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Dusk at Louvre, photo by Daniel Oi (c) 2009

Exceptional teaching quality

Modern Language students acquire highly desirable transferable skills and excellent graduate prospects

Placa Reial, photo by Daniel Oi (c) 2009

High ranking

All our departments regularly feature in the top 5 in The Complete University Guide

Red Square at night - photo by Daniel Oi (c) 2008

Top choice for postgraduate studies

Personal supervision and teaching by experts in their fields, a caring and lively scholarly community

Spanish Steps - photo by Daniel Oi (c) 2006

Variety of degrees

Wide and flexible range of degrees in one, two or even three languages, or in one or two languages and a non-language subject

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Sense of community

High level of personal contact and a genuine sense of community, complemented by excellent links to other Schools in the University

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Seven Modern Languages

Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian and Spanish span the globe

Information for New Students

The School of Modern Languages Events during Orientation Week 2014/15

Upcoming conferences and events

‘What is the Contemporary?’ - 1-3 September 2014
a multi-disciplinary international conference hosted by ICCL
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Women in French in Scotland: Annual Colloquium 2014 - 19 September 2014
Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews
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Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre: Comparative Perspectives on Wine Poetry in Near and Middle Eastern Literatures - 2-5 October 2014
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Call for papers (PDF, 490 KB)

SIS postgraduate colloquium: The Contemporary and its Histories - 7th November 2014
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Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

The School of Modern Languages is offering funding opportunities for Postgraduate study for 2014/15 September entry.
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Latest research projects

UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative)
Comparative Literature in St Andrews and at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (Principal Investigators Margaret-Anne Hutton and Prof Suchorita Chattopadhyay) have been awarded £54K to fund a two year period of research and teaching collaboration.

Transnationalizing Modern Languages
A new research project looking at how modern Italian culture has developed around the world, involving colleagues at St Andrews, Bristol, Warwick and QMU, has been awarded £1.8million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Language-Philology-Culture: Arab Cultural Semantics in Transition
The project “Language-Philology-Culture. Arab Cultural Semantics in Transition” addresses the pivotal role that language plays in various aspects of Arab culture and Arab cultural history.

Travelling TexTs, 1790-1914
TTT studies the role of women's writing in the transnational literary field during the long nineteenth century. It explores in terms of gender cultural encounters through reading and writing that contributed to shaping modern cultural imaginaries in Europe.