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Liberal Arts (International Language), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
This exciting and challenging interdisciplinary degree, Liberal Arts (International Language) from University of Leeds, offers flexibility with intellectual depth and intellectual diversity.


Why study?

This exciting and challenging interdisciplinary degree, Liberal Arts (International Language) from University of Leeds, offers flexibility with intellectual depth and intellectual diversity.

You choose a “major” in a modern Language, examples include French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. This strand of the course gives you intellectual depth.

You also take a bundle of modules from three out of six broadly defined Topic areas: Literature and the Visual Arts; Society and Politics; Performance, Theatre and Music; the Digital World; Living Histories and Heritage; and Ethics, Science and Religion. This strand of the course enables you to follow your interests across a wide range of subject areas, and teaches you skills of cross-disciplinary inquiry.

The BA Liberal Arts also provides extended opportunities for engagement with external partners such as businesses, museums and charities. It is a fantastic opportunity to combine intellectual rigour with wide-ranging skills of the kind that employers prize.
Career opportunities

A Liberal Arts degree is varied and challenging. It equips you with impressively broad subject knowledge as well as transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers.

You’ll be an excellent communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, and you’ll be comfortable working independently or as a team. You’ll also have strong research skills and highly developed skills of analysis and interpretation.

All of these qualities are attractive to employers, and our graduates have gone on to succeed in areas such as politics, management, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Many have also pursued postgraduate study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

What you study

In your first year you’ll spend a third of your time being introduced to the key concepts, approaches and methods of your “major”, which you can choose from a broad range of modern languages. In addition, you choose optional modules from three of six broadly defined Topic areas, and you take a core module on the Liberal Arts approach that gives you a training in the skills of cross-disciplinary enquiry and teaches you how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.

You’ll build on this foundation in the following year, when half of the modules you study are in your major subject. You’ll then choose modules from two of the six Topic strands, usually related to your earlier choices, and you’ll undertake a research placement which includes the option of working with external organisations.

The critical, analytical and research skills you acquire during the degree will be highly developed by the final year. You’ll showcase them when you undertake an independent research project, using your interdisciplinary skills to explore a question of your choice. You’ll also take a module in your chosen Topic, and give half of your time to your major.

You will spend your third year abroad, in a country where the language for your major is spoken. You will gain first-hand experience of life in another culture.

After the fourth year, you can choose to spend another year at Leeds to complete the Integrated MA in Liberal Arts, combining an independent project with advanced study in your major and one Topic area.

Study abroad opportunities

You will spend your third year abroad, in a country where the language of your major is spoken. You will gain first-hand experience of life in another culture.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A-level: AAA excluding General Studies and Critical thinking.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level
  • Access to Leeds participants will receive a lower offer (see 'Selection principles' below)
  • We welcome a wide range of qualifications, further details are available here
Language specific entry requirements apply in some cases, please visit the programme website for more information.
Selection principles

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB at A level, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Access to Leeds is a widening participation scheme that allows us to identify applicants who have the potential to succeed at the University of Leeds but who may not be able to demonstrate their talents through grades alone. For further information, please visit the Access to Leeds website.

Successful Access to Leeds applicants will receive the standard offer (where appropriate) and the Access to Leeds offer: two grades or 40 UCAS points below the standard offer as published in the University prospectus.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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