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Careers Opportunities in Modern Languages

The University of Oxford offers an undergraduate course in Modern Languages. The course is well-built and designed to offers quality education. Many employers value graduates with modern languages course because they are competent in one or two languages. Students with a degree in foreign languages have acquired a range of transferable skills and experience of other cultures.

Students are advised to refer the languages work related websites for more information about careers using languages. Modern Languages graduates from Oxford get into highly competitive fields such as management consultancy, law, international press agencies, accountancy, advertising, the media, performing arts and foreign offices. Recent modern languages graduates include a personal tax manager, a PhD researcher in the French nineteenth-century novel and a social enterprise company.

Louise, one of the Oxford graduates is presently working as a freelance conference interpreter and translator. After graduating, Louise qualified a conference interpreter and translator and has since worked freelance, especially, for European institutions and other international organizations. She also teaches graduate interpreting at the University of Bath. The degree in Modern Languages gave her academic rigour and sharpened her analytical skills, which are essential for her profession.

Lizzie, graduated in 2006 from Oxford and presently working at Global Campus. After graduation, she has worked in business development for a technology start-up company. The Oxford degree gave her confidence necessary to approach business situations with self-belief and conviction.

Entrance Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 38 - 40 comprising core points
  • Or any other equivalent

There are many combinations available, which allow students to start studying a language from scratch. Nevertheless, it must be noted that it is not usually possible for students to study two languages from scratch. Candidates are expected to have studied minimum one of the languages chosen or to speak one of the languages at school or home.

For Czech, Celtic, Polish, Modern Greek or Portuguese

Candidates do not require any experience of studying these languages. It is not possible to study two dissimilar languages from scratch. Candidates who have knowledge of one of these languages can also apply.

For German, French or Spanish

Candidates are expected to have the language or languages to A-level, Higher Level or Advanced Higher in the IB or any other equivalent.

For Italian

Candidate may apply without any formal qualifications in Italian. However, successful candidates are expected to work on their Italian before starting the course at Oxford. Beginners are not expected to reach A-level standard by the time they begin the course but must aim to acquire sufficient vocabulary and grammar to be able to read contemporary literary texts.

For Russian

For courses with Russian, candidates would typically be required to have Russian A-level, Higher Level and Advanced Higher in the IB or any academic equivalent. 'Beginners' Russian' courses allow students to begin studying Russian from scratch, provided that they are not also starting another language from scratch.


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