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Prepare for a successful international career with our Applied Languages degree. You’ll pick two languages, follow a specialist pathway, and complete a work placement abroad.
Choose a primary language from:
- English (as a foreign language).
Choose a second language from:
- Mandarin Chinese.
Our staff are active researchers and experts in their fields. Your language classes are taught in your target language to help you achieve fluency. You’ll gain a high level of written and verbal skills with focus on the practical use of the language in an international context.
In Year 3 you will complete a work placement in a country where your primary language is spoken. We'll support you in choosing a placement that suits you. And you can apply your knowledge from your specialism to become fluent in a foreign language. Our course will help you to become a top quality linguist prepared for the world of work.
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Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
You can choose a specialist pathway that you will follow throughout your course. Pick from:
- International Relations and Politics
- Language and Education.
In Years 1, 2 and 4 you will take relevant modules in your chosen specialism.
In Year 3 you will gain significant work experience with a work placement which makes use of your specialism. This will help you to become fluent in your chosen primary language. You'll also benefit from the cultural awareness that comes with living in another country.
In Year 3 you will gain the work experience, cultural awareness, and language fluency needed to succeed in a multinational workplace. You will either:
- complete a work placement of 24 weeks–1 year in a country where your primary foreign language is spoken. Students studying English as a foreign language can remain in the UK
- complete a work placement of at least 12 weeks in a country where your primary foreign language is spoken and spend 12 weeks studying at a partner university abroad
After you graduate
The Applied Languages degree will help you to develop a winning combination of advanced language skills, specialist subject knowledge, and work experience that will make you very attractive to future employers.
International experience is something the majority of employers take into consideration when assessing job applications. The mobility and work experience within this course will enhance your skills in an increasingly international market and make you highly employable.
Applied Languages graduates are well placed for employment in such areas as the media, public relations, business and international organisations. Many employers favour linguists because of their broad academic education, their flexible and creative approach to problem solving and their excellent ability to communicate.
Applied Languages is also an excellent basis for postgraduate study and the teaching profession.
The MA IBIC (International Business and Intercultural Communication) is designed for those students seeking to further develop their prospects for an international career. This course acts as an intensive business studies course and opportunity for you to develop your language skills further on a substantial work placement.
"The lecturers were very passionate about their subjects and always very generous with their time. They were always available, if I needed some clarification or wanted to talk more generally about a particular module. Also, having access to the Bodleian library in my final year was a great help when researching for my dissertation"Read more about Clarissa
"I wanted a fun university experience, so I came to Oxford Brookes. I’ve had a great time on my course"Read more about Fawn
"The course is great, it is well designed and it offers a thorough overview of what you have to do in order to achieve your objectives. Brookes is more than my university. It is a community and it is family"Read more about Giuseppe
"My course was exactly what I was looking for. It gave me everything I needed for my year abroad, and for the future"Read more about Grace
"My course was really enhanced by the support of tutors and lecturers. I love the environment of Oxford Brookes, and everything it has to offer"Read more about Miriam
"I visited other universities, but they weren’t as coordinated as Oxford Brookes. I’ve been able to tailor my course to exactly what I want to do in the future"Read more about Niall
"My course let me pick two extra languages, which is why I chose Oxford Brookes. The staff are really excellent"Read more about Rory
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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