Modern languages

Open the door to a rich and diverse exploration of global cultures, language and communication. Go beyond linguistic mastery, delve into the heart of societies, literature, history, and contemporary issues.

Modern languages

Why study Modern Languages? 

Equip yourself with the tools to navigate the complexities of cross-cultural communication and stand out from your peers in the ever competitive global business market. Whether you choose to specialise in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Mandarin Chinese our courses will help you excel.

Develop critical thinking, adaptability, and a nuanced appreciation for diversity. Language learners not only become proficient speakers but also gain insights into the traditions, perspectives, and expressions that shape a community. This global perspective is invaluable in an increasingly interconnected world, preparing students for careers in diplomacy, international business, translation, education, and more.

Our 4-year courses offer a year abroad, where you can study at partner universities or work as a language assistant, showcasing your skills to future employers giving you invaluable insights into the language and customs of the languages you study.

Why choose Essex?
  • Access to a range of incredible facilities such as our Media Studio, Translations and Interpreting labs, and our Linguistics labs
  • Many of our courses have dedicated careers and employability modules given you the chance to learn further invaluable skills to stand our in the job market
  • You'll learn from experts in their field - we are 1st in UK for research impact in modern languages and linguistics (Research Excellence Framework 2021)

Career prospects

Teaching, journalism, copy writing, translating, interpreting, marketing and public relations; these are just a few of the diverse career paths that a degree from the Department of Language and Linguistics could lead to. Find out more about the range of different career options and the employability support you will gain when studying a Modern Languages degree with us.


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A portrait of Marta Popescu.
After completing an online course for teaching abroad (The TEFL Academy), and obtaining my BA at Essex, I started applying online for jobs in South-East Asia, especially China, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. I had a few Skype interviews, and once I made my choice (and completed all the paperwork) I started working in less than a month. I am now working as an English Teacher in Ca Mau City, Vietnam.
Marta Estera Popescu, English Teacher BA MODERN LANGUAGES
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