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IES Abroad London Summer Direct Enrollment – University College London



Why London?

There is something irresistible about London. Maybe it’s the sights like Big Ben or the Tower Bridge that already feel familiar. Or the international character that is evident in every neighborhood, where people of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds live and work together. Whatever it is that has drawn you to London, don’t look back now—London awaits!

What You’ll Study

Whether you enroll in Session I, Session II or both, you will live and learn like a local student this summer in London when you take classes at the world-renowned University College London (UCL). From social sciences to health, sciences, and more, there’s something for everyone at UCL.

This program offers an academic experience unlike any other. Learn from leading academics in small class sizes, and get to know your classmates—who come from all around the world!

Daily Life

Outside of the classroom, you’ll enjoy well-located housing and exciting social events to make the most of your time in London. UCL offers a range of cultural events in and around London like comedy shows, quiz nights, visits to historical and cultural attractions, West End shows, an end-of-summer boat party, and more. Some of your courses may even have such visits and events included!

University College London

Founded in 1826, University College London (UCL) enrolls more than 23,000 students representing more than 140 countries. One of the top ranked universities worldwide, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students without regard to religion, race, gender, or class. More than 21 Nobel Prize winners are from the UCL community.


Our London Summer Direct Enrollment Program is divided into two sessions, each spanning three weeks. You choose to attend one session or both sessions, and you take one 4-credit course per session. Course options cover a variety of fields, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Crime & Security
  • Health
  • Medical Sciences
  • Psychology & Human Behavior
  • Sciences & Mathematics

Advising & Support

Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us.


Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.

But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in London, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.


The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff is there for you.

On-Site Staff

Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our London-based IES Abroad staff is available to support you. Because of our close relationship with the universities in London, IES Abroad is also able to offer you unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Our staff in London accompanies you throughout orientation, as well as at the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.

Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad, though additional costs may apply. Possible destinations may include the options listed below. IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Stonehenge & Bath

2 Days | Summer
Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath.


1 Day | Summer
Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy an optional visit to the royal pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.


1 Day | Summer
Enjoy a day in this beautiful university town, situated north of London. Explore the local shops and go punting on the River Cam.

Part of making you feel at home in London is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


IES Abroad Orientation

Upon arrival in London, you participate in an introductory orientation with the IES Abroad London staff. Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, the IES Abroad orientation program introduces you to your direct enrollment program, your fellow students, and to London.

University Orientation

You also attend UCL’s orientation, where you get acquainted with the logistics of student life and your classes.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.

As part of our direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options meet our safety and security standards.

Student Residence Hall – You will live in a student residence hall with your own bedroom and an en-suite bathroom and shared kitchen.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in London through UCL and IES cultural events, such as:

  • Quiz nights
  • End-of-summer boat party
  • West End shows
  • Comedy nights
  • Visits to historical and cultural attractions
  • Touring Parliament, royal palaces, and gardens
  • Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues

Start your journey today.

Get to Know Your New City

Explore Neighborhoods
The best way to get a feel for this culturally-vibrant metropolis is to visit some of its 48 distinct neighborhoods.

Walk Along the Thames
Snap an obligatory shot of Big Ben from the Westminster Bridge as you begin your stroll along the Southbank.

Tour the Tower of London
Set along the River Thames, this imposing castle has been a part of the London skyline since 1078.

Unwind in Parks & Gardens
From small garden squares to sprawling grounds with herds of deer, you are always close to a green space in London. Whenever you need a break from the craziness of the city, relax and recharge in one of the city’s many parks.

Take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter
Make the short trek to Leavesden to pay homage to J.K. Rowling and discover the magic of all things Harry Potter.

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Timeframe Summer
Language English
Program Type Provider
Accommodation Dormitory
Subject Areas Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine, Psychology

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