School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS)
We are a well-established department and one of the largest departments of its kind in the country teaching six languages to degree level (French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish and English as a foreign language) and associated area studies to more than 900 undergraduate students on over twenty courses. We now offer three degree programmes with a Chinese pathway and a study year in China. We also offer courses in American Studies and English Language, either as single honours or combined honours. If you are thinking of applying to us why not come to one of our faculty preview or open days.
In the latest National Student Survey, Portsmouth came equal third in the UK for European Languages and Area Studies. All courses in the School recorded very high levels of satisfaction among students graduating in 2009, with staff availability and pastoral support being especially appreciated by students.
We have invested a quarter of a million pounds over the last three years in new, state-of-the-art, multimedia digital language laboratories and up to update classrooms with the latest teaching technology.
We welcome applications from EU students and International students. We offer extra modules for home and overseas students studying on different courses, programmes such as English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and the Institutional Wide Language Programme (IWLP). All EAP and IWLP courses are provided to students free of charge. We also run Pre-sessional courses for students needing to improve their English before starting their course.
The School of Languages and Area Studies is involved in a variety of Knowledge Transfer projects.
We offer a dynamic environment for the study of modern languages and area studies. Click here for a brief overview of our courses and some guidance that may help you choose between them. We have a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. All our subject areas are attached to the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), which received a top rating of '5' in the last Research Assessment Exercise.