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Welcome to the School of Languages and Literatures

Upcoming Events:

Third Colloquium of Spanish Educators in Southern Africa

Most South Africans are multilingual so are able to speak more than one language. English is not enough – not everyone speaks or wants to speak English only. In the contemporary world, languages mean business so being able to communicate in another language will make you more employable. Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity. Learning a language helps improve your memory, creativity, listening skills and self-confidence.

At the School of Languages and Literatures, there are 11 language majors to choose from. For more information of the specific undergraduate programmes on offer, please click on the Language Sections tab on this site.

On completion of undergraduate studies, students can advance to postgraduate specialisation from Honours through to Doctoral levels. For more information on the postgraduate programmes available, access the Postgraduate tab on this website. We hope that you will enjoy exploring the programmes and courses on offer from the school and we look forward to welcoming you as a student!

“Students who have studied languages have gone on to become language teachers, novelists, politicians, academics, translators, film consultants, actors and international relations specialists.”

The School of Languages and Literatures is located on the 2nd floor of the Beattie Building and the 2nd floor of the AC Jordan Building, which are both on University Avenue (Upper Campus). The Beattie Building houses the  Arabic, Classics, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish sections. The AC Jordan Building houses the African Languages, Afrikaans and Chinese sections. Please contact us for additional information and assistance on +27 (0)21 650 2895 (Beattie Building) and +27 (0)21 650 2301 (AC Jordan Building).