Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Life at LLC

Find out what life’s really like in our School from the people who’re living it.

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) is one of the largest in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

We are proud to call ourselves a diverse, equal and inclusive community of people of all backgrounds, experiences, ages and abilities from all over the world.

Life at LLC brings together undergraduate students in 16 subject areas with taught postgraduate students, students on research degrees, and staff at all career stages.  

From seminars to film screenings, theatre performances to wellbeing workshops, peer support schemes to reading groups, our fantastic students are involved in so much within the School and as part of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association. Let them tell you about it in their own words...

Final-year students support local charity

Three students in front of the Social Bite cafe in Edinburgh
Abi (Scandinavian Studies and Spanish), Martha (Scandinavian Studies and Social Policy) and Nicole (Chinese and Spanish), three students in their final year, visit Social Bite, an Edinburgh-based charity dedicated to ending homelessness.

A conversation with From Arthur's Seat

Members of the From Arthur's Seat 2023-2024 team
We sit down with Jesús Nares Jaramillo, André Hughes and Maisie Smith, three members of this year's From Arthur’s Seat team, to find out more about their time in Edinburgh and what they've learned by being part of the annual creative writing project.

Year Abroad stories: Anu Abicht

Anu Abicht in Almería, Spain
In this blog post, Spanish MA (Hons) student Anu Abicht tells us about how she discovered a passion for teaching yoga during her Year Abroad in Almería, Spain.

Speech! Minju Kim wins national contest for her talk on Japan’s relationship with Korea

Photo of Minju Kim giving her speech at King's College London
We talk to the final year student about overcoming her fears to win the top prize in the 19th Japanese Speech Contest.

How Latin American feminist theory can help battle toxic masculinity

Photo of Elisabeth standing on the seashore looking directly at the camera
Elisabeth Goemans, a PhD candidate in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, tells us about writing an opinion piece for the newspaper De Standaard, and what happened next.

The Sparkling World of the Year 24 Group wins the David Laing Prize 2023

Photo of Francesca standing in front of a bookcase with her collection
Francesca Lutje-Wilkes, a final year student of Japanese, has won the University’s book collecting prize for her collection of the historical work of female manga artists.

From Arthur’s Seat – stories from the heart of Edinburgh

From Arthur's Seat class of 2022 to 2023 at a team meeting
We speak to MSc Creative Writing students Austin and Rasika about what it’s like to produce your own book and why Edinburgh is the perfect place for aspiring writers.

What’s it like to co-organise an international conference?

Photograph of Tsz Ho outdoors in woodland
Tsz Ho (Brian) Wong, an East Asian Studies PhD candidate, tells us about working with the Hong Kong Young Historian Institute on this year’s International Symposium for Young Scholars in Asia Seas.

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