European and International Studies explores the key areas of contemporary European history, politics, economics and international relations, and combines these with the in-depth study of Spanish language, society and culture. Taught in partnership between the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, this course is informed by the outstanding research and international outlook of both departments. The politics element of the course provides an introduction to the working of international relations and the growth of Europe as a political entity. This includes research into areas such as the European Union and the European Parliament, security, international diplomacy, the use of military force, as well as European languages and cultures. Spanish is a major world language and Spain itself a key player in Europe, while Latin America is expected to see significant expansion over the coming decades as globalisation continues to gather pace. Choosing to study Spanish at Royal Holloway means joining our friendly, supportive and culturally diverse community where you will be inspired by leading specialists from one of the UK’s most interdisciplinary Hispanic Studies teams. As a modern linguist, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills, and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives. Our language classes are taught in Spanish by dedicated language specialists, most of whom are native speakers; they will ensure that you gain valuable exposure to different varieties of Spanish. You will also have the exciting opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying, in cities as diverse as Havana, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Mexico, Seville and Salamanca, when you will immerse yourself in the language and culture, and truly broaden your horizons. + Whether you are a beginner or advanced student when you start, by the time you graduate you will be fluent in Spanish: confident in reading, understanding and analysing text and able to write with ease and accuracy. + Modern Languages research staff are engaged in research at the highest level internationally; we are in the top 10 of UK Modern Language departments for research quality and the top in London (Research Assessment Exercise 2014). + Ours is an active and engaged student community, and there are opportunities to take part in debating, Model United Nations and party political societies on campus + In Politics and International Relations we offer students research placement opportunities with our staff, gaining valuable experience of working at the forefront of political enquiry.