"Physics with proficiency in French" - How useful are foreign languages? Hello all In a month I will be starting a Physics degree at the University of Sussex in the UK (MPhys Physics with research placement). This is a four year undergraduate course incorporating three 8 week paid research internship placements over each summer, mostly with university groups. Since this is a UK university, there is no requirement to take general education courses. As of this year, the university has begun a scheme where by taking 4 language electives (15 credits each over two years) one can get their degree to read "with proficiency in *language*. The language offered that most appeals to me is French, both for its relative usefulness in Physics (France/French speaking places are the homes of many international physics experiments) and its more general use in business. Also, I like holidays in France :P. I've got a GCSE grade A in french right now (probably could have gotten A* though if it weren't for a flunked exam) and my french is pretty decent so I reckon I'm up to it in that sense. According to their site, I should start on level 3, working through 4,5 and finishing on 6, which will apparently give me a level of french equivalent to a UK undergraduate at the end of first year. My real question is, is it worth "using up" all those elective slots on French when I could spend them on Physics/Maths courses? I could drop out of the course after each term and keep the credits earned, but I wouldn't get to add "with proficiency in French" to my degree title. Of course, I could still write on a CV "good knowledge of French". AFAIK, I only get one elective slot each term in first year. An alternative would be to take the courses as open, casual courses. They wouldn't count for credit, which could be a blessing or a curse depending on my results. I would instead get a certificate at the end. It would also cost £190 per course. This is a link to the programme: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/languages/ml/languageproficiency [Broken] tl;dr: is it a waste to spend 4*15 credits on language modules when I could spend them on Physics or Maths?