University College London
University College London is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 11,000 staff and 38,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, University College London was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.
UCL offers several different types of study programme, from one-year foundation courses to four year research degrees. Foundation courses are pre-undergraduate programmes designed for students who do not have the qualifications necessary for direct entry to an undergraduate degree. The programme typically lasts one year and students who are successful in completing the course can progress to a suitable degree programme either at UCL or another institution. Undergraduate degrees are usually three years in duration and focus on one specific subject. Some degrees have the option to study a subject more in-depth at undergraduate level and are called ‘Undergraduate Master’s Degrees’, these are typically four years in duration. After completing an undergraduate degree some students chooses to specialise in their subject and study a graduate level programme which will typically take a minimum of one year to complete. Students wishing to study at graduate level will need good grades in their undergraduate degree. Graduate taught programmes can provide students with the necessary skills either for a professional career or to undertake further research in their subject. The UCL Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE) offers courses in 17 languages, some of which can be taken for credits towards degree programmes. UCL also offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
It has 18 specialist libraries with more than two million books and subscriptions to more than 35,000 journals, and historic material in Special Collections. UCL's main campus is in Bloomsbury, London, with the main Quad on Gower Street. UCL is building a new campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to form part of a wider education and cultural quarter.
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