The year is spent in a country where the student's (major) European language is spoken and in a university where courses relating to the humanities or social science specialism of the student will be followed.
Thanks to the department's links with leading institutions in continental Europe, students can expect the same diversity of choice in their year abroad as they enjoy throughout the rest of the degree.
ESPS has established placements in: Paris (Institut d'Etudes Politiques and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales); Bordeaux (Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux - Sciences Po, Bordeaux); Brussels (Universite Libre de Bruxelles); Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid); Seville (Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide); Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano); Rome (Universita di Roma La Sapienza); Berlin (Humboldt Universität and Freie Universität); and Hamburg (Universität Hamburg).
In addition to this, thanks to agreements with several language and social sciences departments at UCL, ESPS students are eligible to apply for Erasmus placements at a range of European universities. These include: Université Sorbonne Paris IV; Université Lumière Lyon II; Universität Wien in Vienna; Università degli Studi di Firenze in Florence; Università degli Studi di Bologna; Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale in Naples; Universitat de València; Universidad de Granada; and Universiteit van Amsterdam.
See here for possible destinations in Scandinavian countries.
The Erasmus exchange programme, which provides help and financial assistance for the year, has proved very popular with ESPS students, who have often been successful in securing places.
Unfunded exchanges beyond the EU are available for students taking Russian as their major language. These include St Petersburg State University and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).
For an indication of possible destinations for the Year Abroad please visit the UCL Study Abroad web pages.