We have an outstanding reputation for our teaching and research, with students taught by and researching alongside world-class academics. Home to the UK's first professors in Spanish, French, German, Italian and Dutch, the School brings together 11 languages, many different disciplines and a global approach to understanding languages and cultures.

African Studies Research Centre

Our expertise extends across the continent and a wide range of disciplines, with particular focus on anthropology, archaeology, geography, global health, development planning, history and education.


Comparative Literature

With its exceptional range of modern and ancient languages and cultures, UCL provides a comprehensive environment for comparative literary study.


Dutch Studies

UCL houses the oldest centre for Dutch Studies in the English-speaking world. Find out more about our programmes of study and research.

Early Modern Studies

Early Modern Exchanges

We offer an innovative blend of skills training, museum and gallery visits, object-based learning, as well as covering major thematic and methodological concerns in early modern studies.

European Studies

European Studies

Our programmes consider the cultural and intellectual life of Europe and we focus on the emergence of modern Europe, its transition and the political implications of integration.


Film Studies

UCL was the first university to establish a Film Studies Programme in the UK. We have a thriving, cross-disciplinary community of cinema scholars and research students.


French Studies

UCL was the first university in the country to create a chair of French and this was one of the first chairs of any modern language to be established anywhere in the world.

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Our programmes explore historical and contemporary changes in gender relations, sexuality and identity within social, cultural and political life.


German Studies

We are an interdisciplinary centre of excellence, offering the study of language and linguistics, literature, history, politics, theory and film.

Health Humanities

Health Humanities

We explore issues related to health and illness historically and in contemporary society, as well as the central ethical, economic and political problems facing health policy in the UK and abroad.


Italian Studies

We lead on all periods of Italian literature, from Dante to the present day, and we are one of the biggest centres for Italian studies in the UK.


Low Countries Studies

We bring together the college's expertise in Dutch Studies and we run a full programme of research, teaching, publications and events.


Scandinavian Studies

We teach the language, literature, history, linguistics and visual culture of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.


Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Established in 1828 by Antonio Alcalá Galiano, the department was one of the first in the UK and remains today a centre of academic excellence.


Translation Studies (CenTraS)

Our areas of expertise include translation theory and history, audiovisual translation, literary translation and performance, translation technology, and interpreting.


Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII)

Through our graduate programmes, we draw together various research centres grouped as the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) and chaired by the SELCS Director.