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BA/BSc Geography International


Our BA/BSc Geography International is a four-year Programme that involves you spending the third year of your degree studying abroad.

Geography is a cosmopolitan discipline and our International Programme gives you the best possible opportunity to explore this. The primary purpose of the Programme is to provide you with the opportunity to immerse yourself for an extended period in a foreign academic environment. This immersion provides you with first-hand experience in the different ways discipline of geography is configured globally, as well as an opportunity to learn about and experience life in another country. The first two years of the Programme are spent at UCL following the same curriculum as students on the three years honours Programme. The third year is spent abroad at a host university. Students then return to complete their final year at UCL.

The Geography Department is involved in exchanges with over 20 institutions in 13 countries. Exchanges include with the University of California, University of Washington, the University of British Columbia, National University of Singapore, Waseda University in Japan, the University of Sydney, the University of Western Australia, the Sorbonne, the University of Amsterdam, the Free University Berlin, the University of Potsdam, Lund University, and the University of Barcelona. Students apply for exchange placements based on their academic focus, language ability and previous academic achievement.

The courses you take when you are overseas vary, but all build on the areas of geographical interest you have already been developing whilst at UCL. Whilst you are away, your studies will be supported by regular contact with an academic tutor in our department who oversees the international exchange programme. You will be expected to use this opportunity to the full in terms of developing your understanding of geographical issues and what it is to study geography in a different environment. Many students also undertake all or some of the research for their dissertation while they are away.

Read more about the Dissertation Projects undertaken by UCL undergraduates, and some of the award-winning work that our students have produced.

Applications for Undergraduate Programmes at UCL should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Please ensure you’ve read the guidelines and entry requirements for the Programme you wish to apply for before submitting your application. You can return to the Undergraduate Programme page, if you wish to revisit the Programme overview and entry requirements.

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If you have any further queries about our Undergraduate Programmes, you can email Please do read all the information online before contacting us as you may find the answer to your question online.

What our students say...

“When I graduate I hope to work in sustainable agriculture and food systems research, perhaps a PhD. Geography is such an interdisciplinary and wide-ranging subject, I feel comfortable with processing and producing materials from sociology, philosophy, psychology to natural sciences and statistics. I imagine that will be useful in whichever career I choose in the end.”
Helene Schulze
BA Geography International