This programme allows you to study intercultural communication while at the same time improving your fluency in a foreign language. You can choose between French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish and, for most of our languages, you can start the programme at the level of language learning that suits you. Not only will you attain a good level of competence in the language, you will also have a chance to learn about the culture of the language-speaking area, choosing from a range of modules covering literature, film, history, visual culture and philosophy, amongst other cultural fields.
For the intercultural communication component you will learn about how communication practices differ across cultures and you will also be introduced to communication practices in various international and work-related contexts. You will have the option of focusing either on professional communication or on the mechanics of language structure and use.
The third year is normally spent abroad at a partner institution to allow you to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture of the language-speaking area you are studying.
The programme is also available for full-time evening study over three years or for part-time evening study over four years or six years.
HIGHLIGHTS • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
• Our Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication is the oldest applied linguists department in the country, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. We remain on the cutting edge of the field.
• Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, and institutionalises long-standing links between these disciplines.
• In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
• Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross-cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), provide an important platform for this exchange.
Award: BA Professional Qualification 4 Years Full Time Taught in English