School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Study Abroad at SELCS as an Affiliate Student

SELCS welcomes students from colleges and universities around the world who wish to gain credit for modules taken at UCL in order to graduate from their home universities. Students from abroad who spend a period of study at UCL via an Erasmus, Exchange or Junior Year Abroad (JYA) scheme, or following an independent application, are classed as 'Affiliate Students'. 

Benefits of studying at UCL

As an Affiliate student you will:
•   Study alongside UCL and international students, benefiting from UCL's world-class teaching system and renowned academics.
•   Have the flexibility to take modules across a range of UCL subjects and departments, tailoring your module to your own particular interests in this area.
•   Have access to your academic Personal Tutor (known as an ‘Affiliate Tutor’).
•   Be encouraged to integrate into UCL student life, with access to events, societies and clubs both within SELCS and across UCL.
•   Benefit from the prime London location and resources through the surrounding libraries, museums and institutes.


The School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS) is a UCL department comprising six language sub-departments: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian Studies and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies. Affiliate students are able to choose from a range of modules covering literature, linguistics, history, sociology, philosophy, art, film and other aspects of the cultures associated with the languages taught in SELCS.

Period of study

UCL academic calendar can be found here. UCL International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP) takes place in the week preceding the official start of term.
•   Semester 1 = first term (autumn term)
•   Semester 2 = second + third term (spring/summer terms)

Course options

In SELCS we admit students in both September and January in three different categories:

•   SELCS as first or only named home department:
You must take 50% of your modules in SELCS. The other 50% may be taken in SELCS or in other UCL department(s), subject to space and prerequisites. 
IMPORTANT: SELCS does not manage module registration outside of this department and cannot guarantee places in other UCL departments.
•   SELCS as second named home department:
You must take 50% of your modules in your first named department at UCL, and 25% within SELCS. The remaining 25% may be taken in other UCL departments (including SELCS and your first named department), subject to space and prerequisites, and any local regulations of your first named department.
•   Affiliate students from other UCL departments:
We welcome students from a wide variety of departments and disciplines across UCL to SELCS modules, subject to space and any prerequisites. Information on how to request modules can be found here.

Programme of study

While at UCL, Affiliates follow a programme of study to the same credit level as regular UCL students. This comprises up to 120 UCL credits (60 ECTS / 32 US credits) in an academic session or up to 60 UCL credits (30 ECTS / 16 US credits) if studying at UCL for one semester.

You may well find that during your studies at UCL you are expected to undertake significantly more individual and independent study outside of classes than you are used to. As a result, you may also have fewer classes per week than at your home institution. Attendance on all classes is compulsory.


Instructions on how to apply can be found here. Applications are processed by the central UCL Admissions Office. To check your application status or ask questions about the process (including visa queries), please e-mail the Admissions Office via affiliatestudents@ucl.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 20 3108 4400.

If you are looking to apply as an Erasmus or Exchange student, please check your university has an appropriate agreement in place with UCL SELCS. Before students apply, partner universities should submit their student nominations to SELCS department via selcs.studyabroad@ucl.ac.uk.

Pre-arrival information

Modules and further information

SELCS Affiliates:

Affiliates from other UCL departments:

We look forward to welcoming you at SELCS!