Modern Languages: Supporting your future

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages Employability Hub for prospective applicants and offer-holders. This page will guide you through how your future will be supported as a student in the Department. This includes what you can expect as a languages student and some of the opportunities available as you start thinking about where a degree in Modern Languages could take you. 

Helping you stand out from the crowd

Birmingham: A Top Choice for Graduate Employability

In 2023, the University of Birmingham has been recognised as the 3rd most targeted university for graduates by leading employers, demonstrating our commitment to you and your future. At Birmingham we have a dedicated Careers service, with a range of resources to help you stand out from the crowd.

Read more about the benefits to your future

Career opportunities with an Arts and Humanities degree


Careers with an Arts and Humanities degree

Find out what an undergraduate Arts and Humanities degree from the University of Birmingham can do to help your future career. Our Modern Languages programme includes careers focused modules and opportunities for real world experience through internships and extra-curricular activities.

Careers at Birmingham



Careers Network digital resource hub

As a student at Birmingham, you will have access to our careers services 24/7 at a time that suits you with our online resources – get your CV checked, practise answering interview questions, learn a new skill to get job-ready, or explore sectors you might like to work in.

View the Careers Network digital resource hub

How studying in the Department of Modern Languages supports your career prospects

Why study Modern Languages at Birmingham?

By studying Modern Languages, you will acquire skills that are highly prized by employers including:

  • Strong communication skills in different languages
  • A deep understanding and appreciation of other cultures
  • Independence and experience of living abroad
  • Critical thinking alongside the ability to research, analyse and interpret information
  • The ability to form concise and articulate arguments 
  • Time management 

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The Year Abroad

One of the most exciting elements of any degree in Modern Languages is the opportunity to spend your third year abroad, perfecting your language skills, developing a thorough appreciation of another culture and acquiring all manner of transferable skills. 

The number of countries you visit will usually mirror the number of languages you are studying. There are a variety of possible ways in which you can spend your Year Abroad, with a combination of studying, teaching, and/or working. Find out more about the year abroad. 

Opportunities to develop your skills

You will benefit from organised events in the Department whereby our graduates return to campus to talk to current students about their careers, how to find opportunities and the variety of roles available to linguists.

The curriculum also has an increased focus on professional development in areas such as: presenting, CV-building, debating, and developing digital projects in the target language. You can study vocational modules in areas such as Translation, Language Teaching, Legal Culture, Business and more; leading into a wide range of career prospects.


Interpreting Suite

Alumni stories

Modern Languages graduates enter the wide range of careers similar to other arts and humanities graduates but with much greater scope in international settings. Example roles include: Teacher, International Sales Coordinator, Marketing Officer, Editorial Project Leader and Consultant. Employers include: The British Council, HSBC, British Airways, Harper Collins and Capita. 

Other graduates pursue further study including: PGCE Modern Foreign Language, MA Hispanic Studies, MA Translation Studies, Graduate Diploma in Law. 

Opportunities for students

Interpreting Suite

You can practice like a professional in our state-of-the-art Interpreting Suite with Televic interpreting desks and sound-proof booths at the same professional standard as the United Nations. 

Read more about the facilities

Interpreting Suite

Personal Skills Award

The Personal Skills Award is the University of Birmingham's recognised employability programme for undergraduate students. It enables you to develop, recognise and articulate your skills in preparation for real-world recruitment processes. 

Find out about the Personal Skills Award.


The Linguist

The UoB Linguist is a campus magazine produced by Modern Languages students which aims to provide a platform for people interested in other nations and cultures and with a passion for writing. 

Find out more. 

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Internship opportunities

There are a number of internship opportunities available to current students and graduates. These offer you the chance to gain an interesting and valuable introduction to the workplace which will enhance your future employment prospects. Below are a selection of the opportunities available:


UoB Elevate

The UoB Elevate programme is based at The Exchange in Birmingham city centre and enables UoB student and graduate entrepreneurs to develop their business with tailored support, mentoring, funding and alumni networks available.

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