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Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley

Email: selcs.admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£14,750 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific Funding Notes

We offer the A A Parker and Alcana Galiano prizes annually to the most outstanding undergraduates studying Spanish and Latin American Studies.

Key Facts

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Interdisciplinary programme: see contributing departments
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School of European Languages, Culture and Society

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Spanish and Latin American Studies BA

UCAS Code: R4T7

This four-year programme combines the study of Spanish language and its varieties with courses in the film, languages, literature, history and cultures of Spain and Latin America, from the early modern period to the present day. Year three is spent abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects Spanish grade A required.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 36
Subjects A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Spanish at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • UCL is an important centre for Hispanic and Latin American Studies, with a wealth of expertise in areas from Cervantes to Borges.
  • You will receive high-quality language instruction combined with innovative, research-led teaching of a wide range of Spanish and Latin American literature, culture and film topics.
  • The third year of your degree will be spent in a Spanish-speaking country - an experience which contributes vastly to your linguistic competence and cultural understanding. The department currently has links with universities in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain.
  • You will benefit from the resources of the UCL Library, Senate House Library of the University of London, the Instituto Cervantes, Canning House and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

The integrated study of literature and history is the hallmark of this degree and includes compulsory courses in Latin American history, taught by specialists from UCL's Department of History. You are required to take courses to the value of 16 credits (240 ECTS) comprising a core course, Spanish and Portuguese language courses, Spanish and Latin American literature courses, and Latin American History courses. A wide range of options is available in all years.

During your third year you will undertake a course of study at a University in a Spanish-speaking country - we currently have links with universities in Spain, Mexico, Chile and Argentina.

You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

Your Learning

Language teaching takes place in small classes, with an emphasis on interaction between teacher and student which enables us to ensure that the scope and pace of learning meets your needs. You will also attend lectures and seminars in which the literary, historical and cultural elements of your studies will be discussed.


You will be assessed by a combination of written and oral examinations, essays, language work, projects and work undertaken throughout your degree, with more weight being given to studies in the later years of your programme.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Modern Latin American Literature and Culture
Spanish Language I
Tradition and Modernity: Spanish Culture 1500 to the Present

Optional courses

You may choose two courses from a wide range offered by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society, which may include:

Crime Fiction: From the Picaresque to the Detective Novel
European Art Cinema
How To Make an 8-minute Documentary
Jungle Fevers: Transatlantic Imaginations of Wild Landscapes
Poetry and Revolt

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Spanish Language II

Optional courses

You will select a total of 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Beginner's Portuguese
Borges and Cortazar
Developments in Spanish Film: Democracy
Developments in Spanish Film: Dictatorship
History and Politics of Latin America, c.1930 to the Present
The Essay in Spanish America
The Short Story in Spanish America
The Subaltern in Latin American Culture
The Theatre in Spain's Golden Age
ELCS Intermediate-level courses

Year Three

Year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country

Year Abroad Oral Assessment

Final Year

Compulsory course

Spanish Language III

Optional courses

You will select a total of 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Christian, Muslim and Jewish Themes in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges
Latin American Journeys
Latin American Vanguard Movements
Spanish and Latin American Cultural Dilemmas
Spanish Film from the 1990s: New Ways of Seeing
The Battle for Memory in the Contemporary Spanish
The Works of Cervantes
ELCS Advanced-level courses

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

In addition to your language competence your studies will develop skills in close and critical reading, the analysis and communication of complex material, and the ability to organise your own time - all of value in your future employment.

Fluency in the Spanish language opens up exciting career paths around the world as politics and commerce become increasingly global.

Career alternatives include areas such as finance, journalism, law, education, commerce, arts administration, the civil service, the media, or translation and interpreting. Of course, the pursuit of further study is also an option open to you.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of Spanish and Latin American Studies programmes at UCL include:

  • Teaching Assistant, Chelsea Academy (2011)
  • Marketing Assistant, Diageo (2010)
  • Live Subtitler, Independent Media Support (2010)
  • Social Responsibility Intern, Santander (2009)
  • Full-time student, MSc International Public Relations at Manchester Metropolitan University (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

We will be looking for a demonstrable interest in literary, historical and cultural studies, and will be curious to learn about your motivation for applying for this programme. Evidence of extracurricular interest in the culture of Spanish-speaking countries, such as reading books, newspapers and magazines, watching films, or travel to one of these countries, will be looked on favourably.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree you will be invited to attend an applicant open day at UCL. You may also be asked to respond to an admissions questionnaire and/or attend an interview (at which some Spanish may be spoken).

For candidates for whom travelling to UCL is difficult, alternative arrangements will be made. Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainment as well as cultural awareness, motivation for study and intellectual potential.

Applicants must have A level or equivalent knowledge of Spanish.

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