Application - study abroad


We are certain that taking a semester abroad will enrich you with an experience for life. However, it is important that you understand that studying abroad requires preparation well in advance. That being said, we will of course do our best to support you during the process. 

1. Search for information
Below you will find a list of steps to take before your exchange:

  • Look for information well before the application deadline about our partner institutions.  Make sure the institutions are offering the courses you need within your study program.
  • Consider where you want to go to and contact your mobility coordinator about the possibilities you have of going abroad to the partner institution(s) you prefer. 
  • Find information about the application deadline at the given partner institution, as the International Department are to nominate you before that application deadline. The application deadline might be available on our partnermap. Be aware that it is your responsibility to make sure that the proposed deadline is actually the correct one. 

2. Application
If you wish to apply for studying abroad, please fill out the online application form and submit to the International Department at UCL University College. Before filling out the form, you need to:

  • Find the application deadline for the given university you wish to go to. Try e.g. looking at our partnermap or the institution’s website. 
  • Find out whether your required subjects are available at the chosen institution.
  • Once you have obtained this information, contact your mobility coordinator for taking the next steps. 

3. Application deadline
We are operating with two application rounds per semester because some destinations are more favorable and/or have an earlier internal application deadline. 

First application deadline
If you would like to improve your chances of studying at one of the most popular partner universities, please meet these application deadlines:

  • 15 March (if you want to study abroad during the fall)
  • 10 October (if you want to study abroad during the spring)

Second application deadline
The seats, which have not been occupied during the first application round, can be applied for at the second application round. The following application deadlines apply:

  • 1 November (if you want to study abroad during the fall)
  • 1 May (if you want to study abroad during the spring)

4. Application confirmation
Once you have submitted your application, you will immediately get a confirmation that we have received your application. After the application deadline, you will be called in for an interview, and approximately 2-3 weeks after the application deadline, you will receive a reply. It is the International Department that nominates you to the given partner institution, which means that they reserve a seat for you. 

If you have applied for an Erasmus+ or Nordplus grant, you will receive information on whether you have been delegated the grant or not at the same time. Look at this link for further information about your possibilities for applying for Erasmus+ or Nordplus grants

5. Partner institution's application 
Many of our partner-institutions have an internal application form. This means that you have to send an application to them after the International Department at UCL has nominated you (look at section 4). The given partner institution will make contact with you through e-mail and send you further information regarding the internal application. 

6. Learning agreement
The Learning agreement is a contract between you, UCL and the partner institution. It comprises the courses and ECTS that you have to attend and pass at the partner institution. Your mobility coordinator or Head of Department has to approve your learning agreement, i.e. the courses you will study.  

7. Documents
If your exchange is approved, the International Department at UCL will send you some documents. These documents need to be filled out and submitted to the International Department before going abroad. If you receive the Erasmus+ grant during your exchange, there is a number of documents you have to fill out as well at the end of your stay. Going abroad requires commitment from you and it is therefore important that you reserve plenty of time to fill out and process e.g. documents. The International Department will do their best to support you during the process. 

For more information regarding the procedure described above, please contact your mobility coordinator or the international office