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Languages degrees abroad

Languages degrees allow you to develop important skills like translation, interpretation and linguistics. Many universities refer to these programs as modern languages, and you can also learn about the history and culture of different countries and their languages.

As new technologies continue to make the world smaller, the ability to communicate across national and cultural borders becomes more vital. Not only does the study of language improve communication, but it also helps us understand the cultural and historical contexts that influence how we live.

By studying languages abroad you have the opportunity to experience new cultures that could support your studies. Learning to speak the native tongue when studying abroad is an important part of settling into your environment, something that should come naturally to a languages student.

Languages program structure

Languages and modern language degrees are available to study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in countries all over the world. Most bachelor’s programs let you study up to three languages, and you can earn a BA after three or four years of studying. If you study in the US, you can choose languages as a major subject as part of a liberal arts education.

Some universities offer languages as a single-honors program, or a joint-honors program alongside another subject like cultural studies, business or history. At postgraduate level you can study languages as an MA over two years, or as a PGCE if you want to qualify as a language teacher. You can also earn a doctorate by studying for a PhD in languages.

Many languages programs include a year abroad where you can practice your language skills with native speakers. You will also be taught through group lectures, seminars and workshops, and assessment will be in the form of written and oral exams, translations, assignments and listening tests.

The program content and curriculum will vary from program to program, and also be dependant on which language you choose to study. Here are some of the most common modern language modules and subjects you may study:

  • Beginners French/German/Italian/Spanish/Mandarin
  • Advanced French/German/Italian/Spanish/Mandarin
  • Exploring cultural identity
  • Researching language
  • Linguistics
  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • World cinema
  • Cultural history
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Types of languages degrees

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Languages study abroad programs

What are the top languages undergraduate programs abroad?

  • University of WindsorModern Languages with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • May, Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Languages
    Location
    Windsor, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    33,530CAD
  • Millersville UniversityLanguage and Culture Studies - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Languages
    Location
    Millersville, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    22,952USD
  • Ulster UniversityLanguage and Linguistics (Belfast Campus) - BSc (Hons)

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Languages, Linguistics
    Location
    Belfast, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    16,320GBP
  • Rowan UniversityModern Languages & Linguistics - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Languages, Linguistics
    Location
    Glassboro, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    25,564USD
  • State University of New York at OswegoLanguage and International Trade - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Languages, International Business
    Location
    Oswego, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    18,679USD

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What are the top languages postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Florida Atlantic UniversityLanguages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature: Teaching of French - MAT

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Comparative Literature, Languages, French Teaching, Linguistics
    Location
    Boca Raton, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,792USD
  • Kodolányi János UniversityEnglish Studies: Culture, Language and Applied Linguistics Track - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Languages, English, Linguistics
    Location
    Budapest, Hungary
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    6,960EUR
  • University of PortsmouthLanguages and Applied Linguistics - MPhil

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Part-time
    • Oct, Feb
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Languages, Linguistics
    Location
    Portsmouth, UK
    Next start date
    October 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    8,150GBP
  • Western Washington UniversityLanguage and Literacy - MEd

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Languages, Literacy
    Location
    Bellingham, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,574USD
  • University of WindsorEnglish: Literature & Language - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Literature, Languages, English
    Location
    Windsor, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    18,594CAD

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Future languages careers

As a languages graduate you will have developed a variety of skills that can apply to a number of careers. Here are some of the most common roles modern language students go into:

  • Translator or interpreter
  • Language teacher
  • Journalist
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Academic researcher

There are plenty of other sectors like broadcasting and finance that are popular with languages graduates, so don’t limit your job search. If you don’t know exactly what you want to do with your degree after graduation, use the university’s careers service to help you.

You can improve your employability by taking advantage of university clubs and organizations. Studying abroad is also a great way to improve your CV as it shows employers you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone and embrace new experiences.

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