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    Benefit from our small language groups led by dynamic teachers

How you'll learn

Join a highly supportive and culturally diverse community, immerse yourself in your chosen language and benefit from studying with world-leading experts.

We offer a flexible and supportive approach to learning which allows you to tailor your degree to your interests, including the opportunity to learn other languages or study a complementary subject.

Through small group teaching you will become confident and highly skilled in writing and speaking your chosen language.  You will master the fundamental elements of the language and by the time you graduate, you can expect to be fluent in your chosen language.  You will also be encouraged to pursue your own interests beyond the language you're learning through a wide range of comparative modules.  

"It's a fantastic degree programme to do because it becomes part of you. Because it's a small department here you get to know all your lecturers. [By] the end of the final year they treat you as [a] friend."

James Dowds, BA French & Italian 2013-17, now studying MSc International Business at Henley Business School

Supportive community

Join a friendly and welcoming department that will support you on your transition to university, throughout your degree course and beyond.

We are an inclusive community with a designated building and our own resource centre and study area. 

Our excellent staff to student ratio enables our academics the opportunity to get to know their students individually, and to take a personalised approach to your learning

Our student community is a highly collaborative one which many students have said feels like a family. 

"My academic tutor has been amazing. I know if I need anything I can just go to her or drop her an email and she will get back to me straightaway and work out a time. The staff create a comfortable environment where you can ask for help"

Attorie Burnett-Maloney, BA Spanish and International Relations

interactive teaching

Our language degree courses blend academic and practical learning through a combination of language classes, informal seminars and lectures. We encourage full class participation giving you the opportunity to practise or consolidate what you have been taught through interaction with your tutor, lecturer and peers.

Language teaching is at the very core of all of our programmes and you will be taught in small language groups by experienced staff, many of whom are native speakers. You will develop your skills as versatile linguists through speaking, listening, writing, learning grammar, and translating.

Direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability.

Most of your learning is assessed by a mixture of coursework and formal examination.

Undergraduate students learning

Flexible learning

Our extensive range of subjects and optional modules gives you the freedom to tailor your degree course to fit your own interests. You can specialise in one subject or diversify your studies. 

Our programmes in French, German, Italian and Spanish are designed for different levels of linguistic ability, with beginner's programmes offered in French, Italian and Spanish. You will also have the opportunity to further develop your skills independently in the Self-Access Language Centre.  

Year Abroad

Expand your knowledge and enhance your university experience. The Year Abroad is an integral part of your Modern Languages degree and you will spend a year either studying at a university, working on a placement, or teaching as a British Council language assistant in a school. It enables you to directly immerse yourself in the culture and develop your language to a near-native level.

​Come to an Open Day

Interested in studying a language degree? Get a feel for the University, meet our staff and students, join a subject taster session and explore our beautiful award-winning campus.

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