Institute of Archaeology


BA Archaeology with a Year Abroad


The Institute of Archaeology UCL offers a four-year degree, entitled BA Archaeology with a Year Abroad (BA AWAYA). The degree entails Years 1, 2 and 4 spent at UCL, taking courses and producing a dissertation in Year 4, similar to existing three-year BA programmes at UCL.

Year 3 of the BA AWAYA is spent entirely abroad at one of our partner institutions, where the student takes courses, and fulfils all academic responsibilities relevant to that institution. During Year 3 UCL fees are reduced to one-third of the standard UCL fee. If the student spends Year 3 with one of our Erasmus-Socrates partners, then no fees at all are payable for Year 3 either to UCL or to the partner institution.

The aim of the programme is to allow students to experience higher education in a different setting, access high-level expertise from beyond UCL, and gain familiarity with the theory and practice of archaeology outside the UK. Students taking the year abroad will need to be in good academic standing and linguistically competent for their exchange destination. In all cases students will benefit from the expertise and advice of UCL’s Study Abroad Office as well as our departmental Study Abroad Tutor.

  • A wide range of partner institutions is currently being established. At present there are Erasmus-Socrates agreements with universities in Denmark, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Greece and Norway. There are also major partners in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Japan. All partner institutions are of the highest academic standing.
  • Details of further institutional partnerships for the BA AWAYA programme will be added to the website as agreements are established.

Programme Structure

For more information on the structure of this Programme, including details on the modules available, please use the link below.

BA Archaeology with a Year Abroad

Archaeology with a Year Abroad BA

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
(contextual offer)
BBB (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
No specific subjects. (more about contextual offers)
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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-requirements

IB Diploma

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
(contextual offer)
32 (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5. (more about contextual offers)
UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

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

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL 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: Good

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£26,740 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


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.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Departmental scholarships

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.

Application and next steps

Your application

We use predicted grades, references, previous academic records and the personal statement on your application to assess your suitability for the programme. You should demonstrate your interest in studying archaeology and explain the measures you have taken to sustain your interest in the past. Evidence of interests and activities beyond the school curriculum will also be of benefit.

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 2019


The UCAS application forms are assessed by a central UCL team and the Institute of Archaeology. The personal statement and predicted grades are used for assessment and sometimes extra information is requested.  

On completion of the questionnaire, unless living overseas, applicants are then invited to attend an applicant open day, where they will meet staff and students and will be able to see all of the facilities on site at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and UCL.

Additionally, the open day allows you to learn about our archaeological artefacts, meet specific tutors, tour UCL and the institute, and find out more about the degree programmes, resources and facilities we offer. Alternative arrangements can be made for those living overseas.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

Programme contacts

Institutional Partners: Year abroad options

Socrates-Erasmus options

University Country Department Website
Aarhus University Denmark Institute of Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistics Website
Istanbul University Turkey Department of Archaeology Website
METU Ankara Turkey Social Sciences Institute Website
Bologna University Italy Department of Archaeology Website
University ca’Foscari, Venice Italy Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità e del Vicino Oriente Website
Padova University Italy Department of Archaeology Website
Leiden University The Netherlands Faculty of Archaeology Website
University of Bern Switzerland Institute for Archaeology Website
University of Vienna Austria Institute for Prehistory and Early History Website
Klaipėda University Lithuania Institute of Baltic Sea Region History and Archaeology Website
Jagiellonian University Poland Institute of Archaeology Website
University of Lisbon Portugal Faculty of Letters Website
University of Cologne   Germany Institute for African Studies and Egyptology   Website
University of Thessaloniki   Greece School of History and Archaeology  Website
University of Oslo  Norway Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History Website

Non-Erasmus options

University Country Department Website
Stony Brook New York USA Anthropology/archaeology Website
Michigan University USA Anthropology/archaeology Website
Toronto University Canada Anthropology/archaeology Website
Quebec University Canada Anthropology/archaeology Website
Flinders University Australia Anthropology/archaeology Website
University of Western Australia Australia Anthropology/archaeology Website
Waseda University, Tokyo Japan Anthropology/archaeology Website
Copenhagen University Denmark Archaeology Website

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