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Modern Languages and European Studies – University of Reading

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Modern Languages and European Studies

At Reading, we enable our language students to become bilingual, multicultural and inspiring graduates, with the confidence, skills and life experiences to make a difference in the world.


There has never been a better time to learn a modern language. Those with linguistic skills and intercultural knowledge are in high demand as employers look for candidates with languages as an additional asset to other professional skills.

"We live in an increasingly diverse, multicultural society. In an increasingly global labour market and with more mobility in the workforce, the world is more interconnected than ever. Language skills, intercultural understanding, global awareness and an international mind set will be crucial for the future of the UK economy, society and for UK security and diplomacy"

British Academy, The Right Skills Report, 2017.

Diverse and gifted community

We are more than just a language school. The Department of Modern Languages and European Studies brings together a diverse and gifted community of academics and teachers who combine the study of modern languages with history, literature, and politics. At Reading, we give you the opportunity to not only learn a language but to immerse yourself in the country, culture and people of that language.

5th in the UK for Research Intensity

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2014), 98% of our research was judged to be of international standing. Our research performance was exceptionally strong and we were rated fourth in the UK for impact and fifth for research intensity. We were also commended for the effective integration of doctoral students into our research environment.

The School of Literature and Languages

The Department of Modern Languages and European Studies is part of the School of Literature and Languages.

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