Studying modern languages is about more than vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation: you will also immerse yourself in culture, spend time working or studying abroad and learn to understand the subtleties of communication. The study of a modern language and its culture in conjunction with history offers the opportunity to combine two contrasting but complementary areas of interest. In the first year, you will take a foundation course relating to the German language and culture. After this you are free to select options of special interest. Students will normally spend a year abroad in a country where German is spoken. This may be spent either studying or working, for example as a language assistant. This is a great opportunity to improve your language skills and experience life in a foreign country. Throughout the programme you will also take modules in history, chosen with assistance from your Adviser. Many students take advantage of the School of History’s strength in modern European history.