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Why study Modern Languages at Newcastle?

There are many reasons to study Modern Languages at Newcastle University. We are a medium-sized School of Modern Languages consisting of East Asian, French, German, and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies at undergraduate level, as well as Translating & Interpreting at postgraduate level.

You can study and sample Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, as well as Catalan, Dutch and Quechua. Many of our more than 40 members of staff are from an international background. We are passionate about languages and the cultures associated with these languages. You will not only learn the languages but also gain much needed intercultural competence - our graduates enjoy excellent employability prospects.

Modern Languages has a long tradition at Newcastle: in 2011, we celebrated our centenary. In the most recent NSS exercise, we scored a 93 per cent satisfaction rate.
Some of the main reasons for this are:

Flexibility and choice

  • Study one, two or three languages from a rich range embracing East Asian, European, Latin American languages
  • Sample Catalan, Dutch and Quechua as less widely taught languages
  • Combine Languages with other subjects
  • Engage with a stimulating and exciting range of cultural context modules
  • Spend your year abroad as an exchange student or on a work placement or as an assistant teacher

Language enrichment

  • Access an exceptional Language Resource Centre
  • Be taught in state-of-the-art digital facilities
  • Participate in well established tandem learning schemes

Enhancing your employability

  • Become a student ambassador for languages
  • Take advantage of School organised internship schemes
  • Keep ahead through the School’s pioneering Careers blog

A century of Language learning at Newcastle

  • Study in a  School with a distinguished national and international reputation
  • Work with other leading Universities and organisations across the world

A network of support and a community to ensure your success

  • Enjoy the supportive atmosphere of a highly integrated and cohesive School
  • Benefit from peer mentoring, personal tutoring and dedicated academic guidance
  • Join the award winning, vibrant Modern Languages Society


Find out more about our range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, about graduate destinations and careers after your study.
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