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?
  • Great facilities, including interpreting lab with equipment matching that of the UN
  • Ranked 14th in the UK for Linguistics (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • Ranked in the top 100 for Linguistics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2021)

Covid-19 and Teaching 

Information for applicants and returning students

About a third of our linguistic modules are currently planned to be fully online, while the rest are either planned to be in person or to have a mix of online and in person. Among the language modules, the split is more like half-half. While we would all really prefer to have everything back in the classroom from October, this is not likely to be possible, because classroom space is much more limited while we still have to take precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

Are you joining us in 2021 or returning to Campus? Read our COVID-19 guidance for applicants and returning students.

"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.

Get in touch
Get in touch
Department of Language and Linguistics Undergraduate Enquiries  University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Department of Language and Linguistics Postgraduate Enquiries  University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ