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londonselect - English Literature at University College London (UCL) will give a you the opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious departments of English Language and Literature in the United Kingdom. In late September, you will engage in the British tutorial system, allowing you to study a wide range of topics alongside British peers. The londonselect program is extremely competitive and admission will be highly selective.
In addition to courses in the Department of English, you can take up to 2 courses in other departments, giving you the flexibility to fulfill requirements for multiple majors or minors while still taking advantage of a world-class English Literature education.
Final decisions for admission will be made by faculty within the Department of English and will consider a student's entire application, including academic transcript and an in-person interview.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in the United Kingdom.
Study Abroad and Exchange
+44 (0)20 3370 1215
If your first thoughts of London are the Royal Family and Downton Abbey, prepare to be blown away. English history and culture are juxtaposed against streets lined with Indian restaurants and Chinese New Year celebrations. The birthplace of the English language is now home to speakers of more than 30 other languages – not counting the variety of English accents you will hear. Skyscrapers tower over 17th-century buildings while Big Ben overlooks the River Thames. Study abroad in London and you find yourself constantly surprised by what you discover in one of the world’s most diverse and global cities.
Part of the experience is to live like a Londoner. The overwhelming majority of students choose to live in shared apartments – the English call them flats – spread across the city. You will be one of as many as eight students living in a flat, which includes shared bedrooms and bathrooms, living space, and access to laundry facilities, all in a secure building. The flats also come with an equipped kitchen; note meals are not included in the program fee. Apartments are as varied as the city itself; no two flats are alike.
Housing is guaranteed by UCL since you will be studying there for a full academic year. Once you've accepted your offer to study at UCL, you will be sent more information about accommodation. The deadline to apply for accommodation if you are arriving in September for the full year or Autumn Term is 31 May. Pitt students are advised to select Catered accomodation through UCL. See more information here.
Credits taken at UCL require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.
Courses taken at UCL will be treated as Pitt credits and will be marked as letter grades on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, credits will affect Pitt GPAs.
Unlike Pitt, UCL’s grading scale assigns numerical values between 0 – 100, with 100 representing the highest grade achievable. It is important to understand that few students in the British system receive grades higher than 70. Participation on this Partner Program means that Pitt students will earn actual letter grades, and therefore grades earned through this program will affect the Pitt GPA, and appear on the Pitt transcript. Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.
Pitt will utilize the following grade scale to determine the letter grades:
70+ = A
65 – 69 = A-
60 – 64 = B+
55-59 = B
50 – 54 = B-
45 – 49 = C
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$400||$400|
|Total Billed by Pitt||$18,599||$24,187|
- Tuition for 12-18 credits
- Orientation in London
- Health Insurance
- Membership to the University of London at Imperial College Student Union as well the University College London Student Union
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$3,000 - 5,000|
|Personal Expenses||$1,000 - 5,000|
While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:
- Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your program bill)
- Pitt Administrative Fee ($400)
- Textbooks ($200)
- Airfare ($1000-$1200)
- Personal Expenses and Meals ($3000-$5000)
- Airport Transfers ($40-$100)
- Local Cell Phone ($100)
Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad. Visit our Budgeting page for more information.
Pitt students enroll at UCL for a full academic year (two full semesters). UCL's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the partner university. Like Pitt, UCL’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt. I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas. I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences. I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose. Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea. Good eating and traveling! Let me know if you should have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +1 412-383-7165.
Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to UCL. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review UCL's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as a study abroad student at UCL. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to UCL's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the partner university.
The partner university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:
- Application Form
- Copy of Valid Passport
- Official Pitt Transcript
- Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment
- Statement of Intent or Purpose
- Resume or CV
- Official Language Evaluation
- Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations
- Up to 2 passport photos
Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency either through the IELTS or the TOELF. Please check with UCL regarding these requirements.
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, the United Kingdom requires Pitt students to purchase additional coverage through their national health plans, depending on the length of the exchange. See the details here.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without British nationality, students must obtain a Tier 4 Visa to study for a full academic year in the United Kingdom. For an overview regarding the visa process, please review UCL's website. Also, check the British Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information. UCL will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website. In general visa and/or permit application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)