Why should you study a languages degree abroad?
There is a wide range of languages you can choose to study if you decide on this degree- from Modern Foreign Languages such French, German and Spanish to classical languages such as Latin and Greek and those that may become (or may already be considered) the most important languages of the future, such as Mandarin Chinese. The language aspect of your course will have the same basic strands: speaking, writing and listening.
In many cases you will be able to choose a joint honours or take more than one language as part of your degree. Many students also choose to combine their language studies with those in subjects such as literature or history.
Choosing to study a languages degree abroad means you'll study much more than the basic language – cultural modules such as film, literature and history are extremely important, as they help you to see the wider context of the country that you are studying.
How can you benefit from studying a languages degree abroad?
You will know from school whether you have a flair for languages – but you must also be aware that at degree level you will need to have a much deeper understanding of the intricacies of the language, so you should be prepared to work doubly hard. You must also be good at writing essays and interpreting information, as this will be a major part of your degree.
Opting to study a languages degree abroad will strengthen your ability to communicate, analyse and interpret in the language that you have chosen. You are likely to have modules focusing on the linguistics of the language, giving you a deep understanding of how it fits together.
Aside from the language aspect, cultural and historical studies of your chosen country will give you a greater perspective of world societies. Living abroad for a year during your degree, as is more than likely, means you will gain independence and have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a new culture.
Some of the more general skills you will gain from studying a languages degree abroad include:
- Time management
- Written and oral communication
- Essay writing
- Sympathy for other cultures
- Project management
- Independent thought
What types of jobs can you apply for with this degree?
Graduates with skills in languages are required in almost every sector – from business, where they may work in client liaison or as interpreters, to teaching and academics. The skills gained are the same as any regular humanities degree, but with the added benefit of knowing another language thrown in. This means that there are multiple areas that you could go into:
- Charity work
- Higher Education