If you are interested in discovering Europe's extraordinarily rich and diverse culture, its global impact, or its history, institutions, economy and contemporary challenges, then this course is for you.
This option includes a year long placement in a European country. Students who choose European Studies at Reading thrive on challenge and diversity. You will spend a third of each year in Reading on European core modules, progressing from an overview of European History since 1789 via a focus on European integration and contemporary European identities to detailed case studies. Another third of your time will be devoted to a major European language - French, German or Italian - with the opportunity to take related historical or cultural modules. Finally, you will have the opportunity either to broaden your language study, with the chance to take a second language as a minor or to degree level, or to concentrate on politics, history, culture or history of art as a specialism.
Most European Studies students who come to Reading have an A level or equivalent in French, German or Italian. However, we do offer German and Italian at beginners' level.
According to the latest data in 2012, 90 per cent of graduates in European Studies went on to work and/or study within six months of graduating. Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers from marketing, journalism, teaching, and the diplomatic and civil services, including the EU civil service. Recent graduates from European Studies have gone on to work for:
- the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (News Team Director)
- Welsh Assembly Government (Team Support)
- Rexel in France (Assistant Executive)
- EKKE in Greece (Research Officer
Others go on to postgraduate study at MA and PhD level at Reading and elsewhere.
Department of Modern Languages and European Studies
The Department of Modern Languages and European Studies is based within the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading. The department is made up of four distinct areas of study; French Studies, Italian Studies, German Studies and European Studies. However there is more to us than studying a language. Within the department we combine the study of modern languages with history, politics, and culture, giving our undergraduates the opportunities to not only expand their knowledge of a modern language, but to also learn about the country and culture surrounding that language. Our undergraduate courses offer huge flexibility in their combinations within the department and in the wider university landscape. There are opportunities throughout to take part in work placements and study abroad.
Graduates in Modern Languages and European Studies from the University of Reading have promising career prospects in front of them thanks to employers' recognition of the skills, both subject specific and transferable, that our students acquire during their studies.
Employers recognise our graduates' skills in oral and written language and their ability to communicate effectively. They also appreciate the independence and enterprise resulting from the Year Abroad.
Graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of fields including; education, information technology, the media, marketing, banking, the law, the civil service, and tourism, and are successful participants in the European and global economy. Others have gone on to successfully complete Postgraduate training.
There are a range of funding opportunities available for home, EU and international students.You may be able to apply for a scholarship or bursary to help fund your undergraduate course at Reading. See our fees and funding page for more information.