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Fees and funding

Fees
UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£15,660 (2015/16)
Funding

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Scholarships

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
Value
£5,000
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria
Based on academic merit
Virtus UG Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY
Value
£7,812.50
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria

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.

This BA, taught in conjunction with UCL's School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES), combines study of the languages and culture of Scandinavia with a wide range of optional courses in the history of the Nordic and Baltic regions. Year three is spent in a Scandinavian country.

Degree benefits

  • The opportunity to learn a Scandinavian language of which you have no prior knowledge, and to attain a near-native level of competence by the time you graduate.
  • Spend a year abroad in Scandinavia, benefiting from the department's extensive contacts with universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
  • The Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL is unique in the UK in having specialists across the areas of language, politics, history, medieval studies, literature and film.
  • SSEES is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. The SSEES library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.

Structure

Students take 4.0 course units (cu) every year. Below are the requirements for the Scandinavian side of your degree. Students must take one European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) module out of the Scandinavian side of their degree in either first or second year.  In the final year they can choose whether to take an ELCS module or not.  Students are not permitted to take an ELCS module out of the History side of their degree in any year.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (1.5cu)

  • SCAN1001 Basic Danish/ SCAN1002 Basic Swedish/ SCAN1003 Basic Norwegian/ SCAN1004 Basic Modern Icelandic (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (0.5cu or 1.0cu)

  • SCAN1102 Introduction to Linguistics and the Scandinavian Languages (0.5cu)
  • SCAN1201 Nordic Storytelling (0.5cu)
  • SCAN1303A Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region (term 1) (0.5cu)
  • SCAN1303B Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region (term 2) (0.5cu)
  • SCAN1303 Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region (terms 1+2) (1.0cu)
  • SCAN1401 Introduction to Old Norse (0.5cu)
  • SCAN1402 Vikings and Material Culture (0.5cu)
  • ELCS6*** Any intermediate-level ELCS module (0.5cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0cu)

  • SCAN2001 Intermediate Danish/ SCAN2002 Intermediate Swedish/ SCAN2003 Intermediate Norwegian/ SCAN2004 Intermediate Modern Icelandic (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (0.5cu or 1.0cu)

  • SCAN2* optional modules
  • SCAN7* optional modules
  • ELCS6*** Any intermediate-level ELCS module (0.5cu)

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 (0.5cu or 1.0cu)

  • SCAN4001 Advanced Danish/ SCAN4002 Advanced Swedish/ SCAN4003 Advanced Norwegian (0.5cu)/ SCAN4004 Degree-Level Modern Icelandic (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (1.5cu or 1.0cu if language is Icelandic)

  • SCAN4* optional modules
  • SCAN7* optional modules
  • ELCS4*** Any advanced-level ELCS module (0.5cu).

Entry requirements

A Levels
Grades
ABB
Subjects
History and 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
34
Subjects
A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, History and a language preferred, 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 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.

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

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). History and Foreign Language preferred at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AB. History and 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

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

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

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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

Upon graduation you will be fluent in your chosen language, and have a reading knowledge of other Scandinavian languages. Historical and literary studies will develop cultural awareness, and you will be trained in organising, presenting and interpreting complex information, effective written and oral communication, and in independent and group work.

Many of our graduates find they are able to use their Scandinavian languages in a variety of contexts, such as working for a Scandinavian company. Recent graduates have also entered translating, publishing and teaching.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme, and of related Scandinavian Studies programmes, include:

  • Full-time student, MA in Roads to Democracy at the University of Uppsala (2012)
  • Analyst, Bloomberg (2012)
  • Intern, British Embassy (2011)
  • IT Analyst, Cyber (2010)
  • Full-time student, MA in Language, Culture and History: Scandinavian Studies at UCL (2010)

*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

Your personal statement should reflect your interests, hopes and goals, especially as related to your proposed degree. Some knowledge/experience of Scandinavian culture, and an explanation of how this has motivated you to learn more, is expected. We do not necessarily require a language at A level or equivalent, but expect you to demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for language learning.

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



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 attainment as well as cultural awareness, motivation for study 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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