The University of London is proud of its history of global engagement since its founding in 1836. The first UK university to open its doors to all regardless of gender or creed, we were also the first to enable students to take our degrees anywhere in the world.

During the 20th century the University was responsible for the development of higher education systems not only in the UK, but also in Commonwealth countries, where our former university colleges flourish today as significant players in their national, regional and international higher education contexts.

The University of London’s purpose has always been to pioneer unique forms of education and research that transform lives and society. Today, with students in 190 countries, we are a leading force in transnational higher education.

We educate students from all backgrounds – without regard to race or colour, nationality, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability.  The University is committed to sharing and exchanging knowledge and expertise with academics, professionals, their institutions, their organisations and their communities as part of our societal engagement wherever this is relevant to local needs.