What can I expect from the programme?
The BA in Language and Culture is a distinctive degree programme, for several reasons. It was established to take advantage of the unparalleled range of disciplines and less commonly taught languages which UCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities can offer. The programme’s intercultural and interdisciplinary ethos echoes UCL’s Global Strategy: you will find yourself working with students from a range of different countries and backgrounds, all of whom will be studying quite disparate combinations of courses and languages. The most obvious practical implication of this is that you will be taking courses in more than one department. However, all Language and Culture students are together once a week for the core course. This kind of programme demands and expects certain qualities in its students: open-mindedness, self-reliance, initiative.
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Which Department will I belong to?
There is no Department of Language and Culture at UCL. Your 'home' Department will be the one in which your main language is taught. However, for administrative matters connected to the BA programme, your first port of call should be the Programme Administrator, Karin Charles. The Programme Tutor, Federica Mazzara, will also be your personal tutor, with whom you can discuss course choices, problems affecting your studies, and so on.
How can I decide which courses to take?
You are always welcome to contact the Programme Tutor for guidance on course choices. Some courses are compulsory, and these will appear on your profile on Portico. However, this BA does give you a lot of free choice, within certain parameters. You can make sure you are fully informed about courses available by perusing the webpages of relevant language departments, and by talking with lecturers and administrators. Please note, too, that sometimes there are unavoidable timetable clashes, and in such cases you will have to decide which course to prioritise.