European Studies at Kent is based in the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) and benefits from the interdisciplinary culture within the School. We combine linguistic and cultural expertise in a wide range of subject areas like philosophy and comparative literature. This creates an environment that fosters the exchange of ideas and the appreciation of cultural difference.
Our language classes are mostly taught by native speakers so you receive expert guidance in your learning. We offer French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Your graduation certificate will list European Studies and your two chosen languages as the title of your programme.
Our degree programme
In your first year of study, you attend beginners or intermediate language courses for the two languages of your choice. You study Europe as a cultural concept beyond the context of everyday political analysis. In addition, you can choose from a variety of modules that explore the different political and cultural aspects of a range of European countries.
You further improve your written and spoken language skills in the second year of your studies. In addition, you can choose from a variety of specialist cultural modules covering themes such as visual culture, gender, immigration and music.
As a European Studies (Combined Languages) student you are required to spend a year abroad between Stages 2 and 3. You may split this between two countries in which the languages you study are spoken.
You spend the year working as an English language assistant or in approved employment, or studying at one of our partner universities. For a full list of our partner universities, please visit Go Abroad.
European Studies student Grace-Lynn describes what it's like to study at Kent.
You have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format through Kent’s Templeman Library.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development.
Our Student Learning Advisory Centre also offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
You may want to join one of the many student-led cultural societies at Kent, including:
EuroSoc Modern Languages Society Francophone Society German Society Eastern European Society.
Many societies hold regular social events that may include film screenings or cooking evenings and are a great way to connect with people who have similar interests.
Canterbury is the closest UK university city to mainland Europe, with Eurostar terminals nearby at Ashford and Ebbsfleet. In the School, we take full advantage of the University’s proximity to mainland Europe, providing you with opportunities to discover the riches of Europe’s diverse cultures and traditions.
Most of the modules involve a combination of lectures, seminars, contact with a native speaker and individual study in our computer-assisted language learning laboratory.
Modules taken at Stage 1 are assessed either by 100% coursework or a 50:50 combination of coursework and examination. At Stages 2 and 3, depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework, usually in the ratio 50:50.
Knowledge and understanding