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Fees and funding

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

Details about financial support are available at:


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Modern European Languages Scholarship
Based on academic merit
Virtus UG Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Modern Languages BA: French (+ SSEES language)

UCAS Code: R000

This flexible programme allows students to study two languages (Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Yiddish), choosing from departments within SELCS, UCL Hebrew & Jewish and the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES).

Degree benefits

  • UCL provides an ideal environment for language study; we offer an enormous range of languages and state-of-the-art facilities, including a well-equipped language learning suite.
  • The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Languages of the Wider World, run by UCL and SOAS, brings together the expertise of a wide range of language specialists.
  • UCL has a large international population, and you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages with native speakers and learn about the associated culture and society.
  • Our location in a cosmopolitan city provides access to frequent and varied cultural events, a huge range of museums, galleries, specialist libraries and bookshops, theatres, cinemas, cuisines and cultural societies.


Students take 4.0 cu every year.

Below are the requirements for the French side of your degree.

Students must choose either a SSEES cross-cultural module or a European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) module to the value of 0.5cu in both Year 1 and Year 2.

It is taken instead of a 0.5cu module on one side of the degree in one year and instead of a 0.5cu module on the other side of the degree in the following year, in either order.

For example, if a 0.5cu ELCS module or SSEES cross-cultural module is taken out of the Russian side in Year 1, a 0.5 ELCS module or SSEES cross-cultural module must be taken out of the French side in Year 2.

For information about the SSEES side of this programme diet please consult the SSEES website:

Year One

Compulsory Modules (1.5 course units)

  • FREN1001 Use of French (0.5cu)
  • FREN1002 French Oral (0.5cu
  • FREN1102 Reading French Texts (0.5cu)
  • Francophone students do not take FREN1002; they must take another FREN1*** module (0.5cu) instead

Optional Modules  (0.5 course units)

  • FREN1101 The Making of Modern France (0.5cu)
  • ELCS6***: any ELCS Intermediate course (0.5cu)
  • SEEE****: A SSEES cross-cultural module. For an up-to-date list of modules please contact Ben Chatterley in SSEES.

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • FREN2001 Use of French (0.5cu)
  • FREN2002 French Oral (0.5cu)
  • Francophone students do not take FREN2002; they must take another FREN2*** module (0.5cu) instead

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

A total of 1.0cu from FREN2*** modules
One FREN2*** module (0.5) and one ELCS6*** or SSEES cross-cultural module (0.5) if you did not take one from the French side of your degree in year 1.

Year Three

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3003 - Third Year Project A (0.5cu)
  • ELCS3004 - Third Year Project B (0.5cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • FREN4001 Use of French (0.5 course units)
  • FREN4002 French Oral (0.5 course units)

Francophone students can choose to take FREN4003 French Essay (0.5cu) or FREN4004 Advanced Translation (0.5cu) instead of FREN4002.

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

A total of 1.0cu from FREN4*** modules
One FREN4*** module (0.5cu) and one ELCS4*** advanced-level module (0.5cu).


There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed in our teaching the acquisition of transferable skills as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Popular career paths for modern language graduates include the financial sector, the civil service, journalism, accountancy, publishing, education, advertising, the media and law. Some graduates pursue careers that make special use of their language skills, including translating, interpreting and teaching, while others continue with graduate training and research.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Immigration Liaison Assistant, British Embassy in Paris (2013)
  • Income Analyst, Bloomberg (2013)
  • Research Assistant, 2020health (thinktank) (2012)
  • Consultant, Deloitte (2012)
  • Architectural Assistant, Nick Wilson Architecture (2011)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

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

In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in the literature, culture and history of the language you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the language (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country in question.

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 2016


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree and you receive and 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.

When applying for a place on this programme, all applicants must indicate in the space provided on their application the combination of languages that they wish to be considered for. Please note that French and Spanish are not taught brom beginner's level so and A level or equivalent is essential.

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

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