The BBC has learnt that Ulster University is to close its School of Modern Languages at its Coleraine campus in response to budget cuts.
The move follows an £8.6m cut in the subsidy received from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).
Students due to begin their modern languages degrees later this month will be able to complete them, and existing students will also be able to finish their degrees.
The closure will be phased in.
About 20 staff are employed at the school which teaches subjects like French, German, Spanish and Chinese.
The BBC also understands that a third of staff jobs will be lost in the School of History with a reduction from 15 to 10 posts, and that two posts will be lost in the School of Media, Film and Journalism.
Both of these are also at the Coleraine campus in County Londonderry, but there may not be any reduction in courses offered by each school.