Students and staff in the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s are passionate about people, places, languages and cultures. We believe that learning a language is about more than just grammar and vocabulary – however important those might be in developing linguistic fluency; it is also about ways of looking at and understanding the world. It’s that combination of high-level linguistic skills and the ability to work effectively with people from different cultures and to adapt to different ways of communicating and thinking that make our graduates stand out from the crowd and give them a head start in the job market.
The School of Modern Languages offers degree pathways in 4 different languages – French, Irish, Portuguese and Spanish – and the flexible structure of the BA degree allows you to combine two languages, or combine a language with Archaeology, English, History, International Relations, Politics and Social Anthropology. Students interested in degrees with Law, Accountancy and International Business, can take a language alongside these subjects, and follow specialist business and legal language courses from first year. We also offer a growing range of pathways for students who wish to combine a science subject – Chemistry, Geography, Maths or Physics – with a language and build a placement abroad into their degree.
The outlook of our School is resolutely international, and our staff are all leading researchers in their different disciplines. But the fact that we are the smallest academic school in the University also means that our students are not anonymous faces in a crowded lecture hall, but very much part of a supportive and friendly learning community. Almost all of our teaching takes place in small groups which rarely exceed 20 students, and student progress is supported by our personal tutor system. As a student in the School, you will also have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art learning resources including the multimedia Language Centre and the new McClay Library, the learning hub of the University.
Outside the classroom, the activities of our different student societies, and the cultural opportunities on our doorstep such as the Queen’s Film Theatre, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich and the Metropolitan Arts Centre will ensure you have a busy social life.
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