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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 Undergraduate Course Options are listed below or can be viewed in this

Languages Course Options Table.Languages Course Options Table

  

Course

Core Languages

Optional Additional Language Year Abroad Entry Level** Graduation Level 

BA Modern Languages - 4 Year

 

 

 

 

 

One core language:

 

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Year Abroad immersed in core language Core language from beginner level

Core Language:

C1/C2 Proficient User

Additional Language:

B1 Independent User

 

BA Modern Languages - 4 Year

 

 

 

 

 

Two core languages:

  • French and German
  • French and Italian
  • French and Spanish
  • German and Italian
  • German and Spanish
  • Italian and Spanish

Note: languages are equally weighted

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Half-a-year Abroad in each core language country

Or

Year Abroad in the beginner core language country

Only one core language can be taken from beginner level, the other has to be taken from intermediate or advanced level

Core Language:

C1/C2 Proficient User

Additional Language:

B1 Independent User

 

BA Modern Languages - 4 Year

 

 

 

 

Three core languages:

  • French, German and Italian
  • French, German and Spanish
  • French, Italian and Spanish
  • German , Italian and Spanish

Note: languages are equally weighted

 

Additional languages are not available on this three-language course.

Half-a-year Abroad if one language is started from beginner

Half-a-year Abroad in one of the other language countries

Only one language can be taken from beginner level; the other two must be taken from intermediate or advanced level

Core Language:

C1/C2 Proficient User

 

BA Modern Languages - 3 Year***

Choose one, two or three languages from:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

You may study up to two Additional Languages 

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
  • Russian
  • Spanish

 

8 weeks to be spent in countries or contexts where the core language of study is spoken.

Further language opportunities can be experienced with academic placements embedded in culture modules.

Core language from:

• Intermediate level: (GCSE in one of the languages offered (grade A)).

• Advanced level

If studying three core languages, at least one of them has to be taken from Advanced level.

Additional languages can be taken from beginner's level.

Additional languages are not available if studying three core languages

Core Language:

C1/C2 Proficient User

Additional Language: 

B1 Independent User

Joint Language Degrees

(French, German, Italian, Spanish) with other subjects

Joint courses are available with subjects such as:

  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • History
  • International Relations
  • International Development
  • Management Studies
  • International Management and Business Administration
  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Year Abroad full year in countries where the chosen core language is spoken

French, German, Italian and Spanish can be taken from beginner's level and no previous language qualifications are required.

You may commence one of these languages at intermediate level or advanced level if you have studied it before.

Core Language

C1/C2 Proficient User

Additional Language:

B1 Independent User

 

* Competency:

See Common European Framework Reference

**Entry Levels:

  • Beginner level = Languages can be studied without previous language experience
  • Intermediate Level = for students with a GCSE or equivalent in the language
  • Advanced Level = for students with an A Level or equivalent in the language

***BA Modern Languages 3 Year

This course is only available to students who are unable to go on a year abroad because of demonstrable special circumstances. Please contact the Department for details about BA Modern Languages 3 Year entry requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I learn two languages from beginner's level?

Yes, although only one will be a core language. Your second beginner's language will be one of our additional languages.

If I learn two languages from beginner's level, with what level will I graduate in each language?

The core language will be near-native proficiency; the additional language will be independent level.

If I studied French, Italian and Spanish as three core languages, where would I go on my year abroad?

You will spend a year abroad in two different countries. Half a year will be spent in a country speaking your beginner's level language (if you started a language from beginner's level), and you can choose where to spend the other half of your year abroad. 

I want to study core French and core German: can I learn both from beginner's level?

No, only one core language can be studied from beginner's level.

Can I study French and History with Russian?

Yes, subject to availability.

I've not studied Spanish before, so can I study it with Comparative Literature?

Yes

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.

Courses

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

BA Modern Languages 4 Year

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.

BA Modern Languages 3 Years is also available to students who are unable to go abroad in their third year because of demonstrable special circumstances.

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.

 

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