Information about our language courses

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NEW language courses - starting in October 2018

Term 1 courses will run from October 2018 to December 2018 (10 weeks) and resume in Term 2 January 2019 to March 2019 (10 weeks). Each full course comprises 30 or 60 learning hours, depending on the course. Lessons are two hours long and can take place once or twice a week (depending on the course) and mostly on evenings (6-8 pm). There are also Fast Track courses that take place on Saturdays and also comprise 60 learning hours and only take 10 weeks instead of 20.

A full list of new courses for October 2018 will be made available by August 1st. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or via phone on +44 (0) 116 252 2662.

You are welcome to join in any of our courses. For more information please contact us or come along to one of our drop-in sessions.

  • Arabic - beginners, post-beginners & Intermediate; and Arabic for academic research at beginners level
  • Arabic for readers - beginners (for people who already can read Arabic - e.g. the Qur'an)
  • British Sign Language - iBSL Levels 1A1, 1A2 & 1A3.
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate & upper-intermediate
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - Language, culture awareness and Social etiquette for UoL Staff at beginners level
  • Danish - beginners
  • Dutch - beginners, post-beginners & intermediate
  • French - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced, post-advanced & proficiency; and French for academic research at beginners level
  • German - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced, post-advanced & proficiency; and German for academic research at beginners level & intermediate level
  • Greek (Ancient) - for academic research at beginners level
  • Greek (Modern) - beginners & post-beginners
  • Hindi - beginners
  • Italian - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate & advanced; and Italian for academic research at beginners level
  • Japanese - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate & advanced
  • Korean - beginners. post-beginners & intermediate
  • Latin - for academic research at beginners level & intermediate level
  • Polish - beginners, post-beginners and intermediate
  • Portuguese - beginners, post-beginners and intermediate
  • Russian - beginners and post-beginners
  • Spanish - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced, post-advanced & proficiency
  • Turkish - beginners


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Courses for Reading & Research purposes

These courses are taught at different levels starting from absolute beginners; so no previous knowledge is required (though it can help). All classes focus on developing reading and grammar skills to enable students to engage with a variety of texts in their chosen target language. As so many sources are not translated into English and information is published in many other languages, having the ability to read a foreign language is something employers and universities look very highly on.

The benefit of developing reading and text interpreting skills only, it that it enables a much faster pace of learning and comprehension. In a fairly short time students are able to understand most information presented to them as well as develop abilities to further supplement their own learning. In a 20-week course students complete the equivalent to two (or more) levels (A1 & A2+) of the above courses.

  • academicArabic for reading & research purposes - beginners
  • French for reading & research purposes - beginners
  • German for reading & research purposes - beginners and intermediate
  • Greek (Ancient) - beginners
  • Italian reading & research purposes - beginners
  • Latin - beginners and intermediate

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    Summer School courses - 2 intensive weeks

    These very intensive Summer courses are aimed to enable learners to acquire language skills at beginners level in a very short length of time (2 weeks). Lessons take place on mornings and afternoons, comprising a total of 60 guided learning hours.

    These courses are ideal for busy people and students who would like to learn new skills to support their professional and personal development, as well as their employability and/or study during the holiday period.

    Accommodation can also be provided for learners who don't reside in Leicester at a very convenient price. Rooms are located at just 5 minutes walking distance from the Central Campus, where lessons take place.

    Courses will take place over the Summer Term. Registration is not currently open.

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    Contact Details


    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.

    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

    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.

    2018-2019 Term Dates

    Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

    Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

    Monday 8 October – Saturday 15 December 2018

    Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

    Monday 21 January – Saturday 30 March 2019

    Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

    Monday 29 April – Saturday 6 July 2018

    Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

    Monday 10 – Friday 21 June 2019