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Prospective students

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SMLLC) offers or contributes to around 90 prestigious University of London degrees in combinations that develop a wide range of interests, ambitions and valuable skills.

Our students become globally aware, passionate about culture and go into an array of careers in the arts, media, the law, teaching, research and in the commercial and public sectors.


Why choose Modern Languages at Royal Holloway?

A great choice of prestigious programmes

  • Our wide range of modular courses across the many language disciplines, literature, culture and Comparative Literature and Culture (all taught to BA honours level) develops your interests and skills. Our choices span literature, film and the visual arts from the 12th to 21st centuries. 
  • As a Modern Languages student, you'll typically achieve native or near-native fluency in speaking, reading and writing by the time you take your final exams. German, Italian and Spanish can even be studied ab initio - by beginners with no prior knowledge of these languages - or with an A-Level or equivalent in the subject.
  • We also offer three-year Comparative Literature and Culture (CLC) degree programmes where you''ll be able to study world literature alongside cinema and the visual arts. You don't need to have studied, or to study, a foreign language. Everything you study is available in English although you can work with the original versions if you have foreign language skills.
  • You can also take a language as a Joint Honours degree with CLC, or you might want to consider combining your degree in Modern Languages or CLC with International Film or Philosophy.
  • Every SMLLC language degree includes an integrated year abroad ( the Period of Residence Abroad or PRA), which is usually funded by the Erasmus exchange scheme.
  • Our diverse yet friendly community enables students to develop and exchange views with people from numerous countries and backgrounds and prepares them for work in a cross-cultural global marketplace.
  • Our School is located in a purpose-built International Building with bright seminar rooms, good facilities and an enviable position opposite the Students' Union on our beautiful, green campus.

Prize-winning research-led teaching

  • We're proud to have been awarded an exceptional number of teaching prizes for innovation and excellence. In the 2012 National Student Survey our students rated us one of the top scoring departments for our teaching (91 per cent overall satisfaction).
  • We ensure our students are equipped to get the most out of their degrees and future careers. Studying here involves plenty of scope for individual thinking. We also use a range of teaching and assessment methods which feed into your independent study and complement each other in different ways.
  • At the School we prefer a mix of lectures and small-group teaching as well as different modes of assessments to suit your learning style. With our state-of-the-art teaching techniques and native-speaker specialists, you'll hone your language skills to very high levels.
  • You'll also benefit from Virtual Learning Environment resources that help you make the most of your study time as well as a Personal Advisor who'll help you make the most of the choices available and your potential.
  • When you join us you'll work with world-renowned specialists in literature, culture, thought, film, visual art and philosophy of France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Latin America and beyond.  They love to share their expertise in accessible ways helping you get the most out of your degree.
  • All of our academics graduated from top universities in the UK, US, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Latin America. They are deeply committed to sharing their world-leading cutting-edge research and expertise with students.

An exciting choice of courses run by world-class academics

  • Here at the SMLLC we're passionate about languages and culture and enjoy a world-class research reputation. We've won an exceptional number of team and individual teaching prizes for innovation and excellence by Royal Holloway. We also win major funding bids individually and as part of academic networks from bodies including the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
  • German was rated among the top five departments nationally for its 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' research in the 2008 RAE, while Hispanic Studies achieved the highest score in the country for its 4* publications.
  • All of our academics are experts in their own field and love to pass on their expertise across an extraordinary breadth of topics.
  • This means our courses range from literature to film, art to philosophy, the songs of troubadours to European filmmakers, Dante to Dada, Proust to postmodern cinema, the Spanish Golden Age to contemporary Latin America and European Fiction, from Early Modern France to the literature and film of Paris or the products of contemporary French consumer culture.
  • We also cover Goethe to the ethics of the Holocaust and the modernist classics of Thomas Mann and Kafka; and Italian operatic culture to crime fiction. You can also choose fascinating thematic approaches, which explore issues such as gender and sexuality, class conflict, postcolonial identities and transnational flows, ethics, violence and terror, love and transgression.
  • Find out more about our staff and their research profiles .

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