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Mission Statement

The mission of the Languages and Cultures Programme is to engage in high-quality research and research-informed teaching in the five languages and three area studies it offers.

Languages and Cultures aims to promote language acquisition and cross-cultural awareness in a diverse and rapidly internationalising world.

More generally through its programmes and research, the Programme also aims to raise understanding of the importance of intercultural skills and understanding and to contribute to cultural debates.

The Languages and Cultures Programme is committed to fostering an academic environment that is open, inclusive and respectful, while dedicating itself to excellence in all its activities.

About us

The University of Otago established Languages and Cultures in 2003. It is made up of five languages taught from introductory level to PhD (French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese), including a cultural focus in each, and three area studies programmes (Global StudiesAsian StudiesEuropean Studies).

Students entering the core language programs at first year level can look forward to study opportunities at a range of overseas partner universities at second and third year level and in-country study opportunities as part of their honours year.

The staff teaching in Languages and Cultures have specific qualifications and research/publications in the following disciplines: literary studies, comparative literature, linguistics, film studies, media studies, cultural studies, animal studies, anthropology, history, art history, digital cultures.

For more information on our research activities and publications, go to our Research section or visit our academic staff profiles.