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University of East London


Program Snapshot

UEL is a vibrant, modern institution in the exciting East-end of London, offering strong academic fields including business, arts, sports, and communications. Based at a stunning Thames waterfront location, UEL is in easy distance of the 2012 Olympic Park, the ExCel centre, Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena, and London City Airport. The International Office provides excellent support for international students including a welcome program and excursions to help orient you to your new surroundings.

London is one of the world’s few genuine global cities, extremely rich in history and culture, London is also one of the world’s major financial, business and communication hubs. East London is a diverse area, with a vibrant, multicultural atmosphere and its own rich history. Our campuses are just 20 minutes from central London. With a thriving urban center, London offers excellent social opportunities, historic heritage, and a host of exciting cultural venues.

Academic year, semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Very Limited for US students

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: mid-September to mid-June; Semester 1: mid-September to mid-January; Semester 2: late-January to mid-June.

Fast Facts
London, United Kingdom (pop. 9 million)
Student Enrollment: 22,000
Language of instruction: English
University of East London Home Page
Frequently Asked Questions

Media, Cultural Studies, Communications, Theatre, Anthropology, International Development, Music Industry Management, Events Management, Advertising, Marketing, International Tourism, Business, Economics, Finance, Computing, Electrical Engineering, Product Design, Music Technology, Fashion, Fine Art, Architecture, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Film Studies, Photography, Law, Education, Psychology, Sports Science, Health Promotion, Immunology, Microbiology, English, History

Academic Notes
Students typically take 60 credits per term, or 120 credits per academic year. This could mean taking 4x30 credit year-long modules (overlapping both terms), or 8x15 credit modules (4 per term).


Transcripts will arrive at ISEP by mid-March (if studying at UEL during Term 1) or mid-August (if studying during Term 2, or for a full year). Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Special Academic Conditions
Field of study CLOSED to ISEP Students: Physiotherapy, Social Work, Podiatry. Students who request courses in these fields will not be considered for placement at this institution.

Only students coming to UEL for a full academic year are permitted to take classes from the School of Education.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Audition is required for Theatre applicants (CD, webspace). Portfolio required for art and design students.

Hints for Researching Courses
The most current module guide for study abroad students can be found here. Students are allowed to take modules on both the Docklands and Stratford campuses located only a short distance apart. Please contact educationabroad@uel.ac.uk if module descriptions are needed prior to application.

Housing and Meals

Students have their own en-suite bedroom with internet connection and incoming telephone line. Students share a large kitchen/lounge with 5 other students. All rooms are on-campus (Docklands campus). A refundable housing deposit is required. ISEP Exchange students will receive a stipend based upon self-catering costs during teaching weeks. Meal vouchers will be issued from International reception on arrival.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: £400

All overseas students are invited to take part in a one week programme prior to commencement of studies. This includes airport collection, practical information on life in the UK and London, as well as Visa information, Study Skills, cultural and social events. Trips are organised to well known tourist destinations in London and elsewhere, including Oxford, Cambridge, Hampton Court Palace.


Airport pickup will be available, and students will register through the International Office.

Student Activities
The University campus offers a variety of social activities for students, including over 70 clubs and societies, many sports teams and several cafes and bars, and a campus shop. Our state-of-the-art Sports Centre at Docklands campus will open in 2012. The US Olympic team will be using our Docklands campus as a base for the 2012 London Olympic games.

The International Office and the Students’ Union organize regular trips to various parts of the country such as Cambridge and Oxford, providing an ideal way for students to make new friends and see more of the UK.

For participants arriving at the beginning of the academic year, the University provides Meet and Greet Pick-up service from Heathrow and Gatwick airports. In addition, a full program of orientation and social events, guided tours of the campus and city, and trips to local areas of interest are organized to help international and exchange students familiarize themselves with their new surroundings.

UEL is a modern university with over 20,000 students from 120 different countries. We have been teaching since the 1800’s, and achieved University status in 1992. In recent years, we have invested over $200 million in facilities for students at our Docklands and Stratford campuses, making us one of the UK’s most forward thinking institutions.