Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad BA

London, Bloomsbury
Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad BA (2023)

This four-year degree offers the same advantages as the Comparative Literature BA, with the added attraction of a year spent overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe or the Americas. It combines comparative critical enquiry with a more in-depth study of one modern European language, its literature and culture.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
24,000 (2022/23)
Programme starts
September 2022
Application deadline
26 Jan 2022
UCAS course code
Q201

Entry requirements

Grades
AAA
Subjects
A humanities subject required. French or Spanish required at grade A if one of these is to be studied as major language pathway.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6 and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer information

Grades
ABB more about contextual offers
Subjects
A humanities subject required. French or Spanish required at grade A if one of these is to be studied as major language pathway.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6 and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects with no score lower than 5. French or Spanish required at higher level grade 6 if one of these is to be studied as major language pathway

Contextual offer

Points
34 more about contextual offers
Subjects
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects with no score lower than 5. French or Spanish required at higher level grade 6 if one of these is to be studied as major language pathway.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA. A humanities subject required. French or Spanish required at grade A if one of these is to be studied as major language pathway.

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). French or Spanish required at grade A if one of these is to be studied as major language pathway.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. French or Spanish required at grade D3 if one of these is to be studied as major language pathway

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

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: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

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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.

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

Course overview

In years one and two you will take culture-specific compulsory modules in the School of European Language, Culture and Society or in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. You will also study language and literature modules in one foreign language - selected prior to enrolment - either at beginner’s level or at more advanced post-A level alongside students taking modern languages degrees.

You will also take modules in comparative literature and select from a wide range of options across different specialisms.

The third year is spent abroad where your foreign language of choice is spoken. At least 50% of the subjects studied abroad must be in the area of literary and cultural studies. You may also study a second language subject with the host university's permission.

In your final year you will continue studying either your first foreign language or a different foreign language (which may be the one you began studying abroad) at an advanced level, together with comparative literary elective modules. You will also take a  dissertation module allowing you to focus on an area of your interest from your studies. 

Please click here for a current list of undergraduate modules in SELCS.

What this course will give you

UCL, being London's Global University, provides the ideal environment in which to undertake a Comparative Literature degree. You will work with both academics and fellow students from all over the world. This dynamic programme examines world literature from diverse geographical and cultural perspectives and equips students for a career in today's global society. 

This programme offers the opportunity to study one or two modern languages to an advanced level, and incorporates an engagement with literature written in different cultural contexts.

The Year Abroad will give you a deeper understanding of a modern foreign language and its variants as well as giving you the experience of living and studying in another country.

Comparative literature modules in years one and two and in your final year will explore the reception, circulation and translation of texts across different periods and cultures.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

Cultural Encounters in World Literature
How to Read Texts

Optional modules

You will take 120 credits of modules per year of study. You will select at least 30 credits from a list of comparative literature modules. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may also be read in the original language.

You will also select 30 credits of language modules and 30 credits of language-specific literature modules focusing on the close analysis of literary texts in a language other than English.

Compulsory module(s)

Imitation, Invention, Authorship
Word, Image, Sound

Optional modules

You will select at least 30 credits from a list of comparative and literary modules taught in SELCS, SSEES, and Greek & Latin. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may also be read in the original language.

You will also select 30 credits of language modules and 30 credits of language-specific literature modules focusing on the close analysis of literary texts in a language other than English.

Year abroad

You will spend your Year Abroad at a university in the country where your main target language is spoken, studying alongside native speakers, to make the most of your cultural and linguistic immersion. British Council language assistantships are available subject to approval.

The experiences and skills developed while abroad further academic and personal development, cultural and social awareness, provide a foundation for further study and enhance career prospects.

For further information please visit the SELCS Year Abroad website.

Compulsory module(s)

Dissertation

Optional modules

You will select at least 30 credits from available comparative and literary advanced modules. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may also be read in the original language.

You will also select 30 credits of language modules and at least 30 credits of language-specific literature modules focusing on the close analysis of literary texts in a language other than English, and on their wider cultural context.

Your learning

Assessment

You will be assessed by written examination and essay. Project work and a dissertation will contribute to your overall assessment. You will be required to give presentations, work on group projects and multimedia projects and actively participate in class discussion. Languages are also assessed by oral examination.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

Employability

Upon graduation you will have gained breadth of knowledge, cultural awareness, writing skills, and familiarity with advanced textual analysis. You will have a detailed and effective understanding of at least one language other than English and will be able to work flexibly and creatively across cultures and in a range of fields.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) 9,250 (2022/23)
Tuition fees (2022/23) 24,000 (2022/23)

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK 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 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.

Additional costs

In addition, please note that if you wish to study abroad during your programme at UCL, this is likely to incur additional costs. Studying abroad may cost between £200–£1,000 per month depending on where you choose to study. The cost of studying abroad can be difficult to predict as it will depend on your priorities and choices. There is more information available on the UCL Study Abroad website.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

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.

Scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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Modern European Languages Scholarship

Value: £500 per year (Up to 4 years)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

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.

Next steps

Your application

Your personal statement is of great importance. We expect the fullest possible account of your literary interests, including extracurricular readings. We want you to reflect on your familiarity with different cultures and on your ability to think critically and creatively across languages and cultures. We particularly welcome applicants with a good knowledge of at least one language other than English.

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.

Selection

We may interview candidates in person or by telephone to assess linguistic ability (if stated), cultural awareness and intellectual potential. If you meet our entry criteria and show the required level of motivation, we will invite you to a Post Offer Open Day

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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