Birkbeck, University of London

Intercultural Communication and/with Language with International Experience Birkbeck, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of London

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TEF Silver

Birkbeck, University of London has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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This programme allows you to study intercultural communication while at the same time improving your fluency in a foreign language. You can choose between French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish and, for most of our languages, you can start the programme at the level of language learning that suits you. Not only will you attain a good level of competence in the language, you will also have a chance to learn about the culture of the language-speaking area, choosing from a range of modules covering literature, film, history, visual culture and philosophy, amongst other cultural fields.

For the intercultural communication component you will learn about how communication practices differ across cultures and you will also be introduced to communication practices in various international and work-related contexts. You will have the option of focusing either on professional communication or on the mechanics of language structure and use.

The third year is normally spent abroad at a partner institution to allow you to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture of the language-speaking area you are studying.

The programme is also available for full-time evening study over three years or for part-time evening study over four years or six years.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.

  • Our Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication is the oldest applied linguists department in the country, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. We remain on the cutting edge of the field.

  • Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, and institutionalises long-standing links between these disciplines.

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

  • Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross-cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), provide an important platform for this exchange.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Language modules are assessed by oral (May) and written examination (June) and, in some cases, by coursework. All other modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework essays and a May/June examination.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code P9R0
Institution code B24
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

You can join this programme with your chosen language at any level, from complete beginners' to native speaker level.

A language placement test will be required for any students who wish to study at a higher level than beginners in their chosen language.

FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES

You can progress onto this degree if you successfully complete the foundation year of our BA Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year course. This is an ideal route onto an undergraduate degree if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree.

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES

We welcome applications from students on Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Credits gained on the Certificate of Higher Education in French Studies, German Studies, Language and Culture (Japanese) or Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies can be counted towards the degree.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,675 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Full-time home/EU students, 3 years of study: £9250 pa Full-time international students, 3 years of study: £13675 pa Full-time home/EU students, international year: £1385 pa Full-time international students, international year: £2050 pa Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy.

Provider information

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Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
Bloomsbury
Camden
WC1E 7HX


Clearing contact details

Admissions Office

020 3907 0700


Course contact details

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Birkbeck Student Advice Service

0203 907 0700