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Study a graduate program in languages

What will I study in a graduate languages program?

The ability to communicate and understand each other is vital to almost any human activity. As our world becomes more globalised, having strong language skills becomes more important.
A graduate language programs will not only make you fluent in another language, it will also introduce you to the culture and customs of places that speak that language. Alongside the obvious conversation, grammar and writing modules, you can also study the history of a particular language, how it has evolved and how it is growing.
Many postgraduate courses in languages will specialise on a particular area of study, such as literature or cultural studies.
Some of the most popular languages to study are:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Arabic
  • French

Length of program

The length of a graduate languages program depends on where you study and your previous language ability. Most postgraduate courses in languages will include part of the course spent in a native speaking country. Programs generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-2 years
  • US – 1-2 years
  • China – 1-2 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

Graduate language programs will require you to have a previous degree in the language you are studying, or to be able to demonstrate fluency.

Some courses will ask you to attend an interview to check the fluency of your language skills.

Career development

A postgraduate course in languages will give you varied and diverse career opportunities – and the chance to travel and work abroad. Many languages go into careers in translation and interpreting, working for major organisations like the United Nations or governments or going freelance.

However, there are also lots of opportunities for languages graduates who don’t want to work in field directly related to their subject. For example, many go on to work for companies who work internationally and need language experts.

Their skills as communicators and ability to interpret information also make languages graduates good at roles in diplomatic services, marketing and retail.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:

  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Civil service
  • Marketing

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate language programs varies widely from country to country and also depends on the status of the course and university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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