Spoken by over 120 million people and of growing importance in central and eastern Europe, German opens up numerous opportunities for language graduates. Our BA German will allow you to specialise in the language and culture of the German-speaking world. You will acquire near-native speaker competence in German and study a range of topics in the broader field of German studies, focusing especially on the 20th and 21st centuries. This flexible course means that you can specialise in a particular field of study or spread your interests. During your year abroad, you will choose between being a language assistant in a school, studying at an Erasmus partner university such as Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vienna or Potsdam, or working in an approved job. Modern languages and linguistics at Southampton is consistently ranked in the top five in the UK by The Guardian University Guide and we are ranked fifth in the UK for the quality of our research (REF 2014). Teaching and learning is supported by three research centres, Transnational Studies, Global Englishes and Applied Language Research. You will be able to learn another language such as Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish from scratch, and reach graduate level in Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese.