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 Spring edition of the SMLC newsletter in 2015 from Professor Kathryn Crameri, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
  • 08 Jan

    Ambassadorial Visits

    Glasgow University and SMLC were honoured to welcome two visiting ambassadors on Friday 27th February: H.E. Madame Sylvie Bermann, Ambassador of France to the UK, and H.E. Pasquale Terracciano, Ambassador of Italy to the UK.
  • 08 Jan

    Comparative Literature

    SMLC hosted a one-day conference on 6th March 2015 as a joint celebration of the 10-year anniversary of our popular and thriving undergraduate programme in Comparative Literature and to launch our new taught MLitt in Comparative Literature.
  • 28 Feb

    Slow Food

    Slow Food hero Carlo Petrini delivered a popular public lecture on 28th February in Glasgow University's Senate Room. His topic, 'From Food to Freedom: the global struggle for a local agriculture', attracted great interest from many quarters.