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Undergraduate degrees

Open the door to a world of possibility and opportunity with a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Reading.

Our degree courses provide you with a breadth of cultural exposure and knowledge development across a range of areas, including language, literature and history.  You can learn a language from beginner's or intermediate level and will graduate with many transferable skills, the technical and intellectual training valued by employers, and fluency in your chosen language(s).

At Reading, you can Study a modern language degree from beginner's, intermediate or advanced level

By following one of our specialist accelerated language-learning modules you can learn our core languages (French, German, Italian and Spanish) from beginner's level to near-native standard*.


Join our lively, multicultural community

dlc_storytelling_brochure_imageOur highly flexible degree courses give  you the opportunity to shape your programme to your interests, and our wide range of language degrees, including joint courses, allows you to combine your language studies with another subject.

You will spend your third year abroad either working,  studying or teaching. The Year Abroad provides evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise which makes you highly attractive to employers. Our student success is demonstrated in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey , 2017, where 94% of our graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating.

Join a supportive and culturally diverse community and receive excellent support and guidance from our world-class academics.

Read more about our department in our brochure.






"Doing a language becomes part of you, it stays with you for life. It's something that you've always got and no one can ever take it away from you. They say speaking a language is like having a second soul."

James Dowds, Modern Languages student with focus on French and Italian (2013-17), MSc International Business at Henley Business School

Our courses

Our four core languages (French, German, Italian and Spanish) can be studied on their own, combined with each other, or with a variety of other disciplines.

Many of our degree programmes also enable you to take up one of our 'additional' languages (including Arabic, British Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Greek, Japanese and Russian).

OUR EXCITING range of modules

Our extensive selection of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree to suit your interests. From French children's literature to revolution in Latin America and world cinema, follow the link below to discover our diverse range of cultural modules.

Research-led teaching

Your tutors form a diverse and international community and their research regularly informs your learning.

combining a language with another subject

A joint degree course gives you the opportunity to study two subjects all the way through university. Complement your language choice with another subject of interest.

citizens of the world

All our degree courses enable you to experience life in another country. Immerse yourself in a new culture and perfect your language skills.

Career planning and preparation

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and experience valued by employers in a wide variety of fields.


Explore our full range of undergraduate courses, including joint degrees, enabling you to combine a language with another subject.

BA Modern Languages

You will be able to study one, two or three core languages choosing from French, German, Italian or Spanish, and enter these languages as a complete beginner, or at intermediate or advanced level. You will reach near-native proficiency by the time you graduate and you will also be able to explore the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

You can also opt to combine one or two core languages with one of our wide range of additional languages, starting it as a beginner and carrying it forward throughout your degree. For your additional language you can choose from Arabic, British Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish or Russian.

Modern Languages with QTS

This is not a direct entry degree course. All students have the opportunity to transfer to the BA Modern Languages with QTS at the beginning of the second year after demonstrating a strong commitment to teaching during their first year of study.

* C2 according to the Common European Framework Reference


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