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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

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

The School of Modern Languages is offering funding opportunities for Postgraduate study for 2014/15 September entry.
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Upcoming conferences and events 

The Forgotten Years: Post-War Mexico (1848-1853) - 13-15 June 2014
International conference
Provisional Conference Programme (PDF, 454 KB)

Invisible Empires: Italy and Economies of Exchange - 18–19 June 2014
International conference
Conference registration
Conference programme (PDF, 3,207 KB)

‘What is the Contemporary?’ - 1-3 September 2014
a multi-disciplinary international conference hosted by ICCL
Further information
Conference registration

Women in French in Scotland: Annual Colloquium 2014 - 19 September 2014
Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews
Further information

Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre: Comparative Perspectives on Wine Poetry in Near and Middle Eastern Literatures - 2-5 October 2014
Further information
Call for papers (PDF, 490 KB)

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.

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Boniface project
Lectura Dantis

Upcoming seminars

21 April 2014
Italian Research Seminar
Dr Serena Bassi (University of Warwick)
"What Gets Better (and Where)? 
5pm, Buchanan 402

23 April 2014
ICCL Translation Workshop (restricted places -- now full, sorry)
Helen Chambers, Catherine Cobham, Stephen Halliwell and Celia Hawkesworth
1.30-5.30pm, Arts seminar room 1

23 April 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
También la lluvia (2010), Icíar Bollaín
4pm, School 6

24 April 2014
Poetry Forum in collaboration with School of Modern Languages, School of English, School of Classics, StAnza & Mosaici
Myra Schneider (London poet)
'Writing the Self' - Poetry and Writing for Wellbeing
5.15pm, Buchanan 216

28 April 2014
Russian Research Seminar
Evgeny Bershtein 
"Eisenstein, Sexuality, and Decadence" 
5pm, Buchanan 216

29 April 2014
Arabic Research Seminar
Prof Angelika Neuwirth
“What Biblical text does the Qur’an presuppose? - some new observations”
5pm, School V

30 April 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
Katmandú (2011), Icíar Bollaín
4pm, School 6

1 May 2014
PG research seminar
Sarah Townshend:
'Disruptive Desire: Marriage and Procreation in Church, State and Comedies of the Seventeenth-Century'
Marissa Munderloh:
'The Academic Side of Hip-Hop: Doing Qualitative Research in the Field'
4pm, Arts seminar room 2

Complete seminar programme