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The School of Modern Languages and Cultures aims at creating the appropriate environment to foster research, teaching and learning in area studies and languages. Students enrolled in our programmes will have a chance to develop intercultural awareness and communicative aptitude as they become acquainted with some of the world languages and cultures today. With more than 70 academic and support staff, the School contributes to the global outlook and leading position of the University of Hong Kong in the region.

At present, the School offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in American Studies, European Studies, Japanese studies as well as undergraduate programmes in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Thai.

The American Studies, European Studies and Japanese Studies programmes provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cultures and societies in their respective parts of the world. In addition to dedicated teaching staff attached to the School, teachers from other disciplines, such as business, fine arts, geography, history, music and sociology, contribute to these programmes, thus offering an interesting array of perspectives. These programmes also incorporate study-travel field courses in their curricula. Both the programmes in European Studies and Japanese Studies provide extensive training in one European language (other than English) for the former and in Japanese for the latter.

The School also offers majors in French, German, Italian and Spanish, with courses ranging from language, culture, linguistics, translation and literature, as well as minors in the Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, Swedish and Thai languages. These programmes are taught by specialist teachers and are supported by excellent teaching facilities and learning resources. Students enrolled in these programmes are strongly encouraged to travel abroad during the course of their studies.

The School’s strength lies in the breadth of its offerings in equipping students with the requisite language skills, as well as with cultural, literary, economic, political and social analytical knowledge. The School has the potential to bring a genuine pedagogical coherence through linkages between the various areas and programmes it teaches. Also, Hong Kong regional position offers our School a huge opportunity for intellectual expansion by providing a unique vantage point for East/West studies.

All our programmes aims to produce graduates who are able to take full advantage of the many new employment opportunities which are opening up as economic and cultural contacts between China and the rest of the world become stronger.


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