University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry


European and Middle Eastern Languages



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European and Middle Eastern Languages


Czech (with Slovak), French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish, with either Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish

A BA in 4 years with a year abroad

UCAS codes: see below

Course statistics for 2013 entry


Interviewed: 82%

Successful: 29%

Intake: 8

Entrance requirements


A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL

Or any other equivalent

You would usually be expected to have the European language to A-level, or another academic equivalent. We would not normally expect you to have any knowledge of the Middle Eastern language before starting the course.

How to apply (see page 118) [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]


Tests: MLAT and OLAT on 5 November 2014

Written Work: Two pieces


Tuition Fees for 2014


Home/EU: £9,000/year

No upfront costs: you can get a loan for the full amount

Grants, bursaries and scholarships available

More on student finance: p 120 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

The year abroad has lower fees.

More Information

Modern Languages (for European Languages):


www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1865 270750



reception@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

Oriental Studies (for Middle Eastern Languages):


www.orinst.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1865 278312



undergraduate.admissions@orinst.ox.ac.uk.ac.uk

Oxford Open days


2 and 3 July and 19 September 2014 ox.ac.uk/opendays

26 April 2014: Modern Languages and joint courses open day


Course combinations





Arabic

Hebrew

Czech

RT7Q

RQ7K

French

RT16

RQ14

German

RT26

RQ24

Modern Greek

QT76

QQ74

Italian

RT36

RQ34

Portuguese

RT56

RQ54

Russian

RT76

RQ74

Spanish

RT46

RQK4







Persian

Turkish

Czech

RTT6

RTRP

French

RTC6

RT1P

German

RT2P

RT2Q

Modern Greek

QT7P

QT7Q

Italian

RTH6

RT3P

Portuguese

RTM6

RT5P

Russian

RT7P

RTR6

Spanish

RT4P

RTK6

What is European and Middle Eastern Languages?


This course in European and Middle Eastern Languages (EMEL) enables students to combine papers in one of the languages taught in the Faculty of Modern Languages with papers in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish, thus providing opportunities to take advantage of the cultural linkages which exist between a number of European and Middle Eastern languages. For example, appropriate combinations might well be French and Arabic, German and Turkish, or Hebrew and Russian, but even some of the less obvious pairings would provide similar cultural and historical linkage. Thus Spanish and Turkish would be an interesting combination for the history of Sephardi Judaism, while Persian and Portuguese are important for the study of early imperialism.

EMEL at Oxford


Through its long-standing traditions and more recent gifts, Oxford has unique resources for the study of Middle Eastern and modern European languages. The Bodleian Library and Taylor Institution Library (for languages) have a magnificent collection of books and manuscripts. The Taylor Institution Library is one of the biggest research and lending libraries devoted to modern European languages in the world. Associated with the University is the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, which houses the Leopold Muller Library with more than 35,000 volumes in Hebrew and more than 7,000 volumes in Western languages.

International opportunities


You will normally spend your second academic year at an approved course of study in the Middle East. You are strongly advised to spend the adjacent summers where the European language of your choice is spoken. There are arrangements in place with partner universities to help you make the most of your time abroad.

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A typical weekly timetable


Your work is divided between language classes, lectures and tutorials (one or two a week). In the first year, the emphasis is on intensive learning of a Middle Eastern language. Throughout your course, you will prepare essays for your weekly tutorials and classes.

What are tutors looking for?


Tutors will be looking for a good command of the grammar of any language you have already studied at school or college and want to continue studying at Oxford, in addition to an interest in literature and culture.

For further information about the selection criteria please see: ox.ac.uk/criteria.


Related courses


Students interested in this course might also like to consider other language courses or Oriental Studies courses.

Careers


Oxford graduates in these subjects regularly go into highly competitive areas such as law, finance, commerce, management consultancy, accountancy, the media, advertising, the Foreign Office and the arts. The Languages Work website has further information about careers using languages: www.languageswork.org.uk.

Recent European and Middle Eastern Languages graduates include a foreign office diplomat, a translator at the UN and a journalist at a foreign news channel.

For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].

ACCELERATED LANGUAGE LEARNING


Start a Middle Eastern language from scratch and within a year you’ll be studying full authentic texts.

1st year

Courses


Study both languages

European languages: one language

Middle Eastern language: Intensive language

Assessment


First University examinations: Three written papers (European language); two papers (Middle Eastern language) plus, in Arabic only, an oral exam

2nd year


YEAR ABROAD

Assessment


Qualifying examination at the end of the course

3rd and 4th years

Courses


Four papers in each language

Literature, poetry and prose

Advanced language classes

Assessment


Final University examinations: Nine written papers are taken including a bridging extended essay;

Oral exam (both languages, but not Hebrew on the Middle Eastern side)


Student statement


One day you might be studying literature, the next day you might be studying philosophy, you can also look at history - languages are a vehicle for the exploration of many different fields. Shaahin

listen to more at ox.ac.uk/courses

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