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Undergraduate Study

Degree combinations

We offer very flexible programmes, both within our Department and in collaboration with 14 other subjects across the University. You can study a wide range of degree schemes in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish from beginners and advanced levels, and Italian from beginners level.

Degree combinations Accordion

Flexible programme

Lancaster has a flexible approach to undergraduate study. Many degree schemes incorporate a minor in other subjects to complement your major subject. Many students choose to study Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish in the first year of their studies, either at intensive or advanced level. Our courses support you to develop language skills and also to appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures.

Degree Structure

International Placement Year

Spending a year abroad is an integral and assessed part of our language degrees. We offer flexibility to split your time abroad between different activities. It gives you the opportunity to improve your language proficiency, broaden your cultural knowledge and gain transferable skills that are much valued by employers. The International Placement Year is compulsory for students taking Chinese, French, German or Spanish at major level. Please note that there is no placement year for Italian.

International Placement Year

Careers and Employability

When you arrive in Lancaster, you might not have a plan for after you graduate, but when you're ready to take the next step, we're here to help you. Studying a language strengthens your written and oral communication competence, your organisational skills, your aptitude in analysing and synthesising information, your ability to contribute to discussions and suggest ideas, and your understanding of other countries and cultures in a global world.

Careers and employability

Undergraduate Prizes

Each year we have a number of prizes in the department which are awarded. For details see the full list of undergraduate prizes.

Undergraduate Prizes

Discover Languages at Lancaster University

Lancaster's distinctive approach to undergraduate language degrees gives you the opportunity to acquire both high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of languages, cultures and societies within a global context.

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