All of our five languages (French, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish) can be studied at varying levels. Some of our languages are just available at beginner level such as Mandarin, and some are available all the way up to advanced level such as Spanish.
The table below shows which languages are available to study at each level:
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Most students start learning a language in their first year of study, however, it is possible to start a language in the second or final year of your course on consultation with the University's languages department.
There are three levels of difficulty to study languages at: beginner, intermediate and advanced level. The languages class that you will join will be determined by your prior experience.
If your ability in a particular language is greater than the advanced level entry requirements (e.g. you are fluent), then you will not be able to study that particular language at the University. However, you may choose to study a different language instead. We reserve the right to assess your language level on arrival and you may be advised to attend an alternative route.
Languages at the University of Hertfordshire are taught in a mixture of interactive lectures, small group seminars and language lab sessions.
All languages are studied as a minor (25%) component of a course that will be paired with another subject from either the Hertfordshire Business School or the School of Humanities and Joint Honours.
Subjects that can be combined with a language are listed below under their respective subject area/school of study:
Find out more about our different language levels of study (routes) from Dr. Agustín Rico-Albero, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Film at the University of Hertfordshire, in the video below: