The School of Modern Languages and Cultures consists of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Its community of academics, teachers and support staff aims to foster a world-class student experience in all its disciplines. Some 80 full-time members of staff are engaged in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, offering expertise in a wide range of subjects, including language, literature, cultural history, cinema and visual culture, and translation; this is reflected also in an exciting range of taught degrees at postgraduate level. Sections within the School figure regularly in the top five in national league tables such as the Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide.
The Centre for Foreign Language Study offers learners not taking a specialist degree in Modern Languages, including students, staff and members of the public, the opportunity to learn a range of languages from beginners to more advanced levels.
The top-ranking School of Modern Languages in the UK
Four of the School's Departments are ranked first in their subject in the 2015 Complete University Guide. Arabic (Middle Eastern & African Studies), French, German and Hispanic Studies (Iberian Languages) have all secured first place, and Italian and Russian are ranked in second place. This league table takes into account four factors: entry standards, student satisfaction, research assessment and graduate prospects.
- T M Johnstone archive brought into daylight for Undergraduate Arabists’ Workshop at Palace Green Library
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures celebrates the Persian New Year
- CALL FOR PAPERS: Language Learning and Teaching Conference: Developing Speaking Skills
- The Fourth Durham Chinese Speech Competition took place on 1 March 2017
- Dr Victoria Ivleva awarded BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) Women's Forum Article/Chapter Prize for 2017
- 5th Postgraduate Colloquium in Translation Studies took place in February 2017
- Durham University co-hosts a new Bigas Luna Tribute in Barcelona