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BA Archaeology with a Year Abroad

A four-year degree at the UCL Institute of Archaeology

The Institute of Archaeology UCL offers a four-year degree, entitled BA Archaeology with a Year Abroad (BA AWAYA). The degree entails Years 1, 2 and 4 spent at UCL, taking courses and producing a dissertation in Year 4, similar to existing three-year BA programmes at UCL.

Year 3 of the BA AWAYA is spent entirely abroad at one of our partner institutions, where the student takes courses, and fulfils all academic responsibilities relevant to that institution. During Year 3 UCL fees are reduced to one-third of the standard UCL fee. If the student spends Year 3 with one of our Erasmus-Socrates partners, then no fees at all are payable for Year 3 either to UCL or to the partner institution.

The aim of the programme is to allow students to experience higher education in a different setting, access high-level expertise from beyond UCL, and gain familiarity with the theory and practice of archaeology outside the UK. Students taking the year abroad will need to be in good academic standing and linguistically competent for their exchange destination. In all cases students will benefit from the expertise and advice of UCL’s Study Abroad Office as well as our departmental Study Abroad Tutor.

  • A wide range of partner institutions is currently being established. At present there are Erasmus-Socrates agreements with universities in Denmark, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Greece and Norway. There are also major partners in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Japan. All partner institutions are of the highest academic standing.
  • Details of further institutional partnerships for the BA AWAYA programme will be added to the website as agreements are established.

Our undergraduate curriculum has changed. Below are details of the new curriculum which has been introduced for 1st year students in 2013-14. Current 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students on the BA in Archaeology with a Year Abroad Degree follow the previous structure with the same 2nd and final year as the BA in Archaeology and taking their 3rd year abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year Abroad

Year 4


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