Cambridge offers exceptional opportunities to study the languages and cultures of most European (and many non-European) countries. Our students acquire advanced linguistic and critical skills, as well as intercultural sensitivity, which places them among the most sought-after graduates on the job market. Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) at Cambridge The Cambridge course is uniquely flexible and interdisciplinary. You can pursue your interests in many areas – from Italian Renaissance art to contemporary Brazilian cinema, medieval German folk tales to socialist realism in Stalin’s Russia. MML also includes options in linguistics, such as the historical and cognitive dimensions of the languages you’re studying. All our students study two languages, one of which can be learnt from scratch (the exceptions being French and Latin, for which A Level/IB Higher Level standard is required). No matter what your proficiency when you arrive, you’ll leave with near native-speaker competence in at least one of your languages. Most of our language classes are run by native speakers. Our Faculty is one of the largest in the country. It consists of six departments, whose members are internationally renowned experts in their fields. In the Guardian University Guide 2015, Cambridge MML came top for modern languages and linguistics.
Facilities and resources Our students make use of the very well-stocked MML Faculty library, the Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Facility, and the Media Centre (which has all the equipment for film studies), as well as bespoke language teaching and learning materials at the Language Centre. A year in... MML students spend their year abroad in one of three ways: they attend a foreign university, become an English-speaking assistant at a school, or do an internship with a firm. In the past, some have: • worked at a law firm in Zurich • studied art history in Rome • volunteered with the International Baby Food Action Network in Brazil • conducted an orchestra in St Petersburg You can tailor your year abroad to suit your own interests and later career goals, providing you spend at least eight months abroad and are constantly immersed in one of the foreign languages you’re studying. You can choose to split the year between two countries, spending at least three months in each. Some financial support is available, see: www.mml.cam.ac.uk/ya/.
You can study two of: • French • German • Italian
• Portuguese • Russian • Spanish
Alternatively, you can combine any of these with either Classical Latin (if you’re taking it at A Level/IB Higher Level) or Classical Greek (which can be studied post-A Level or from scratch). If you wish to combine one of these modern European languages with Arabic, Hebrew or Persian, you can do so by applying for the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies degree course (see p43-5).
Modern and Medieval Languages
Modern and Medieval Languages