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Study Abroad in London: Academics

University College London (UCL)

Assessed as one of the top ten universities in the world, UCL is a multi-disciplinary university with specialisms in most subjects from across the academic spectrum and a strength in interdisciplinary study, renowned for providing teaching and research at the highest international level.

UCL was founded in 1826 and opened up higher education in England to those who had previously been excluded from it, going on to become the first university to welcome women students on equal terms with men in 1878. Today, UCL has a global reach and a global vision, with students and academic staff from over 150 different countries. World-leading research feeds directly into the degree programs, giving students direct access to experts in their fields. An emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and global citizenship provides students with a unique academic foundation and opportunities for personal development throughout their university careers and beyond.

The International Summer School reflects UCL’s undergraduate portfolio, attracting students from all over the world. The courses on offer give a flavor of UCL’s ethos and academic expertise. Students are encouraged to focus on global issues with site visits, hands on experience and the latest research findings incorporated into many of the courses.

Academic Overview and Policies

The UCL International Summer School is divided into two sessions of three weeks each. All courses are taught over 3 weeks. Students may enroll for either of the two 3-week sessions (Session 1 or 2) or two consecutive sessions (Session 1 and Session 2). Students take one 4-credit course per session for a maximum of 8 credits over 6 weeks.

Each module has a total of 150 learning hours for a recommended 4 credits. Mornings will be designated for lectures and seminars, with group work and field trips taking place in the afternoons. All modules are research led and designed to offer current perspectives and debates in their areas. Classes are dynamic and interactive and there is a strong focus on “active learning.”

Academic administration is carried out by the Academic Deans under the supervision of the Director of the International Summer School. Instructors are all UCL academics who teach on campus during the academic year.

Assessment and grading The course work required varies with the nature of the material covered. Instructors are likely to use some combination of quizzes, papers, presentations, projects, and final exams.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Unexcused absences are not permitted.

Course selection Normal load is one 4-credit courses per session. Courses taken for transfer credit should be approved by your advisor or appropriate person at your home school prior to registration.

Before securing approval of courses from your advisor, note prerequisites and be sure to have completed them. Failure to do so may result in your registration being refused by the Academic Director.

Consult your advisor about suitable alternatives in case your first choices are not possible because of insufficient enrollment causing class cancellation.

Registration Since courses are selected on the application, the earlier you apply, the better the chances of getting the courses you want. If your first choices are not available or already full, you are automatically registered for your second choices. A printout confirming courses is given at orientation.

Courses run providing there is sufficient enrollment (a minimum of 8 students is required). Provisional confirmation of courses to be taught can be obtained in April from the AIFS Stamford office. Limited changes may be necessary before a session starts.

Transcripts are issued by UCL. One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the student’s home college or university on completion of the program.

Academic Program

This is a sample of courses that will be offered.

Session 1 Credits
Computer Science
Computational Systems Biology 4
Data Driven Web-Based Applications 4
Crime and Security
Understanding and Preventing Crime 4
Cybersecurity Risk Management 4
Economics, Business & Management
Brexit: Political Tensions, Economic Challenges 4
Principles of Microeconomics 4
Education & Research
Educational Representations Through Media 4
Geography and the Built Environment
Energy and Future Cities: Innovating London's Architecture 4
Global London: Contemporary Urbanism, Culture and Space 4
Urban Environmental Politics 4
Brain Sciences
Psychology in Action 4
Business Psychology 4
Language and the Mind: An introduction to Psycholinguistics 4
How the Brain works and What Can Go Wrong 4
Health & Medical Sciences
Population and Public Health 4
Global Migration and Health 4
Nanotechnology in Medicine (L2) 4
History & Philosophy
Darwin and the History of Evolution 4
International Commercial Arbitration 4
Corporate Social Responsibility 4
Law, Lawyers and Social Justice 4
Sciences & Mathematics
Climate and Energy (L2) 4
Astrophysics and Cosmology 4
Principles of Organic Chemistry 4
Bioscience and Society: Public Engagement, Policy and Funding 4
Climate Change and Sustainability in Practice 4
Science Journalism (Level 2) 4

Session 2 Credits
Crime and Security
Understanding and Countering Radicalization and Terrorism 4
Economics, Business & Management
Economics for Sustainability: Climate Change and Social Inequalities 4
Principles of Macroeconomics 4
Education & Research
What is Education? 4
Youth and Globalisation 4
Geography and the Built Environment
London’s Urban Development: Politics, Policy and Design 4
Battery Technology 4
Urban Geoscience: The London Perspective 4
Urban Geoscience: The London Perspective 4
Brain Sciences
Mental Health and the Mind 4
Health & Medical Sciences
Global Health: Local and International Perspectives 4
Healthcare management: Vision & Eye Health (Level 2) 4
International Commercial Arbitration 4
Sciences & Mathematics
Anatomy and Developmental Biology 4
Data Science and Big Data Anayltics 4
Health Data Science and Data Analytics in Healthcare (Level 2) 4

Courses are divided by session and then grouped by broad academic discipline. Class timetables are available in May, but students should expect to be in class during the day Monday through Thursday and have assessment on the final Friday of each session.

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