School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, London, the UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) is a world-leading centre for teaching, research and public engagement.

Study with us

Our study and research focuses on the literature, linguistic traditions, history, sociology, philosophy, art, film and other aspects of the cultures associated with the languages we teach. Our taught programmes are innovative and interdisciplinary; academic colleagues and students engage with many urgent concerns facing the world today by understanding Europe’s languages, cultures and histories and their impact globally.

Changes to our UG degrees

Changes to our UG degrees

We've changed the way you apply to our undergraduate languages degrees. We have changed the BA Modern Languages and BA Modern Languages Plus degrees, now you'll apply to the exact combination you want to study. UCAS codes and entry requirements for the new degrees can now be found here.

Our Programmes

Our Programmes

We have an outstanding reputation for teaching and research, with students taught by and researching alongside world-class academics. Read more about our Undergraduate, Graduate Taught and Research Programmes.



Our Research covers Dutch, French, Dutch-speaking, Francophone and Hispanophone Caribbean, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Old Norse and Icelandic.

Why study at SELCS...

We offer the widest range of language and language related degrees in the UK and are consistently ranked highly across our areas of teaching.

You’ll be working with scholars who are world experts in their fields of research, including literature, history, film, art, linguistics, philosophy, politics and translation. Our research record continues to be rated as outstanding.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are interdisciplinary and offer huge scope for developing in-depth, comparative and intercultural approaches to the humanities. The geographical range of our programmes includes Europe, Francophone North Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, Latin America, and the Lusophone countries of Africa and Asia.

Our undergraduate students on 4 year degrees spend their third year abroad in Europe, Latin America, Canada or Africa doing university exchanges, work placements or teaching English in schools.