Come and study at one of the UK’s largest modern language units, where learning to speak a language is just the beginning.
- Student Evaluation of Teaching results are the highest in the University of Nottingham.
- Study more than just language, we have expertise in film, history, linguistics, literature, media and politics.
- Study all our languages from beginners' to degree level, depending on the degree combination.
- One of the most flexible and best supported year abroad schemes in the country.
I have been able to forge stronger relationships with people from all over the world thanks to my languages and also my cultural awareness. There’s nothing like switching between languages and making political jokes with important journalists in front of American actors and studio bosses to set you apart from the crowd. All sorts of opportunities have been open only to me just because I can smooth the way in French and have an understanding of the culture. I’ve definitely been promoted above my colleagues who only speak English because of my languages.
Paula Howarth, Graduate Modern European Studies
Focus on studying one language
*The study of Portuguese is compulsory in Years 1 and 2
Study two or three languages together
Study two modern foreign languages
We offer combinations with French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, and Spanish,
- choose two post-A level languages, or
- choose one post-A level language and one beginners’ language.
Study two languages with translation studies
You can study one or two languages to degree level while gaining practical experience in translating and interpreting.
Modern Languages with Translation
Study three languages
You can choose three from post-A level French, German, Russian, Portuguese or Spanish, or two post-A level languages along with a beginners' language.
Modern Language Studies
Combine language/languages with another subject
What I love about studying at Nottingham is the range of modules available and the flexibility of my course, meaning I can tailor my degree to my interests.
Helen Long, Modern Languages (German and Hispanic Studies)
One of the most prized aspects of our courses is the year spent abroad. All students studying a modern language will complete a year abroad as part of their degree.
Download our brochure
The typical modules covered on each degree are listed on the individual course pages in the prospectus.
You can also watch staff introduce their course content in our Module in a Minute series:
Module in a Minute
We also offer optional languages for students of all disciplines in our Language Centre.
The Language Centre
How to apply
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Nottingham delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
More about the TEF Gold award
Supporting your studies
Studying in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies prepares you for a huge variety of different career options, and our graduates are in high demand from prospective employers across the world.
Careers and Employability
A member of staff from your Department that:
- provides general support for your academic life
- gives you the opportunity to raise concerns and discuss issues
- supports you with personal issues.
Find out more about personal tutors.
There are lots of ways to get involved and share your interest in and knowledge of languages and cultures.
Getting involved in drama in a language you are studying is an excellent way of meeting students from other year groups, a great learning experience and also a lot of fun!
The Department of German Studies has a strong tradition of drama and put on a play in German each year by students in the department.
Russian Theatre Group
Nottingham Anglo-French Society
The Nottingham Anglo-French Society is affiliated to the Alliance Française de Londres which assists us by providing a subsidy and a list of people who give talks and lectures on a wide range of topics.
Nottingham Anglo-French Society
Aside from the fun-fuelled experiences and memories of living in France, Spain and Brazil on my third year abroad, the best years of my life so far have been in Nottingham. Be it the real sense of belonging to a student body, the amazing people both students and staff - and of course the fab nightlife - who wouldn’t want to be a part of one of the world’s best universities?!
Helen Mehdipour, Modern Languages (French and Hispanic Studies)
What do our students say?
When I first started studying German and Beginners’ Russian I had no idea what to expect, but it has been a great experience so far. I have really enjoyed being able to develop my German and pick up Russian, a totally new and challenging language, as well as still being able to study my favourite topics such as history. Studying languages has already given me so many amazing opportunities such as visiting Vladimir and Moscow for a summer language course, and also visiting Cologne this year. Most importantly of all though, I am currently preparing for my year abroad which is such an exciting prospect, I can’t wait to give it a go at living in both Germany and Russia and I can’t wait to see how much my languages will improve!
Kitty Cartwright, Modern Languages (German and Russian; beginners' Russian pathway)