Intercultural Connections Southampton to host free events in September

Intercultural Connections Southampton

Intercultural Connections Southampton will be hosting two free events for staff (including PGR students) in September:

Seminar on working interculturally
A seminar on working interculturally will take place on Monday 19th September from 10:00-13:00 in Building 85, Room 2207. During this seminar, results of the Staff Survey will be presented, specifically in relation to the international and intercultural aspects of working at the University. The seminar aims to generate constructive ideas on how the experience of intercultural working can be improved. Spaces are limited for this event, so please register by Wednesday 14th September on Eventbrite.

International Staff Café
On Wednesday 21st September from 14:00-16:00, the first International Staff Café of the academic year will take place in the Nuffield Kitchen. The event will be opened by colleagues from the Intercultural Connections Southampton Project (ICS), in collaboration with Julie Reeves from the Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIaD). There will also be informal talks from Keith Johnstone (the new Director of International Relations and Development) and Aline Giordano (Doctoral College Manager). The International Staff Café welcomes all staff, wherever you are from, however long you have been at the University and whatever your role is. Book your place via Eventbrite before 16th September.

Get Ready for Southampton continues to grow!

Get Ready for Southampton

Now over 1700 students from over 110 countries have used Get Ready for Southampton so far this year. The course is aimed at international students who are considering coming to study a degree at the University of Southampton or who have already applied. The course will be open until early October so there’s still time to join and meet your potential classmates!

If you would like to take part in the course, please email to find out details of how to create an account.

Ab initio language courses for new Modern Languages students

Modern Languages

New Modern Languages students may be interested in our accelerated ab initio language courses in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish which, assuming you start in year 1 and continue throughout your degree, may allow you to reach graduate level by the end of your degree course in your new language.

On some of our BA degree programmes, doing this will give you the opportunity to spend your year abroad in the country where this new language is spoken. The year aboard, wherever you decide to go, will be an important part of your experience. This short video was created to show students the benefits of studying Italian and spending their year abroad in Italy.

A-Level results for new Southampton Modern Languages students

Get Ready for Languages

Congratulations to all students who received their A-Level results today and now have confirmed places to join us in Modern Languages here at Southampton from September.

If you have questions about life as a student here in Modern Languages, we have the answers! Check out Get Ready for Languages, which aims to guide you to useful information about your future life as a Modern Languages student at Southampton. You can read about staff in the Modern Languages department, discover what sorts of things Modern Languages students, past and present, are getting up to, and explore some of the modules you might decide to do. All this and more!

To keep updated on Modern Languages news and events, you can also follow us here on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs.

We look forward to welcoming you in just a few weeks from now!

Kate Borthwick receives Vice-Chancellor’s Award


Kate Borthwick from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton has received an individual award for internationalisation as part of the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards. The awards celebrate exceptional contributions made by colleagues in the areas of collegiality, quality, internationalisation and sustainability.

Receiving her award, Kate said: “This is fantastic and I am really honoured to receive this award. The fact that I was nominated by the people I work with everyday makes me very proud and I consider myself very lucky to have such lovely and generous colleagues.”

Kate explained: “Internationalisation is not just about drawing a more international cohort to study with us at Southampton, it is also about reaching out to the world. The MOOCs which I have worked on do this tremendously well by taking our people, our research and our teaching to a wide and diverse international audience. For example, through the course ‘Understanding Language’, our academic staff have gained thousands of new learners – in an instant.”

Congratulations Kate for your award! To read more visit the University blog.

20th Anniversary discount on Humanities postgraduate taught courses for 2016/17

Avenue Campus

To celebrate 20 years of Humanities at Avenue Campus, the University of Southampton is offering a 20th Anniversary discount on all postgraduate taught courses for entry in 2016/17. A 10% discount (15% for alumni of the University) will be available to all students applying for entry to a postgraduate taught course in Humanities subjects in 2016/17.

For further details on the discount and how to apply for it, visit the Humanities website.

British Council urges Britons to try Portuguese for the Olympics

British Council

The British Council has published an article urging Britons to “give Portuguese a go” for the Olympics Games. According to the article, British Council research has shown that Portuguese is “the sixth most important language for the UK’s future”. The British Council has also designed bilingual visitor handbooks to help visitors and athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

To read the article in full, visit the British Council website. You can also find out more on the BBC website.