More than 1500 undergraduate students are studying languages at Glasgow.

We offer undergraduate programmes in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Russian and Spanish. These programmes offer not only expertise in language but also in the literature, culture, history, music and film of the countries in question.

We also offer a programme of study in Comparative Literature which allows the optional study of a foreign language. Other languages including Catalan, Czech, Polish and Portuguese can be studied as part of the programmes listed above.

The following subject areas form the School of Modern Languages and Cultures:

News and events


  • 16 Oct


    A warm welcome to the last edition of the SMLC newsletter for 2013-14 from Professor Kathryn Crameri, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
  • 17 Jan

    Performance of Chaophonies

    SMLC hosts major Haitian writer and artist Frankétienne, the leading Haitian and Caribbean writer and UNESCO Artist for Peace.
  • 31 Oct

    Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology

    The Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology in May were delivered by Professor Jean-Luc Marion, of the Académie Française and the University of Chicago, who also gave a lecture in the Hunterian Art Gallery at which Ramona and Olivier Salazar-Ferrer's latest volume of essays was launched.
  • 05 Nov

    Comparative Literature PhD student receives Robertson Medal from Carnegie

    Lou Dear, SMLC first-year PhD student in Comparative Literature, has been awarded the Robertson Medal for the most outstanding application for a Carnegie Trust Fellowship.