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Applications for Undergraduate Programmes 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.

Please ensure you've read the guidelines and entry requirements for the Programme you wish to apply for before submitting your application. All the UCAS codes and entry requirements can be found on our undergraduate webpage.

If you have any questions about applying for any of the undergraduate courses in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society please do get in touch with the Admissions team.

Please note that for 2019 entry we no longer have a BA Modern Languages (R000) or the BA Modern Language Plus (RY00). Instead you will apply for the exact combination you are interested in studying. You can find UCAS Codes and entry requirements for all combinations here.

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Can I attend an Open Day?

Yes, SELCS is represented by the Admissions team and Admissions Tutor at the following:

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend either of these events then you may take:

Finally, you may contact SELCS Admissions to make an appointment to visit us.

How do I make an application to SELCS?

All applicants interested in pursuing a SELCS degree programme on a full-time basis should submit a UCAS application by 15th January. Any applications made to UCAS after the 15th January will only be considered if there is still availability on the particular  programme you have applied for. More information about making an application can be found on the UCAS website.

Once we receive your application we will write to you personally to request your language combination or language choice.

Can I apply for more than one SELCS degree programme?

Yes, that's absolutely fine. If you do decide to do this then ensure that your UCAS personal statement caters to both degree programmes you have applied for.

Does SELCS accept deferred entry applications?

SELCS is happy to receive applications from prospective students who would like to take a gap year. If your decision to take a year out before starting university is related to your studies you may want to mention this in your UCAS form personal statement.

How difficult is it to secure a place in SELCS?

The ratio of applicants to place across SELCS is approximately 9 applications for every place available. The rate differs across the School's programmes, and can also fluctuate from year-to-year. Although this statistic can seem very daunting, as long as you are predicted, or have achieved, the relevant entry requirements then you are eligible to be considered for a place and should not be put off making an application.

What subjects does SELCS prefer?

SELCS doesn't ask that students study a particular combination of subjects other than the subjects necessary for the programme that you wish to pursue (see the "entry requirements" tab for further information).

How important is the personal statement of my UCAS form?

The personal statement is a very important to help us to make informed decisions about whether an application should be considered further, and ultimately be the recipient of an offer. The Admissions Team look at the quality of writing in English, critical perceptiveness, depth of reading in the target language, intellectual acuity and curiosity. Evidence of interest in, motivation and an understanding of the literature, culture and society you have chosen to study, as well as an awareness of what studying foreign language(s) at university entails are also important. Finally, we look to see that you have understood the nature of the degree programme within SELCS to which you have applied and any extramural experiences relevant to your potential studies, such as volunteering and creative activities.

What if I am applying to SELCS for a course that isn't available elsewhere? How do I tailor my personal statement?

We are aware that some of our courses are only available at UCL, and you are applying for 5 choices with your UCAS form and personal statement. We do not require an additional personal statement as part of your application. Try to focus on the relevant skills that are relevant to all the courses you are applying for.

Can I study any languages ab initio?

You can study the majority of our languages ab inition (from beginners level) apart from French and Spanish, we only teach these languages at advanced level (post A-level or equivalent).

The SELCS languages which can be studied ab initio are Dutch, German, Italian. Portugese and the Scandinavian languages (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish).

If you wish to study Spanish or French ab initio (from below A-level standard) then you should consdier the BA Language & Culture. This degree programme has specifically been designed to increase the flexibility of language choices to SELCS students. With this in mind, students are able to study any of our languages on offer ab initio through either the specific language department or the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE).

Are mature students welcome to apply to a SELCS degree?

Yes. SELCS tries to be as flexible as possible when it comes to mature students (people who are 21 years old at the point of entry to university). With the study of languages it is obviously important that you can demonstrate your aptitude for languages.

What is the SELCS stance upon resits and/or taking three years to pass my A Levels?

We are happy for prospective SELCS students to resit elements of their study to improve upon their original marks. If this means that your A-Level studies (or equivalent) take longer than the usual period of time, this is absolutely fine. If you do resit any elements of your exams it is very helpful for this to be - briefly - mentioned in your UCAS form as it helps to explain any information that may seem unusual.

Does SELCS admit students via Clearing?

The SELCS Admissions Tutors make more offers than the School has places available which means that SELCS does not participate in UCAS Clearing.

Does UCL offer Halls of Residence accommodation?

Yes. UCL guarantees Hall of Residence accommodation to all prospective students that choose UCL as their firm choice institution and have made an on-time application for accommodation to Student Residences (by 31st May of your year of entry).

What careers can I go on to have as a graduate of SELCS?

Languages equip you for a wide range of careers including everything from business, finance, the media, journalism, law and hospitality to public relations, the police, advertising, translation and interpreting, and teaching. As well as a very full programme of recruitment and other events, the UCL Careers Service run specific events advertising international and overseas career opportunities every year, targeting our undergraduates.

Studying at SELCS

How can I find out more about the academics across SELCS?

How does the Year Abroad work?

SELCS offers a full range of possible options for the Year Abroad, depending upon your degree programme, which is a compulsory part of all our four-year programmes (except BA Comparative Literature). We have educational exchanges with universities from Buenos Aires to Berlin, from Paris to Rome. It is also possible to teach English through the British Council Language Assistantship scheme in a school abroad, or undertake a work placement or internship (subject to approval).