A

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