Languages

Learning a language is not just about learning words and phrases: it is about embracing different cultures, diverse lifestyles, and discovering more about the people and the world around you

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We're Number 2 in Scotland for Modern Languages

The Guardian University Guide 2020

3rd in Scotland for Languages and Area Studies

NSS 2020

Our dynamic Languages team has years of experience in teaching languages to undergraduates, postgraduates, staff, and members of the public. Teaching is student-centred and classes involve lively interaction.

You can study French, German or Spanish as part of many degrees, and we also offer a wide variety of other language courses for professional development and personal interest.

As well as learning a language, you will develop skills in oral and written presentation, debate, interpretation, translation and creative writing.

Chartered Institute of Linguists
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Students are eligible on application to become Associate Members of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (IOL), as the University is a preferred HE partner of the IOL
Chartered Institute of Linguists

We'll also provide opportunities to meet native speakers at social events, and chances to explore other cultures in a variety of ways, including Language cafe chat sessions and student led languages societies.

Language skills are rated very highly by employers. Various resources are available highlighting this - Language Launchpad features interviews with UK language graduates to find out how their language skills have benefited their careers, while SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages) provides job profiles careers information, and interviews with successful people in the business and sporting worlds on why they consider that learning a language is really important.