What will I learn?

Combine the in-depth study of French, Spanish or Italian language and culture with that of contemporary European politics.Our Modern Languages and International Relations BA is ideal for you if you enjoy learning a language and want to explore your abilities while expanding your knowledge of European politics. Leicester is one of the top ten places in the UK to study Modern Languages (The Guardian University Guide 2021), and you’ll benefit from our teaching excellence and our political expertise - politics has been taught at Leicester since the 1940s and we have always been at the cutting edge of British political science.You can choose to specialise in French and Francophone Studies, Italian Studies, or Spanish and Latin American Studies, or a combination of two of these languages and subject areas. If you choose to study two languages, only one language can be taken at beginner level. When you study a language at beginner-level you will receive an intensive language course that brings you up to post-GCSE standard within a year. The other language must be taken from post-A-level standard.The course is designed to be very flexible, letting you tailor your programme to your individual interests. There are three main elements to the Modern Languages and International Relations degree:Language skillsContemporary European PoliticsOption modules related to your chosen language, or a second language.Our language classes are taught predominantly by native speakers with colloquial insight into the languages they teach and the cultures they represent. Meanwhile, the wide range of cultural studies modules you can choose from are taught by tutors who are experts in their respective areas of knowledge.Developing your foreign language skills gives you a powerful advantage in business and opens up a wide and exciting range of careers. You will be able to immerse yourself in a rich culture of learning-led experience in a supportive learning environment and you will be supported by our team of personal tutors to help you make the best of your time here.You will study abroad for a year, during which time you can live as a student or work as a teaching assistant, with tutors on hand to help throughout the year. We have links with universities in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, and Latin America. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement. It is even possible to split the year between study abroad and work placement, giving you the best of both worlds. However, it is possible, in exceptional cases, to complete this degree in three years, without a year abroad.Here at Modern Languages at Leicester, we offer a rich and diverse learning experience, with great facilities, knowledgeable staff who are experts in their fields, and a unique chance to study abroad and build your international communication skills.

Which department am I in?

School of Modern Languages

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£17,450.00 (US$ 24,018) per year
Year Abroad: £4,362.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee. The fee mentioned above is for 2021/2022 entry. There may be a slight increase in 2022/2023 entry.

This is a provisional fee yet to be approved

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 September 2022


Main Site

University Road,



LE1 7RH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who are studying A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can begin from the first year of a Bachelors degree. English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is currently home to over 4,000 international students, making it a wonderfully multicultural place to study.

  • A leading UK research university
  • 37th in UK & 170th globally, THE World University Rankings
  • A progressive, thoughtful and research-driven institution
  • Over 300 degree programmes and courses on offer