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What our students think

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The year abroad added so much value to the degree. I went to Madrid, and worked in both start-up and corporate environments in digital marketing roles. It was a massive step forward for me in terms of my CV; I met some great people, travelled to cool places in Spain and had a great time.

Florence Broderick - BA Languages and Contemporary European Studies
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All the staff are really helpful and friendly, and are experts in their fields. Modern Languages and Linguistics focuses on seminar teaching where your input is welcomed and encouraged.

Ian Clark - BA French and German (Linguistic and Language Studies)
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I would definitely recommend studying a year abroad to other students, my German improved ten fold, it really is incredible how much it improves and how your confidence to use it was, coupled with my gap year, one of the best years of my life.

Gabriele Conradie - BSc Management Sciences and German
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What I enjoy most about my degree programme is the flexibility and choice on offer. The majority of modules on offer are optional and this freedom of choice means you can study the areas you want to.

Andreas Day - BA French (Linguistic Studies)
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The staff are extremely approachable, always willing to give up their time and organise extra one-to-one sessions with us if we need help. I think Southampton is unique in terms of student-staff rapport, I have not encountered another university with such a level of friendliness and support.

Ella Dove - BA English and French
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For me there are three factors which have contributed to a successful and enjoyable first year at university. These are the flexibility of the course, the great staff and the variety within the degree program.

Francesca Gerard - BA French with ab initio Spanish
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The teaching was brilliant - James Minney was amazing in my final year. He was so enthusiastic and so passionate - someone I don't think I'll ever forget!

Amy Glover - BA French Linguistics
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Humanities subjects are fascinating because they are so varied, and this variation means that you develop such a wide range of skills, which make you particularly desirable in the working world.

Alice Greenfield - BA German Linguistics
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When I first arrived, I had no idea what to expect. I was so happy to find myself in small seminar groups with very friendly teachers.

Alexandra Heaton - BA Film and French
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The academic staff are more like friends to us now. They have always been easily approachable and willing to help out. In particular, staff in French are so enthusiastic that lessons are never boring or uneventful!

Ellena Heywood - BA Contemporary Europe with French and Spanish
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So far I have enjoyed everything about the last four months. From the subjects I study to my accommodation.

Hannah Jones - BA French and Spanish
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My degree programme has opened plenty of fantastic opportunities I never thought of before. Gaining linguistics abilities, a trip to Mexico, taking up Italian, writing for the students' magazine, meeting amazing people from varied backgrounds... I even tried ballet! It's been a priceless experience.

Monika Komar - BA Modern Languages
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I think what I enjoyed the most in Southampton University was the diverse student body. Whatever your background, you will find like-minded people in Southampton.

Amel Lamarah - BA Politics, Spanish and Latin American Studies
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… the first year was made all the more easier by the fact that the 'open-door policy' of teacher support was always there when needed. With the facilities and learning resources being as good as they are, it made studying an experience that I very much enjoyed.

Oliver Spicer - BA Spanish and Portuguese
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The teaching here has been great. Especially in languages, if I've ever had a problem I've always been able to ask someone and no matter what the issue they've always gone out of their way to help.

Ffion Spooner - BA French and Spanish
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After just nine months at Southampton it already feels like home, and I feel very grateful that I have found friends who I can really identify with and can imagine staying in contact with for a very long time.

Beth Thomas - BA French and German
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I knew Southampton had a good reputation, but this course seemed a lot more flexible than in other places - I knew I wanted to study linguistics and languages but there were a lot of restrictions on courses in other Universities.

Neal Trevor Reeves - BA Language Learning
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I love my degree programme! The thing I like most about it is the range of different texts which I get to read – no two modules so far have been the same and it’s not always material that I would have read for myself which makes it very interesting.

David Tully - BA English and French
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Studying at Southampton has been really enjoyable, challenging and thought provoking. The lecturers are friendly and helpful, going far beyond their duties to ensure relatively problem-free study.

Michelle Turner - BA German and Spanish
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I love that we get to take a year out, and I am lucky enough to be doing a paid internship in Paris next year! The teaching is brilliant too, and tutors are always on hand and supportive and give a lot of time to you.

Ruth Walker - BA French (Linguistic Studies)
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My course is very interesting and challenging. All the lecturers are very helpful and friendly.

Natalia Zdulska - BA French and Politics
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