About Us

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages.

Aberystwyth has taught modern languages since 1874, and we continue to offer innovative learning opportunities. Currently we teach French, German, Italian and Spanish at both beginners' and advanced levels, along with some Brazilian Portuguese, in a research-active academic environment.

The Department of Modern Languages is located on the attractive Penglais Campus, with fantastic views of the sea. The campus has a range of facilities within easy reach, the most important being the main University library, the Students’ Union Building and the award-winning Arts Centre. The National Library of Wales is only ten minutes’ walk away. The Department itself provides students with a departmental workroom and a well-equipped Language Resource centre.

As a department, we pride ourselves on being close-knit and friendly. There is a vibrant multilingual and multicultural environment and many of our staff are native speakers of the language they teach, therefore you will get plenty of exposure to it in and outside of the classroom. Your experience matters to us, and through our teaching we want to ensure that you get the personal attention and feedback, which is essential for effective language learning. This is why we have achieved 93% student satisfaction in the 2017 NSS survey.

We teach languages from beginners’ level as well as post A-level. You’re not disadvantaged if you didn’t have the opportunity to learn a language at school as you can start learning it here and you will have every opportunity and support to reach a high standard by the time you graduate. For students joining us after studying a Language at A-Level, you will develop advanced knowledge in grammar, aural, oral and reading combined with a deep understanding of linguistics and culture. Our purposeful teaching with meaning has been recognised by the Times and The Sunday Times as UK University of the Year for teaching quality (The Good University Guide, The Times & Sunday Times, 2018).

All of our degree programmes are four years, which includes a year spent abroad, usually at one of our partner universities or in employment, often teaching English at a school. The year abroad gives you a major advantage in the job market when you graduate as demonstrated by the Erasmus Impact survey which shows that 64% of employers considers international  important for recruitment and that studying or working abroad will increase your chances of finding employment by up to 41% compared to students who do not study/work abroad.  This is proven by our impressive employability figures, which show that 100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduation. This figure is 7% more than language graduates nationally (HESA, 2017).

Take the time to browse through our webpages and find out more about our courses on offer. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with, our contact details are located on the Contact Us option.  If you have never visited Aberystwyth, take the time and come along to one of our Open Days, Applicant Visiting Days so that you can see why we are rated one of the best Universities in the UK for student satisfaction, and meet some of the staff who will be your mentors and guides during your time with us.