Princeton Program: University College London
Fees at UCL are set in pounds(GDP) and are therefore subject to fluctuations in the currency. The estimates below do not include funds required for personal travel outside of London and for major purchases. UCL also provides estimates for living expenses.
Tuition Fee: for 2012-13: 14,000 GBP for arts/humanities-related subjects, plus economics and mathematics; 18,500 GDP for science and engineering-related subjects, plus anthropology, archaeology, fine art, geography, and psychology.
If you are admitted for the First Term (fall), you will be charged 45% of the appropriate yearly tuition fee, and if you are admitted for the Second and Third Terms (winter, spring), you will be charged 55%. If you are jointly admitted to two departments, the tuition fee is charged based on the first-named department of admission.
Living Expenses: In addition to the tuition fees stated above, your main costs as a student will be living expenses, including accommodations, travel, entertainment, books, and food. Estimates vary as to how much these costs might be, as they depend in part on personal taste and circumstancesA total of 245 GBP per week is considered to be a reasonable average by UCL. The biggest weekely expenses are accommodations (100 GBP-140 GBP); food, toiletries, etc. (50 GBP); entertainment (50 GBP); local travel (10 GBP); and books and equipment (15 GBP).
These estimates do not include funds required for personal travel outside of London and for major purchases.
Travel: Students will be responsible for arranging their own travel to and from London. Round trip airfare from New York is usually about $800.
Insurance: All students are required to carry health insurance. Student health insurance that is valid overseas may be purchased through Princeton University for $810 per semester (2011-12 rate). Students who are covered by other insurance plans must confirm that they will be covered while studying abroad..
Passport: Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in the United Kingdom. U.S. passport fees are $110 (application fee) plus a $25 execution fee. Fees are $110 to renew your passport. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.
Visa: If you are studying in the UK for six months or less and do not plan to intern/work/volunteer while you are there, then you can enter as a student visitor. Non-visa nationals (which include US citizens) do not need to apply for student visitor clearance before arriving in the UK. They do, however, need to bring specific documents with them to show the entry clearance officer upon arrival. If you are not a US citizen, you should check the list of visa nationals on the UKBA website to see if you need to apply for student visitor clearance ahead of time. If you enter as a student visitor, you must leave at the end of six months. You can leave the UK and re-enter as a tourist if you just want to sight see or do research on your own during the summer, but you will not be able to extend your student visitor visa to study or work/intern during the summer in the UK.
If you are studying in the UK for more than six months or want to have the option to intern/work/ volunteer while you are there, then you need to get a Tier 4 Student Visa. This visa is much more complicated and you need to start the process six-eight weeks before you plan to leave for the UK. You will have to get specific information from UCL, fill out an online application, and gather specific documents to submit the application for the Tier 4 visa.
Financial Aid: Students who are approved to study abroad at UCL for Princeton credit may use financial aid to meet expenses. Students should read the Financial Aid Study Abroad Information sheet" and must submit a Budget form for Study Abroad. The Financial Aid Office will review the budget and adjust the student’s financial aid award as appropriate. The budget should include tuition, room, board, travel, books, personal expenses, and the Princeton administrative fee.