48 months
19800 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Prepare for an international career. Achieve fluency in your A-level language and pick up a new one. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of political and cultural issues. The Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio Italian) (Hons) Including Year Abroad degree is offered at University of Bath.

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Studying Modern Languages enables you to read, write and speak two foreign languages with proficiency, as well as understand the social, political, economic and cultural evolution of the principal countries in which these languages are spoken. 

This Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio Italian) (Hons) Including Year Abroad  degree at University of Bath  combines the study of two languages, one at advanced level and a second at either advanced level or at beginner (ab-initio) level.

You’ll gain a deep understanding of contemporary culture in these societies, providing you with a genuine international perspective. You will develop highly valuable work-related skills enabling you to conduct research and analysis with confidence. You’ll be able to communicate, debate and interact in your chosen languages at an advanced level.

You will have intensive language tuition in both languages throughout the course. Your ab initio language allows you to quickly learn the language in your first two years at Bath in order to achieve the ability to study abroad in the third year. Your advanced language will enable you to engage with cultural and political issues in the target language and achieve high levels of fluency.

Study in an enriched learning environment

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in contemporary topics across modern languages, culture and politics. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience. You’ll benefit from the research expertise of our staff in areas such as:

  • language teaching
  • translation and intercultural communication
  • cultural identity
  • conflict and security
  • memory, history and identity

We believe that your learning will be at its best through immersion in your chosen language. For this reason, you will spend your third year abroad and we teach many of the final year units in the target language.

Develop your professional skills

The excellent communication skills acquired make our Modern Languages graduates employable, flexible and resilient. Language materials in the final year focus on different industries, giving you the vocabulary and knowledge of different sectors, preparing you for the global market.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Europe since 1789
  • Spain from 1898 to the present
  • Spanish written and spoken language 1
  • Italian: language and society
  • European integration
  • European integration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Spanish, Partially taught in Italian
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480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for modern languages, expressed through an interest and knowledge of certain social, political or cultural aspects, as well as general cultural awareness.
  • We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds to our language courses. Language teaching in the first year of this degree for beginner languages is typically pitched at students who have not studied that language before and who are not native speakers. 

  • You will need a strong performance in either French, German or Spanish as part of your entry qualifications, depending on which language you wish to study at advanced level. If you are not taking it as part of your entry qualifications, we can accept a relevant B2 level language qualification, such as DELF for French, TestDaF, Goethe-Zertifikat Deutsch or DSD for German or DELE for Spanish.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19800 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Bath

808 - 1228 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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Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio Italian) (Hons) Including Year Abroad
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