Scandinavian Studies


Prospective Students

UCL is one of only two departments in the UK to offer degree-level study of the Nordic region. A degree in Scandinavian Studies will introduce you to the languages, history and culture of this unique region, while offering rigorous academic training in the heart of London. 

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A BA in Scandinavian Studies, Icelandic, or Viking and Old Norse Studies makes you stand out from the crowd! 

Each of our undergraduate degrees combines intensive language learning with modules on the history and culture of this fascinating region. As a student at the UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies, you will spend the first two years of the degree in London before travelling abroad to study at a Scandinavian university.

Spending your third year abroad is the perfect opportunity to get to know the region first-hand, practice the language, and make friends with other, like-minded students. 

After a final, fourth year of study back in London, you will have mastered at least one Nordic language and you will graduate with a sophisticated understanding of the Nordic region and its relationship with the rest of the world. You’ll also have honed your written and oral communication abilities, and you’ll have learned how to develop and carry out independent, academic research. 

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“I love studying in the Scandinavian Department at UCL because it is so tight-knit, and we can help and support each other in seminars. It means support is always just round the corner.”

BA Scandinavian Studies student

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