School of Language and Global Studies

We are committed to delivering a fully integrated international experience for our students, so our programmes are all about building your knowledge of the language, culture, history, society and customs of the country of your chosen language, or indeed languages. We offer a diverse suite of programmes delivered by enthusiastic and experienced teachers.

About the School

  • Recognised by industry professionals internationally, our courses place strong emphasis on practical and vocational development which help you maximise your learning potential and prospects for the future. Our tutors are active members of Chartered Institute of Linguists and Registered Practitioners/ Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The British Council and Trinity College are accrediting bodies for several of our courses.

  • The period abroad available to all students studying a language is a life-changing experience, one in which you can immerse yourself in the language and culture of your chosen field of study – and we offer eight languages from across Europe and Asia, so there’s plenty of choice. As well as studying your chosen language, you are likely to take up a position within an international company, or work as a language tutor. We offer study or work abroad in China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain, and Russia and we are partnered with some of the most prestigious universities in these regions.

Our Courses Your Experience

Across the School, we have a great history in teaching our subjects: we are still leading the way with innovative courses and we started the first and only Institute of Korean Studies outside London, find out more below.

Study Abroad

You may have the opportunity to spend a period abroad, in the country(ies) you are studying, on either a work placement or a study placement. If your course requires a study year abroad you will receive free flights and free visas.

Industry Standard Interpreting Suite

You will have access to two state-of-the-art conference interpreting suites with industry standard technology to prepare yourself for the world of interpreting and translation.

Research

As a university, our research makes us distinct from other educational institutions offering languages, with expertise in languages, linguistics, culture, education and politics. Our worldwide research is also a reflection of our international focus and in 2013, we launched the only Institute of Korean Studies outside London. The application of our research is one of the things that makes us special. Staff conduct research in the interconnected areas of theoretical and applied linguistics of both spoken and signed languages, area studies, cultural studies, intercultural communication and cultural etiquette.

 
Lecturer

Dr Sojin Lim

Sojin is an expert in international development with a particular focus on the turbulent development co-operation relations between North and South Korea. Before arriving at the University in 2017 she was engaged in research and teaching across a number of international aid agencies, government institutions and universities based in Seoul.

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Specialist Learning Hubs and Language Exchange

The School is home to the Worldwise Centre, which offers extensive resources relating to language learning, and is also a tranquil, informal space in which to meet and make friends with speakers of different languages.

The Worldwise Learning Centre is an excellent resource that provides you with international experiences and support for your global aspirations.

For those keen to pursue a career in interpreting/ translation, we host a state-of-the-art Brahler Conference Interpreting Suite, a core facility for professional training.

We also house one of the UK’s Confucius Institutes, through which we work with a range of Chinese centres of scholarship to promote Chinese culture and language.

The Language Academy offer a range of academic and professional English courses for non-native speakers of English. All courses are designed and delivered by our team of experienced English language specialists to support the development of all learners.