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Professor Ulrike Zitzlsperger
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As a final year student of French, Italian and Spanish, every year of the Modern Languages course has exceeded, all of my expectations. Every day I consider myself lucky to be in a welcoming and friendly community of language students and lecturers, who have really allowed me to blossom and thrive, and ultimately develop enthusiasm for the languages and respective cultures that I study.
The course is so rich and varied, that you will have the fantastic opportunity to develop not only your language skills, but a knowledge and interest in the culture of your chosen languages.
I love languages, so to be able to learn alongside other people who are also passionate about the same thing is really motivating. I especially love the Russian department, because it is so small and friendly, and we know all the teachers really well. They understand our difficulties with learning such a challenging language, and give us great advice.
I do highly recommend Exeter, your lectures are all on one campus, and there are so many clubs and activities to join that you should be able to find people that are like minded.
Studying 3 languages has really helped me to broaden my horizons in learning about new and different cultures, as well as picking up multiple transferable skills.
Whilst it's challenging, I find that I'm not only being prepared for my year abroad in Russia, but also for life after university, not to mention how exciting the career prospects are. Choosing Exeter was not difficult. I knew when I first arrived here, that I was in the right place for myself and for my course.
I have loved the course at Exeter, it has been very flexible, so I have been lucky to be able to study all kinds of different things across the four years. As a languages student, it is very easy to assume that you will just be studying the language itself, but at Exeter I have been able to study film, literature, cinema, linguistics and more!
In my second year of study, I also picked up British Sign Language, which I now have at an intermediate proficiency. BSL is something I never thought I’d have the opportunity to study, so to now have it to a good level is amazing.
I study Chinese and French with International Relations. My course is extremely varied; some days I will have classes from all three of my disciplines, which certainly keeps me on my feet. Additional cultural modules helped deepen my understanding of languages.
I took up Mandarin Chinese at Beginners level in first year and next September I am heading to China to study in one of Exeter’s partner universities for a year. Last summer I secured an internship through the university for Summer in the south of France, and last Easter I went to northern France to teach English to children in a primary school.
I was intrigued by the culture modules offered alongside the language modules, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the French and German culture, whether it be literature, history or linguistics of both languages. Furthermore, the campus and facilities at Exeter were by far the best in comparison to other universities I had seen.
Especially for languages, there are lots of resources available both in the library and the Foreign Language Centre, and I believed that studying at Exeter would really help me to get the best out of the language learning, and to improve my French and German skills.
I have been really impressed by my course. Starting Portuguese as a beginner in first year was a steep learning curve, but now I actually feel more confident speaking it than Spanish, my post A-level language!
This shows how great the teaching is at Exeter. I spent my third year working for sixth months in São Paulo, Brazil and then studying for a semester in Porto, Portugal. I loved my year abroad, and feel that I came back to Exeter as a much more confident person, as well as having a high level of Portuguese.