European and Middle Eastern Languages

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The EMEL course focuses on literature as a means of exploring histories and cultures, perfect for those interested in deepening their knowledge of language, history, art, politics and religion.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to European and Middle Eastern Languages.


Official University Overview πŸ”— 🌟 This is the official undergraduate EMEL course page, which includes entry requirements, subject requirements, course structure and information on the application process, and handy information about your Year Abroad.

Course Structure πŸ”— This is a clear outline of the papers taken throughout the course. Years 1 and 2 follow a rigid structure, while there is more room for specialisation in Years 3 and 4. Literature is the main focus on the European language side of the course, as students can choose a specific time period to study in Year 3, alongside more specialised papers in various topics. The study of Middle Eastern Language opens up from pure language work in the first two years, towards much more flexible study in Years 3 and 4. A bridging essay brings the two languages together in the final year.

Oriental Institute Overview πŸ”— The Oriental Institute website can provide further insight into the Middle Eastern language side of the course.

Alternative Prospectus πŸ”— This is the informal overview of the EMEL course, written by students for the Oxford Student Union. This will give you a better sense of what it’s like studying EMEL on a day-to-day basis.

More things to explore

Course Handbook πŸ”— 🌟 Here’s a handy overview of the EMEL course, which gives you insight into modules available, and flexibility.

Oxford Video πŸ”— This short video includes testimonials from EMEL students.

Application Resources

To do EMEL, you’ll have to sit both the Modern Languages Aptitude Test and the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test.
Here are some useful links:

Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT) πŸ”—

OLAT Past Papers πŸ”—

Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT) πŸ”—