These languages are offered at intermediate and advanced level.
Our programme also allows you to combine up to two core languages with one or two of our additional languages.
Choose from Arabic, British Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Modern Greek or Russian (subject to availability).
Your study options include:
one core language
two core languages
one core language plus one additional language
two core languages plus one additional language
one core language plus two additional languages
three core languages.
You’ll spend eight weeks in a language-rich environment to expand your language skills and develop your intercultural understanding of your language(s). Your placement can be taken as one eight-week block or in separate instalments throughout your degree.
Examples of placement locations include:
summer schools abroad
work placements at companies or organisations where your target language is used
local schools where your target language is taught.
Alongside your core language modules, you’ll also study cultural modules to enhance your understanding of the countries in which the language is spoken. The number of cultural modules you take will depend on whether you are specialising in one specific language, or combining two or three core languages. They cover topics such as literary and cinematic traditions, history, politics, and linguistics.
Language levels and requirements for core languages
You can study core languages from intermediate or advanced level. If you choose to study three core languages, at least one of them has to be taken from advanced level.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have achieved C1-level proficiency – which is a near-native ability.
Language levels and requirements for other languages
Our additional languages start at beginner’s level only.
Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place if you achieve one grade lower than the published offer.
30 points overall
To study one core language: minimum GCSE grade A (or 7) is required in the core language of choice (French, German, Italian, Spanish).
To study two core languages: minimum GCSE grade A (or 7) is required in both of the core languages of choice (French, German, Italian, Spanish).
To study three core languages: minimum grade B at A level in one of the three core languages, and minimum GCSE grade A (or 7) in the remaining two core languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish).
Extended Project Qualification
In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.
If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Overall, 94% of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2016/17).
Recent graduates have found careers in translation, teaching, business and finance, the arts, and marketing.
Recent employers include Sony Europe, the Civil Service, Oxford University Press, BNP Paribas, Dow Jones, Vodafone and PwC.