University of Bath

5 reasons to study languages at Bath

There are lots of reasons to study languages at Bath! Here's our top 5.

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1. Great choice of course combinations and optional units

At Bath, you can study one or two modern European languages – French, German, Spanish or beginner level Italian in a relevant, contemporary combination with Politics, European Studies, or International Management.

History, culture, society and politics are taught (mostly) in the target language to help you completely immerse yourself in your studies and attain a near-native fluency.

A wide variety of integrated optional units gives you the opportunity to pursue your interests, including a third language.

Modern Languages and European Studies course video

2. Exciting year abroad

In the third year, you will live and work or study abroad, perfecting your language in a country where it is spoken.

This might seem a bit overwhelming now, but our dedicated Placements team is there to help you every step of the way. Have a look at our Placement blogs to see how past students enjoyed the experience.

Over the years, we have established an outstanding collaboration with a range of placement providers. In the past, our placement students have worked in language schools, British Council, European Union institutions and the private sector (banks, law firms etc.).

Language placements

3. Excellent job prospects

By the time you graduate you’ll have a unique combination of academic knowledge and real-life experience from your year abroad, making you highly valued in the competitive job-market.

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Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have found work in:

  • European Parliament
  • BBC Worldwide
  • Teach First
  • The Financial Times
  • Oxford University Press

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4. Friendly and supportive department

You'll join a supportive, well-equipped and dynamic environment to help you reach your full potential.

In your first year, you’ll be assigned a member of academic staff as your personal tutor, plus a second year student as your peer mentor, to help you with any course-related questions. From day one, you’ll be creating your own support network, and will always have someone to go to.

You’ll always have many events to attend, from informal networking, to translation slams or public seminars on the implications of breaking international news.

5. Great student experience

Bath is affectionately known as one of the safest and most beautiful cities in the UK. As a student, you could be living here, surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings and Roman history. There is a thriving café culture with hundreds of independent restaurants offering you all the worlds’ flavours for you to discover.

Students come to the University from all over the world. Fancy meeting some new international friends? There are plenty of cultural societies for you to join, and the International Student Association runs events like the language cafés – enjoy free pizza whilst chatting in another language.

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