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Fees and funding
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.
- UK & EU fee
- £9,250 (2017/18)
- 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.
We offer the A A Parker and Alcana Galiano prizes annually to the most outstanding undergraduates studying Spanish and Latin American Studies.
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.
This four-year programme combines the study of Spanish language and its varieties with modules in the film, languages, literature, history and cultures of Spain and Latin America, from the early modern period to the present day. Year three is spent abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.
- UCL is an important centre for Hispanic and Latin American Studies, with a wealth of expertise in areas from Cervantes to Borges.
- You will receive high-quality language instruction combined with innovative, research-led teaching of a wide range of Spanish and Latin American literature, culture and film topics.
- Your third year will be spent in a Spanish-speaking country - an experience which contributes vastly to your linguistic competence and cultural understanding. The department currently has links with universities in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain.
- You will benefit from the resources of the UCL Library, Senate House Library of the University of London, the Instituto Cervantes, Canning House and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.
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 must take a total of 4 course units each year.
Compulsory Modules (3.0 course units)
- SPAN1001 Spanish Language 1 (1.0cu)
- SPAN1*/PORT1* modules (2.0cu)
Optional Modules (1.0 course units)
Two ELCS1* first-year level modules (1.0cu)
Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)
- SPAN2001 Spanish Language 2 (1.0cu)
Optional Modules (3.0 course units)
A total of 2.5cu from SPAN2*/SPAN7*/PORT2* optional modules plus one 0.5cu ELCS6* intermediate-level module.
A total of 2.0cu from SPAN2*/SPAN7*/PORT2* optional modules plus two 0.5cu ELCS6* intermediate-level modules.
Year Three (Year Abroad)
Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)
- SPAN4001 Spanish Language 3 (1.0cu)
Optional Modules (3.0 course units)
A total of 2.5cu from SPAN4*/SPAN7*/PORT4* optional modules plus one 0.5cu ELCS4* advanced-level module.
A total of 2.0cu from SPAN4*/SPAN7*/PORT4* optional modules plus two 0.5cu ELCS4* advanced-level modules.
- Spanish grade A required.
- 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
- A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Spanish at grade 6, 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:
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, including Spanish at D3
A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Spanish at grade A
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. Spanish is required.
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.
In addition to your language competence your studies will develop skills in close and critical reading, the analysis and communication of complex material, and the ability to organise your own time - all of value in your future employment.
Fluency in the Spanish language opens up exciting career paths around the world as politics and commerce become increasingly global.
Career alternatives include areas such as finance, journalism, law, education, commerce, arts administration, the civil service, the media, or translation and interpreting. Of course, the pursuit of further study is also an option open to you.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of Spanish and Latin American Studies programmes at UCL include:
- Teaching Assistant, London
- Assistant TV Producer, Disney World Company
- Technology Consultant, Asenqen
- Press Officer, Maido
- Live Subtitler, Independent Media Support (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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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