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University of East London

United Kingdom


The University of East London is a globally renowned institution that has successfully kickstarted thousands of careers for international students through its huge range of internationally recognised, high-quality degree programmes. The university delivers innovative and valued educational pathways which are supported by an array of scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Students attending UEL will be able to enjoy living and learning in one of the world's leading cultural, financial, and creative hubs, the city of London. The university's campuses in Stratford and the Docklands allows easy access to all the famous sites and activities that London is known for. London is one of the most international cities in the world and hosts over 100,000 international students from more than 200 different countries worldwide. Overseas students will feel right at home at UEL, with over 300 languages spoken in the city of London and outstanding international student support at the university.

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What's new

What's new

The University of East London has recently been recognised for its significant contributions to the progression of socially impactful and meaningful higher education, that is open to all. In recent rankings provided by Times Higher Education, UEL placed number two in over 700 institutions worldwide in its efforts to address inequality, and number one across the UK in this area.

The university also placed highly in a number of other categories and was ranked as number two in the UK for gender equality and the provision of quality education. The University of East London achieved these impressive rankings through the relevance of its recent achievements in light of the challenges set out by the United Nation's Sustainable Development goals in 2015. Overall, the University of East London placed in the top 200 institutions globally in its satisfaction of the 2015 sustainable development goals through its robust policies around teaching, outreach, international stewardship, and social mobility.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Students at the University of East London will enjoy focused teaching and a high level of personal support from a skilled faculty, with many teachers and tutors being leaders in their academic fields. The courses at UEL are carefully shaped and delivered to achieve the maximum benefit for students and equip them with the skills they require to excel in their chosen area.

The university has a solid reputation for research which goes hand in hand with its teaching quality. 62 per cent of UEL's research is regarded as ‘world-leading' or ‘internationally excellent', and students will find that they are learning at the cutting edge of many exciting new fields of study.

The university places a strong focus on ‘learning by doing', which ensures that students abilities and knowledge extends beyond what they learn in the classroom. In a globalised and rapidly developing society, the university recognises the value of real-world, practical skills that accompany academic knowledge.

With a high ratio of staff to students, a robust programme of innovation and development across departments and schools, and a global academic reputation, UEL is an excellent choice for passionate students.

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Department structure

Department structure

The University of East London offers hundreds of different courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level, in addition to a range of professional training opportunities. The university places a focus on innovative, future-focused and employment-oriented learning, which is reflected in the priorities and offerings of each school.

Degree level programmes and other course options are delivered via seven different teaching schools, each with their own specialisations and academic focus. There is also a Graduate School, which offers administrative services and close personal and academic support for postgraduate students pursuing research.

The schools at UEL are:

  • Royal Docks School of Business and Law
  • School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
  • School of Education and Communities
  • School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Arts and the Digital Industries
  • Graduate School

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The University of East London is committed to accepting and cultivating a diverse body of passionate students and researchers, whatever their background. UEL is a sought-after institution for higher level education so entry is competitive and subject to a range of entry criteria. The entry requirements for an applicant may vary according to the department or course that they are applying for.

The university accepts a global range of qualifications at a relevant level for the course being applied to, and also considers the merit and value of any appropriate work experience. The university will assess the standard of the application form that is submitted, including the personal statement which outlines an applicant's reasons for applying.

For the majority of undergraduate courses at UEL, international certificates or qualifications are accepted that typically equate to 12 to 13 years of education at high school or secondary school level. Depending on the course or department being applied to, experience or qualifications in specific subject areas or the completion of an entry test or interview, or submission of a portfolio may be required.

UEL accepts students with a range of English Language qualifications subject to the provision of official test scores from a UEL recognised test centre. English language requirements may vary by course or level of study applied to.

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Scholarships and funding

Scholarships and funding

The University of East London recognises the importance of higher education and university level study. Further still, the university understands that coming to study in an overseas nation is a large commitment and substantial financial investment. As a result, the university is proud to offer international students the opportunity to secure a generous array of scholarships, bursaries, or other financial awards to ensure that they are able to maximise their potential while at UEL.

The university offers international students scholarships which have a value of up to GBP 4,000. This is, on average, a significantly higher level of financial support compared to many other UK universities.

The university's International Office can provide advice and support to help students have the best chance possible in identifying and securing funding opportunities. Additional bursaries or grants may be available to students specific to the subject they are pursuing, their country or origin or the institution that is offering the scholarship.

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The University of East London is a frontrunner amongst the London universities in its provision of high-quality, secure and modernised accommodation options that are available directly on-campus. As a result of the university's focused investment in appropriate accommodation for the contemporary international students, they will be able to enjoy living right in the heart of the university society while benefitting from a safe, friendly, and well-furnished living environment in the waterside Student Village.

The university has continued to invest heavily in recent years to ensure that its campus is one of the best in London and beyond, with GBP 170 million of investments in recent years enabling new and innovative facilities. New buildings on campus include a new cutting-edge library with excellent collaborative and private learning spaces, in addition to state-of-the-art classrooms and presentation spaces, and a brand-new indoor sports complex with competition level facilities.

Students at the University of East London will never be short of activities and events to get involved in, even if they never leave campus. The university's Student Union and active student population support a regular and varied programme of events including social trips, live music events, competitions, and other activities. In addition to this, the campus itself is furnished with an impressive array of food and drink options which cater to an international audience.

Student sport is a big part of the university life. An emphasis placed on a wide range of sports engagement, ranging from the positive benefits of sport for well-being and health, to their high performance sports athletes. UEL has won the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) award for the most improved institution, rising 81 places in the rankings. The university also has a proud Olympic legacy, having developed Olympians and Paralympians in a variety of sporting codes. Further, UEL has partnerships with professional and community sport organisations which greatly enhances the student experience.

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