University College London (UCL) was founded in 1826 on the principles of Jeremy Bentham’s utilitarian philosophy. The first institution to establish itself in London, it is also the first in England to be entirely secular, accepting students regardless of their religion and welcoming women in 1878.
Among its illustrious graduates, we can notably mention Gandhi as well as the founders of Ghana, modern Japan and Nigeria as well as Graham Bell. As of 2017, 33 Nobel Prizes and 3 Fields medals have been associated with UCL including graduates, members of the faculty and researchers.
UCL has for its slogan ‘London’s Global University’ and for good reason. It is in fact the most international university in England in its number of students with close to 44% of international students at undergraduate level.
How do I apply?
The selection process at UCL is divided into multiple steps which we will describe to you below :
The application on UCAS
You must first submit your application on the UCAS platform, the equivalent of Parcoursup in England. This file comprises a cover letter (Personal statement) as well as a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers.
Passing a standardized English test
It will also be asked of you to demonstrate an excellent command of the English language and you must also generally pass a standardized English exam like the IELTS.
The Conditional Offer of Admission
Finally, if your application is accepted in the selection process, you will receive a ‘conditional’ offer of admission. This means that you will not definitely be accepted unless you obtain the minimum in the Bac (most often a ‘Bien’ grade in the French Bac) and in a standardized English exam (generally between 6.5 and 7.5 in the IELTS).
When do you have to start preparing for UCL?
The deadline for applying to UCL is fixed at January 15th of your final year.
In all cases, take into account the important preparation work required for admission to UCL, it is strongly recommended to start preparing yourself from your penultimate year in order to maximize your chances of success.
What is the profile of the students at UCL?
Given the high selectivity of the university, we recommend that you only apply to this university if you can show excellent academic results and that you are assured of obtaining a ‘Bien’ or ‘Tres Bien’ grade in the Bac.
Moreover, you must also show an excellent command of the English language.
Certain programs at UCL like PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) ESPS (European Social and Political Studies) or Law receive a great number of applications and will ask for a minimum of 15.5/20 in the Baccalaureate.