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Skidmore College
Skidmore in London

University College London

Situated in central London, University College London (UCL) is part of the University of London and has a distinguished history and strong academic tradition. Founded in 1826, UCL is one of Britain's premier universities and offers unrivaled opportunities for study and research. Surrounded by museums, theaters, cinemas, and major art galleries, UCL is an easy walk to the cultural and social life of this capital city.

UCL also boasts an active student life on campus. The student union offers cafes, game rooms, special interest and political clubs, a flourishing drama group with performances at the semi-professional Bloomsbury Theater, and extensive sporting facilities. UCL has 38,900 students, of whom 18,300 are undergraduates and 20,600 are postgraduates. More than 15,500 students come from 150+ countries outside the UK. All study abroad students are fully integrated into UCL's classes and housing and work to the same challenging standards as their British counterparts.


UCL logo signUCL is a very competitive institution that offers our students an academically challenging semester. The course work consists of a series of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Emphasis is placed on the independent work of students outside their classes, which includes research and writing on topics of discussion. This system is very different from the one our students are used to. However, a motivated student will find this system quite rewarding.

At UCL, classes are called modules. Typically, students will take 4 modules (each module is worth 4 credits at Skidmore) for a total of 16 credits each semester.

UCL offers a wide range of  courses (or modules) from a variety of departments.

When applying, students select a primary department and must take at least 2 modules (or 50% of their coursework) within that primary department. Students can choose from other departments across the university for their remaining 2 courses if they have the necessary pre-requisites and there is space available. Some exceptions apply. 

Students can also apply for joint admission to two departments. For joint admission, students must take at least 2 modules within the primary department and 1 module in the joint department. Students can choose from other departments across the university for their remaining course if they have the necessary pre-requisites and there is space available. Some exceptions apply. 


Preference will be given to students who meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3*;
  • At least junior standing at the time of program participation
  • Ability to demonstrate, through personal essay and recommendations, the level of maturity and self-motivation needed to succeed abroad.

*Some departments may require a higher minimum GPA. The English, History, Political Science departments require at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA or higher. The Economics, Management, and Psychology departments requires at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher. Some departments, such as Computer Science, will only be available to study abroad students if space allows. 

Any student receiving academic or physical accommodations at Skidmore should contact OCSE as soon as possible to discuss your program selection with a Program Manager and what accommodations may be available in London. 


Students must apply for accommodation directly with UCL's accommodation office after being accepted. Please note: In the UK, housing is called "accommodation". 

UCL provides accommodation in the form of student houses and residence halls. The majority of rooms are single bedrooms with shared kitchen facilities.  Some rooms may have a private bath (en-suite). Most residences are within walking distance of the university. 

Program Dates

UCL photoStudents can apply to study at UCL for the fall, spring or full-year.

  • Fall semester dates: mid-September to mid-December
  • Spring semester dates: late December/early January to early June
  • Full-year dates: mid-September to early June

Upon arrival, students will participate in an orientation with IES Abroad, Skidmore's partner for additional student support in London. After the IES orientation, students will move into their university housing assignment and participate in the UCL orientation for study abroad students. 


The application process for Skidmore in London: University College London is a two-part application process. Students must first submit a Skidmore in London application to Off-Campus Study & Exchanges (OCSE) to be approved for off-campus study at UCL. In addition, you must also submit an online application directly to UCL, which may include the submission of supporting documents. UCL will make the final decision on your application.

Application deadlines

  • September 15 for the spring semester
  • March 1 for the fall or full-year

 Early applications are strongly encouraged.