Our community

Find out more about the experiences of our community, from how new students have settled into University life, to how former students have used School of Modern Languages degrees in their careers.

  • James Freeman, BA Italian and Portuguese (current student)

    "The School of Modern Languages is a great place to study. There’s a good rapport between staff and students, some very good facilities and an active student community in terms of societies and events."

  • Anna Collier, BA German and Spanish (2015)

    "Not only will I leave Bristol with two concrete skills – the ability to speak German and Spanish at a very high level – but I have also had the chance to study foreign literature, explore the diverse histories and cultures of the countries in which the languages are spoken and develop an interest in linguistics that I did not discover until starting Bristol. "

  • Harry Le May, BA Russian (2015)

    "I was particularly struck by the way people said that not only is Bristol a fantastic university from an academic perspective, but equally importantly it's a great place to live. These are sentiments that have rung true for me during my degree."

  • Daniel Thacker, BA German and Spanish (2015)

    "I enjoyed my final-year units the most, while I found the year abroad the most useful aspect of my degree. I also thought the contact and communication between staff and students within the School of Modern Languages was excellent."

  • Samara Brackley, BA French and Italian (2014)

    "Many city solicitors firms will offer secondments to other countries where your second and/or third language(s) will be an invaluable contribution to the firm and its work."

  • Catriona Gillham, BA French and Russian; MA in Translation (Russian and Czech) (alumnus)

    "Having a rare Slavonic language is a huge asset to potential employers – it is the main reason that I was offered a job as a translator at the European Parliament."

  • ‌Isabella Craft, BA Russian and Spanish (2015)

    "Studying languages has proved indispensable to getting my first graduate job. I really couldn’t imagine applying for a job role where foreign languages aren’t utilised or considered an asset."