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I start at university in September, and have been thinking about trying to learn a language alongside the degree (electronic engineering). It would be either french or german, I'm not decided which yet. I didn't study a language at AS or A level, but I did get an A at german GCSE. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with learning a language alongside their degree, as I would like to know how much time it took up - I don't want to end up devoting all my time to the degree and learning a language.

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It'll probably take about 4-5 hours per week including practice and homework, which is definitely doable without affecting what you can do in your free time unless your uni schedules language classes in the evening in which case it may interfere with some societies you might want to do.
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Hi,

I start at university in September, and have been thinking about trying to learn a language alongside the degree (electronic engineering). It would be either french or german, I'm not decided which yet. I didn't study a language at AS or A level, but I did get an A at german GCSE. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with learning a language alongside their degree, as I would like to know how much time it took up - I don't want to end up devoting all my time to the degree and learning a language.

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You can learn a language whenever. Or did you mean specifically a joint engineering language degree?

And stick with German - not just Germany need lots of engineers, Switzerland are also looking (was at ETH today they had a careers fair).
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You can learn a language whenever. Or did you mean specifically a joint engineering language degree?

And stick with German - not just Germany need lots of engineers, Switzerland are also looking (was at ETH today they had a careers fair).
The university I'll be going to (grades permitting) is Surrey, they offer a qualification in a language, awarded by the university, alongside any degree. It doesn't count towards the degree but you do get credits from it, and eventually a qualification - the degree is just electronic engineering and separate. You make a good point, I think the engineering industry is bigger there, but I'm particularly interested in the space industry and the two primary languages of the European Space Agency are English and French, which led me to consider French.

Thanks to both of you for your help, this is something I'll have to decide on fairly quickly once I'm at uni so advice is very appreciated
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You'll be good with either language, pick the one you prefer. With German, it's more linked with science but most young Germans speak fluent English these days, which is why I stopped learning German and carried on with French - the French are nowhere near as good at English.
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The university I'll be going to (grades permitting) is Surrey, they offer a qualification in a language, awarded by the university, alongside any degree. It doesn't count towards the degree but you do get credits from it, and eventually a qualification - the degree is just electronic engineering and separate. You make a good point, I think the engineering industry is bigger there, but I'm particularly interested in the space industry and the two primary languages of the European Space Agency are English and French, which led me to consider French.

Thanks to both of you for your help, this is something I'll have to decide on fairly quickly once I'm at uni so advice is very appreciated
Switzerland has a French part, too
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The university I'll be going to (grades permitting) is Surrey, they offer a qualification in a language, awarded by the university, alongside any degree. It doesn't count towards the degree but you do get credits from it, and eventually a qualification - the degree is just electronic engineering and separate. You make a good point, I think the engineering industry is bigger there, but I'm particularly interested in the space industry and the two primary languages of the European Space Agency are English and French, which led me to consider French.

Thanks to both of you for your help, this is something I'll have to decide on fairly quickly once I'm at uni so advice is very appreciated
If I were you I would pick French, not just because it is more useful for your career choices, but also because it is spoken in way more countries than German, therefore increasing your job opportunities abroad.

But I'm biased, since, if I get the grades, I will study Materials Science and Engineering with French at Sheffield next year!
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If I were you I would pick French, not just because it is more useful for your career choices, but also because it is spoken in way more countries than German, therefore increasing your job opportunities abroad.

But I'm biased, since, if I get the grades, I will study Materials Science and Engineering with French at Sheffield next year!
It's spoken in countries where the need for engineers is limited.


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Thanks for the replies, it's food for thought . I might spend some time over the summer looking at both languages, to help decide.
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