BA Archaeology with a Year Abroad

BA UCAS F401

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.

Degree benefits

  • Gain a broad knowledge of past human societies and their development, and the varied methods of archaeological data recovery, analysis and interpretation.
  • The chance to study a particular area of the world in more depth, to gain valuable skills and experience in a different and challenging academic environment, and to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of archaeology outside the UK.
  • The UCL Institute of Archaeology is a lively and exciting place in which to study. It hosts numerous lectures by visiting archaeologists, and has a strong sense of community.
  • The Institute is home to one of the best archaeology libraries in the world and has its own teaching collections, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptology.

Core courses in the first year provide a solid grounding in the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology and an introduction to major issues in world prehistory.

The second and fourth years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas.

Your third year is spent entirely abroad at one of our partner institutions, where you will take courses and fulfil all academic responsibilities relevant to that institution. You will need to be in good academic standing and linguistically competent for your exchange destination.

Your learning

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, either field or laboratory-based. Full use is made of our extensive teaching and reference collections and close connections to the national museums and collections of London.

Assessment

Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500-word essays, is used to assess most courses. Most compulsory courses and some optional courses involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all students in archaeology.


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