Experience UCL





Type of opportunity

Preparation for university

Closed for 2024

University College London

About this opportunity

Experience UCL is an exciting opportunity for Year 12 or 13 students with a background of involuntary migration, currently studying at a UK state school or college, to visit UCL and learn about life as a student: you will have the opportunity to spend a day with two current undergraduate students, go on a tour of the campus, and seek advice from UCL staff on topics such as applying to university, support services available and financial support.

Experience UCL days will typically run from 10am until 2pm on a weekday during UCL term time, meaning you may need to take time off from sixth form or college in order to attend.

Level of Study

  • Undergraduate


Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life), Indefinite Leave to Remain, Ukraine schemes, Other forms of sanctuary (including Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave, UASC leave and Stateless Leave)

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

Experience UCL is open to students who are currently in Year 12 or 13 (or equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland), studying at a state school or college in the UK.

Applicants must have achieved at least five A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE and be currently studying a Level 3 qualification which would enable them to obtain a place on an undergraduate course at UCL. This includes A levels, the IB, a BTEC Extended Diploma or an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Applicants studying A levels must be taking at least two subjects from UCL’s list of preferred A levels.

In their Level 3 qualification applicants must be likely to achieve a minimum of BBB at A level or the equivalent grades accepted by UCL in other UK qualifications, including the Scottish Advanced Highers and Welsh Baccalaureate. 

In addition, applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • are a student with a disability or long-term health condition;
  • are a young carer;
  • are a forced migrant (e.g. refugee or asylum seeker);
  • are estranged from their parent(s);
  • are currently or have experience of being in care (e.g. foster care, residential care, kinship care);
  • are from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Application support and advice

Additional details about application process

Applications for Experience UCL days taking place in the Autumn term are now open and will close at 10am on Friday 10 November 2023. Applications must be made via the application form linked on the Experience UCL webpage.

In the application form you will also be asked to provide the contact details of a teacher at your school or college who we can contact to verify that you meet the eligibility criteria for this activity. Please make sure you have spoken to your teacher about this before applying. Applications without a supporting teacher reference will not be considered complete.

Number of places available


Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


For further questions contact Jalal Pour