Our courses will encourage to develop your linguistic and cultural skills through exciting and innovative approaches to learning, as well as giving the opportunity to study and work abroad.

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Our courses are ranked:

  • 2nd for French in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • Top three for Iberian languages in the The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • Top 10 for creative writing in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • Top 10 for modern languages and linguistics in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Top 10 for creative writing in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

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Outstanding teaching

Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Surrey delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

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Professional Training placements

All of our English literature courses offer an optional Professional Training placement, which involves taking time out of studying to work in industry. You can do a placement here in the UK or you have the option to do your placement abroad.

Recognised as the Best University Placement Service (Over 500 Placements) at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2019; we will support you with your application and ensure you are gaining the experience you need in a supportive environment.

Recent students have worked for a host of organisations and companies, including NBC Universal, Toyota and UBS Investment Bank.

Modern languages placements

On our modern languages courses, Professional Training placements are compulsory. Our students make excellent candidates for placements in areas such as marketing, international relations, sales, PR, translation and finance and have worked for a host of companies and organisations, including:

Placements for French speakers
  • British Council
  • EDF France
  • Havas Group
  • Office du Tourisme
  • RTE International
Placements for German speakers
  • British Council
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fork Unstable Media
  • InterNations GmbH
  • Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein
  • Lionshome GmbH
Placements for Spanish speakers
  • 1Global Translators (Barcelona)
  • British Council
  • Havas Group
  • Hotel Arts
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Macmillan Iberia
  • Koma
  • Volkswagen

Study abroad

You have the opportunity to acquire international experience as part of your studies, by taking advantage of exchange agreements with our partner universities.

Locations of our partner universities include France, Spain and Germany.

Facilities and software

We have a range of first-class facilities available where you can practice and study using equipment and software used in industry.

Scholarships and bursaries

Discover how we may be able to support your studies with a host of bursaries and scholarships directly from the University of Surrey and external providers.

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