Study Abroad

University College London

  • Location: London, 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 and seniors


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

Students are required to have an interview with Dean Mancini prior to completing the Declaration of Intent. Students will also need parental permission to attend this program.

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 theatres, the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. The National Theatre, 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 a Tier 4 visa. If students plan to stay in the UK for longer than six months, they must apply for a Tier 4 visa.

    See the NAFSA site for information on the application process, the UK Visa and Immigration website to apply, and the UK Immigration and Visa Enquiry site with questions.

    Non-US citizens should consult with University College London and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

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

Some departments require a minimum 3.5 GPA. Each department has a different GPA requirement so please check the UCL website. Students apply to a specific department and are expected to take a minimum of two courses in that department. Students that are not in good health may be required to undergo a medical exam (including an HIV test) prior to being granted entry into the country.


Direct Enrollment

There are no American representatives on site. Students work with university personnel at the International Office.

Academic Credit

Students studying for the year should register for 32 semester credits. Students studying for a semester must take 16 credits. 16 UCL credits are equivalent to four Haverford credits. All full year and spring students are required to take the formal examinations in each course, in addition to completing the prescribed course work. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above. Exams occur in June; under no circumstances may students leave the program after the end of classes but before completion of the exams. Students must remain in residence until all exams are completed in June. 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.

Nota Bene: For students interested in studying architecture, only year-long students are accepted. No semester students are accepted. Furthermore, students may NOT combine architecture with any other subject. 


Year and Fall Term Only: Pediatrics and Child Health. Year and Spring Term Only: Immunology and Molecular Pathology. Full Year Only: Architecture, Bio-Chemical Engineering, French, Law (must be admitted to the Faculty of Law) Pharmacology, and Physiology.

Course Highlights

Anthropology, Archeology, Architecture, Art, Art History (Most Competitive), Astronomy, Biology and Genetics, Chemistry, Cities, Classics, Computer Science, Dutch, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, English, European Culture Studies, Fine Arts, Geography, German, Greek, Health Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, History, International Health IMEC, Latin, Mathematics, Philosophy, Phonetics and Linguistics, Physics and Astronomy, Political Studies, Psychology, Public Health, Science and Technology Studies, Slavonic and East European Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Urban Studies. Students may take courses in Information Studies, Language Centre, and Management Studies Centre.

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. Students receive a three-day orientation to the University, which includes meetings with faculty and academic registration.

Number of Students

Approximately 11,900 undergraduates, of who over 800 are study abroad students.

Housing/Meal Plans

Dorm or self-catered; no central campus, and dormitories are scattered throughout London. Students should expect to commute 20 minutes to an hour each way. Students are cautioned to select a dorm carefully as some are very expensive, and students pay room and board fees directly to UCL. Housing is NOT guaranteed, so students should apply early!

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


Students must be accepted by a department and take 50% of their classes in that department, but may be able to take courses in other departments. Usually a student can only study in a maximum of two departments. Excellent Psychology, Anthropology and French, German and Italian Comparative Literature. English Literature is very competitive and requires at least a 3.5 GPA. Pre-med program available: International Health and Medical Education Center. Students are assigned a tutor to help them with academic, as well as personal problems.

Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Program List


  • Semester
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Direct Enrollment


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

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: February 15
  • Semester II: N/A

Faculty Contact

Raji Mohan