Why study at UCL SSEES?


SSEEs student in St Petersburg

UCL SSEES is a world-leading centre, and the best place in the UK, for studying Central, Eastern, South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia. We are unrivalled in offering four exciting programme areas: Economics and Business; History; Languages and Culture, and Politics and Sociology.

I preferred UCL to Oxford as I have confidence in the excellent legacy of SSEES and because I could take courses in economics and politics, which will complement the career I hope to have within the financial sector”

Charlotte Wilkinson, Russian Studies BA

Our students and academics benefit from an excellent staff to student ratio and an international student community comprising over 60 nationalities. The SSEES student body, consisting of approximately 1,000 students, is an active one, organising social events, film screenings, talks and visits relating to the region.

"There are so many social networking events, workshops, and seminars.....  there is also great support for your career at UCL.....You will never know how much IMESS could change your life, in a truly positive way, until you join this awesome programme."

Yanyan Yan, IMESS MA

After studying, SSEES graduates achieve success in both public and private sectors, as well as in national and international organisations. Recent graduates have gone on to work in the financial and banking sectors, the civil service, political think tanks, NGOs, teaching, research, law and media.

UCL is one of the world’s top universities and SSEES, with its dedicated library and award-winning building, its range of national and international connections, its unique combination of disciplinary and interdisciplinary programmes and its unparalleled range of languages offers the very best research and teaching excellence in this field.