Why Study Modern Languages?
Skills in Modern Languages have never been more important as the world becomes increasingly more connected. In addition, as the United Kingdom establishes new ways of working with partners abroad, multilingual communication is increasingly central to both commerce and culture. At Bangor, you will be able to develop an understanding of other cultures and hone your skills in a range of languages which will enable you to communicate with the speakers of other languages across the globe. Intercultural knowledge and multilingual skills are highly valued by employers and will give you a competitive edge in the international marketplace.
As well as enhancing your employment prospects, by studying languages at Bangor, you will become part of a supportive learning community in which students soon feel very much at home. We offer learning in small classes, where you get to know the staff and your fellow students in a friendly environment. You will have support through your studies from an experienced group of dedicated staff and expert advice in relation to the year abroad. There are also plenty of opportunities to develop your language skills beyond the classroom by getting involved in our student society, LangSoc, taking part in our Language Buddy scheme or volunteering as a Language Ambassador at one of our partner local schools.
The atmosphere in Bangor is friendly, inclusive and calm. Obviously, there are deadlines and assignments and exams, but the environment with which you are surrounded makes that all manageable.
Elearnor Harris - My Year Abroad
Languages student Eleanor talks about moving to Spain for a year as part of her Spanish degree. Eleanor is working in a primary school and has immersed herself in the Spanish culture!
Sophie Helliwell - My student experience
"Both the Law and Modern Language schools are fantastic, the lecturers and teachers are all very engaging with great communication and feedback, you can go to them for absolutely anything."
Do you have a question about life as a Bangor University student? Our ambassadors will be happy to help you find the answer.
They can tell you more about studying here, about the amazing Clubs and Societies we have, and how they made friends and settled in to life at university as a Modern Languages student.
If you have any questions about the course, our lecturers are on hand to help. Below are some examples of frequently asked questions. Can you think of any more?
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- How will I know that Modern Languages at Bangor is the right choice for me?
Undertaking a modern languages degree gave me the skills to be able to learn other languages. The year I spent abroad provided valuable experience and insight into teaching and delivering training to others has been a key part of my career since graduating. I loved my time at Bangor University. I studied (and played) hard, made some lifelong friends, and fell in love with the area.
I thoroughly enjoyed studying at Bangor, much more than I could have imagined, and I look back at that time with such fond memories. I loved all my modules, and my lecturers were all so engaging. I made many good friends there and embraced the social life as well, of course. It opened my eyes to different cultures and perspectives and helped shape me into the person I am today.
I changed my mind about going to Bangor after an open day, as I had originally planned to attend a different university. It was clear I was going to be better supported in my studies and well-being. Bangor also offered far nicer accommodation to most universities, which I felt was important as it would be the first time living away from home. Bangor’s offering to take up a new language in the first year and then be integrated into classes with others who’d studied to A-level in the second year was a real opportunity to broaden my horizons.
My time at Bangor University was the most enjoyable of my life! I felt so at home studying the languages that I loved in a beautiful part of the UK. I met friends for life, honed my language skills and gained valuable real-life working experience which has led me to my dream job. I choose to study at Bangor University because the department was extremely welcoming. I remember attending the Open Day with my parents and feeling that each staff member would know who I was if I studied here.
Our Research in Modern Languages
Our international research profile in modern languages is derived from the dynamic work of academic and research staff, who have built major individual and collaborative projects in the histories, cultures and politics of the Francophone, Hispanic, German and Italian-speaking worlds, with a growing specialism in Translation Studies and Chinese Studies.
Particular research strengths lie in postcolonial approaches to Francophone and Iberian Cultures, the politics of memory and memorialisation, travel writing, Catalan and Galician Studies, Italian organised crime, translation, power and critical discourse, film and national identities, popular culture and comics, material cultures and material texts, visual cultures and contemporary art.
Our students benefit from a lively and inclusive research community. Not only does our research inform our teaching, we also run an exciting Research Forum each term, comprising a variety of events, including talks from visiting scholars and our own research staff and students, book launches and art, music and poetry performances.