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Online Undergraduate Handbook

University Language Centre

The University Language Centre provides courses and language learning resources for students from a wide variety of disciplines wishing to include a modern languages element within their studies. It also offers a wide range of courses and services for international students for whom English is not a first language.

Language courses

Offered as part of the University Language Centre’s institution-wide language programme (LEAP), these courses are available to students from across the University and may be studied on a credit or on a non-credit basis to complement your degree. Please always check your programme structure to see if you are allowed to take a language for credit as part of your degree.  Currently there are 20 languages offered, ranging from the main international languages to a number of less-widely taught languages:

  • French (+ Scientific and Business)
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Arabic
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Persian
  • Irish Gaelic
  • Greek
  • Polish
  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Urdu/Hindi
  • Turkish
  • Hebrew
  • Catalan
  • British Sign language
  • Korean

For more information on the full range of languages and levels that are available, please consult the University Language Centre website via the link given below.

English Language Programmes and Advice

If English is not your native language, you may wish to enquire about the wide range of credit bearing and non-credit bearing English courses available through the University Language Centre.

International students who would like advice on how they can improve their academic writing are encouraged to make use of the one-to-one writing consultation service. Around 500 individual sessions are held per year and these are free of charge.

Timetabled in-sessional courses for international students, covering areas such as academic writing, academic speaking, pronunciation and grammar are also available at no cost. Writing is delivered on a broad disciplinary specific basis: Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life sciences, Medical and Human Sciences, Business-related disciplines, Humanities.

Please refer to the Academic Support Programmes section of the ULC webpage via the link given below.

Face to Face - This is a reciprocal language learning scheme, in which students can meet with native speakers of the language they are learning. International students find that this is a good way to meet home students and to become more integrated into the University. Home students can prepare themselves for study abroad by finding out about their partners’ home universities and cultures. For more information, please enquire at the ULC reception.

Tandem Programme - This programme is similar to Face to Face, but is more formal and provides credits which count towards your University degree. It is fully monitored, assessed and supported via practical workshops. For more information please refer to the Foreign Languages section via the link given below.

Open Learning Facilities - The University Language Centre’s open learning facilities, situated in the Samuel Alexander Building, offer:

  • A well stocked library of materials in text, audio, video, DVD and CD-ROM formats
  • Materials in some 70 languages
  • A suite of TV/VCR presenters fed by a range of satellite and terrestrial channels
  • A suite of dedicated multimedia PCs for computer aided language learning.
  • Support and advice for learners from expert staff and through on-line resources

View the full guide to the University Language Centre’s courses, services and its language learning resources.