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Open Languages options (as part of your degree: electives and minors)

Open Languages (OL) enables Undergraduates and Postgraduates to study a language as an optional (elective) module or a minor in their degree programme or in addition to their degree, as an extra-curricular activity.

Students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) can study a language as a named part of their degree, as 25% of their programme (minor) alongside another subject which will be 75% of their studies (major). Students with a 75-25% combination will be enrolled in MLC degree modules with the option to take a year abroad. Please email for more information on minors.

  • The following programmes offer OL modules as minors in Year 1 to Single Honours students who intend to study a language only in their first year, and continue with their degree course at 100% in year 2. History BA (Hons) (V100)
  • International Relations BA (Hons) (L240)
  • Film Studies BA (Hons) (P303)

The following Departments and programmes offer to take up to 30 credits per year in a language option as part of their degree.

  • Department of Chemistry – UG and PG
  • Department of Geography and Planning
  • International Business BA (Hons) (N120)
  • Maths BSC (Hons) (G100)

*Open Languages are not available as an elective module for students on the International Business with a Year in Industry programme. Students on that programme may choose to sign up for languages as an additional paid extracurricular option.

Please contact your Student Experience Team to take a language as part of your degree. You should be able to choose your preferred language when you select your electives, subject to numbers and timetabling. If unsure of your level or if you need help with registration, please email hlcenq@liverpool.ac.uk

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese (Mandarin)

Learning Chinese through Open Languages gives you the chance to become proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening to the language, whilst also developing your knowledge of Chinese history, society, political economy and culture.

French

French

French is one of the world's most important languages in terms of speaker numbers and its role in science, industry and international diplomacy.

German

German

German is a major language of business, commerce and science, as well as the gateway to a vibrant and modern multicultural society with a rich and complex past.

Italian

Italian

The Italian language carries an unparalleled cultural capital. According to UNESCO, over 60% of the world’s art treasures are found in Italy. A founding member of the European Community, today’s Italy is one of the world’s top exporters and is ranked amongst the world’s largest economies; the UK is one of Italy’s main trading partners in the EU.

Spanish

Spanish

Spanish is one of the world's most widely spoken languages with considerable global reach. Speaking Spanish opens up dynamic and fast-changing parts of the world outside Europe. Knowledge of this language brings with it access to cultural products including world literature and cinema, but also important social, cultural, historial and linguistic debates.

Arabic

Arabic

Arabic is the official language of the 22 countries that form the Arab League. There are more than 300 million Arabic speakers across the world, though they predominantly live in the region stretching across the Middle East and North Africa

Russian

Russian

Russian is an East Slavic language native to the Russians in Eastern Europe. It is an official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese is the official language of Japan, which has a population of over 125m. There are also around 2.5m people of Japanese origin, many of whom speak Japanese as their first language, living in Brazil and the rest of the Americas, particularly the United States. You'll also find a sizeable expatriate presence in major cities such as London, New York and Paris.