Department of Language and Linguistics

Undergraduate study

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Curious about language and the world?

Languages give you access to other countries, people, cultures and conversations. Linguistics teaches you how language is learnt, and used everyday - in the media, work place and with our family and friends.

So, when you study language and linguistics, you open the door to a whole new world.

At Essex, you can tailor your course to your unique interests by choosing from our large range of modules, and by studying up to three languages (no prior knowledge needed).

You also use our great facilities, including state-of-the-art research labs, and you're taught by native or bilingual experts in modern languages and all major branches of linguistics.

If you're ambitious and curious about language and its relationship to the world, welcome to Essex.

Explore our undergraduate courses
Why choose us?
  • We give you the option to study abroad at a partner university of your choice.
  • We're a leading UK university for language and linguistics research (REF 2014).
  • Languages for All gives you the chance to learn a language alongside your degree at no extra cost.
"I feel like studying languages has opened my mind to different cultures. It allows me to travel and build valuable relationships with people from around the world."
Serena Ba Modern languages

The world in one place

Our students come from all over the world to study at Essex. Over 100 different languages are spoken on Campus.

We're at the heart of a University-wide culture of language learning - we give all students the chance to learn languages, so you'll always find someone to practice your language with.

We also regularly hold seminars and workshops delivered by translation and interpreting professionals from all over the world.

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English Language, Culture and History summer school

This innovative English language course is open to all levels of study and will improve your communication skills while helping you learn more about life, culture and history in the UK. Taking a communicative approach, this course will help you build fluency and confidence in using English in real-life situations. You will also learn about everyday life in the UK, and study topics related to British culture and history.

Learn more about our International Summer School