Modern Languages

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Modern Languages at Oxford offers you an opportunity to develop fluency and advanced linguistic skills in one or two languages, as well as intercultural sensitivity.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Modern Languages.

Overview

Oxford Overview πŸ”— Here is the official page for the Modern Languages course, which covers entry requirements, course structure and the application process, with information on individual languages.

Course Structure πŸ”— 🌟 A description of what to expect from each year of study at Oxford. First year is entirely prescribed. Second and fourth year (third and fourth year if you study Beginners’ Russian) allow substantial freedom of choice in the study of literature. The importance of literature in the Oxford degree is definitely something to consider when writing a personal statement.

Course Handbooks πŸ”— 🌟 This page has links to the handbooks for first year and your last two years for each language, showing the texts studied for first year and final exams. If any of the texts listed interest you, it may be worth reading and thinking about for your personal statement.

Alternative Prospectus πŸ”— Produced by the Oxford Student Union, this gives the perspectives of students to show you the real experience of studying Modern Languages at Oxford.

Course Finder πŸ”— This handy webpage made by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages helps you find your perfect Modern Languages course, including telling you what colleges offer your course and the entry requirements.

More things to explore

Languages Offered

French πŸ”— German πŸ”— Spanish πŸ”— Russian πŸ”— Italian πŸ”— Portuguese πŸ”— Modern Greek πŸ”— Czech (with Slovak) πŸ”— Polish πŸ”—

Note: Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Modern Greek and Czech (with Slovak) can be taken as beginners’ courses. Polish can be taken from second year in combination with another language.

Note: only French, German, Spanish and Russian can be taken as single honours courses. Italian, Portuguese, Modern Greek, Polish and Czech must be studied in combination with another language or another subject.

Additional offerings: Beyond first year, you have substantial more freedom to choose the areas on which you want to focus. From second year, additional subsidiary languages can be taken, such as Polish, Catalan, Galician, Provencal, Yiddish and most of the Slavonic languages.

Student Q&A πŸ”— This video shows an Oxford Modern Languages student answering questions about the course.

Oxford Podcasts πŸ”— The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages produces podcasts on a series of topics relating to both individual languages as well as on language itself. These could be useful to reference in your personal statement if the podcasts relate to anything you are reading or thinking about, alternatively they present an opportunity to learn about a new topic.

Linguamania πŸ”— This is another Oxford Podcasts series that focuses solely on language, its importance and purpose. This could be useful for a personal statement if you are considering broader questions of language or of translation.

Student Perspectives and Course Overview video πŸ”— 🌟 This video was created by the University to give an overview of student experiences and their reasons for choosing to study Modern Languages.

Modern Languages Oxford Schools Liaison πŸ”— This channel has a few useful videos answering questions about studying Modern Languages at Oxford as well as describing different aspects of the Oxford Course.

Studying Modern Languages in Joint Schools πŸ”— This video covers the basics of studying Languages as part of a Joint Schools degree at Oxford. There is no increased workload with studying two languages.

Eve Bennett YouTube Channel πŸ”— 🌟 Eve addresses her experience of applying to be, and studying as a Modern Languages student at Oxford in plenty of videos on her channel.

Application Resources

Modern Languages Admissions Test πŸ”— All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test as part of their application - find out more information here.

French Mock Interview πŸ”— 🌟 This YouTube video was put together by an Oxford college and shows a mock interview for French. This is a really useful resource to dispel myths you may have heard or fears you may have about the interview process. Nothing spectacular is expected; they want to see how you think, how and if you can adapt to new information and to what degree you are teachable.

InsideUni Modern Languages interview experiences πŸ”— 🌟 Current students share their interview experience and some potentially helpful tips on the process. We're biased, but we think they're useful!