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UCAS code: R690
UCLs four-year Icelandic BA is the only degree programme of its kind outside Iceland. The programme aims to develop your interest in, and knowledge and understanding of Iceland and the Nordic world, in areas including languages, literature, culture and history. Your third year is spent abroad at the University of Iceland.
- Entry requirements
- Degree summary
- Degree structure
- Fees and funding
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|Subjects||Foreign language preferred.|
|AS Levels||For UK-based students 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|
|Subjects||A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including a foreign language, 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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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.
- Spend a year abroad at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.
- A broad range of course options, including Viking Studies, Old Norse, modern Scandinavian languages, literary studies, film studies, history, and cultural studies.
- The Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL is unique in the UK in having specialists across the areas of language, politics, history, medieval studies, literature and film.
- Access to the largest and oldest Scandinavian library in the country, and the state-of-the-art facilities within the Language Space.
In your first year, you will embark on an intensive study of modern Icelandic language at beginner's level, and study a mainland Scandinavian language (normally Danish), Old Norse, literary studies and linguistics.
In your second year, you will continue with language studies, begin the study of Icelandic literature, and select optional courses. You spend year three at the University of Iceland, taking a course in Icelandic for foreign students.
The final year is spent at UCL, where you will take advanced courses in modern Icelandic and Old Norse, continue your studies in Icelandic literature and take further course options.
You will 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.
Teaching consists of a mixture of lectures, classes, seminars, group work and presentations. Language elements comprise four taught hours a week for basic language in year one, four hours a week for intermediate language in year two, and two hours a week for advanced language in the final year. Much of your work will be through guided independent study. Language teaching is generally undertaken by native speakers.
Most courses are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examination. A few are assessed by essays only. Language courses are assessed by coursework, a written and an oral examination. During your year abroad, you will take courses at the host university and will complete a Year Abroad Project.
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: Icelandic BA
Upon graduation you will be fluent in Modern Icelandic, and also have a reading knowledge of other medieval and modern Scandinavian languages. Historical and literary studies will develop cultural awareness, and you will be trained in organising, presenting and interpreting complex information, in effective written and oral communication, and in independent and group work.
Many of our graduates find they are able to use their Nordic languages in a variety of contexts, such as working for a Scandinavian company. Recent graduates have also entered translating, publishing and teaching.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme, and of related Scandinavian Studies programmes, include:
- Full-time student, MPhil in Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge (2011)
- Full-time student, MA in Language, Culture and History: Scandinavian Studies at UCL (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
Your personal statement should reflect your interests, hopes and goals, especially as related to your proposed degree. Some knowledge/experience of Icelandic culture, and an explanation of how this has motivated you to learn more, is expected. We do not necessarily require a language at A level or equivalent, but expect you to demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for language learning.
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 make you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and life in SELCS.
Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainment as well as cultural awareness, motivation for study and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.
Video: applying to UCL through UCAS
Fees and funding
UK & EU fee
General funding notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
Playlist: funding for UK/EU and overseas students
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