University College London Courses

Autumn or Spring Semester students take 2 units (16 U.S. credits). Academic Year students take 32 US credits for the academic year.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Course Restrictions

General GPA requirement is 3.3.  Exceptions include:

  • History, English, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology: 3.4
  • Economics, Mathematics: 3.5

Some departments are not open to fall-only or spring-only students. The term availability will be listed in the “Key Information” section on each individual department website of the Study Abroad Guide.

The following departments are typically only available to students enrolling for the full academic year (both fall and spring terms): Architecture, Biochemical Engineering, Law, and Project Management for Construction.

The following departments are typically only available to students enrolling for the full academic year or spring-only: Centre for Languages and International Education, Chemical Engineering, Electronic and Electronic Engineering, Management, Mathematics, Social Science and Statistical Science.

Choosing Your Courses

Courses open to study abroad (affiliate) students are listed by subject on the UCL Study Abroad Guide UCL website.

When selecting courses, it is important to pay attention to prerequisites and course levels: 

  • Year 1 Courses - Introductory, No background required
  • Year 2 Courses - Sophomore and Junior level. Will need some background (at least 2-4 prior courses in the subject), plus satisfy relevant pre-requisites
  • Year 3 Courses - Senior, Advanced. Will need significant prior knowledge (at least 5-6 prior courses in the subject, plus satisfy relevant pre-requisites).  You can only take year 3 modules if you have a very strong background in the subject.

Refer to the credit translation scale below:

UCL Course Unit Values U.S. Credit Equivalent
0.5 units 4 U.S. credits
1.0 units 8 U.S. Credits
2.0 units 16 U.S. Credits


Admitting Departments

Each UCL student is accepted into one or two departments as their admitting department. This is considered your main area of study for administrative purposes.

Students should plan to apply to one department only and list one alternate department for admission. Only students that have very specific academic needs should submit their application to two different departments. If you think you may want to apply to two departments, please contact your program manager.

  • If admitted to one department only, students are required to take 50% (2) of their classes in that department.
  • If admitted to two departments, students must take 50% of their classes in the first admitting department and at least one class in the secondary admitting department.
  • Third and/or fourth classes may be selected from other departments (some exceptions apply).

Departmental Notes

Computer Science

  • The Computer Science department at UCL is currently oversubscribed with full degree students and unavailable to study abroad students as of the 2018/19 academic year. Please check with your Program Manager regarding the availability of Computer Science courses for future terms.


  • To take English classes you must apply and be admitted into the English department.
  • If English is your only admitting department, you may take all four courses in English, or three courses in English and one outside the department. 
  • If accepted into English and one other department only, you will take two courses in English.
  • If interested in literature classes but cannot apply to English, consider European Cultural Studies or area studies departments.


  • If not accepted into Economics, you will be limited to 1000-level (Level 1).
  • To enroll in 2000- or 3000- level economics courses, you must apply to Economics as primary or secondary admitting department.
  • You may find available higher-level economics courses in the Slavonic and East European Studies.

History of Art

  • Level 1 Courses numbered HART1401-1701 are open to non-majors. Students not admitted to History of Art may take one of these courses per semester.
  • All other History of Art courses are only open to students who are majoring or minoring in History of Art and who are accepted into the History of Art department.

Slade School of Art

  • This is a continuous independent studio programme supported by tutorials and seminars. If admitted, students must take all courses within Slade.
  • In addition to their studio work, students will attend courses in history and theory of art. The Slade also organises a series of Contemporary Art Lectures featuring distinguished speakers from both the UK and overseas.
  • Applicants must choose one of three concentrations: Painting, Sculpture, and Fine Art Media (including photography, print, film, video, sound, and electronic media). Note your area of focus on the course selection form.
  • Submit a portfolio of at least 15 non-returnable slides of recent artwork. The portfolio may be in the form of a CD, slides, printed matter, or a DVD.

Bartlett School

  • Architecture students submit a portfolio of at least 15 non-returnable slides of recent work in the subject area. The portfolio may be in the form of a CD, slides, printed matter, or a DVD.
  • Architecture and Project Management courses are only available to students for a full academic year. 

Enrollment Process 

University College London does not pre-register any students for any classes. UCL will review your course preferences listed on your application, but you will register for classes only when you arrive on campus.

  • On your online course form, make sure to list at least one alternate course for every course you select, totaling at least 8-10 courses per semester. List your choices and alternates in order of preference.
  • Supplemental course fees may apply - see below.


UCL divides their academic departments into different fee bands. Students will be assessed a supplemental course fee if they are enrolled in a Band 2 or Band 3 department as their sole department of admission, or in the case of students enrolled in two departments, as their first or primary department of admission.

Band 2 departments include Science and Engineering-related subjects plus Anthropology, Archaeology, Fine Art, Geography, and Psychology (subject to change at UCL’s discretion). Band 3 includes the Liberal Arts & Sciences department. If you’re unsure which fee band applies to you, please contact your Program Manager. For supplemental fee estimates, select “More Info” under the Fees & Scholarship Details heading.

Supplemental fees will be added to student accounts after registration at UCL takes place. Supplemental fee billing may differ for students from home schools with direct billing arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at 1-866-927-2234 x4772  if you have questions.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Description U.S. Equivalent
70 – 100% First Class  A
60 – 69% Second Class Upper B+ 
50 – 59% Second Class Lower  B
40 – 49% Third Class/Pass  C
0 – 39% Fail  F