201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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French and German - University of Reading

A more connected world demands language skills. Expand your horizons and become highly skilled in two languages by immersing yourself in the history and cultures of the French- and German-speaking worlds. Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Modern Languages and European Studies. We offer a flexible and supportive approach to learning which allows you to tailor your degree to your interests, including the opportunity to learn other languages. A total of 98% of our research overall in modern languages and linguistics is rated as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework, 2014). Learn to confidently speak and write in French and German, in both formal and informal contexts. We’re proud of our small language classes led by native speakers, supporting you to develop your language skills to the best of your ability. You will learn both languages in the political, social and cultural contexts of the countries in which they are spoken. In German, you can explore topics such as German cinema, the portrayal of Berlin in German literature, the impact of the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990 and the history behind and current debates about immigration to Germany. In French, study a wide range of optional modules in French and francophone culture, history, literature, theatre, politics and film with staff who are internationally recognised experts in French-speaking literature, history and culture. You will also be able to explore a specific topic in both of the languages you're learning through comparative modules. If you really enjoy studying cinema, for example, then you can opt to take modules in European and world cinema and gain an even broader knowledge of the medium. An integral part of the course is the opportunity to study or work abroad during your third year. You will split your time equally between German- and French-speaking countries (six months in each), studying at a university or working on a placement. A key advantage of this joint degree is that you can incorporate both study and placement work into the year abroad for a more varied experience. Core language modules in the second year will prepare you for your time abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture. We provide accelerated learning, meaning that you can start French from beginner's level if you have studied another language, and German at intermediate level if you have previously learnt it up to GCSE or AS level. Regardless of which level you join the course at, all students achieve the same standard of written and spoken German and French by the final year. **Careers** Being able to write and speak in French, German and English, as well as your in-depth knowledge of the countries in which these languages are used, will make you highly attractive to a wide range of employers. Well-qualified linguists are currently in short supply in the UK. As such, 98% of graduates from the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies being in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE survey, 2015-16). The course provides you with numerous transferable skills in research, analysis, presenting and group working. The experience of studying or working abroad also distinguishes you from non-language graduates, providing evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise. Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment or progressing to further study. Recent graduates have gone on to careers ranging from translating, teaching and research (doctorates at Oxford and Queen Mary, University of London) to financial services (HSBC, Zurich Insurance), telecommunications (Vodafone), marketing, the fashion industry (Chanel), the international art business (Christie’s) regional development (the Design Wales Project), and publishing (Oxford University Press).

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £16,475