Which is the best UK university for French and German?

I want to study these two languages at uni but don't know if there's a place that's especially popular/has great language teaching for both subjects?

This question was asked on 18th November 2014 and has been read 2893 times.

  • Anonymous Answer · 7 years ago

    Many universities offer excellent courses in the subjects - among them Bristol, King's London, UCL, Queen Mary London, Manchester, Leeds. The two that always rank highly are Cambridge and Oxford. Each claims the edge over the other but it's best to decide which course looks most interesting to you, and which place you think has the best architecture! 

  • Jan Krauss · 7 years ago

    Another thing to be aware of is that even the best courses don't place much emphasis on language skills. I studied French at Bristol and, as a German, was surprised that nearly everything was taught in English, not French. French language skills (translation, writing, oral) only account for 25% of the total degree and most of this will be in your final year. In some ways that makes sense since they expect your language skills to be at their best towards the end of your degree. But for someone like me, who chose to study French for the language, not so much for the literature/drama etc, it was a bit disappointing.

    Also try to think of what kind of place/city you want to study in a small place like Cambridge or Durham is very different from Bristol or London. Choosing the best university for you is not only about rankings, it's about where you can enjoy being for 3-4 years of your life.

  • Anonymous Answer · 7 years ago

    I study a joint major or German and Linguistics at Lancaster University and I would highly recommend  it. The language department is a small, yet very close knit community where every student is known by their tutors and everyone feels involved. In Lancaster modules are split half and half with language and culture, so you get to learn about both equally important sides of studying a language. The languages classes are always fairly small, between 10-20 people and the culture ones tend to have more people due to beginners language student and advanced (post a-level) being mixed together for these.

    Also in first year you get the chance to pick modules from another department or even learn another language from beginners.

    Overall the campus is one big community and especially in first year living on campus, really everything is there that you need. Lancaster town is quaint, yet everything is there that you will need, shops, student life, eating out etc.

    Be sure to check it out!

    Hope that helps :)

  • Zoe Taylor · 6 years ago

    I'm currently studying Business Management and French at the University of Surrey and couldn't recommend the university enough. We have small language classes (no more than 15 student per class) meaning that lecturers always have time for you whenever you want to pop into their office or if you have concerns about something. My French lecturers are fantastic and my friends that also study German feel the same about theirs! 

    Guildford is a large town but perhaps not as lively as bigger cities. However saying that I feel incredibly safe there, we have the most amazing sports park in the world and the best students union night club like ever. If you've got any Surrey questions just let me know! :-)

    Good luck with your university hunt whatever you decide! 

  • Anonymous Answer · 6 years ago

    I study at Heriot Watt in Edinburgh and the language department is really good because you learn by doing..my course is Interpretation and Translation so you could say that is 'hands-on' learning as we do not learn through literature. We learn by getting involved and learning the skills of how to interpret and translate.

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