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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

Panoramic view of the Umayyad Mosque, in Damascus, Syria, file source Used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Seven Modern Languages

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


REF 2014 Results

In the recent UK-wide assessment of university research over 70% of the work in Modern Languages at St Andrews was rated world-leading and internationally excellent. We were also ranked first in Scotland on the quality of our publications.

Byre World

The School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with The Byre Theatre, is offering an exciting programme of events related to the literature, film and cultures of the wider world -  moreByre World logo small
Launch Events
Programme (Sept- Dec 2015)

Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana

"Dante and English", Friday 25th Sept - more