Undergraduate FAQs


  • Are there open days that prospective students can attend?

Yes. SELCS is represented by the Admissions Officer and Admissions Tutors at

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend either of these events then you may take:

Finally, you may contact Undergraduate Admissions Officer to make an appointment to visit SELCS (visit Contact Us)

  • How do I make an application to SELCS?

All applicants interested in pursuing a SELCS degree programme on a full-time basis should submit a UCAS application by 15th January. Any applications made to UCAS after the 15th January will only be considered if there is still availability on the particularĀ  programme you have applied for. More information about making an application can be found on the UCAS website. Applicants should let us know their language combination in section 2f of the form, in the Further Details field.

  • Can I apply for more than one SELCS degree programme?

Yes, that's absolutely fine. If you do decide to do this then ensure that your UCAS personal statement caters to both degree programmes you have applied for.

  • Does SELCS accept deferred entry applications?

SELCS is happy to receive applications from prospective students who would like to take a gap year. If your decision to take a year out before starting university is related to your studies you may want to mention this in your UCAS form personal statement.

  • How difficult is it to secure a place in SELCS?

The ratio of applicants to place across SELCS is approximately 9 applications for every place available. The rate differs across the School's programmes, and can also fluctuate from year-to-year. Although this statistic can seem very daunting, as long as you are predicted, or have achieved, the relevant entry requirements then you are eligible to be considered for a place and should not be put off making an application.

  • What subjects does SELCS prefer?

SELCS doesn't ask that students study a particular combination of subjects other than the subjects necessary for the programme that you wish to pursue (see the "entry requirements" tab for further information).

  • How important is the personal statement of my UCAS form?

The personal statement is a very important at helping the Admissions Tutors to make informed decisions about whether an application should be considered further, and ultimately be the recipient of an offer. The Admissions Tutors look at the quality of writing in English, critical perceptiveness, depth of reading in the target language, intellectual acuity and curiosity. Evidence of interest in and understanding of the literature, culture and society you have chosen to study, as well as an awareness of what studying foreign language(s) at university entails are also important. Finally, we look to see that you have understood the nature of the degree programme within SELCS to which you have applied and any extramural experiences relevant to your potential studies, such as volunteering and creative activities.

  • Can I study any languages ab initio?

With the exception of Language & Culture BA, the SELCS languages which can be studied ab initio are Dutch, German, Italian and the languages of Scandinavia.

Language & Culture BA is a degree programme that has specifically been designed to increase the flexibility of language choices to SELCS students. With this in mind, students are able to study any minor (rather than major) language on offer ab initio through either the specific language department or the UCL Language Centre.

  • Are mature students welcome to apply to a SELCS degree?

Yes. SELCS tries to be more flexible when it comes to mature students (people who are 21 years old at their entry to university). With the study of languages it is obviously important that you can demonstrate your aptitude for languages, therefore, you may find it worthwhile to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Officer to discuss your eligibility (visit Contact Us).

  • What is the SELCS stance upon resits and/or taking three years to pass my A Levels?

The Admissions Tutors are happy for prospective SELCS students to resit elements of their study to improve upon their original mark. If this means that your A Level studies (or equivalent) take longer than the usual period of time, this is absolutely fine. If you do resit any elements of your exams it is very helpful for this to be - briefly - mentioned in your UCAS form as it helps to explain any information that may seem unusual.

  • Does SELCS admit students via Clearing?

The SELCS Admissions Tutors make more offers than the School has places available which means that SELCS doesn't participate in either UCAS Adjustment or Clearing.

  • Does UCL offer Halls of Residence accommodation?

Yes. UCL guarantees Hall of Residence accommodation to all prospective students that choose UCL as their firm choice institution and have made an on-time application for accommodation to Student Residences (by 31st May of your year of entry).

  • What careers can I go on to have as a graduate of SELCS?

Languages equip you for a wide range of careers including everything from business, finance, the media, journalism, law and hospitality to public relations, the police, advertising, translation and interpreting, and teaching. As well as a very full programme of recruitment and other events, the UCL Careers Service run specific events advertising international and overseas career opportunities every year, targeting our undergraduates.

Studying at SELCS

  • How can I find out more about the academics across SELCS?
  • What are Interdepartmental Modules?

The Interdepartmental Modules or European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) modules are the modules run by SELCS (as opposed to the individual departments of the School). These modules are taught by academics from across the School which allows SELCS students to tape into the expertise of academics that are from outside of their home department.

  • How does the year abroad work?

SELCS offers a full range of possible options for the year abroad, which is a compulsory part of all our programmes. We have educational exchanges with universities from Buenos Aires to Berlin, from Paris to Rome. It is also possible to teach English through the British Council Assistantship scheme in a school, or undertake a work placement or internship.