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BA European and Middle Eastern Languages

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
15295 GBP
National
9000 GBP
EU
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
Department
Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)110
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1470
ACT (avg)32
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About this course

This course in European and Middle Eastern Languages (EMEL) enables students to combine papers in one of the languages taught in the Faculty of Modern Languages with papers in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish, thus providing opportunities to take advantage of the cultural linkages which exist between a number of European and Middle Eastern languages.

  • For example, appropriate combinations might well be French and Arabic, German and Turkish, or Hebrew and Russian, but even some of the less obvious pairings would provide similar cultural and historical linkage. Thus Spanish and Turkish would be an interesting combination for the history of Sephardi Judaism, while Persian and Portuguese are important for the study of early imperialism. 
  • Through its long-standing traditions and more recent gifts, Oxford has outstanding resources for the study of Middle Eastern and modern European languages.
  • The Bodleian Library and Taylor Institution Library (for languages) have a magnificent collection of books and manuscripts.

EMEL Careers:

  • Oxford graduates in these subjects regularly go into highly competitive areas such as law, finance, commerce, management consultancy, accountancy, the media, advertising, the Foreign Office and the arts.
  • Recent European and Middle Eastern Languages graduates include a foreign office diplomat, a translator at the UN and a journalist at a foreign news channel.

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Eligibility Criteria

Academic:

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL
  • Or any other equivalent

You would usually be expected to have the European language to A-level, or another academic equivalent. We would not normally expect you to have any knowledge of the Middle Eastern language before starting the course.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B (for IGCSE, please see below)
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
  • European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English.

Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have

  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) 
  • been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country.

Other qualifications:

International Baccalaureate

A total score of 38, 39 or 40 points (depending on the course) including core points. Specific scores may be required in subjects taken at the Higher level. Please see the individual course pages for details.

American education system

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100 (or equivalent)
OR
ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.

AND

Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjects
OR
SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

SATs
We are aware that the SAT is undergoing major reform in 2016. As the old-system SAT is still being used up to and including the January 2016 test date, any candidates with a test date prior to or including January 2016 will be assessed according to the current offer wording above.

Oxford will accept both old and new-system SATs. The exact details of our requirements for the revised SATs will be published here following the release of the College Board concordance in May 2016. Further information on the redesigned SAT.

Superscoring

Candidates are asked to enter all their scores for any tests taken when they complete their UCAS application, showing the relevant dates for each. This gives tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, rather than just the ‘superscore’ of best results for the different sections of any test taken on multiple occasions.

Candidates are also asked to include any pending test scores on the UCAS application: that is, details of any test they intend to take up until the end of Senior Year. Again, this is to give tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, including studies which are still in progress.

European Baccalaureate

An average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

For further details, go through https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/international-students/international-qualifications?wssl=1

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Course Modules

1st year

Courses

Study both languages –
European languages: one language
Middle Eastern language: intensive language


2nd year

Year abroad

For the Middle Eastern Language, students attend an approved course of language instruction.

For the European Language, students are encouraged to spend as much of their vacations as possible in a relevant country.

3rd and 4th years

Courses

Practical language work in the European language
Period of literature and further paper chosen from a wide range of options in the European language
Practical language work in the Middle Eastern language
Three papers including literature and a range of options in the Middle Eastern language
Extended essay on a topic bridging the European and the Middle Eastern language

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How to Apply

All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown in applying to Oxford. The information below gives specific details for students applying for this course.

Written work:

For the European language, candidates must submit the same written work as for Modern Languages by 10 November 2016. No written work is required for the Middle Eastern language.

Written test:

  • All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Tests (MLAT) and the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT), normally at their own school or college, on 2 November 2016.
  • Separate registration is required for both tests and the deadline for entries is 15 October 2016.
  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for these tests.

What are tutors looking for?

Tutors will be looking for a good command of the grammar of any language you have already studied at school or college and want to continue studying at Oxford, in addition to an interest in literature and culture.

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