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Learn a language

Whether it's to take your first step towards an international career, to talk your way into an upgrade from the hostel dorm or even just because you love to chat, learning a language introduces you to new conversations and cultures.

You can choose to study a language in four different ways at Essex:

  • Choose a module - Learn French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese or Spanish by taking a language as an option worth 30 credits as part of your year degree.
  • As your undergraduate degree - Study one or more languages right up to Mastery level in our Department of Language and Linguistics.
  • Languages for All- This gives you the chance to learn a language alongside your degree at no additional cost.
  • Essex Modern Language Certificates- Allows everyone to learn French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese or Spanish, part-time from beginner to mastery level. 

5 great reasons to learn a language

  1. Employability – knowing another language gives you a competitive edge.
  2. Cultural awareness – appreciating other cultures and lifestyles enriches your life.
  3. It’s fun – the atmosphere in class is relaxed and informal, it really helps you learn.
  4. It’s flexible – you can choose between on-campus evening classes or web-based learning.
  5. It will develop your confidence - you will be able to confidently travel and work in an international environment