School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


BA Language and Culture

The BA Language and Culture is a uniquely flexible programme which provides enormous scope for you to customise your degree according to your interests in languages, cultural studies, linguistics, literature and history. Combined with the study of at least two languages and a Year Abroad, this degree can be as individual as you are.

In Year 1 you will study two languages, one of which nominated as your main language and one as your ‘minor’ language. You also take the Language, Culture and Representation core module as well as further cultural and linguistic options. In Year 2 you may confirm your initial choice of main language, and either continue with your ‘minor’ language or replace it with another. Alternatively, you may be able to nominate your ‘minor’ language as your 'minor' language for the remainder of your degree (subject to approval, prerequisites and availability – see below). Year 3 is spent in a country where your main language is spoken. 

In the Final Year. You continue studying your main language and follow language-specific content modules; take content modules within one of your departments or SELCS; drop your second language in your Final Year to pursue a greater number of content modules; or apply to outside options. You can continue with your ‘minor’ language subject to approval and availability.

In the past, students have been allowed to take modules in anthropology, art history and journalism in other UCL departments and London institutions. Approval for outside options is granted on a case-by-case basis and with permission by the relevant provider. 

Your language combination should include one language you have previously studied.

Available languages

Ancient Greek Arabic Bulgarian Czech
Danish Dutch Finnish French
German Hebrew Hungarian Icelandic
Italian Japanese Latin
Polish Norwegian Romanian Russian
Serbian/Croatian Slovak Spanish Swedish
Ukrainian Yiddish
Old Norse

Arabic, Yiddish, Mandarin, Japanese, Latin or Ancient Greek are only available as ‘minor’ languages.

If you are choosing French and Spanish as your main language, an A-level grade A or equivalent in the language is required. Where taken as a 'minor' language, these will be taught in the Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE)

You can see more information about the BA Language and Culture degree, including modules and entry requirements on the BA Language and Culture course page and on the UCL Prospective Student webpage.