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speciality: Modern Languages

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What Is a Modern Languages Degree?

Nowadays, more and more students start to pursue a degree in modern languages. A modern languages degree is not only related to learning a new language but also understand the cultural context of the countries in which the language is spoken. 

Candidates studying a modern languages course will also be given knowledge and experience of the political and historical contexts of a particular region. On top of that, the use of literary texts and media will develop not only their skills but also their perception about learning a different language.

Benefits of a Modern Languages Degree

Due to the increased globalisation, there is a high demand for modern languages graduates. The ability to communicate in another language and understand its background is a major advantage.

Modern Language courses are designed to give students transferable skills, which can be applied in all areas of activity. Candidates will have high communication skills, accompanied by data collection and interpreting skills, which are appreciated by employers, regardless of your career choice.

Modern Languages Degree Structure

Modern Languages Degrees are four years commitments, out of which one semester or a year should be spent abroad – in a partnered institution. This gives students the opportunity to practice the language they are studying and understand a new culture. 

Modern Languages is a degree that can be studied either as a single honour degree or a joint honour degree. This gives students the ability to combine modern language with another course such as politics, literature, history and many others. 

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  • Italian
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    LOVE IT!!!

    I love studying italian at UCL, living in London allows me to enjoy a great social life as well as being taught in depth,

    enjoyed my time here and would recommend to others for sure
    might come back for a masters here if I can

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    Programme: Italian
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: London
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  • Russian Studies
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    Russian Studies

    My program at UCL so far has been excellent. Despite having to learn online for first year and some of this second year, teachers have been incredible at adapting their lessons. I feel above all my friends at UCL, my department (SSEES) goes above and beyond to care for the welfare of their students. The program is excellently curated with so much choice of content which has meant I’ve studied everything from Russian language to learning about Judeo-Spanish, 70s Russian Cinema, Silver Age poetry and linguistics.

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    Programme: Russian Studies
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: London
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  • Russian Studies
    Layla
    Great uni, big fun, nice friends, good times

    I love UCL, I would say though administration can be a bit questionable at times. Excellent teaching, you get what you pay for. I would love to study here for the rest of my life. I will miss it a lot when I leave.

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    Programme: Russian Studies
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
    Campus: London
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  • Modern Languages
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    Mixed

    I studied languages at UCL 10 years ago so things may have changed by now. At the time, they had a very diverse range of languages to choose from, from romance languages to Slavonic to Nordic to Germanic etc. This opened up many doors and students had the chance to pick up a new language from scratch. There were language modules and modules on culture. However, the more popular languages seemed to have a much wider range of modules to choose from compared to the less popular ones. Teaching quality was mixed- I had both good and bad experience.

    UCL is a very international uni with many students from outside the UK, which is really fun! Being in London, students have so much at their disposal in terms of entertainment, night life and leisure- you definitely won’t get bored! However, UCL is not a campus uni so you don’t get the same community feel as you might do elsewhere- this can sometimes make it hard to make friends. London also makes student life expensive.

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    Programme: Modern Languages
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2011
    Campus: London
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  • Modern Languages
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    good

    UCL is in a lovely location and is really international meaning you meet fascinating people from all around the world.
    It is a world renowned University however I believe the lectures and facilities could be improved significantly.

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    Programme: Modern Languages
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Campus: London
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  • Modern Languages
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    Promotes the development of research skills

    UCL is a great place for people wanting to immerse into a multicultural and intellectually stimulating environment. Free thinking, independent judging and the achievement of multiple perspectives in a studied topic are essential characteristics that the faculty members are constantly encouraging.

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    Programme: Modern Languages
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Campus: London
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  • Viking and ...
    Old Norse
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    10/10 would tell a friend

    One of the best aspects about UCL is the resources offered to students regardless of the discipline they study. The libraries offer not only amazing online and physical material for research but also convenient and cozy study spaces. You’re given so much freedom in terms of module selection, you’re able to take both specialist and generalist approaches throughout your course.
    The location is also a great plus, Central London is just amazing.

    A department-specific thing that I love is that the professors are extremely helpful and, since my department (Scandinavian Studies) is rather small, it’s quite a familial place to study.

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    Programme: Viking and Old Norse
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
    Campus: London
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  • Arabic Language ...
    and Culture
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    a good, modern uni

    nice staff, admin is as janky and arcane as any other large uni but is balanced out by helpful people, academically rigorous but fairly compassionate pastorally speaking, quite forward thinking in terms of inclusivity ethos and academic scope/subject matter. Can seem intimidatingly large, as can the city of London, but social isolation is countered by societies/halls etc. All in all pretty good, uni is only as nightmarishly revelatory and choc full of existential crises as the period of your life that it’s associated with, and UCL is a great place to have multiple consecutive nervous breakdowns. xx

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    Programme: Arabic Language and Culture
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Campus: London
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  • Spanish with ...
    Management and Law
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    Best and hardest years of my life

    The workload truly cannot be underestimated! Also find the administration highly frustrating and the way my department admin team treats it’s students is often inappropriate or just totally unsympathetic. However, overall I have learnt more at ucl than I have ever learnt in my life, I have discovered new interests and developed in so many diverse ways, I’ve had exposure to opportunities I couldn’t even dream of, I have met the most amazing people and I’m studying in the best city in the world! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and been super interested in all my law and business modules, and feel truly enriched thanks to going to UCL! I made the best decision to come!

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    Programme: Spanish with Management and Law
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
    Campus: London
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  • Spanish and ...
    Latin American Studies
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    Location

    UCL is a good university with many opportunities that come with being located in central London. There are many career events held at UCL and there are many societies to join. The student union works very slowly.

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    Programme: Spanish and Latin American Studies
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Campus: London
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