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Top 10 UK Universities for Languages 2015

Being able to speak multiple languages fluently is a very attractive characteristic to possess, especially if one travels often. Professionals who carry such an ability have the advantage of building exciting and colorful relationships with people of other nations and cultures, more so than those who are monolingual. Below is a well-detailed list of the top 10 universities for languages in the United Kingdom for 2015. Included in the list are estimates regarding tuition costs for each university. Enjoy reading through to learn which can best complement your language development needs.

See Also: 5 Ways Learning a Second Language Will Change Your Life

1. University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in operation within the English-speaking world. It has been in existence for about 900 years. Wow! The Oxford University Language Centre offers students a variety of language courses to choose from as well as self-study resources. Their three main programmes of language courses are Languages for Study and Research (LASR), the Oxford Programme in Languages (OPAL), and English for Academic Studies (EAS).

The Department of Medieval and Modern Languages charges students a tuition rate of between £4,000 and £18,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. College fees for undergrads and graduates are also included.

2. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and largest universities in the United Kingdom. They have a reputation for upholding a record of outstanding academic achievement worldwide, which reflects the strong intellectual abilities of students and the top-notch research performed by staff. Their Department of Modern and Medieval Languages gives students the chance to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the study of different languages and their corresponding cultures, like French, German, Italian, and Slavonic Studies.

The cost of tuition for undergraduates is £9,000 for all courses, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic year, and tuition fees for graduates vary by course.

3. University College London (UCL)


Founded in 1826, University College London (UCL) is London’s best multidisciplinary research university and is a global leader in generating new knowledge. The UCL Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE) provides full-time and part-time courses that touch on English for academic studies for international students. Also, they provide foreign language courses to domestic UCL students, staff, and the wider academic and professional community.

The tuition cost for UK/EU undergraduate students is set at £9,000 for 2015 entry into the academic year, while tuition for international students ranges between £15,000 and £31,000. Tuition rates for 2016 may be higher.

4. University of Manchester

The University of Manchester has been engaging in successful academic learning and research for over 150 years. This is the birthplace for many amazing accomplishments in innovative research and engineering, such as the modern computer, splitting of the atom, and founding principles of modern economics. Their University Language Centre specializes in offering a vast amount of languages to learn. This includes full-time and part-time courses, such as English for Personal and Professional Study. Their collection of foreign language courses includes Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, and Spanish.

The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates is £9,000 per year. For international students, tuition costs vary based on one’s course selection for 2015.

5. University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh was established in 1583 and currently furnishes more than 500 first degree programmes, spanning 100 academic disciplines. They consist of over 260 student societies, 65 sports clubs, five galleries and museums, and 30 libraries.

Their School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) allows students to choose from a traditional selection of subjects: Celtic and Scottish Studies, European Language Studies, and emerging fields like Islamic and Asian studies. They teach all the official languages of the United Nations and eight of the 23 official languages of the European Union. As for the cost of tuition, new undergrads and graduates pay between £1,000 and £17,000.

6. University of Warwick


Since its origination during the mid-1900s, the University of Warwick has become one of Britain’s leading universities. They have continuously ranked in the top group of universities for their high-quality teaching and research.

The Language Centre, part of their Faculty of Arts department, strives to maintain a good provision of foreign language learning opportunities (e.g. Japanese and Russian language courses) for undergrads, graduates, and staff across the university. Tuition fees for undergrads and graduates range between £7,000 and £9,000 for full-time participation in standard courses.

7. King's College London

King’s College London has been making a positive difference in the lives of students for close to 200 years. They have over 30,000 alumni from over 150 countries that have went on to make a notable impact in many fields, including healthcare, banking, arts, and politics.

Their Modern Language Centre provides an interesting set of experiences relating to language learning for undergraduates and graduates. They grant students the chance to take their language learning experience online as well as the chance to complete tailor-made courses. The cost of tuition is between £3,000 and £16,000 for prospective undergraduates and graduates committing to language-based programs of the 2015-2016 academic year.

8. Durham University

Durham University students have access to courses taught by world-leading experts, award-winning study facilities, and an extensive collection of books and resources. Their School of Modern Languages and Cultures is a phenomenal institution for taking advantage of a world-class adventure of language development and cultural studies (e.g. Hispanic Studies and Translation Studies). Four of the school’s departments are ranked first in their subject within the 2015 Complete University Guide.

Undergraduate tuition fees for the 2015-2016 academic year are £9,000 per year. The tuition fee for graduates and international students may be different, depending on the choice of program.

9. Lancaster University


With their high reputation for stellar teaching and research, Lancaster University has been regarded by students as very satisfying in terms of the education they administer.

This university’s European Languages and Cultures department encourages students to fulfill degree requirements for multiple languages and cultures. For example, you can pursue degrees in Chinese and Italian studies. Students can enjoyably enhance their language skills by studying a year abroad, offered by the department. Tuition fees for undergrads and graduates range between £6,000 and £20,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

10. SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London is known as an exceptionally inclusive and vibrant university. It is located in one of the world’s most celebrated and ethnically-diverse cities. They focus their expertise in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with a wide range of research opportunities.

Those who embrace the SOAS Language Centre of London can take on short courses, summer programmes, certificates and diplomas, as well as tailored tuition for individuals and groups, which cover language learning. Some languages they cover are Afrikaans, Korean, Turkish, Hindi, and Burmese. As for the cost of tuition, it ranges between £5,000 and £20,000 for undergrads and graduates for the 2015-2016 academic year.

See Also: How to Develop a Career in Foreign Languages

The UK has some very impressive universities for languages, right? Have you chosen a favorite already? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below...

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