School of Languages and Cultures

Modern Language Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Languages and Cultures.


Foreign language competence, an awareness of cultures and an understanding of the structure of language itself is a compelling combination of skills that will make you attractive to many employers.

Modern Language Studies at Victoria combines study of a modern language with courses in Linguistics to provide a comprehensive language package. You can study Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Māori, Samoan or Spanish—whichever inspires you the most. Through Victoria's supportive and well-designed courses, you will soon be speaking and writing the language you want.

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in Modern Language Studies is the doorway into new and fascinating cultures, and provides an entrée to a variety of interesting careers.

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Undergraduate information

Modern language studies major requirements

  1. Either CHIN 101, 102, or FREN 101, 102, or GERM 103, 104, or ITAL 114, 115, or JAPA 111, 112, or MAOR 111, 112, or SAMO 101, 102, or SPAN 111, 112
  2. Either CHIN 211, 212, or FREN 201, 202, or GERM 217, 218, or ITAL 215, 216, or JAPA 204, 205, or MAOR 211, 221, or SAMO 201, 202, or SPAN 215, 216
  3. Either CHIN 311, 312 or FREN 301, 302, or GERM 315, 316, or 320, 321, or ITAL 315, 316, or JAPA 304, 305, or MAOR 311, 321, or SAMO 301, 302, or SPAN 315, 316
  4. LING 111 and 40 points from LING 200-399

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How to find out more

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Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.

Modern Language Studies courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School Office: Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn campus.

For more information tel: 04-463 5293, email:

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