Global Studies and Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year) BA (Hons)
University of Essex
Key Course Facts
Our five-year BA Global studies and Latin American Studies (including foundation year and year abroad), will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the four year version of this course and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge as well as improves your academic skills in order to support your academic performance.
This five-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of study, plus a study abroad year. During your Year Zero, you study three academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory academic skills module, with additional English language for non-English speakers.
You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.
After successful completion of Year Zero in our Essex Pathways Department, you progress to complete your course with our Interdisciplinary Studies Centre.
This interdisciplinary degree combines the breadth of Global Studies with deep engagement in Latin American history and culture. Latin America is one of the most fascinating and complex areas of the world, home to a rich diversity of indigenous people, as well as some of the world’s fastest growing economies, greatest environmental challenges, and richest cultural traditions. Latin America is an area of study that will surprise you, challenge you and broaden your horizons.
Language is fundamental to our thought, our relationships, and our civilisations. As part of this degree, you will add a language to your portfolio, through either learning Spanish from scratch or developing existing skills in Spanish and/or Brazilian Portuguese to a high level, and spending your third year at a university in a Latin American country.
This course differs to BA Global Studies with Latin American Studies in that it includes a compulsory year abroad in a Latin American country and has a compulsory language component.
What You Will Learn
Programme content: As a student of Global Studies and Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year), BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Minimum Required UCAS Tariff
To include 2 full A-levels (or equivalent)
We are happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
UK and EU applicants: All applications for degree courses with a foundation year (Year Zero) will be considered individually, whether you • think you might not have the grades to enter the first year of a degree course; • have non-traditional qualifications or experience (e.g. you haven’t studied A-levels or a BTEC); • are returning to university after some time away from education; or • are looking for more support during the transition into university study. Mature applicants and non-traditional academic backgrounds: We welcome applications from mature students (over 21) and students with non-traditional academic backgrounds (might not have gone on from school to take level 3 qualifications). We will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference, to gain a rounded view of your suitability for the course.
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Graduate Degrees
- Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Global Studies and Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year), BA (Hons).
Tuition Fees Global Studies and Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year) BA (Hons)
|England UK||£9250||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||year 1|
Additional fee information
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
How to apply
January 1, 2024
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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About University of Essex
The University of Essex, is a public, research university where curiosity prevails and thinking outside the box isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. Based in the county of the same name, Essex, the main campus is located in Wivenhoe Park, near Colchester. It is home to the university’s three faculties, Humanities, Science & Health and Social Sciences, as well as a very large community of local rabbits, and other small fauna typical of the English countryside.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
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|American Studies and War Studies BA (Hons)||York St John University||85%||0%||10%||£9250||£12750||83||York||On campus Full-time|
|Modern Languages with Latin American Studies (Inc Foundation Year) BA (Hons)||University of Essex||76%||0%||10%||£9250||£16850||110||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|Global Studies with Latin American Studies (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons)||University of Essex||85%||11%||2%||£9250||£16850||113||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|History and American Studies with Foundation Year BA (Hons)||York St John University||81%||0%||8%||£9250||£12750||107||York||On campus Full-time|
|American Studies and English BA (Hons)||The University of Nottingham||73%||3%||15%||£9250||£20000||136||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|
|American Studies and Film Studies BA (Hons)||York St John University||86%||3%||0%||£9250||£12750||117||York||On campus Full-time|
|American Studies (United States) (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons)||University of Essex||78%||0%||20%||£9250||£16050||90||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|American Studies with a Foundation Year BA (Hons)||Swansea University||78%||0%||10%||£9000||£16000||142||Swansea||On campus Full-time|
|Politics and American Studies BA (Hons)||The University of Nottingham||53%||1%||5%||£9250||£20000||141||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|