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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK & EU fee
£9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas fee
£17,710 (2017/18)

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.

Departmental scholarships

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.

Modern Languages BA: Italian (+ 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 very international population, meaning you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages and learn about the associated cultures and societies. 

  • 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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

  • 74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Students take 4.0 cu every year.

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

From 2012-13, 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 Italian side in Year 2.

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

Year One

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)

  • ITAL1010 First Year Italian Language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (1.0 course units)

Two ITAL1* optional modules (0.5cu each)
One ITAL1* optional module plus one of:

  • ELCS1***: any ELCS Intermediate module (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)

  • ITAL2020 Second Year Italian Language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

Two ITAL2* optional modules (0.5cu each)
One ITAL2* optional module plus one ELCS6* intermediate-level or SSEES cross-cultural module if you did not take one from the Italian side of your degree in Year 1 (0.5cu each)

Year Three (Year Abroad)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)

  • ITAL4040 Final Year Italian Language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (1.0 course units)

Two ITAL4* optional modules (0.5cu each)
One ITAL4* optional module plus one ELCS4* advanced-level module (0.5cu each).


There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates. We seek to embed within 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 (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • Client Reporting Analyst, Threadneedle Investments
  • Business Analyst, Accenture
  • Editorial Assistant Intern, Hachette UK
  • English Language Assistant, British Council
  • Full-time student, MSc in Management at the LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Application and next steps

Your application

In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in the literature, culture and history of the languages you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the languages (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country or countries 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 2018


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. There, you will experience the sort of teaching 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 please submit your application to the Modern Languages BA. All applicants will then be contacted to confirm the chosen combination of languages they wish to be considered for. Please note that French and Spanish are not taught from beginner's level, therefore an A level or equivalent is required for these languages. 

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

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