Centres & Languages

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.

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.



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



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.



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



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.

Scandinavian Studies

Scandinavian Studies

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

Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American

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.


The African Studies Research Centre (ASRC)

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.

Early Modern Studies

The Centre for 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.

Health Humanities

The Centre for 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.


The Centre for Translation Studies (CenTraS)

We offer short courses for professional development, as well as translation and accessibility services across different media and languages.