There is something irresistible about London. Maybe it’s the sights like Big Ben or the Tower Bridge that already feel familiar. Or the international character that is evident in every neighborhood, where people of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds live and work together. Whatever it is that has drawn you to London, don’t look back now—London awaits!
This is your chance to live and learn alongside students from the UK and around the world by directly enrolling at University College London.
IES Abroad London is dedicated to enhancing your study abroad experience with superior student services and opportunities to fully experience life in London. Our staff in London will help you make the most of your experience abroad.
London will be your classroom. Involvement in the local community enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration. Each institution (except Courtauld) has a student volunteering program or club. Additionally, the IES Abroad London staff can provide you with volunteer opportunities once you are on-site.
We want you to feel at home in London, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with University College London.
University College Londonwww.ucl.ac.ukFounded in 1826, University College London (UCL) enrolls more than 23,000 students representing more than 140 countries. One of the top ranked universities worldwide, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students without regard to religion, race, gender, or class. More than 21 Nobel Prize winners are from the UCL community.
CoursesStudents usually apply to one or sometimes two academic departments and then select courses from these and/or other departments. You enroll in four courses (16 credits) per semester.
The UCL undergraduate program consists of a series of lectures, seminars, and tutorials (and lab classes if enrolling in science subjects). Tutorial classes are much smaller than lecture courses and, in some departments, are taught on a one-on-one basis.
For a complete list of current classes, see UCL's list of subjects. UCL also opens up their Arts and Sciences (BASc) module to students staying for one semester or more. For module specifics and syllabi, please visit the BASc website.
UCL offers a wide range of disciplines, with particular strengths in:
Important note: Some departments, such as Management Science and Innovation, are only available to Academic Year and Spring semester students. Also, some subjects may require an additional fee. See the Costs tab for more information.
The concentration of UCL’s academic buildings in Bloomsbury (Central London) reflects the location’s rich intellectual and literary history. Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and Dylan Thomas (to name a few) once called Bloomsbury home. The British Museum, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, and the West End are all within easy walking distance of Bloomsbury.
Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us.
Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.
But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in London, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.
The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff is there for you.
Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our London-based IES Abroad staff is available to support you. Because of our close relationship with the universities in London, IES Abroad is also able to offer you unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Our staff in London accompanies you throughout orientation, as well as at the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.
As part of our direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options meet our safety and security standards.
Student Houses - UCL offers self-catering accommodation in student houses. Kitchens are provided where you may prepare your food, or meals may be bought from the various food outlets on the main UCL campus. All rooms have computer portals.
Part of making you feel at home in London is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
IES Abroad Orientation
Upon arrival in London, you participate in an introductory orientation with the IES Abroad London staff. Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, the IES Abroad orientation program introduces you to your direct enrollment program, your fellow students, and to London.
Other highlights may include a bus tour of London and other cultural activities. In addition, you learn about the teaching methods of British professors of your host institution.
You also attend UCL's orientation, where you get acquainted with the logistics of student life.
Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:
University Clubs & EventsThe UCL student union is a great way for international students to further integrate into local student life. The union sponsors more than 140 clubs and societies, and each year, approximately 8,000 students choose to participate. Visit the union website for information on clubs, events, and student resources at www.uclu.org.
Although your adventure begins in London, our field trips take you to other great cities in England to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in London. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Past destinations are listed below.
OVERNIGHT TRIPSStongehenge, Bath, and Salisbury
Visit mysterious Stonehenge, the ancient Roman baths in Bath, and the Salisbury Cathedral, one of the finest examples of the early English Gothic architecture style in Britain.
Explore the north of England, including a night in the historic town of York. Other sites of interest include stunning national parks, the Bronte Parsonage, Castle Howard, and Fountains Abbey.
Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy an optional visit to the royal pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.
Enjoy a locally-sourced lunch at a working farm or country pub, and visit the country meeting place for the group of artists and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.
Stratford and Kenilworth
Visit Shakespeare’s house, place of birth, Hall’s Croft, and place of his burial, Holy Trinity Church.
Oxford or Cambridge
1 DayVisit one of these historic university towns, with their picturesque colleges and punting (like a gondola) on the river.
The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.
John OckeyIES Abroad Director
John brings over 12 years of experience with IES Abroad, including seven years with IES Abroad Milan and nearly three years with IES Abroad Siena before coming to IES Abroad London. During his time in Siena, John developed and implemented a banner program with a strong focus on cultural immersion and academic rigor. In Milan, he played a key role in improving and developing the Milan program, notably in the areas of student housing, student activities, orientation, and supervision of the student services staff. Prior to working for IES Abroad, John received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Italian Literature and Art History from Brigham Young University and worked in Geneva for the United Nations.
IES Abroad Staff
Natanya van der Lingen Interim Assistant Director
Alice Coltofeanu Academic Programmes Manager
Dr. Diane AtkinsonAcademic Advisor
Vanessza KaloczyStudent Affairs Coordinator
Simon CaustonProgramme Assistant
Beth LehlbachInternship Coordinator
Dianna PierceInternship Coordinator
Zosia RutkowskaSenior Programme Coordinator
Martin HannanAccounts Administrator