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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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Polish and East European Studies BA

UCAS code: R784

Poland, with nearly 39 million citizens, is an increasingly important actor on the world economic and political stage. This programme offers the opportunity to gain excellent language skills and a profound knowledge of Polish literature, history and culture that will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in Europe.

Degree benefits

  • Gain a thorough grounding in the Polish language and culture, supplemented by a choice of optional culture, history and social science courses.
  • 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.
  • Students benefit from frequent visits and lectures by the most prominent, political, artistic and academic figures - prime ministers, foreign ministers, professors and writers.
  • Enjoy the huge benefits of studying in London, a global city with sizeable East European communities, and a host of cultural events with an East European dimension.

Your degree will train you to the highest level of proficiency in speaking, writing and understanding in your chosen language(s) whether you begin with no prior knowledge or already have a good command of the language. As you progress through the degree, compulsory language courses are tailored to your existing knowledge, and you also take a compulsory literature or culture course each year.

You are encouraged to develop and pursue your own interests through choosing options from within three pathways:

  • Language and Literature
  • Social Science
  • History

Your third year is spent abroad, which not only brings the language and culture you are studying to life, but also strengthens your resourcefulness and self-reliance. You will normally spend this year studying at a university in your chosen country, but alternatives, such as work placements, may be possible.

Your learning

Language teaching benefits from dedicated resources, including technological support through computer-aided language learning facilities, video and DVD materials, and the internet. The methods we will use to teach and assess you are varied, to ensure that they are best suited to the knowledge and skills being imparted or measured.


Assessment will include written, oral and aural examinations, presentations, extended essays and the project you undertake during your year abroad.


Year One

Compulsory Courses
SEEP1001 - Language Level (1.0cu)
SEEP2001 - Language Level 2a: Comprehension (0.5 cu)
SEEP2002 - Language Level 2b: Production (0.5 cu)
SEEE1006 - Literature and Memory (0.5 cu)
SEEE1013 - War, Trauma and Memory in East European Cinema (0.5 cu)
2.0 cu from Options 1
Options 1 (2.0cu)
SEEE2008 - Vampires, Society and Culture: Transylvania and Beyond (ELCS)
SEEE2011 - Languages in Contact along the Danube: Intercultural Frictions and Flows (ELCS)(0.5 cu)
SEEE2006 - How Words Work: Sounds and Sense (0.5 cu)
SEEE2007 - How Words Work: Meaning and Modularity (0.5 cu)
SEEE2009 - Narratives of Exile (0.5 cu)
SEEE2010 - Tales of the unexpected: the supernatural and fantastic in literature, 1800-1930 (0.5 cu)
SEEE2012 - Stories of Change, Formal Experiments and New Waves* (ELCS)
SEHI0005 - History of Eastern Europe Since 1856 (1.0cu)
SESS1205 - Understanding Politics: The Big Questions in Contemporary Europe (0.5 cu)
SESS1206 - Understanding Politics: How Politics Works (0.5 cu)
SESS1202 - Understanding Society: Introduction to Social Theory (0.5 cu)
SESS1203 - Understanding Society: Introduction to Political Sociology (0.5 cu)
SESS1204 - Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (0.5 cu)
Any course beginning ELCS6 (0.5 cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Courses
SEEP2001 - Language Level 2a - Comprehension (0.5 cu)
SEEXP002 - Language Level 2b - Production (0.5 cu)
SEEP4001 - Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5 cu)
SEEP4002 - Language Level 3b - Production (0.5 cu)
Language-Specific Literature Course (0.5 cu)
SEEE2XXX - Literature and Violence (to be validated)
SEEE2XXX Europe on Stage (to be validated)
Options 2 (2.0 cu)
1.0 cu optional culture of Eastern Europe or optional course that focuses on the specific country or region of the language
1.0 cu from available optional courses in SSEES or other UCL departments

Year Three (Abroad)

Students will be required to study at an overseas institution, complete assessments for UCL during the academic year and submit a study abroad project.
SEYA3001 -  SSEES Full Year Shell Units (3.0 cu)
SEYA3002 - Year Abroad Project (1.0 cu)

Year Four

Compulsory Courses
SEEP4001 - Language Level 3a: Comprehension (0.5 cu)
SEEP4002 - Language Level 3b: Production (0.5 cu)
SEZZ4901 Free Standing Dissertation (1.0 cu)
SEEP2011 - Polish Literature 2 (1.0 cu)
Options: 1.0 cu from available optional courses in SSEES or other UCL departments

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB-ABB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C.

IB Diploma

Points 34-36
Subjects A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

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International applicants

International qualifications

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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.

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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. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.


The programme is designed to equip you with language fluency, cultural competence, historical knowledge and social understanding. Your ability to consider issues from an international perspective will be greatly enhanced and you will develop your ability to gather and organise information, and to express yourself clearly.

Equipped with language fluency and a deep understanding of the social, political and historical factors affecting the region, you will be strongly placed to find employment in international organisations where such specialist knowledge is valued. The programme also provides transferable skills, such as organisation and communication, valuable in any career.


First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) from related SSEES BA programmes at UCL include:

  • Full-time Student, MSc in Comparative Politics at LSE (2012)
  • Fashion Assistant, Wonderland Magazine (2011)
  • Full-time student, MA in Central and South-East European Studies at UCL (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

We will be particularly interested in your motivation for choosing this programme. In addition to academic requirements, you should demonstrate an aptitude for and interest in language study, and relate how your interest in Eastern Europe was initiated. Literature, history and culture are key elements of the degree, and your interest in and experience of these fields of study are important.

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.


If you are successful in obtaining an offer and you live in the UK, you will normally be invited for an applicant open day, comprising introductory talks about SSEES and your degree, and a tour of UCL. You will also meet with a member of the teaching staff on your chosen degree programme.

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