A distinguishing feature of the Department of Engineering is its Language Programme for Engineers. The Department employs two full-time and a number of part-time language teachers. Opportunities to learn and use languages through a mixture of taught classes and self-directed study using audio-visual materials are available in all four years.
Courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish (at Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level) are offered in the first two years. Language projects are available in the third year, and language modules in the fourth.
At the end of each Lent (Spring) term an exchange trip, open to all students, is organised with top engineering schools in France, Germany and Spain. These trips include visits to a range of leading engineering companies in those countries.