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COVID-19 update

UPDATE Tuesday 22nd MAY 2020:

While the University campus remains closed and all face to face teaching is suspended we aim to deliver a limited range of online courses. Please follow this link for further details.

UPDATE Tuesday 12th MAY 2020:

We are in the process of updating our website with the details of the courses we will be able to offer over the following couple of months.  While the University campus remains closed and all face to face teaching is suspended we aim to deliver a limited range of courses remotely using online classroom resources.

Please click on the language list on the right hand side for further information.


Term 3 will not start on the 27th April 2020 as originally planned.

We will be contacting all learners currently enrolled with new start dates and updates regarding the courses scheduled for term 3; week commencing 27th April 2020.

For those courses that we are unable to run, we are contacting learners to inform them of cancellations and refunds.

Week commencing 4th May - we will update the website with the courses we are able to offer and the new start dates.

Thank you for you patience and understanding.


In line with the Governments speech on Monday 25th March explaining the current guidance to assist in stopping the spread of the COVD-19 virus and the stricter requirements put in place we will review our offer of language courses in the week commencing Monday 13 April once the Government have taken time to evaluate the impact of the guidance and if further measures are required.

From Monday 16th March the University of Leicester has taken the decision to suspend all campus-based teaching.  There will be no Languages at Leicester classes taking place for the remainder of this term.

We will be contacting all learners via email or telephone to explain the decision in more detail and the proposed plans for classes resuming after Easter.


Anyone can learn a new language at the University of Leicester. You don't need any connection with the University to take advantage of our languages expertise - if you are over 18 and can get to the campus one evening a week, you can learn one of 19 languages with Languages at Leicester.

We offer up to seven different levels so that you can improve or revise languages which you have already studied. Or why not try something new? We also provide a range of courses to suit your requirements: evening lessons, fast track classes on Saturdays, courses for academic research purposes and a Summer School.

Languages for everyone

Languages at Leicester is open to everyone. Whether you are an absolute beginner who has never tried a foreign language or a fluent polyglot looking to add another string to your bow, we cater for all.

At the end of your course, you will have the chance to take an optional test which will earn you a Proficiency Certificate. You can then come back next year to study the next level up - or start again with a new language.

Languages for travel

Holidays abroad are more enjoyable when you can converse in the local language and understand signs and notices. And for globe-trotters, an understanding of major languages can provide an easy way into other, more localised tongues.

leanforward300.jpg Languages for fun

Learning new languages is a satisfying hobby that will introduce you to new people, ideas and cultures. With Languages at Leicester, you will have the academic expertise of a leading university - without the academic rigour.

Weekend courses for busy people

We offer Fast Track courses on Saturdays that are ideal for those who couldn't attend lessons during the week. These 10-week long courses enable students to complete a level in just one term (10 lessons).

Languages for business

In today's global economy, a second (or third) language can be a valuable business asset. It impresses employers, it pleases clients - and even if not directly needed for your career, it always looks good on a CV! (Find out more about our specialist courses in languages for business.)

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Contact Details

e: lalenquiries@le.ac.uk

t: +44 (0) 116 252 2662

Language skills on your transcript

Our language courses will be included on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) transcript.

Language degrees

Modern Languages at Leicester, part of the School of Arts, offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees combining French, Spanish and Italian with each other and with other academic subjects. We also offer degrees in translation and interpreting.

NEW ONLINE Courses Summer 2020

We are offering new ONLINE courses during the summer term.


Previous learners say
"I cannot really express with words my sincere thanks to you for making my dream to improve my Italian come true! Thank you! Grazie!” - Italian, intermediate