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Bulgarian and East European Studies BA
UCAS code: R781
Bulgaria has a rich cultural heritage and a strongly developing economy where specialists in Bulgarian are needed. This programme provides the opportunity to gain excellent language skills and a profound knowledge of Bulgaria's literature, history and culture, combined with an in-depth understanding of the region of Central and Eastern Europe.
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|Subjects||No specific subjects.|
|AS Levels||For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language and a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C.|
|Subjects||A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.|
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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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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.
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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.
- Gain a thorough grounding in the Bulgarian language and culture, supplemented by a choice of optional culture, history and social science courses. Spend your third year abroad.
- SSEES is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. The SSEES Library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.
- Students benefit from frequent visits and lectures by the most prominent, political, artistic and academic figures - prime ministers, foreign ministers, professors and writers.
- Enjoy the huge benefits of studying in London, a global city with sizeable East European communities, and a host of cultural events with an East European dimension.
Your degree will train you to the highest level of proficiency in speaking, writing and understanding in your chosen language(s), whether you begin with no prior knowledge or already have a good command of the language. As you progress through the degree, compulsory language courses are tailored to your existing knowledge, and you also take a compulsory literature or culture course each year.
You are encouraged to develop and pursue your own interests through choosing options from within three pathways:
- Language and Literature
- Social Science
Your third year is spent abroad, which not only brings the language and culture you are studying to life, but also strengthens your resourcefulness and self-reliance. You will normally spend this year studying at a university in your chosen country, but alternatives, such as work placements, may be possible.
Language teaching benefits from dedicated resources, including technological support through computer-aided language learning facilities, video and DVD materials, and the internet. The methods we will use to teach and assess you are varied, to ensure that they are best suited to the knowledge and skills being imparted or measured.
Assessment will include written, oral and aural examinations, presentations, extended essays and the project you undertake during your year abroad.
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).
Further details on department website: Bulgarian and East European Studies BA
The programme is designed to equip you with language fluency, cultural competence, historical knowledge and social understanding. Your ability to consider issues from an international perspective will be greatly enhanced and you will develop your ability to gather and organise information, and to express yourself clearly.
Equipped with language fluency and a deep understanding of the social, political and historical factors affecting the region, you will be strongly placed to find employment in international organisations where such specialist knowledge is valued. The programme also provides transferable skills, such as organisation and communication, which are valuable in any career.
First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) from related SSEES BA programmes at UCL include:
- Full-time student, MSc in Comparative Politics at LSE (2012)
- Fashion Assistant, Wonderland Magazine (2011)
- Full-time student, MA in Central and South-East European Studies at UCL (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
We will be particularly interested in your motivation for choosing this programme. In addition to academic requirements, you should demonstrate an aptitude for and interest in language study, and relate how your interest in Eastern Europe was initiated. Literature, history and culture are key elements of the degree, and your interest in and experience of these fields of study are important.
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 you are successful in obtaining an offer, you will normally be invited to an applicant open day, comprising introductory talks about SSEES and your degree, and a tour of UCL. You will also meet with a member of the teaching staff for your chosen degree programme.
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Fees and funding
UK & EU fee
General funding notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
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