History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies with Year Abroad BA
This four-year programme combines the study of Jewish cultural history with the study of the land (and associated languages and cultures) where many Jewish communities had their homes. The third year is spent abroad, in Jerusalem and/or in a relevant central or east European country.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2019
- London, Bloomsbury
- History required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements
- BBB (more about contextual offers)
- History required.
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects including History, with no score lower than 5.
- 32 (more about contextual offers)
- A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects including History, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. History required.
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). History required at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB. History required.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies is the only department of its kind in the UK and is highly regarded worldwide.
The programme is taught by acknowledged specialists in the field, all of whom are actively engaged in research. This will enable you to keep up-to-date with the latest debates, issues and discoveries.
UCL School of Slavonic & Eastern European Studies (SSEES) is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of central, east and south-east Europe and Russia. The SSEES library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.
You will have access to a remarkable collection of Hebrew, Yiddish, and Judaica books in the UCL Library, as well as to the special collections of the British Library, the Wiener Library, and the National Archives.
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).
Year one introduces you to the study of central and east European history and Jewish studies at the university level. In years two and four you can focus on topics of specific interest to you by choosing modules that examine particular periods and themes in east European and Jewish history. You can also study one or more relevant languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Polish, or Ukrainian. Your third year is spent abroad, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and/or in a relevant central or east European country.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
History of Eastern Europe since 1856
Seminars in History
Survey of Jewish History 2: From Medieval to Early Modern Europe
Survey of Jewish History 3: The Modern World
You will select 1.0 credits from a wide range of optional modules, including:
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Introduction to Biblical and Rabbinic Literature
Introduction to Hebrew Literature: Medieval to Modern
Introduction to Israeli Culture, Society and Politics
Introduction to Jewish Languages
Introduction to Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism
Introduction to Modern Hebrew
Introduction to Modern Jewish Literature
Introduction to the Study of Judaism
Survey of Jewish History 1: The Ancient and Medieval Near East
Core or compulsory module(s)
All second year modules are optional.
You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of optional modules within the department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies. A further 2.0 credits will be selected from SSEES.
Year three involves studying a full-time programme at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and/or a central or east European university of your choice.
Core or compulsory module(s)
All final year modules are optional.
You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of optional modules in Hebrew & Jewish Studies and a further 2.0 credits from SSEES, including the option of taking a final-year dissertation of 10,000 words for the value of 1.0 credit.
History modules are taught through lectures and seminars. Modern language study includes oral work, reading comprehension, listening comprehension and translation exercises.
Most modules are assessed by an end-of-year written examination, several essays and/or other types of coursework. Language modules are also assessed by oral examinations.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies with Year Abroad BA.
Together with subject-specific knowledge, you will acquire discipline-based skills in historical research, methodology and analysis, in addition to transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and solving problems, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing.
Our graduates take up employment in diverse fields including banking and finance, journalism, publishing, the museum sector, and librarianship. Many choose to pursue further study, either continuing within the field or training in law or teaching (primary and secondary).
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2019/20)
- Overseas students
- £19,970 (2019/20)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
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.
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.
- £31,250 split over duration of programme
- Based on academic merit
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.