Information about our language courses

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NEW language courses - starting in January 2018

These courses will start in January 2018.

Each full course comprises 60 learning hours over two terms. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week; mostly on evenings (6-8 pm) and also on afternoons (3-5 pm).

The first ten lessons will have been completed by the end of March and the consequent 10 lessons will run from the end of April to the beginning of July 2018 when the course will be completed.

Now, all University of Leicester Undergraduate Students can benefit from a one-off discount offer (from 33%-off to 45%-off depending on courses), when they join in NEW Courses starting in January 2018 in any of the following languages (only): Arabic, Mandarin ChineseLatin and Portuguese. When you register, please select any of the two Undergraduate Fee options (10 weeks or Full course) and enter your university Student number as required on the questionnaire.

For more details please see the links below.

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 (from Mon 11th to Fri 22nd June 2018). Registrations are now opened!

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NEW COURSES Starting February 2018

Week-day courses:

Fast Track courses:

  • French - Beginners, Post Beginners & Intermediate
  • Spanish - Beginners, Post Beginners, and Intermediate

If you have any questions please email us at or call us on 0116 252 2662.

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Languages offered

These the languages we offer within our programme. 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 Entry / Signature Level 1 Unit 102 & Level 2 Part 1 (unit 202)
  • 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


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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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    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.


    Join in the the SUMMER SCHOOL 2018.

    2-week intensive courses in:

    Reduced UNDERGRADUATE Fees

    Undergraduate students enrolling into NEW Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Latin or Portuguese courses Starting in January 2018 can benefit from a reduced fee.

    2017-2018 Term Dates

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

    Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

    Monday 9 October – Saturday 16 December 2017

    Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

    Monday 22 January – Saturday 31 March 2018

    Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

    Monday 30 April – Saturday 7 July 2018

    Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

    Monday 18 – Friday 29 June 2018

    Please note Languages at Leicester courses will be running during University of Leicester Reading Weeks.