Modern languages and linguistics students

Modern languages and cultures for undergraduates

At the University of Sheffield we believe languages aren't just different ways of saying things. They're the expression of different cultures, different ways of seeing the world.

Study with us and you won't just learn new ways of speaking. You'll understand other ways of thinking. You'll get a handle on how the world joins up. It'll make you a sharper, smarter human being and a big catch in an increasingly globalised jobs market.

The School comprises four separate but closely linked academic sections where undergraduates do most of their study: French, Germanic Studies, Hispanic Studies, and Russian and Slavonic Studies. Our Applied Languages section offers MA courses that build on your undergraduate language degree. You can also take modules in the Modern Languages Teaching Centre.

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A great place to learn

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We're a hotbed of expertise, with staff who have a great reputation for some of the best research and teaching in their fields. But we're not just a top-class centre for learning. We're a place to belong. Our students feel at home straight away – with friendly, approachable tutors and a busy social life outside the seminar room.

Join us and you won't just learn in the same old ways. Every year our students stage plays in the languages they're studying. You could join in with the European Union's Citybooks project – a fascinating literary travel guide. Or even join German students from other universities for a kickabout in the annual Sauerkraut Cup tournament.

You'll get to use amazing learning facilities too. Our Jessop West building (left) features great modern workspaces and learning hubs. The University's virtual learning environment offers study material online. And our stunning Information Commons, with its extensive modern languages resources, opens all day and all night.


Make your mark on the world

It's not easy getting on in the modern jobs market. But earn a good degree from us and you'll be in with a shout. Take our French graduates, for example. The 2011 National Student Survey found that more were working in graduate-level jobs than their counterparts from many other leading universities like Warwick and Oxford.

So join us and you'll find your excellent language skills and cultural insight make you an attractive proposition to employers in the global marketplace.

Our graduates work in a wide range of roles, including events management, journalism and media, teaching, public relations, marketing, sales, translating and interpreting, advertising, logistics and management consultancy.

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Mixing and matching

Which languages are you interested in? We offer an amazing range of degree choices. These aren't limited to the 11 languages taught on our BA in Modern Languages. They also include Japanese and Chinese options with the School of East Asian Studies.

Or you can add in a non-language subject like English, law or business management. This can be done by choosing a Dual Honours programme or by opting to study the Combined Honours - Triple which will let you study a mix of language and non-language subjects (three in total).

If you'd like to study three languages taught by different departments, our BA Modern Languages course could be for you. And even non-language students can take modules taught by our Modern Languages Teaching Centre.


Your third year abroad

Our students tell us their year abroad is the experience of a lifetime. Take a degree with us and you'll join them. Choose a country – from Mexico to Russia, Canada to the Netherlands to the Czech Republic. Spend your third year living and learning there. Use your language(s) every day. Make new friends and gain independence. Enjoy a taste of total freedom. It could be the best thing you ever do.

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Germanic Studies (teaching German, Dutch and Luxembourgish)
Hispanic Studies (teaching Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan)
Russian and Slavonic Studies (teaching Russian, Polish and Czech)
Modern Languages Teaching Centre (teaching Arabic, French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish)

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