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University College London (UCL) Exchange Program

The University College London (UCL) Exchange Program offers Yale 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 without additional tuition cost while participating in the program.

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


  • 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 on the admissions page for Exchange Scholars

Application requirements include:

  • a statement of purpose
  • a letter of recommendation from a faculty adviser
  • a letter of nomination from an administrator managing the exchange program 
  • 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

Why Consider the UCL Exchange Program?

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