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Fees and funding

Fees
UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,130 (2016/17)
Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2017 entry will be published when they are available.

Modern European Languages Scholarship
Value
£5,000
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria
Based on academic merit
Virtus UG Bursary
Value
£7,812.50
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

The four-year Italian BA provides a stimulating programme of Italian language and linguistics, literature, art, history and film. The third year is spent in Italy, offering unrivalled possibilities both for developing your linguistic proficiency and for immersing yourself in Italian culture. Previous knowledge of Italian is not required.

Degree benefits

  • Our department was the first to offer Italian Studies in the UK and is the only one to have a writer-in-residence on the staff.
  • Staff include experts in all periods of Italian literature, as well as historians, cultural historians and linguists.
  • Exceptional resources for Italian studies are available in the UCL Library, including five special collections on Italian studies, and a substantial video library of Italian films. The Warburg Institute Library is within short walking distance of the Italian department.
  • The department regularly welcomes distinguished visitors, including academics, critics, writers and actors to conduct seminars and workshops, hold theatre and music performances, and film screenings, including a partnership with FilmItalia.

Structure

Students must take a total of 4 course units each year.

Year One

Compulsory Modules ( 1.0 course units)

  • ITAL1010 First Year Italian Language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules ( 3.0 course units)

Four ITAL1* optional modules (2.0cu)
Two ELCS6* intermediate-level modules (0.5cu each)


Year Two

Compulsory Modules ( 1.0 course units)

  • ITAL2020 Second Year Italian Language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules ( 3.0 course units)

Four ITAL2* optional modules (0.5cu each).  ITAL1105 Background to Dante and Inferno (0.5cu) can be taken in place of a second year module if it wasn't taken in first year.
Two ELCS6* intermediate-level modules (0.5cu each)


Year Three

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules ( 1.0 course units)

  • ITAL4040 Final Year Italian Language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules ( 3.0 course unit)

A total of 2.5cu from ITAL4* optional modules plus 0.5 ELCS4* advanced-level module.

OR

A total of 2.0cu from ITAL4* optional modules plus two ELCS4* advanced-level modules. 

Entry requirements

A Levels
Grades
AAB
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
IB Diploma
Points
36
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including a foreign language, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Foreign Language preferred.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). Foreign Language preferred.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. Foreign language preferred.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

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

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Careers

By the final year, we aim to equip you with spoken and written language skills similar to those of an educated Italian. The language and transferable skills developed throughout the degree can be applied in a wide variety of professions both in the UK and abroad.

Our graduates find employment in numerous areas, including teaching, media, journalism and other arts-related fields as well as in the commercial and industrial sectors. It is also open to students of the department with a good first degree to continue their studies in Italian at graduate level by way of taught MA programmes and by research leading to the degree of MPhil or PhD.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Trainee Interior Designer, Percy Bass Ltd.
  • Senior Auditor, Deloitte
  • Writer and Researcher, Chambers & Partners

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Application and next steps

Your application

We welcome students with prior knowledge of Italian and also beginners: about half of the first-year intake begins studying Italian without previous experience. When considering your application, we look for evidence of an interest in Italian literature, culture or language structure, and enthusiasm for learning a modern language.

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017



Selection

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 attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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