School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)



As one of the world’s top universities, UCL excels across the humanities and social sciences. The School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS) has an outstanding reputation for its 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, SELCS brings together 11 languages, many different disciplines and a global approach to understanding languages and culture from the medieval period to the present.

SELCS offers students valuable skills for employment at a time when language skills are strongly sought after by employers. These include the ability to speak, understand and write in a foreign language, intercultural understanding, translation and communication skills, and analytical rigour.



Find out more about our Undergraduate Programmes, including details on applications and our year abroad.

Graduate Taught

Graduate Taught

We offer a range of inter-disciplinary Taught Masters Programmes. Find out more and apply now.

Graduate Research

Graduate Research

Our Research covers a broad range of topics, including cultural history, digital humanities, film, and gender.

Study Abroad at SELCS (Affiliate students)

Affiliate students are able to choose from a range of courses covering literature, linguistics, history, sociology, philosophy, art, film and other aspects of the cultures associated with the languages taught in SELCS.



SELCS offers some scholarships and bursaries to students for specific areas of study. Students can also apply for funding through UCL centrally, and via external bodies.


The admissions process differs depending on your chosen level of study. Find out more about these processes and how you can express your interest to study with UCL.


Modern Languages graduates are highly valued by employers for their linguistic and cultural knowledge, and for their set of transferable skills.