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BA Modern Languages and Latin - 2025 entry

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code RT61
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2025
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Modern Languages and Cultures
Contact

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Phone: 0300 555 6060 (UK callers)
+44 (0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)

Typical offer

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A-Level: ABB
IB: 32/655
BTEC: DDM

Contextual offers

A-Level: BBC
IB: 28/554
BTEC: DMM

Overview

  • Highly flexible programme which allows you to structure your studies around your interests or follow a specific career-orientated pathway.
  • Study Latin alongside one other language: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish, which can be taken from beginners level.
  • Your final degree title will reflect your choices and you will divide your time equally between the two languages. In your third year, you will spend a year abroad in the country of your Modern Language
  • Enhance your understanding of language development by discovering the links between modern and ancient languages. Closely study the wonderfully flexible and expressive language of Latin alongside literary criticism
  • Home to a Language Centre with modern language-learning facilities
  • Get involved in activities outside class: language societies, tandem partnerships, liaison work in schools and the community such as our Translation! Festival – the only public festival dedicated to translation in the UK

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Top 150 in world subject rankings for Modern Languages and Cultures

QS World University Subject Rankings 2024

Year abroad in a country whose language originates from Latin spent studying at a partner university or in employment

Study Latin alongside one of the other seven major languages, all top 15 in UK

The Complete University Guide 2024

Studying Modern Languages isn’t just about poring over endless grammar notes! Our course is so rich and varied that you will have the fantastic opportunity to develop not only your language skills, but a knowledge and interest in the culture of your chosen languages.

If you ask any student about the course, I very much doubt you will come away without them mentioning the Year Abroad, which for many is the highlight of the four years. I still cannot quite believe that I managed to go from working as a waitress over the summer in France, to studying in Italy, then to working as a marketing assistant in Spain all within the space of a year!

Aside from massively improving my language skills and cultural knowledge, this year definitely opened my eyes to the amazing opportunities out there for language students, and certainly made me realise how well my course and the support at the University of Exeter has prepared me for more exciting opportunities like this in the future.

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Kate

BA Modern Languages (French, Italian and Spanish)

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level ABB B in Latin and dependent on level chosen the required grade in Modern Foreign Language.
IB 32/655 HL5 in Latin and dependent on level chosen the required grade in Modern Foreign Language
BTEC DDM Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma are also required to achieve B in Latin and dependent on level chosen the required grade in Modern Foreign Language.
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Access to HE 24 L3 Credits at Distinction Grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit Grade. To include 12 L3 Credits at Merit Grade in an acceptable Latin subject area and dependent on level chosen the required L3 credits in Modern Foreign Language subject area.
T-Level Distinction Applicants studying a T-level will also require GCE AL Latin grade B and dependent on level chosen the required grade in Modern Foreign Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBC
IB: 28/554
BTEC: DMM

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other accepted qualifications

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English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

Language requirements

  • No previous language qualifications are required.
  • You may only choose one language.
  • French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish can be studied either from A level or beginner’s level, with both cohorts reaching degree level in the final year. Portuguese and Chinese can only be studied from beginner’s level, not from A Level; students of these two languages reach degree level in final year. 

Languages and levels available for Combined Honours courses

I want to study a new language at beginner level alongside my other subject (excluding programmes with Arabic)

Modern Languages requirements No previous language qualifications required. We strongly recommend that students who want to start a languages degree with no previous linguistic experience should contact us.
Advanced level languages available n/a
Beginners level languages available Chinese (Mandarin); French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish

I want to study my A level (or equivalent) language at advanced level alongside my other subject (including programmes with Arabic)

Modern Languages requirements A level grade B or IB HL5 or SL6 (or equivalent) in the language chosen at advanced level
Advanced level languages available French; German; Italian; Russian; Spanish
Beginners level languages available n/a

Selecting your chosen language when applying

When applying to a Combined Honours degree with Modern Languages you will need to indicate under ‘further details’ in the ‘choices’ section of the application the language and route you wish to study using the codes below. Please note you may choose only one language. For further information on completing your UCAS form, please visit the UCAS website.

French Fren
Chinese (Mandarin) Chin
German Germ
Italian Ital
Portuguese Port
Russian Russ
Spanish Span

 

 

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Course content

The Modern Languages and Latin degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each, worth a total of 120 credits each year. Take up to 30 credits outside the department through modularity.

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of language, theory and concepts of your chosen modern language and Latin. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Open modules on linguistics, literature, medieval history, visual arts, film and culture will offer you the chance to further customise your programme to suit your specific needs and preferences.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

30 credits of compulsory Latin modules, 15 credits of compulsory Classical Studies modules, 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language, 15 credits of optional Classical Studies modules, and 30 credits of optional Modern Languages modules).

 

 

Compulsory modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

a select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

b select 15-30 credits of Text and Context modules from this list.

CodeModule Credits
CLA1254 Classical Language and Texts: Latin III 30
MLX S1 Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note a above]
MLF1001 French Language 30
MLF1052 French Language for Beginners 30
MLG1001 German Language 30
MLG1052 German Language for Beginners 30
MLI1001 Italian Language 30
MLI1052 Italian Language for Beginners 30
MLM1052 Beginners Chinese 30
MLP1052 Portuguese Language for Beginners 30
MLR1001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral 30
MLR1030 Russian Language for Beginners 30
MLS1001 Spanish Language 30
MLS1056 Spanish Language for Beginners 30
CLA S1 BA Text and Context 2023-4 [See note b above]
CLA1410 Text and Context: Writing Women in Ancient Literature 15
CLA1406 Text and Context: Roman Love Elegy 15

Optional modules

c select 0-15 credits from this list of optional Classical Studies modules.

d select 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language; on the Modern Languages side of your programme, you may select a maximum of 15 credits of either the SML- or HUM-coded modules listed below for the year. Please note that certain modules may only be available to students on Single Honours programmes, or to students who have taken a particular language module. This information will be given in the pre-requisites or co-requisites section of the relevant module descriptor. Please note for students of Modern Languages Portuguese (Single Honours or Combined Honours) MLP1002 is compulsory. For FLC students or other non-Modern Language students, it remains optional.

CodeModule Credits
CLA S1 BA CH Classics and Ancient History options 2023-4 [See note c above]
CLA1302 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence): Greek Historiography to the End of the Fifth Century BC 15
CLA1307 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence) Ancient Medicine 15
CLA1514 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence) - Pompeii: Destruction, Discovery and Afterlife 15
CLA1517 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence): Hellenistic Palaces in West Asia 15
CLA1406 Text and Context: Roman Love Elegy 15
CLA1410 Text and Context: Writing Women in Ancient Literature 15
CLA1507 Ancient World: Greek Philosophy 15
MLX S1 Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLM1010 China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments 15
MLM1013 A Brief History of Modern China (1861-Present) 15
MLX S1 French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLF1017 The Making of Modern France 15
MLF1103 The French Language, Present and Past 15
MLF1105 An Introduction to French Thought 15
MLF1121 French Visual History 15
MLF1018 The Devil is in the Detail: An Introduction to the Short Story in French 15
MLX S1 German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15
MLG1017 Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000 15
MLG1021 Outside In: An Introduction to Outcasts and Outsiders in German-language Literature and Film 15
MLX S1 Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLI1016 Italy Inside Out: Popular Visual Narratives about Italy 15
MLI1121 A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy 15
MLX S1 Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLP1002 Introduction to the Lusophone World 15
MLX S1 Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLR1023 Russia: Empire and Identity 15
MLR1006 An Emotional Experience: Russian Literature and the Expression of Feeling 15
MLX S1 Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLS1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15
SML1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15
MLS1068 An Introduction to the Literature and Film of Spain 15
MLS1064 An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context 15
MLS1066 The Making of Modern Latin America: History Through Literature and Culture 15
MLS1164 A Journey of Discovery: Hispanic Global Culture 15
MLX S1 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
SML1207 Introduction to Film 15
SML1208 Language, Culture, and International Relations 15
SML1002 Constructing Nature: Stories we Live By 15
SML1018 The Devil Is in the Detail: An Introduction to the Short Story in French 15

30 credits of compulsory Latin modules, 15 credits of compulsory Classical Studies modules, 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language, 15 credits of optional Classical Studies modules, and 30 credits of optional Modern Languages modules.

 

 

Compulsory modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

e select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

f select 15-30 credits of Text and Context modules from this list.

CodeModule Credits
CLA2254 Classical Language and Texts: Latin IV 30
MLX S2 Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note e above]
MLF2001 French Language, Written and Oral 30
MLF2152 Intermediate French 30
MLG2001 German Language, Written and Oral 30
MLG2052 Intermediate German 30
MLI2001 Italian Language, Written and Oral 30
MLI2051 Italian Language 30
MLM2052 Intermediate Chinese (One) 30
MLP2052 Intermediate Portuguese 30
MLR2001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral I 30
MLR2030 Intermediate Russian 30
MLS2001 Spanish Language, Written and Oral 30
MLS2156 Spanish Language (ex-beginners) 30
CLA S2 BA Text and Context 2023-4 [See note f above]
CLA2406 Text and Context: Roman Love Elegy 15
CLA2410 Text and Context: Writing Women in Ancient Literature 15

Optional modules

g select 0-15 credits from this list of optional Classical Studies modules.

h select 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language; on the Modern Languages side of your programme, you may select a maximum of 15 credits of either the SML- or HUM-coded modules listed below for the year. It is your responsibility to ensure that credit for SML modules can be counted towards the language of your study, where this is necessary for your credit count.

CodeModule Credits
CLA S2 BA CH Latin option modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
CLA2006 Greek and Roman Drama 30
CLA2302 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence): Greek Historiography to the End of the Fifth Century BC 15
CLA2307 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence) Ancient Medicine 15
CLA2514 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence) - Pompeii: Destruction, Discovery and Afterlife 15
CLA2517 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence): Hellenistic Palaces in West Asia 15
CLA2406 Text and Context: Roman Love Elegy 15
CLA2410 Text and Context: Writing Women in Ancient Literature 15
CLA2507 Ancient World: Greek Philosophy 15
MLX S2 Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLM2002 Politics of Contemporary China 15
MLM2003 Chinoiserie and Europeenerie: Artistic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe 15
MLX S2 French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLF2076 Subversive Texts: Baudelaire and Rachilde 15
MLF2005 Classical myth in French and francophone cinema 15
MLF2069 East is East? Cross-Cultural Encounters in Medieval French Literature 15
SML2209 Music in Medieval Europe 15
MLF2070 Violence and Virtue: Early Modern French Theatre 15
MLF2074 Translating Exile: Contemporary Francophone Women Writers 15
MLF2029 Varieties of French 15
MLF2056 Provoking Thoughts - French Literature and Philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th Century 15
MLX S2 German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLG2003 Youth and Age: Generations in German Fiction and Film 15
MLG2019 Gender, Race and Migration in 20th and 21st-century German Literature 15
MLG2018 Berlin - Culture, History and Politics 15
MLX S2 Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
AHV2208 Ideal Cities? Urban Cultures of Renaissance Italy 15
MLI2019 Italian(s) in the World 15
MLI2018 Love (and Marriage?) in Contemporary Italian Film Comedy 15
MLX S2 Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
SML2004 Contemporary Latin American Cinema 15
SML2002 Cultural Connections in Southern Africa: Literature and Film 15
MLP2002 Portuguese as a Global Language 15
MLX S2 Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLR2021 Understanding Russia 15
MLR2024 Exploring Revolution: The Making of Soviet Society and Culture in the 1920s 15
MLX S2 Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLS2070 Catalonia Is Not Spain? Modern Catalan Culture in Context 15
MLS2158 "What is Love? And Do I Need It?" An Introduction to Spanish Renaissance Love Poetry 15
MLS2072 Place and Identity in Contemporary Venezuelan Culture 15
SML2004 Contemporary Latin American Cinema 15
MLS2061 The Latin American Short Story 15
MLS2045 Federico Garcia Lorca: Theatre and Poetry 15
MLS2073 Literary Non-Fiction in Argentina: When Writing Meets the Real 15
MLX S2 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
HUM2005 Tales of Freedom, Necessity and Providence 15
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15
SML2003 Research Skills in Languages and Cultures 15

Find out more about the International Placement (work or study) under International Placement

120 credits of compulsory modules.

i You must take one of these modules.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
MLX S3 Compulsory Year Abroad Modules 2023-4 [See note i above]
SML3010 Work and Study Abroad 120
SML3020 Study Abroad at a Partner University (with Assessment in the Foreign Language) 120
SML3025 Internship Abroad Combined with Study at a Partner University Abroad 120

30 credits of compulsory Latin modules, 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language, 15 credits of optional Classical Studies modules, and 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language.

 

 

Compulsory modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

j select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

CodeModule Credits
CLA3251 Classical Language and Texts: Latin V: Epic 30
MLX Final Stage Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note j above]
MLM3111 Advanced Chinese Language Skills 30
MLF3111 Advanced French Language Skills 30
MLG3111 Advanced German Language Skills 30
MLI3111 Advanced Italian Language Skills 30
MLP3111 Advanced Portuguese Language Skills 30
MLR3111 Advanced Russian Language Skills 30
MLS3111 Advanced Spanish Language Skills 30

Optional modules

k select 30 credits from this list of optional Classical Studies modules.

l select 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language; you may select a maximum of 15 credits of the SML- or HUM-coded modules listed below for the year, these are additional to SML3015. You may, alternatively, take SML3030. Please note you may only select one dissertation module across the two programmes. It is your responsibility to ensure that credit for SML modules can be counted towards the language of your study, where this is necessary for your credit count.

CodeModule Credits
CLA Final Stage BA Latin option modules 2023-4 [See note k above]
CLA3008 The Age of Cicero 30
CLA3009 Dissertation 30
CLA3033 Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds 30
CLA3045 Thucydides and the Idea of History 30
CLA3056 Ovid and the Erotic Passions 15
CLA3059 Classical Language and Texts: Greek V: Imperial Greek Prose 30
CLA3113 Art in Greek Society 15
CLA3123 Applied Classics 15
CLA3124 Receptions of the Classical Body 30
CLA3125 Reading and Writing Greek Literature in the Hellenistic World 30
CLA3255 Greek Political Thought 15
CLA3257 Living in the Roman World: Society and Culture 30
CLA3263 Being and Not-Being in Greek Philosophy: from Parmenides to Aristotle 15
CLA3267 Dialogues with the Past: Creative Interpretative Project 15
CLA3274 The Persians in a Near Eastern Context 30
CLA3275 Women Writing Classics 15
CLA3277 Lost Works and Fragments 15
CLA3278 Roman Political Thought 15
CLA3279 Knowledge, Wealth and Power in the Ancient World 30
MLX Final Stage Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note l above]
MLM3009 China through the Lens: Cultural Translation and Self-Presentation 15
MLM3008 Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature 15
MLM3011 China and the Third World: Foreign Relations and Nation Building in China in the Cold War Era 15
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 15
MLX Final Stage French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note l above]
MLF3034 Sociolinguistics of French 15
MLF3078 Philosophers, Prophets, and Mystics in French Culture 15
MLF3050 Music, Poetry, and Society at the Late Medieval French Court 15
MLF3079 Sex, Subversion and Censorship: Libertine Literature in Seventeenth-Century France 15
MLF3080 Les Miserables from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day 15
MLF3046 Dialectology in France 15
MLF3075 First-Person Outsiders in Modern French Literature 15
MLF3081 Sexual Politics: Gender Dynamics in Early Modern France 15
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15
MLX Final Stage German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note l above]
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15
MLG3037 Coping with Catastrophe: German Culture, Literature and Politics in the Interwar Years 15
MLG3040 Sex, Sciences and the Arts 15
MLX Final Stage Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note l above]
MLI3199 Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend 15
AHV3002 Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy 15
MLI3033 Multicultural Italy 15
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15
MLX Final Stage Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note l above]
MLP3009 Afro-Brazil: Transatlantic Identities in Culture 15
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15
MLX Final Stage Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note l above]
MLR3027 The Making of Underground Russia, 1825-1917 15
MLR3026 The Deceptive City: The Creation of St Petersburg in Russian Literature 15
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15
MLX Final Stage Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note l above]
MLS3037 Women and Feminism in 20th Century Spain 15
MLS3057 Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America 15
MLS3112 Spanish Modernists: Narratives of Identity, Gender and Nation 15
MLS3071 The Chilean Road to Socialism (1970-1973): What Happened and Why? Elements for a Debate 15
MLS3067 "Monster of Nature and Phoenix of Wits." An Introduction to the Work of Lope de Vega 15
SML3031 Advanced Translation Skills 15
MLS3066 Almodovar's Spain: Cinema and Society 15
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15
MLX Final Stage Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note l above]
SML3013 Through the Language Lens: the Relationship between Language, Culture and the Mind 15
SML3015 Dissertation 15
SML3043 Migration and Multilingualism 15
SML3041 Green Matters in Modern Languages and Cultures 15
SML3042 Transcultural Devon: Creating, Analysing and Subtitling Interviews in the Context of Migration 15
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15
SML3030 Extended Dissertation 30

International Placement (work or study)

Study/Work Abroad in Year 3

A pivotal part of all Modern Language programmes is the International Placement (work or study), either studying at one of our prestigious partner universities, teaching on a British Council placement, or working in other employment. By immersing yourself in the culture you study, you will not only enhance your language skills, but cultivate:

  • strong intercultural understanding
  • improved communication skills
  • the ability to think and study in different ways
  • resilience and confidence
  • analytical skills and the ability to make cross-cultural comparisons
  • adaptability, independence and valuable life experience

During your International Placement (work or study), you will still be registered as an Exeter student and therefore supported in several ways. You will retain your personal tutor and be expected to keep in contact with them. You will also have the support of the Exeter Global Opportunities team for advice on any matter.

You will need to decide how to spend your International Placement during the first half of the second year. We will help you in the process. During your first year you will be invited to an introductory presentation about your International Placement options. In your second year, there is an extensive orientation programme to help you prepare for your Year Abroad.

Ways to spend the International Placement (work or study)

  • You must spend 7-15 months abroad, maximising the opportunities available to you
  • You can work, study, or split the year on two or more placements
  • Students going to China or Russia can currently only study (work abroad is not available)
  • If you study Portuguese, the only options available are study or work abroad (not a British Council assistantship)

Study Abroad

Studying abroad offers a range of possibilities, with over 40 different partner universities worldwide available to Modern Languages students. This can provide you with the opportunity to experience a different academic environment with local and other international students broadening your knowledge of the language and culture you study.

Work Abroad

Internships are very rewarding in that they can offer you valuable workplace experience. Placements can be sourced via our Global Opportunities webpages, but you can also source your own internship externally, though it must be approved by the Global Opportunities team. Some of our students have spent their Year Abroad working in translation, tourism, marketing, fashion, commerce, journalism, heritage and many other sectors.

British Council English Language Assistantship

Becoming an English Language Assistant with the British Council is a brilliant opportunity to explore both the world of working and, more specifically, the idea of working as a teacher. An academic year is spent supporting teachers in a primary or secondary school in the country of the language you are studying.

Does it count towards my degree?

The International Placement (work or study) is an assessed year and the marks obtained count towards your final degree classification. If you begin a language in your first year at Exeter and intend to take that language in your final year, we strongly recommend you spend the majority of your Year Abroad in a country where that language is spoken. If you would like to arrange the year differently, you should first speak with the Programme Director for your language and/or the Study Abroad Officer.

How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?

For your International Placement (work or study) you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter – for more information visit our fees pages. You will also continue to receive any Student Finance support for which you are eligible. Other financial support may also be available for certain students.

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Fees

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,700 per year

Scholarships

The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships

Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

Written language is taught through weekly classes, with teams of tutors, including native speakers who contribute to a programme aimed at grammar improvement and the development of advanced writing and translating skills. You’ll also have weekly oral practice in classes of eight to 10 students with native speakers of the language(s) that you are studying.

Modules

Teaching on our culture modules is varied: a class about linguistics takes a rather different form than a class about theatre or film, for instance. Most cultural modules involve a combination of lectures and seminars, backed up by smaller group work and web-based learning, via the University’s online learning environment. Between classes you prepare material, evidence and arguments, individually or in groups. Seminars are your chance to try out ideas, present material to other members of the group, and respond to new material based on the critical skills you’ve been taught.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework and exams (essays, source commentaries, research exercises, oral presentations), online assessment (for language and culture modules). ​

Where will I study?

All language students have access to the language-learning facilities provided by the Foreign Language Centre.

Optional modules outside of this course

Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.

Proficiency in a second subject

If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.

  • A Foreign Language
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Social Data Science

Find out more about proficiency options

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Your future

Employer-valued skills this course develops

Modern Languages graduates from the University of Exeter have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and compete very successfully in the employment market. You will develop skills that are attractive to employers and relevant for a wide range of careers. Alongside written and verbal fluency in your chosen language(s), you’ll develop skills in:

  • Managing and analysing information
  • Articulating ideas and arguments
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural awareness and adaptability

In an increasingly globalised world, language skills are highly sought after by employers, and can help you stand out from the crowd.

Employer visits

We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service, with offices at our Streatham Campus, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates. For further information please visit our Careers Service.

Career paths

Recent Graduates now working as*:

  • European Funding Officer
  • Trilingual Fraud Specialist
  • Insurance Broker
  • Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Reporter
  • TV Researcher

Recent Graduates now working for*:

  • Civil Service
  • Bloomberg
  • Challenges Worldwide
  • Ernst & Young
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Hugo Boss

*This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 14/15, 15/16, and 16/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Further study

A Modern Languages degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study, and recent graduates have progressed to a range of courses, including:

  • MA Translation Studies
  • MA Global Literatures and Cultures
  • MA European Politics
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • PGCE Secondary French
  • MA International Relations
  • MSc Globalisation and Latin American Development
  • Professional Language Skills

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