French, Irish, Spanish and Portuguese
Immerse yourself in language and culture and gain invaluable experience at a local and international level. All students on our courses benefit from immersion in the target language through residency and year abroad placements as a core component of their degree.
French is a major language of global business, development and international relations across five continents. French at Queen's reflects the dynamism and cultural diversity of the French-speaking world; the modules on offer use a variety of media to explore the language, culture, and society of metropolitan France as well as the Francophone world, including Belgium, the Caribbean, Canada, and Africa.
Spanish, with almost 300 million speakers, opens doors to major global networks and opportunities. Portuguese is the 4th most learned language in the world, with over 178 million speakers. The modules in Spanish and Portuguese at Queen's offer one of the most diverse programmes in the UK, covering Spain, Latin America, Asia, and Africa, from the 14th-21st centuries, in history, literature, visual cultures and digital humanities.
Irish at Queen's has a strong emphasis on the modern language and culture. A range of modules will provide you with a broad understanding of diverse aspects of Irish culture and society and include filmmaking, the short story, the novel, and modern poetry. The growth of Gaelic identity is also explored and insight into the country’s wider heritage is developed through the study of mythology, folklore, and Scottish Gaelic.