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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Modern Languages
with a Year Abroad

Develop language skills and forge connections between cultures to launch your career in a globalised world.
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Course overview

Develop advanced skills in one or more languages and learn about the societies they're rooted in. Begin at a level that matches your ability in your chosen languages, in order to make rapid progress and prepare you to live and work in a globalised world.

You will benefit from being guided by expert staff who will help you build advanced language skills on a flexible and engaging course. You'll study one or two languages of your choice - French, German, Italian or Spanish. You’ll also have the option to take an additional year in a third Language, or spend a year studying or working abroad.

Your year abroad is a great opportunity to show future employers that you can adapt to a new environment. You'll also build your fluency and develop essential skills to get you career-ready.

As well as language skills, our graduates leave us with a greater cultural, social and political understanding of the nations that speak them. Our approach to teaching ensures you are ready to step into a career of limitless opportunities, live and effect change in the places you want to see it.

Why study Modern Languages at Kent?

Kick-start your career.

Modern Languages unlocks opportunities across the globe. From classroom to boardroom, you'll be ready to craft a career tailored to your interests. 


Top 10

All our languages ranked in the top 10 for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.    

Broaden your horizons.

Our optional Year Abroad give you the intercultural awareness and real-world experience that are highly sought after by employers.    

Your degree, your way.

With a wide range of modules on offer, you can study 1 language, or 2, or focus on business with our BA Modern Languages and Management programme.

Life at Kent.

Alice and Georgie share their experiences of studying Modern Languages at Kent.

Everything you need to know about our Modern Languages course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You will not only study languages, but you will have the chance to explore the societies and cultures they are rooted in. From business to heritage, from history to film, you are free to indulge your passions and tailor your degree to your interests. You’ll develop language skills and intercultural awareness which will help you kick-start a wide range of careers across the globe.

How you'll study

On our Modern Languages BA, you will benefit from varied teaching methods and assessment types, you could be writing essays, or developing your spoken language skills in oral presentations. You could be learning in lectures, or in group work with native speakers. Our teaching is varied so you can learn language from all approaches and develop well rounded and advanced language skills.

I really enjoy the oral seminars too – I have a native French teacher, who is really enthusiastic, really fun.

Gaby Emson was in her final year studying French. This is what she told us about her course at Kent.

Your future

The ability to speak more than one language  is a key asset in the global employment market, and one that employers seek out. This means you can flexibly work across many fields and industries, and of course, across different countries.

Beyond your language skills, you will graduate equipped with skills such as, communication, mediation, analysis and leadership.  These give you confidence to offer creative solutions when faced with challenges, and the ability to express your ideas with clarity and passion. These are skills that make employers take notice, and you will be able to make change happen in the places you want to see it.

Our graduates are proof of this, going into fields as varied as: international banking, diplomacy, publishing, journalism, interpreting and translating, media, marketing and language teaching. Wherever your passions and future lie, through studying Modern Languages at Kent, you will have the tools needed to get there.

Hear from Ellie.
"I spent a year studying abroad splitting my time between France and Italy. The experience was invaluable for me – my confidence and language skills improved immensely."

As time’s gone on, I’ve got more confident about going on air and now I’d like to present my own show.

Hear from Beth McIntyre, who studied German and French, as she covers studying at Kent and getting involved in campus radio.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:


  • UK
  • EU
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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