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Program Description:

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University College London

UCL is one of the highest ranked universities in the UK and in the top ten universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings). From its earliest days, UCL has been at the forefront of teaching and research, and it can count 21 Nobel prizewinners among its past staff and students.  UCL now has a student population of about 22,000, among which are students from almost 140 countries.  UCL Guide  

The UMass exchange with UCL is with two departments exclusively: Chemical Engineering and Linguistics.


University College London is located close to the heart of London in Bloomsbury, within easy reach of the West End.  London is home to the top theaters, cinemas, music venues of every description, national museums and art galleries; there is every possible kind of pub, bar, restaurant, shop and club together with a wealth of leisure and sporting activities.  With immigrants and tourists from all over the world, London is a truly multi-cultural city with a global outlook.


The academic year at UCL consists of three terms:  autumn, from September to December, and spring/summer from January until June.  Most teaching takes place in the first term (Autumn/Fall) and the second term (Spring), with the third term (Summer) reserved for revision and examinations. Chemical Engineering majors will study abroad during the spring/summer term.  Linguistics majors may choose autumn, spring/summer or full year.

Students take 2.0 UCL/30 ECTS (16 UMass credits) per semester.  Typically, this will be 4 courses per semester, however this may vary between departments. It will not be possible for you to underload or overload at UCL, and you will be expected to take a full course load for the full duration of your studies at UCL. In general, students can take a course or two outside of Linguistics or Chemical Engineering, provided that a minimum of half the workload is taken in the Linguistics or Chemical Engineering department.

UCL Linguistics courses

Chemical Engineering courses  (for 2nd semester sophomore students)
UCL CENG103P Thermodynamics has been approved as UMass CHEM-ENG 226 Thermodynamics
UCL CENG105P Computational Modelling and Analysis has been approved as UMass CHEM-ENG 231 Mathematical Modeling
UCL CENG104P Physical Chemistry has been approved as UMass CHEM-ENG 475 Physical Chemistry (note that completion of Organic Chemistry I & II is recommended prior to taking this class).

Living Arrangements

Students can chose either a ‘Hall of Residence,' which is catered accommodation providing breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday holidays or 'Student Houses,' which are uncatered accommodation in which students are responsible for providing and cooking their own foods. In most cases, students have single rooms, but share common areas with other students. Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Bed linen is not provided, but can be purchased. Study abroad students will be allocated housing if they make a timely application. Learn more about UCL accomodation.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/20/2019 ** Varies 01/13/2020 06/12/2020
NOTE: Orientation TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.