UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


Why ESPS and ISPS at UCL?

  • Are you tempted by Philosophy, Politics and Economics or International Relations, but aware of the importance of a second language in today’s world?
  • Are you a talented linguist keen to become fluent but looking for more from your university education than just the language skills?
  • Are you enthusiastic about a humanities subject, but aspiring to something broader (and more employable) than a straight three-year humanities degree?

ESPS and ISPS at UCL will enable you to...

  • Benefit from UCL's world-class teaching system and the insights of its renowned humanities, language and social sciences scholars, and from the expertise of their European counterparts.
  • Experience a year abroad as part your ESPS programme at a continental university in cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Hamburg, Milan, Paris, Seville and Rome; or, as part of your ISPS degree, in Beijing, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Montreal.
  • Undertake a dissertation on an independently chosen research topic, with specialist supervision.

Interview with an Alumna – Isabel Scavetta and the ‘Career Pivot’ 

"The main skill that ESPS taught me was the ability to pick up new concepts and develop an in-depth understanding of them in a very short period of time. In one degree, you could study across 9 different humanities departments, and in our first year, we had an exam covering all of them! This is vital in industries such as consulting and technology because you’re constantly introduced to disparate subjects and you need to try and figure out ways in which they are similar to things you’ve seen before, and also what differentiates them."

UCL alumna, Isabel Scavetta (BA ESPS), recently spoke with UCL Careers about her career journey and pivoting in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Her story is truly fascinating, covering her studies and time at UCL, beyond graduation and her multifaceted career journey so far. We really hope that you gain some career inspiration from reading the conversation in full here https://bit.ly/2TrSJhM, which includes an article with the BBC.

Read further student views




Male Undergraduate of the Year Award winner 2015 - Harrison Dent

ESPS student wins Undergraduate of the Year Award

ESPS student Harrison Dent won the Male Undergraduate of the Year Award in April 2015.

Dual Degree students

Video: Dual Degree students

Year 3 students discuss the interview, different campuses and what attracted them to the programme.


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