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Studying modern languages at Bath: students and staff give their opinions

Undergraduate modern languages students and staff talk about what studying at Bath is like, the language options available, and where our degrees can take you.

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Listen to Enrico Cecconi (Admissions Tutor) and BA (Hons) Modern Languages students Hannah, George and Freya talk about the course and studying at Bath. This Q&A webinar took place on 1 November 2023.

A well-ranked university

Bath is consistently ranked as one of the UK's top universities. We are known for excellence in teaching and research, and providing outstanding career preparation.

Experience another country and culture during your degree

Our Modern Languages course gives you the chance to improve your language skills and develop your confidence. You'll be able to immerse yourself in the culture of another country that primarily uses your chosen languages as part of your degree.

You can spend your time in another country in a variety of different ways:

  • studying at one of our partner universities
  • as a language assistant in a school
  • doing a professional placement
  • a combination of two of these options

This time abroad is a great way to improve your language skills. Many students gain important life experience and independence, and increase their professional networks.

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A range of language options

You'll be able to choose from a number of language pathways. You can select two advanced languages you've studied at A-level (or equivalent) or combine one with a language at beginners' (ab initio) level.

You can study this course in these languages:

  • French and ab initio German
  • French and ab initio Italian
  • French and ab initio Mandarin
  • French and ab initio Russian
  • French and ab initio Spanish
  • French and German
  • French and Spanish
  • German and ab initio French
  • German and ab initio Italian
  • German and ab initio Mandarin
  • German and ab initio Russian
  • German and ab initio Spanish
  • German and Spanish
  • Spanish and ab initio French
  • Spanish and ab initio German
  • Spanish and ab initio Italian
  • Spanish and ab initio Mandarin
  • Spanish and ab initio Russian
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Study in a safe, student-friendly city

Bath is the 2nd safest university town or city in England and Wales (The Complete University Guide (2023)) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its Roman heritage and Georgian architecture.

But there’s much more to Bath than its iconic buildings and history. A vibrant range of shops, bars and restaurants, music venues, museums, and festivals makes it a great place to live as a student.

A well-connected campus

Our campus is on the edge of the city. You can travel between the city and the campus easily by foot, bike, car, or bus. Local transport links mean you’ll be:

  • 80 minutes from London
  • 15 minutes from Bristol
  • 2 hours from Birmingham
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Study languages with management or politics

You can also combine your chosen language with either international management or politics.

International Management and Modern Languages

Learn about the business environment in an international context. You’ll develop your management and intercultural skills, work or study abroad and become fluent in either French, German or Spanish.

International Politics and Modern Languages

Blend study of a language with learning about politics across the globe. This combination will prepare for a range of international careers. You can choose from a variety of language options at advanced or beginner levels.

Explore BA (Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages

‘I love the University and the city. I think our teachers are so motivated and enthusiastic, and they really transfer their passion for the languages and the culture onto us.’
Harriet Woodman BA Modern Languages and European Studies* (French and ab initio Italian) (Graduating year, 2020)
  • Our BA (Hons) Modern Languages course was previously known as BA (Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies.