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London Direct Enrollment - University College London

Why London?

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!

What You'll Study

As one of the world’s leading universities, University College London (UCL) offers you challenging academic options across many disciplines. The UCL undergraduate program consists of a series of lectures, seminar, and tutorials. Tutorial classes are much smaller than lecture courses and, in some departments, are taught on a one-on-one basis.

You apply to one or two academic apartments and then select courses from these departments. UCL offers a wide range of disciplines with particular strengths in Art, Archaeology, Economics, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Daily Life

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 or a student club enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration.

We want you to feel at home in England, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. Our housing options provide you opportunities to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with the city.

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$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.


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.


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.

You apply to one or two academic departments and then select courses from these departments. As a student of UCL, you are required to enroll in 16 credits per semester.

UCL offers a wide range of disciplines, with particular strengths in:

  • Archaeology
  • English
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Philosophy

For a complete list of current classes, see UCL's list of subjects.  

Important note: Not all departments are available each term. Also, some may require an additional fee. For more information on availability and fees, see below under Courses. The Cost tab above is another resource for fees.

For a summary of which departments are available when and which incur an additional fee, click here. For the most up-to-date information and additional details on courses, please see UCL's website

Slade School of Fine Art - Independent Studio Program
With proven artistic ability and commitment, you can apply to the full-time Independent Studio Program at the Slade School of Fine Art. You can specialize in painting, sculpture, or fine art media, and work alongside BA and BFA in Fine Arts students in the studios. Designed for highly motivated students, this program offers personal tutors, studio and seminar programs, and first-hand study of art in galleries and museums around London.

Partner Institution(s)

University College London
Founded 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. 

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.

Advising & Support

In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you’ll take your classes, we’re still here to fully support you.

Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming—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.

On-Site Staff
As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at a local British university, you have access to the IES Abroad London Center and staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety.

Our support services for direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals. 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.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips and course-related trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

3 Days | Fall & Spring
Take a trip to Scotland’s capital where you’ll learn about the city’s history on a guided walking tour. Visit Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the city from its hill-top location, and take a day trip to a wildlife reserve in the Highlands.

Stonehenge & Bath
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath. Marvel at the collection of world-class couture at the Fashion Museum, and explore the Jane Austen Centre.

1 Day | Fall & Spring
Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.

1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit this historic university town, with its picturesque colleges and punting (in a gondola) on the river.

1 Day | Fall & Spring
Spend a Saturday experiencing Liverpool. Enjoy a guided tour around the city, including a visit to the Beatles Museum.

1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit Shakespeare’s house, which was the place of his birth, and Holy Trinity Church, where he is buried. 

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Daily Life

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.


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, our orientation program introduces you to your direct enrollment program, your fellow students, and to London.

University Orientation
You also attend UCL's orientation, where you get acquainted with the logistics of student life.


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 - While studying at UCL, you live in student houses. You have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own food, or you have the option to buy your meals from the various food outlets on the main UCL campus. WiFi access is available in your room.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in London, such as:

  • Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues

University Clubs & Events
The 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.

Get to Know Your New City

Explore Neighborhoods

The best way to get a feel for this culturally-vibrant metropolis is to visit some of its 48 distinct neighborhoods.

Walk Along the Thames

Snap an obligatory shot of Big Ben from the Westminster Bridge as you begin your stroll along the Southbank.

Tour the Tower of London

Set along the River Thames, this imposing castle has been a part of the London skyline since 1078.

Unwind in Parks & Gardens

From small garden squares to sprawling grounds with herds of deer, you are always close to a green space in London. Whenever you need a break from the craziness of the city, relax and recharge in one of the city’s many parks.

Take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter

Make the short trek to Leavesden to pay homage to J.K. Rowling and discover the magic of all things Harry Potter.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Fall 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2019
Academic Year
Term: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $16,540 $7,210 $230 $23,980

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship
Ranges up to $3,000

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship
Ranges up to $1,875

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

Edward Mowatt Endowed Scholarship
Up to $2,000

Professor Edward Mowatt joined the Institute of European Studies (now IES Abroad) in 1962 as a professor and academic counselor to students. In 1968 he became became Center Director at IES Abroad Vienna in Austria. While in Vienna, Mowatt met and married Eileen C. Benko, Vienna 1965-66 and 1966-67. During his time in Vienna, he maintained his professional and personal contacts in England, particularly at the London School of Economics where he had been lecturing in Philosophy.

Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers
Up to $5,000

The Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers was established by an anonymous donor to encourage more engineering students to have the enriching, life changing experience of study abroad.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.

Features include:

  • 18th century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Library resources
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Outdoor patio
  • Staff offices
  • Student lounge
  • Gender neutral bathrooms

The IES Abroad London Center is recognized by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for meeting or exceeding UK expectations as a quality higher education provider. Learn more about our recent QAA reports

Our Staff

John Ockey

Center Director

John brings over 15 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

IES Abroad Staff
Kimberley Aparisio
Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Zosia Rutkowska
Assistant Director of Customised Programmes

Sally Harrild
Senior Academic Programmes Manager

Hayden Gray
University Liaison Officer

Dr. Diane Atkinson
Academic Support

Laura Scott
Senior Student Affairs Coordinator

Beth Lehlbach
Internships Manager

Sachna Hanspal
Senior Internships Coordinator

Elaine Staunton
Internships Coordinator

Emily Brown
Customized Programs Coordinator

Martin Hannan
Office Manager