Modern Languages

There has never been a more exciting time to study languages. With other languages competing with English to be the main language of global communication, there are more reasons than ever to become bilingual or even multilingual. Here in Aberystwyth, we offer a range of courses in the study of French, Spanish, German and Italian, either as single or joint honours degree programmes in the case of Spanish and French, or joint honours in the case of German and Italian. 

Studying languages is a chance to acquire the knowledge and skills that are needed to take full advantage of opportunities in the 21st century. In addition, it fosters enhanced communication and adaptability skills and a deeper cultural awareness, and these are attributes that are highly valued by employers at home and abroad.  

Spending a year abroad is an exciting part of any degree in modern languages. It is also a wonderful opportunity to hone your skills and strengths. Students often return from their time abroad with enhanced confidence and the ability to be flexible. This period will prepare you well for your future career. 

  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subjects of French and Hispanic Studies (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Italian (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022)
  • 3rd in the UK in Iberian Studies, 4th in German Studies and joint 5th in French Studies (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022)

Why study Modern Languages at Aberystwyth University?

  • We are one of a handful of universities in the UK that offers you the opportunity to combine the study of three languages, two of which can be taught from beginners’ level. You can also combine your language study with a wide range of other subjects including History, International Relations, English, Education and Drama. 
  • As a student in our department, you will be taught by native speakers and experts in the respective languages. This will ensure that you get maximum exposure to your chosen language during your time at Aberystwyth.
  • Our study schemes are flexible: in many cases, you will have the opportunity to add another language, or drop a language you do not wish to study further. 
  • Our department is a small, friendly community which means that we get to know each other well. We are able to offer personalised academic and pastoral support that will ensure that you thrive, develop, and excel in your chosen subjects. 
  • We work closely using the BlackBoard virtual learning environment meaning that information and materials are at your fingertips, at home and on your mobile phone. 
  • Aberystwyth is a small town with a big heart and a cosmopolitan outlook. As a vibrant and friendly University, we attract students from all corners of the world, and the intimate atmosphere makes it a great place to get to know people. You are also sure to be inspired by the stunning surroundings. 


Graduating with a degree in one or more modern languages can give you the edge in the jobs market. Employers tell us that they value the skills and attributes that language graduates can offer. Being able to speak two or more languages also gives you the flexibility to study or work abroad in the future. 

Studying languages can lead to a wide variety of careers, especially those involving translation or communication with people from non-English speaking countries. This can include careers in government,  journalism, media, politics, publishing, and tourism. You could also work in education, fashion or law. The list is infinite! 


Our facilities include: 

  • a sophisticated virtual learning environment 
  • foreign language newspapers and magazines 
  • dedicated 'graded readers' section in the university library 
  • active student union societies for each language 
  • dedicated study spaces 
  • computer assisted learning 
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre - one of the largest arts centre in Wales - situated on the university campus and regularly screening foreign films 
  • The National Library of Wales - one of only five copyright libraries in the UK and an excellent resource for students - a short walk from our department. 


Teaching staff in our Department of Modern Languages are active researchers working at a global level. Their work has been funded by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Wellcome Trust among others, and the results published with major publishers and in leading scholarly journals. 

This research forms the basis of our teaching and our research interests are broad and dynamic. We draw upon an extensive network of national and global connections and collaborations, working with academics and creative practitioners from around the world on exciting and innovative projects. This means that you, our students, have access to the very latest information during your studies. 

Study or Work Abroad

Aberystwyth University offers every student the opportunity to study, volunteer or work in another country either for an academic year, a single semester, or a few weeks during your holidays.

Find more information on our Global Opportunities webpages.

Studying through the medium of Welsh

Aberystwyth University prides itself on being a bilingual University. As a leading Welsh university, we are proud to offer dedicated support services and Halls of Residence for Welsh-speaking students, encouraging the sense of community and the feeling of a home away from home. Qualifying students will automatically receive the University's Welsh-medium scholarships and can also apply for Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarships. Find out more about our Welsh Medium Scholarships here.