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Modern languages and translation

Join one of the most dynamic language schools in the UK and become part of our close-knit, global community.

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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.

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Tailor your studies

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

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Live abroad

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

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Excellent career prospects

95% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

Courses

Banking and Finance with a European Language (French) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

This programme of study provides you not only with training relevant to the practice of banking and other financial careers, but also with exemption from certain examinations of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Banking and Finance with a European Language (German) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

This programme of study provides you not only with training relevant to the practice of banking and other financial careers, but also with exemption from certain examinations of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Banking and Finance with a European Language (Spanish) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

This course is of particular interest to those wishing to enter the financial sector as it can provide students with the opportunity to acquire specialist economic knowledge of the operation of the monetary and financial sectors.

Business Economics with a European Language (French) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

Understanding the theoretical aspects of Economics allows students to engage with a number of problems and policy issues.

Business Economics with a European Language (German) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

The Business Economics degree aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the areas of economics directly relevant to business.

Business Economics with a European Language (Spanish) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

Understanding the theoretical aspects of Economics allows students to engage with a number of problems and policy issues.

Business Management with a European Language (French) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

Cardiff University offers a range of programmes for students who want to pursue a career in business and management, reflecting the breadth of research expertise of the Business School's academics and current developments in the business world.

Business Management with a European Language (German) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

Cardiff University offers a range of programmes for students who want to pursue a career in business and management, reflecting the breadth of research expertise of the Business School's academics and current developments in the business world.

Business Management with a European Language (Spanish) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

Cardiff University offers a range of programmes for students who want to pursue a career in business and management.

Business Studies and Japanese (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

As a student at Cardiff University, you will gain a sound knowledge of business as well as become proficient in Japanese and gain a clear understanding of Japan itself.

Chinese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Study Chinese and gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial in a global workplace.

Economics with a European Language (French) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

Studying Economics at Cardiff University will provide you with rigorous training that will be useful grounding for your future career.

Economics with a European Language (German) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

Studying Economics at Cardiff University will provide you with rigorous training that will be useful grounding for your future career.

Economics with a European Language (Spanish) (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

Our Economics with Spanish degree at Cardiff University will provide you with a thorough understanding of economic analysis and will stimulate you to value this analysis in understanding economic problems and a wider range of social and political

English Language and French (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The Joint Honours degree in English Language and French provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

English Language and German (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The Joint Honours degree in English Language and German provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

English Language and Italian (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The Joint Honours degree in English Language and Italian provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

English Language and Spanish (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The Joint Honours degree in English Language and Spanish provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

French (BA)

Full time, 4 years

This course aims to allow students to develop a high level of proficiency in their chosen language(s) as well as a comprehensive understanding of cultures that shape them.

French and Economics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Our French and Economics degree at Cardiff will provide you with a thorough understanding of economic analysis and will stimulate you to value this analysis in understanding economic problems and a wider range of social and political issues.

French and English Literature (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The joint honours degree in French and English Literature provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

French and German (BA)

Full time, 4 years

French and German BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine two popular languages at degree level.

French and Italian (BA)

Full time, 4 years

French and Italian BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of two popular European languages.

French and Japanese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

French and Japanese BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of two important world languages.

French and Music (BA)

Full time, 4 years

This Joint Honours degree programme enables students to benefit from developing their foreign language skills whilst studying the creative and challenging subject of Music.

French and Philosophy (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging programme of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

French and Politics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Expertise in politics and government combined with fluency in French opens the door to a wide variety of career paths.

French and Portuguese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Portuguese and French BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine two popular European languages.

French and Spanish (BA)

Full time, 4 years

By combining these two courses, students will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

German (BA)

Full time, 4 years

German is the native language of nearly one hundred million people. To speak German is to be part of a crucially important political, economic and cultural world

German and Economics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Our German and Economics degree at Cardiff will provide you with a thorough understanding of economic analysis and will stimulate you to value this analysis in understanding economic problems and a wider range of social and political issues

German and English Literature (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The joint honours degree in English Literature and German provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

German and Italian (BA)

Full time, 4 years

This joint honours degree programme enables students to combine the study of the popular European languages of German and Italian.

German and Japanese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

German and Japanese BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of two important world languages.

German and Music (BA)

Full time, 4 years

This joint honours degree programme enables students to combine the study of the popular European language of German with Music.

German and Politics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Expertise in politics and government combined with fluency in German opens the door to a wide variety of career paths.

German and Portuguese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Portuguese and German BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine two popular European languages.

German and Spanish (BA)

Full time, 4 years

This joint honours degree programme enables students to combine the study of the popular European languages of German and Spanish.

International Relations and Politics (with a Language) (BSc Econ)

Full time, 3 years

The ability to communicate fluently in a foreign language is a considerable asset for those seeking careers in the international arena.

Italian (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Italy possesses one of the major cultural, artistic and historical traditions in Europe. Italy has played a unique role in the development of fine art, architecture, film and music.

Italian and Economics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Studying Economics will provide you with rigorous training that will be useful grounding for your future career.

Italian and English Literature (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The Joint Honours degree in Italian and English Literature provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

Italian and Japanese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Italian and Japanese BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of two important world languages.

Italian and Music (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Italian and Music BA (Joint Honours) offers a unique look at the complimentary areas of music and linguistics

Italian and Philosophy (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The Joint Honours degree in Italian and Philosophy provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

Italian and Politics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Expertise in politics and government combined with fluency in Italian opens the door to a wide variety of career paths.

Italian and Portuguese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Portuguese and Italian BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine two popular European languages.

Italian and Spanish (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Italian and Spanish BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to examine two romance languages at higher education.

Law and French (LLB)

Full time, 4 years

Study the skills required for a career in Law while also learning a language.

Modern Chinese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The BA in Modern Chinese provides the perfect opportunity to learn a language but to also embrace a fascinating culture and country while spending two years in China.

Modern Languages and Translation (BA)

Full time, 4 years

This new programme builds on established translation teaching within the languages and the very popular Year One translation options.

Politics and Spanish (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Expertise in politics and government combined with fluency in Spanish opens the door to a wide variety of career paths.

Portuguese and Spanish (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Portuguese and Spanish BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine two popular European languages.

Spanish (BA)

Full time, 4 years

As a Spanish student at Cardiff University, you will be taught by staff who are actively involved in research in a wide range of topics relating to Spain and Latin America.

Spanish and Economics (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Our Spanish and Economics degree at Cardiff will provide you with a thorough understanding of economic analysis and will stimulate you to value this analysis in understanding economic problems and a wider range of social and political issues.

Spanish and English Literature (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The Joint Honours degree in Spanish and English Literature provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

Spanish and Japanese (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Spanish and Japanese BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of two important world languages.

Spanish and Philosophy (BA)

Full time, 4 years

The Joint Honours degree in Spanish and Philosophy provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

Translation (BA)

Full time, 3 years

Translation is crucial in today's globalised world. Multinational businesses and international institutions are constantly looking for translators and language specialists.

Welsh and French (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Within this degree programme, students will have the opportunity to pair a popular European language with the Welsh language, its literature and culture.

Welsh and Italian (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Within this degree scheme, students will have the opportunity to pair an increasingly popular European language with the Welsh language, its literature and culture.

Welsh and Spanish (BA)

Full time, 4 years

Within this degree scheme, students will have the opportunity to pair a rapidly growing international language with the Welsh language, its literature and culture.

Our talks and videos

Welcome to our open day

Our open day talk, with Professor Kate Griffiths, gives a flavour of our undergraduate language courses, how we teach and the additional opportunities available as part of your degree.

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.

Meet our students

Ieuan, Lottie and Laura provide an insight into studying languages and translation at the School of Modern Languages. Learn about life at the School and what it’s like to be a student at Cardiff University.

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 BA French and Spanish

A world of possibilities

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.

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!

Study in Cardiff's vibrant city centre

You will be based at the School of Modern Languages on Park Place, which is at the centre of our campus and in the heart of Wales’ capital city. We are situated next to Cathays train station, the Students' Union and five minutes' walk from the city centre.

Explore Cardiff University

Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

Guaranteed accommodation

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

Student support

Get free, impartial and confidential advice on disability and dyslexia, money, careers, counselling and more.

Student life

Learn more about our sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

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