UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)




About Us

A few reasons why you should study with us at UCL SSEES.

Beginning with just twenty language and history students and four staff, the idea of creating a Slavonic school was first proposed by, R W Seton-Watson “to remedy the neglect of Slavonic and East European Studies in the UK.”  With support from Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, later to be the first President of Czechoslovakia, SSEES was officially inaugurated in October 1915.  As an Independent University Institute by 1932, SSEES later merged with University College London in 1999, assuring its vital contribution to the UK’s cultural understanding of the Central and East European region.

From humble beginnings SSEES has now expanded to a diverse student body of over a thousand, ranging from over sixty five countries. Since 2005, our academic staff has grown to over eighty, all housed within our award-winning building in the heart of UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus, conveniently located next to the British Library, British Museum and the University of London Library. SSEES is now one of the UK's largest institutions for research and teaching on Russia, the Baltics, and Central, Eastern and South-East Europe. Our work is organised into four interrelated areas: Economics and Business; History; Languages and Culture and Politics and Sociology where we offer programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

At the centre of a vibrant network of national and international connections, SSEES is proud to host a number of public seminars and conferences featuring talks by politicians, diplomats, journalists, film makers, writers as well as specialist academics. With its unrivalled array of Slavonic and East European languages, SSEES provides a unique and dynamic environment where students acquire the expertise and skills for their future careers. Welcome to SSEES!

Why Study at UCL SSEES?

  • We are one of the world's very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. Currently we are 10th in the QS World University Rankings (2019) and 3rd in Europe in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Rankings (2017).
  • For REF 2014 UCL was the top-rated university in the UK for research strength and SSEES contributed a number of 4* (the highest) submissions which result in real world impact. You can read our case studies on the UCL Impact website. 
  • The SSEES Library is unique in the UK for the quantity of research material on open access, for its collections of journals and newspapers from the region, and for its extensive audio-visual holdings. It is housed in our award-winning building. 
  • Our central London location means you are in the centre of political, cultural and intellectual life. We have forged strong relationships with institutions that include Chatham House, the British Chamber of Commerce, the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the British Library, Transparency International and NGOs like Health Prom and the BEARR Trust – all of which have offered SSEES students and scholars internships or other opportunities for collaboration.
  • Our programmes allow interdisciplinary study across our four subject areas: Economics and Business, Politics and Sociology, History, and Languages and Cultures. All students have the option of learning a language of the region, some of which cannot be studied full time anywhere else in the UK. 
  • Around 90% of UCL graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduating, and our graduates earn around £3,000 more than the national average (data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), looking at destinations of UK and EU graduates in the 2015 cohort).