This degree gives you the opportunity to study two modern foreign languages whilst also specialising in translation and interpreting.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points
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You will spend a year abroad, developing near-native fluency and experiencing life in another culture.
The opportunity to develop fluency in one or two languages, along with developing in-demand employment skills in translating and interpreting, make this a very attractive degree.
When you graduate, you will be well placed for a career as a freelance translator/interpreter for agencies and commercial clients, an in-house translator/interpreter in the private or public sector, and for work in international organisations.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Modern Languages at Newcastle is highly regarded, ranking in the top 10 in the UK for French, German and Spanish in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
We also rank 6th in the UK for research power (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Year AbroadYear Abroad
You spend your third year abroad, developing your language fluency and experiencing another culture first-hand. You may:
- study at a university corresponding to your languages of study
- work as a teaching assistant
- take up a work placement
Students have in past years secured work placements with translation companies abroad, and details of these companies are advertised to students every year.
University study abroad includes the option of studying with overseas institutions specialising in translation and interpretation.
Support for year abroadSupport for year abroad
We offer lots of help to prepare you for your year abroad, including:
- briefings covering practicalities like insurance, visas and student safety
- a Tandem Learning Scheme, to practise conversation in your foreign language
- optional group sessions with a native speaker of your foreign language, to help with daily practicalities and small talk
- free access to the newly updated Language Resource Centre for independent study
- a training course for language assistants
We also run social events for second-year students to meet finalists who have already done their year abroad, Erasmus students from our partner universities in Europe, and Chinese and Japanese exchange students from our host universities in East Asia.
Our team of Year Abroad Officers will keep in close touch with you while you are abroad. You will also communicate regularly with your personal tutor via the web-based e-portfolio.
Facilities and support
You will join the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle. We have been teaching languages at Newcastle for over 100 years. This mark of quality and heritage is reflected in the reputation that the School holds.
Facilities include state-of-the-art language laboratories and an award-winning Language Resource Centre, with self-study resources for over 50 languages.
Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School website.
We have excellent links with other institutions, including the Centro de L