At Newcastle you can study a striking range of languages, countries and cultures, in flexible combinations to match your interests.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32 points
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This degree is the most flexible way of combining your languages - you can study one, two or three languages.
You'll also spend a year abroad, immersed in the culture and societies of the countries that fascinate you.
You will develop near-native fluency in your chosen language(s) and gain an in-depth insight into the countries where your languages are spoken.
We take a multidisciplinary approach to teaching, including cinema, culture, history, politics, society, linguistics and literature.
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).
Languages availableLanguages available
Our Modern Languages degree is the most flexible way of combining your languages.
Your final degree can be in one, two or three languages from a choice of:
The degree is designed for students with an A level (or equivalent) in one or more of the languages we teach, although you can also choose to study one language at beginners' level alongside your more advanced study.
See the Course Details section for more information about how you can combine your languages to tailor the degree to your interests.
Year abroadYear abroad
All of our modern languages degrees include a compulsory year abroad.
Students studying a European language can:
- study at one of our partner universities
- work as an English language assistant in a school (UK nationals only)
- undertake a work placement in a European business
- or do a combination of the above (ensuring that they do not overlap)
You usually divide the year between the two countries relating to your chosen languages, although it may be possible to spend the whole year in one country.
If you are studying three languages we encourage you to spend some time during the summer vacation in the country of your third language.
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