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BAModern Languages

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
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The BA Modern Languages degree allows you to develop proficiency in three foreign languages. The languages currently available are French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Russian. You will become a highly proficient linguist in at least two of your chosen languages; your third language may be studied from scratch (with the exception of English). Your third year will be spent abroad in a country where one of your languages is spoken.

In addition to developing your language proficiency, your study will involve exploring cultural, social, historical and linguistic issues that are related to languages you are studying and the areas of the world in which they are spoken. As well as enabling you to ‘read’ and interpret different cultural traditions, the degree will develop a range of analytical, research and personal skills relevant to a variety of careers and professions, including those for which fluency in speaking and writing a foreign language is a key requirement. The programme of study is responsive to changes in the field of Modern Languages studies and to the needs of employers.

Programme structure

For each language, you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study and in our French, German and Spanish Resources Rooms, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources.

In your first, second and final years, you will take a language module in each of your three languages. In each semester you will also select a module from a broad range of choices relating to topics in linguistics, social and political studies, contemporary society, literature, or film. These modules may either be related to the languages you are studying, or to studies in modern languages more generally, which may not be specific to the study of a particular language. You also have the option of taking free elective modules from outside modern languages. In the final year you have the opportunity of preparing a dissertation as a double module, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor.

The third year is spent abroad either as an English language assistant in a school, studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement. This provides an opportunity to improve your linguistic and cultural proficiency in your chosen language and to demonstrate your ability to work independently over a sustained period – an invaluable asset when entering the job market. While abroad you will also conduct an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.

The country that you spend your year abroad in will depend on the languages of your degree. For example, most students of French choose a European country, but many go further afield – to Québec or La Réunion, for example. Most students of German choose to go to Germany or Austria, some have also stayed in Switzerland. Our current partner universities are Potsdam, Hamburg, Freiburg, Bayreuth, Frankfurt, Marburg, Tuebingen, Siegen, Cologne and Vienna. Most students of Spanish go to Spain, but many choose to spend a year in Latin America. Our current Spanish-speaking ERASMUS partners are Barcelona, Granada, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Malaga, Castellón and Salamanca. We also have links with several Latin American Universities (including in Brazil, for students of Portuguese). Our Mexican Exchange Scheme is open to students of Spanish who wish to spend a year working as a Language Resources Assistant in a Mexican University Self-Access Centre. This is part of a special exchange between the Mexican Ministry of Education and the University of Southampton. Our Portuguese ERASMUS partners are Aveiro, Coimbra and Lisbon. Students of Chinese have recently had the option of spending a year abroad studying at Nanjing University in China.

Career opportunities

Employability is embedded into course modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We offer a number of optional employability modules.

Your specialist skills in intercultural communication, listening and language will be highly valued by employers.

A year abroad also gives you the chance to achieve something away from education-centred activity, such as gaining relevant work experience to help form your future plans. With many employers now expecting extracurricular or voluntary experience, this can prove vital.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States