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Affiliate (JYA/Exchange), non-Geography and non-UCL students
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Affiliate (JYA/Exchange), non-Geography and non-UCL students

The Geography Department at UCL is one of the largest and most successful Geography departments in the UK. We hold the top ratings in research and teaching and JYA and Exchange students are taught alongside undergraduates by leading experts in the field. Each year the Department welcomes at least 40 affiliate (including JYA and Socrates) students, who stay for one, two or all three terms in an academic year.

We welcome students majoring in Geography, Political Science, Liberal Arts, Anthropology and Sociology and this reflects the breadth of courses taught in the Department. Almost every course is open to JYA/exchange students, and no courses are capped. The courses available are listed below. Courses that have proved particularly popular in the past include: London: a Geographical Introduction; Development Geography; Urban Geography and Political Geography and Geopolitics.


The Department has a dedicated Affiliate Tutor and all affiliate students receive individual advice on their programmes of study and also more general advice on settling into student life at UCL and adapting to any differences in teaching and examination methods between the UK and their home institution. In addition to weekly lectures, the department has tutorial classes specifically for JYA/exchange students, to offer course support.


The vast majority of JYA/exchange students maintain or improve their GPAs during their period at the department. As students admitted to the department for the Fall term only are unable to sit the end-of-year examinations in the Summer term, these students will be assessed in each Geography course by essays totalling 4,500 words submitted at the end of their studies in December. Students studying January to June will take examinations where these are part of the course assessment.


For further information on studying in the Department contact our Affiliate Tutor, Dr Alan Latham, alan.latham@ucl.ac.uk For full details on how to apply, UCL's courses and facilities see the UCL Study Abroad Guide.

If you are a JYA/Affiliate/Socrates/Erasmus student, you MUST register your course choices with the Affiliate Tutor Dr Alan Latham in his office G19 Pearson Building at the following dates and times: Monday 30th September 1pm-4pm, Thursday 3rd October 1pm-4m or Friday 4th October 1pm-4pm. When you register you will receive a timetable and a Geography booklet, which includes coursework deadlines and examination information, including details about plagiarism.

If you are an affiliate student here for the first term only, please ensure that you register for codes GEOG****A

If you are a non-Geography UK student from another UCL Department or UoL institution, you MUST come and register with us if you wish to take any of our courses.  Please come to the Department Office Pearson Building G02 at one of the following days and times: Tuesday 24th September 10am-12pm, Tuesday 24th September 2pm-4pm, Thursday 26th September 10am-12pm, Thursday 26th September 2pm-4pm. Please note that Geography module selection on Portico will not be approved unless you have registered with the Department. When you register you will  receive a timetable and a Geography booklet, which includes coursework deadlines and examination information.


Courses starting September 2013:


Courses starting January 2014:

Level 1 Courses
London: a Geographical Introduction
GEOG1005 Environmental Change

Level 2 Courses
Reconstructing Past Environments
GEOG2009 Environment and Society
Development Geography
GEOG2021 Environmental Remote Sensing
Statistics for Environmental Geographers

Level 3 Courses
Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Landscape and Power
GEOG3042 Restoration and Management of Freshwater Ecosystems
GEOG3059 Popular Culture and Geopolitics
GEOG3065 Geodemographics and Population Geography