Modern Languages - BA (Hons)
with a Year Abroad

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, make rapid progress and get ready to live and work in a globalised world.


You'll study one or two languages of your choice - French, German, Italian or Spanish - and work with staff who are native speakers to build advanced language skills. Gain expertise in culture, society, politics and business. Find out more about our language options.

Study, teach or work in a French, German, Italian or Spanish-speaking country on your Year Abroad to build your fluency and develop essential skills to get you career-ready. You can also take an extracurricular module in a language at any stage or take a full year in a language.

Why study Modern Languages with a Year Abroad at Kent?

  • Choice: Follow a career-orientated route with the languages of your choice - French, German, Italian, and Spanish - or choose one language with Management in our BA Modern Languages and Management with a Year Abroad
  • Get career-ready: Immerse yourself in language and culture on your Year Abroad, getting the skills employers look for
  • Mix language with culture: Develop your language skills alongside options including linguistics, history, politics, visual culture and film
  • Expert teaching: Benefit from our Language Centre with modern language-learning facilities, expert native teachers, and leading researchers
  • Get involved: join our language societies, catch a foreign-language film in the on-campus cinema, or become a mentor in a local school
  • Be supported: receive individually focused support through your dedicated academic advisor

What our students say

“I’ve loved all my modules. Sociolinguistics has been my favourite – we study the sociological aspects of the French language, such as regional variations and slang. I really enjoy the oral seminars too – I have a native French teacher, who is really enthusiastic, really fun!”

Gaby Emson, Modern Languages student

What you'll study

In your first year you will take introductory modules in one or two languages of your choice, corresponding to your level. You’ll also explore cultures, heritage and business. Optional module choices include European cinema, politics, and literature.

In your second and final years, you’ll study your chosen language/s at intermediate and advanced levels, and then delve into a range of modules from languages in the classroom to culture and heritage.

Optional choices cover a wide range of topics, from European business to history, travel writing to the analysis of European music. You can also choose to work on a project or dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of one of our academics, experts in their field.

Your year abroad is a great opportunity to show future employers that you can adapt to a new environment. You'll develop personally, academically and professionally, whilst experiencing a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, and create your own international network.

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Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    Studying one language:

    • BBB or equivalent at A level.

    Studying two languages:

    • BBB or equivalent at A level.
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    Applicants wishing to study two languages should have grade B or equivalent at GCSE, ideally in one of your target languages. This is not required of applicants wishing to study one language only.

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    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DMM in a humanities based subject.

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

When applying you will need to indicate, under 'further details' in the 'choices' section of your application, the you language or languages that you wish to study using the codes below. For further information on completing your UCAS form, please visit the UCAS site.

UCAS language codes

  • French - Fre
  • German - Ger
  • Italian - Ital
  • Spanish - Spa

It may be possible to study further languages to a lower level of proficiency than degree level in our Language Centre, subject to demand. This is arranged once you register as a student.  

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.


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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-time

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. 


If you are studying one language, you must choose modules with a total of 120 credits at each stage:

  • 30 credits from the language modules (corresponding to your language of study)
  • 30 credits from two route-defining modules
  • 30 credits from free choice modules (corresponding to your language of study)
  • 30 credits from the wild modules

If you are studying two languages, you must choose modules with a total of 120 credits at each stage:

  • 60 credits from two language modules (corresponding to your languages of study)
  • 30 credits from two route-defining modules
  • 30 credits from free choice modules (corresponding to your languages of study)

Stage 1

Language modules


Free choice modules

Stage 2

Language modules

Route-defining modules

  • Branding the Nation: National Identity in the Global Marketplace
  • Culture & Heritage: History
  • What makes a nation? Sovereignty, Power and Identity
  • Languages in the Classroom

Free choice modules

Year Abroad

Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance to develop personally, academically and professionally.  You experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance your employability.

The Year Abroad is assessed on a pass/fail basis and will not count towards your final degree classification. You spend the year working as an English language assistant or in approved employment, or studying at one of our partner universities.

Stage 3 

Language modules

Route-defining modules

  • Global commodities
  • Culture & Heritage: The Contemporary
  • Crisis, aftermath and memory
  • Language Teachers at Work

Free choice modules


The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £13500
  • International full-time £18000

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 Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

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

Additional costs

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


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

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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.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Independent rankings

French scored 90% overall, German scored 91% overall, Iberian Languages scored 85% overall and Italian scored 91% overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.

French was ranked 4th, German was ranked 7th, Iberian languages was ranked 7th and Italian was ranked 3rd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.


Graduate destinations

Previous graduates have gone on to work in:

  • advertising
  • journalism and professional writing
  • media
  • law
  • public relations
  • marketing and sales
  • publishing
  • broadcasting
  • civil or diplomatic services.

Help finding a job

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Work experience

We offer a number of modules with direct relevance to the world of work, including options that focus on teaching and on writing in the media.

Career-enhancing skills

Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • work independently and as part of a team.

You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Apply for Modern Languages with a Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

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.

Find out more about how to apply

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T: +44 (0)1227 768896


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T: +44 (0)1227 823254


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