This programme will enable you to study two European languages as well as the literature, artistic developments and theories associated with them. The programme aims to develop your engagement with the languages, histories, literatures, cultures and societies of countries across the world in which these languages are spoken. Through intense training in the target languages you will acquire near-native fluency. By enhancing your linguistic, literary, and critical faculties, the programme prepares you to contribute to a society in which an understanding of texts of all kinds is crucially important. Beyond the intensive study of the French language, French Studies at Edinburgh allows you to explore the exciting contribution of French speakers to world culture. French political and philosophical ideas have played a central role in creating our modern civilisation. As a large subject area, the French department at Edinburgh can offer you a wide range of courses spanning the Middle Ages to the 21st century, including specialist options in literature, film and politics taught by leading specialists in their field. Portuguese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. From countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, literatures and cultures in Portuguese are diverse and vibrant. Portuguese at the University of Edinburgh will not only perfect your language skills, but will provide opportunities to explore Portuguese-speaking cultures in their geographical and historical diversity.