The School of Languages and Literatures (SLL) was formed in 2002 through the amalgamation of the Department of Southern African Languages and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. The School brings into one organisational unit the teaching of languages and literatures (excluding English Language and Literature) at the University of Cape Town.
The School has a number of formal and informal links with universities elsewhere in Africa. These include the National University of the Ivory Coast at Abidjan, the University of St Denis in Réunion, the University of Zimbabwe, and further afield (e.g. ENS Cachan – Grenoble 3 Stendhal, University of Bologna).