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University College London (UCL) Exchange Program

 University College London (UCL) Exchange Program offers doctoral students the opportunity to spend up to one year studying at the Doctoral School or conducting research under the supervision of a UCL faculty member. This exchange was launched in 2009 as a faculty-led initiative for the development of novel ideas made possible by the complementarity of resources between two great universities.

The goals of the Yale UCL Exchange Program are to: 

  • Increase the scope and quality of creativity
  • Secure joint funding for shared initiatives
  • Foster the most efficient use of resources
  • Enrich our communities

Yale and UCL share many similarities but are different in many ways.  One objective of the program is to move away from standard faculty interaction – by which faculty tend to interact only with those whom they know in their fields – to a deeper and broader relationship that creates opportunities for significant engagement among faculty who are not already acquainted with one another. It also helps to take better advantage of complementary resources, such as curricula and research specialties – and, in the biomedical sciences, labs, specialized equipment, differing national regulatory environments, services, and disease protocols.   

The exchange program offers many attractive features to graduate students:

  • An opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of a UCL faculty member or study at UCL at no tuition cost to Yale doctoral students, as well as easily collaborate with UCL faculty and students
  • Flexible length of the exchange: term, year or summer
  • Access to peer advisers and past exchange scholars who know the host university and the city well and who serve as invaluable local resource


  • October 1 and March 1 (flexible, applications should generally be submitted 3 months prior to the start of the proposed exchange)

Exchange Scholar application process

  • Described in detail at
  • Application requirements include a statement of purpose, a letter of recommendation from Yale faculty adviser, a letter of nomination from Jasmina Besirevic, Associate Dean at the Yale Graduate School, enrollment verification of graduate degree program, proof of health insurance, an updated resume or curriculum vitae
    • In particular, UCL colleagues are interested in learning how Yale graduate students plan to be involved in their scholarly community, and how they wish to use various resources in London

Academic calendar

The academic year at UCL is divided into three terms: fall, spring and summer.

Term I (Fall)               Mid-September to Mid-December
Term II (Spring)        January to March
Term III (Summer)   Mid-April to Mid-June