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Program Description:
Students can access University College London's external online application via their website.  Please use the link to their homepage above to access their application instructions and course information.  Be mindful of UCL's deadline, as well as Cornell's deadline, for application materials to be completed.

Important Application Notes
The following departments at UCL have higher GPA requirements and other academic criteria for admission.  Please note this as you proceed with your application.  These departments will not make exceptions.
  • English requires at least a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and two to four college level literature courses completed.  English Language and Literature modules are only available to students admitted into this subject area (this does not include writing courses).  The department also restricts students either to taking their entire course load within the department or only taking two modules.
  • Economics requires at least a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and successful applicants will have previously completed (and received an 'A' in) microeconomics, macroeconomics, and a statistics course.  Level 2 and 3 Economics modules are only available to students admitted directly to this subject area.
  • Students admitted to Fine Art must take their entire credit load within this area.  Only art majors or minors are admitted.
  • History of Art only admits history of art majors.
  • Architecture modules are only available to students admitted directly to this subject area.  Only architecture majors are admitted.
  • Political Studies requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5 with a strong background in political studies courses.
  • History requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5 with a strong background in history courses.
  • Chemistry requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a strong background in chemistry courses.
  • Management will accept full-year and spring semester students only.  A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 is required.
  • Mathematics will accept full year and spring semester students only. 
A Tribute to London by Alex Silver '11
The City of London

itself, as a major centre of the cultural, social, diplomatic, financial and intellectual life of the country, is an attractive and popular city for overseas students, combining important aspects of British culture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere not found in any other city in the UK. University College London is situated near Regent's Park on a single campus in the heart of the Bloomsbury district, in the centre of London. The spacious and beautiful original building houses many of the academic departments and the central library. The UCL campus is surrounded by other Schools and Institutes belonging to the University of London, with the British Museum and the British Library only yards away. The cultural attractions of London are all within easy walking distance of the College: the major national art galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, opera houses, rock and jazz venues, as well as the main shopping district in the West End and a variety of eating places that is difficult to match anywhere else in the world.

University College London
The University of London, the largest in the United Kingdom, is a federal University of over twenty-five colleges and schools. The University itself is an administrative structure, which oversees the teaching and research of its constituent colleges. University College London (UCL), founded in 1826, is the oldest and largest College of the University of London. It was the third university institution to be set up in England, after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to admit students regardless of class, religion, race or sex. It has often been described as a "university within a university" since, with over 19,000 students and 4,000 staff it is one of the largest and most diverse of British University institutions.
The Students' Union forms the focus of student social and cultural life at UCL as well as of political and sporting activities. Facilities are cramped but popular and include bars and coffee bars, games rooms, sports and stationery shops, printing facilities, meeting rooms, television, minibuses and a range of catering services. There are over 100 cultural, sports and arts societies. There are many student societies to join ranging through special interest groups, cultural and religious groups, general interest groups such as the Debating Society, departmental societies and sports clubs. The Students' Union also runs cultural and social events throughout the year. There is a flourishing drama group at UCL and student productions of plays and operas are regularly put on at the College's own semi-professional theatre, the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre. Visiting professional companies also visit the theatre to perform.

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Academic Program
University teaching in the United Kingdom is very different at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels from that in many other countries. A study abroad student following an undergraduate program will find that it consists of a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials and, in science and engineering, laboratory classes, which in total account for about 15 hours per week. Arts students may well find that their official contact time with teachers is less than this average, while science and engineering may expect to be timetabled for up to 20 hours per week. Lecture classes can vary in size from 20 to 200. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are all one hour in length, while laboratory classes usually last either 2 or 3 hours. Much emphasis is put on the private study nature of a UK degree and students are expected to spend as much time if not more studying independently as being taught.

Course Load
Study abroad students are required to take a full course load during their enrollment at UCL, normally four courses at 4 credits each per semester.

Students admitted for the full academic year and for the Spring terms from January until June will be required to take the end of year examination in the Summer term. As students admitted for the Fall term only cannot take the examination in the Summer term, the Departments will arrange for these students to either take a special examination or produce extended essays for each course by the end of their studies in December. There is little use made of multiple choice questions as a means of assessment. Following Cornell's policy, grades will be posted on the Cornell transcript in the original formula (1-100).  They will not be converted nor factored into the Cornell GPA.  Pass/Fail is not acceptable.  UCL will provide a translation or proposed conversion of their scale to the standard US 4-point scale for your reference.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: late September - mid-December
Spring Semester: early January - early June

Living Arrangements
UCL owns a number of student houses and halls of residence that together with Intercollegiate Halls (owned by the University of London) provides places for 4,100 students. The majority of this accommodation is within a few minutes walk of the College with the furthest being about 2 miles away. Applicants must be willing to commute and to take public transportation as necessary. The Some students may choose to live in a College Hall of Residence or an Intercollegiate Hall in which breakfast and dinner are provided either five or seven days a week. The UCL College Houses do not provide meals. Kitchen facilities are provided.
Health Notes
Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2020 06/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.