UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Why Study Languages


"A global Britain following our exit from the European Union will also need greater investment in languages to build and sustain relationships" -Director of European Department, FCO from British Council 'Languages for the Future report '17.

Languages are taught at degree level at both UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS). Amongst these two departments UCL can offer over 280 combinations in the Modern Languages BA and many that cannot be studied in conjunction anywhere else in the UK.

At SSEES, we cover languages from two major language families of the world (Indo-European and Uralic): alongside the Slavonic languages (Czech, Polish, Slovak, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovene, Belorussian, Russian, Ukrainian) which are spoken across the region, you can study Romanian – a Romance language closely related to Italian, French, and Spanish –, Albanian, two Baltic languages: Latvian and Lithuanian, as well as Estonian, Finnish, and Hungarian: the three Uralic languages which are among the official languages of the EU (other Uralic languages are spoken by ethnic minorities in Russia). Studying one of the languages of the region will not only enhance your communication skills, it will also allow you to understand the diverse cultural resources of our world and to appreciate different patterns of life in various parts of Europe, as well as to switch between languages and cultural contexts flexibly. We cannot understand people without talking to them. So, why not learn one of the languages of Central and Eastern Europe? 

Our study and research at UCL focuses on the literature, linguistic traditions, history, sociology, philosophy, art, film and other aspects of the cultures associated with the languages we teach. Our taught programmes are innovative and interdisciplinary; academic colleagues and students engage with many urgent concerns facing the world today by understanding Europe’s languages, cultures and histories and their impact globally.