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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 or intermediate level



Read more about our Department In Our brochure

mles_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.






"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, BA French & Italian (2013-17), now studying MSc International Business at Henley Business School

Our courses

You can study a modern languages degree at Reading from GCSE or beginner's level.

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

Modern Languages Degree Entry Requirements

Entry Level French German Italian Spanish
Beginner No previous language qualifications are required No previous language qualifications are required No previous language qualifications are required No previous language qualifications are required
Intermediate GCSE French Grade A (or 7) or AS level French Grade B GCSE German Grade A (or 7) or AS level German Grade B GCSE Grade A (or 7) or AS level Italian Grade B GCSE Spanish Grade A (or 7) or AS level Spanish Grade B
Advanced A level French Grade B  A level German Grade B A level Italian Grade B A level Spanish Grade B

Explore our full range of undergraduate Modern Languages courses:

Exceptional range of modules

Our extensive selection of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree to suit your interests.

Research-led teaching

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

More options to study

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.


German Studies

Italian STudies


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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