UCL was founded in 1826 to open up university education in England to those who had been excluded from it.  It has the best academic to student ratio in the UK (1:10), enabling small class sizes and outstanding individual support and is one of the top two universities in the UK for the number of professors, which means that students are taught by the most highly qualified experts in their field. They also benefit from a programme of distinguished visitors and guest speakers. 

UCL attracts students from 150 countries and has active exchange and research links with nearly 300 overseas universities. It also provides an environment which encourages students to be ambitious yet idealistic. In 2013 alone, UCL students participated in 41,500 hours of voluntary work and set up 80 social enterprises and 25 student businesses.

Chevening and UCL

UCL has hosted Chevening scholars for many years.

UCL says: ‘We are committed to providing the academic foundation and personal development opportunities that will equip students from around the world to rise to the challenges of life. Our partnership with Chevening helps us to attain these goals by offering support to outstanding scholars with leadership potential who may not otherwise be able to study at UCL.

Who do UCL support?

UCL welcomes applications from all Chevening eligible countries in any subject. This year, UCL are also generously co-funding a number of awards specifically available to applicants from

  • South Africa

All applicants who wish to be considered for an award at UCL are encouraged to select UCL as their first preference in their Chevening application.