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Why study with us

Modern languages and translation studies at Cardiff University are taught at our School of Modern Languages. The language skills gained by our students are crucial in the twenty-first century. In a world of international business transactions and digital connectivity, students with specialised language qualifications have the skills and abilities to navigate successfully today’s transnational world.


Tailor your studies

You can take all of the languages we offer as a beginner or as an advanced learner.


Live abroad

Work, study or teach abroad in your third year on degree programmes that take you around the globe.


Excellent career prospects

87% of graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course. (Graduate Outcomes survey 2020/21).


Entry year

History and a Modern Language (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Embrace your passion for history and languages, studying the past while becoming a trained linguist with our flexible degree.

Modern Chinese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Immerse yourself in Chinese life, language and culture, while achieving 2 degrees on this exciting 4-year programme.

Modern Languages (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Become a trained linguist in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese or Chinese – or take a combination - on our flexible Modern Languages degree.

Music and a Modern Language (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Develop your language and musical skills to become a creative and critical thinker, equipped for future professional success.

Translation (BA)

Full time, 3 years

Become a trained translator, with a global outlook and a wealth of transferable professional skills

Translation with a Placement Year Abroad (BA)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Become a trained linguist and translator, with a global skillset for which there is strong employer demand.

Our videos

Studying Modern Languages at Cardiff University

Our director of recruitment and admissions, Professor Kate Griffiths, talks about the importance of studying languages and the career opportunities that a languages degree can lead to.

My modern languages experience with Charlie Dodsley

Meet BA French and Japanese graduate Charlie, who talks about the benefits of studying languages, job opportunities and her experiences on a year abroad.

There is a great, welcoming feeling at the school, and the support from all members of staff is second to none. There is a strong sense of community, and everyone is happy to help you with any problems - both staff and students. My highlight has been meeting some truly inspiring lecturers from all backgrounds who have really encouraged and challenged me.
Elin Roberts French and Spanish (BA)

A world of possibilities

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Your year abroad

Immersing yourself in a culture and interacting with native speakers is the best way to develop and improve your language skills. In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to do this when you spend a semester abroad either working, studying or taking part in the British Council’s English Language Assistant Scheme.

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Where languages can take you

Many of our graduates are living exciting multilingual lives in countries around the world. They work in diplomacy, IT, international sport, manufacturing, the armed services, accountancy, law, financial analysis, management consultancy and international business. The list is endless!

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Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

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Student life

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Living costs

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