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The School comprises six departments -- Dutch, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian and Spanish and Latin American Studies -- and several interdepartmental undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Details are given on the page Departments and Programmes. In any given year, it teaches approximately 800 undergraduate students, 100 postgraduate taught (MA) students, 50 research students, 15 ‘short’ course students and 35 long-distance learning students. The academic and administrative staff reflect the cosmopolitan world of London.The School’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses focus on the literatures, linguistic traditions, history, sociology, philosophy, art, film and other aspects of the cultures associated with the languages taught in the School. At both undergraduate and undergraduate level, the School accommodates students wishing to focus on a particular language or pair of languages and the cultures associated with it, as well as those who prefer an interdisciplinary approach that examines a genres and approaches that cut across conventional disciplinary boundaries. The degrees taught in School draw upon most of 30 or so ancient and modern languages taught at UCL. In addition, many degrees permit students to take courses in departments outside the School or at the UCL Language Centre.
Undergraduate and postgraduate taught (MA) students are assigned a personal tutor for the duration of their degree. Further details about personal tutoring are given on the Personal Tutoring page.
The School houses two Centres, the Centre for European Studies (CES) and the Centre for Intercultural Studies (CIS); and participates extensively in the Centre for Early Modern Exchanges.
The Centre for European Studies has, since its foundation in the late 1980s,
coordinated interdisciplinary research and teaching into matters European, often
bringing in significant outside funding. It supports conferences and seminars,
and fosters interdisciplinary research and scholarship from Masters' programmes
through to doctoral and postdoctoral research.
The Centre for Intercultural Studies promotes exchange and interaction between the diverse specialities in the School and beyond. It coordinates comparative research and graduate teaching between languages and cultures, as well as between disciplinary approaches, including Comparative Literature, Translation Studies and Gender Studies and Film Studies. In addition to scholars from the School, participating scholars are drawn from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Faculty of Laws, the Faculty of the built Environment. The Centre has collaborative links with SOAS and Imperial College. It runs a PhD seminar in Comparative Literature.
The pages on this website are the only documentation concerning courses, degrees, schemes of award, examination regulations and other matters concerning undergraduate and postgraduate study. The School does not distribute printed prospectuses or handbooks for students taking its degrees.