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What is Cambridge like?

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


How you learn

As an MMLL student, you will have more ‘contact hours’ than some of your friends taking other humanities subjects, but you will also spend lots of your time reading and working independently.  But there are lots of resources to help you and comfortable spaces to work in.  You will soon find your favourites, whether it’s your College Library, the MMLL Faculty Library, one of the University Library’s big reading rooms, the Language Centre or a quick hour between lectures at a café near the Faculty.    

MMLL Faculty Library

The Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics Library supports teaching and learning in European languages, literatures and cultures and in linguistics. The Library holds over 115,000 books and 3,500 films as well as European magazines and newspapers, e-books, e-journals and a small selection of scholarly print journals. MMLL undergraduates should find all the material they need for their studies in these collections. As well as offering a quiet location for independent study, it organises tea breaks, and offers help with bibliographies and study skills.

Cambridge University Library

From as early as the middle of the fourteenth century, the University of Cambridge owned and kept in its treasury a collection of books. Since 1710, the Cambridge University Library has been among the nine privileged libraries of copyright  in the UK: it is legally entitled to a copy of every book published in this country. It is now home to over 8 million books, journals and other items, and has one of the largest collections on open shelves in Europe.

With over two million volumes housed on open shelves, you can benefit from immediate access and unparalleled opportunities for browsing. Uniquely for a legal deposit library, much of its collection may be borrowed by students. 

The Library is ideal for in-depth research, and there are seven large reading rooms perfect for private study. Many of its collections can also be accessed online, so that you can use the UL wherever you are.  It runs tours throughout the year and subject specific research skills classes to help you navigate the collections.

Online resources

All your courses make resources and materials available on Moodle, the Virtual Learning Environment. Online resources (often custom developed by members of the Faculty) provide essential support to language courses and opportunities for independent study.

The Language Centre

Independent from the Faculty and open to all members of the University, the Language Centre supports the teaching and learning of languages throughout the University. If you want to learn another language, there is the option of taking a course at the Language Centre to obtain a further qualification. Courses are available in basic and intermediate Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Persian, Swahili and Urdu; and in basic, intermediate and advanced French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Portuguese Russian and Spanish.  In addition, the Language Centre can help you find a conversation partner, and has extensive resources for the independent study of pretty much any world language.

What is Cambridge like?