UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


Languages on the Programme

All students take one or two languages.

This area of the programme consists of language acquisition work aimed at achieving full fluency, as well as modules in various areas linked to the language.

Language departments offer modules in literature, linguistics, history, history of ideas, art and films as well as social, political and cultural studies.

The options offered vary from department to department. Please consult individual departments.

The languages available as major languages on the programme are:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Hebrew

An A grade at A level (or equivalent qualification) in the appropriate language is required for students wishing to major in French, or Spanish.

Mandarin, Japanese and Hebrew are offered as major languages with no prior knowledge. The only requirement is a proven ability to learn one language and enthusiasm to start another.

Arabic is available as a major language from beginner’s level only.

Students may also take a second language as their minor language from the major languages listed above, as well as from a wide range of other languages that are offered at UCL.

Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic may be taken as a minor language from beginner's level or post A level in the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education. French or Spanish may be taken as a minor language post A level in the respective departments, or from beginner's level or pre A level in the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education.

Bulgarian, Czech/Slovak, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian/Croatian, Ukrainian are available as minor languages in the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Hebrew, Yiddish, Classical Greek, and Latin are offered as minor languages in the relevant UCL language department.