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University College London (UCL)

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4.12 / 5 based on 168 reviews
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ingrid7
Smith College, Southampton, United States
Photography, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
SOHO rocks! If you dig jazz, you have to get out to Ronnie Scott's. Not to be confused with a jazz joint, the Blue Note is an awesome club that spins a lot of great techno and drum and bass, as does Bar Rhumba. Stay clear of the tourist trap clubs in Leicester Square. The Ministry of Sound (largest club in the City) is definitely iffy, but if you like mainstream vocal house/generic techno, try it out. Just about all of the galleries are worth the visit. London's curator's are extremely wise in their choices of exhibitions. Thursday nights at any of the University Union's is where it's at. However, plan on going early because they do have maximum capacities and the lines start forming really early. Unions are also the cheapest places around to eat and a great place to meet friends for lunch. If you play sports, join one of the University teams. I played soccer on the Women's Football team and had an absolute blast travelling around. It's also a great way to meet friends. However, if you are a guy and do intend on going out for a team, especially for soccer, rugby or hockey (field hockey), keep in mind that the Brits are pretty intense, however they do have different level teams within each sport, provided that the sport is popular enough. In all, London is totally what you make of it. It was the best year of my life and I'd return to the City and UCL in a second...provided that it were free. Oh, by the way, it is soooooooo much cheaper to attend the University of London colleges through direct application. I think that I only payed about 13k, whereas I would have payed several thousands of dollars more if I had gone through an American program. My decision to apply directly definitely paid off, especially since living in London is so unbelievably expensive!!! that it is beyond words.
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ingrid7
Smith College, Southampton, United States
Photography, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I would have know that University College London and London, itself, were so cool. I would have made preparations to transfer, as opposed to study abroad, in a second.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I'd definitely recommend the University College London based upon student life, location, activities, etc. to everyone. However, as far as academics are concerned, I only really know about the Slade School of Art and its courses.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Well, I travelled throughout England, Ireland, France, Spain and Italy. The English students definitely get more vacation time than American students do, so take advantage of it. The University College London had three weeks off around Christmas/New Years and a month off between the end of March and the end of April. Furthermore, I felt that the courses of study (for everyone) were less intensive, so there is more time to even take short breaks. In other words, I often hung out, with even those of my friends who were in law school and med school, something that is pretty much unheard of in the United States.
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niomikelly
Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
I should have asked my boyfriend to come with me.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The teachers are very friendly and helpfull, the library is great and because UCL is so huge, there is always someone to talk to when working in the library. (only joking...)
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Studying in London is the best way to get to know the city. Though is it expensive it is worth it: it is a dazzling world full of extremes: culture als low-culture, rich and poor, British and non-British, ... everything mixed together.
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Lucenzo
Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique, Lyon, France
Engineering, Graduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The life in London is quite expensive, especially in central London. The accomodation for example was more expensive than the one I had in France even if it was in an University residence. My nightlife in London was also more "active" than the one I had in France and then I obviously spent more money on it.
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Nightlife, Overall, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Food, Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
A good surprise was the rapidity to find a "local job". The university has a lot of opportunities in terms of cathering (waiter in pub or restaurant is one of the most popular job) and any other job. Most of them take you 1 day a week or 2-3 evenings or more, it really depends on the amount of money you need. The university also has good relationships with local companies who are always looking for people to employ for a short time.
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Orlena
Tufts University, Medford, United States
Geography, Undergraduate, JYA
Overall
I wish I had known...
Nothing can prepare you for the FUN that is in store!
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Very strongly. It is a great campus, not too crowded (the last time I was there), nice library, lots of space, and all major buildings are in the same area. Plus, UCL is close to all the ULU facilities...ie the library, the gym, the store, bars.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
TRAVEL. TRAVEL. If you stay at least 6 months as a student in London (this usually means that you have to study abroad for a year), you qualify for a resident-rate Interrail pass which is your ticket to Europe at a more than reasonable price! Plus, weekend trips are easy to do, to destinations both outside and within the UK! AND, the British school timetable is very conducive to travel options.
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UCL - Licence (Undergraduate) Avis
Marie T
France, Undergraduate
Development Studies
Overall
Très bonne université ou la variété des cours et licences proposés est impressionnante. 
Grande diversité des étudiants qui viennent du monde entier et qui ont des histoires de vie très différentes.
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Pros
Classes de bon niveau
Cons
Parfois pas assez de soutien psychologique / moral
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