Learn a language in 2020-21

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Would you like to learn a new language?

Students from any discipline have the opportunity to study a foreign or second language for free!

1st and 2nd year undergraduate students can enrol on classes in a wide range of levels and languages, from Italian to Mandarin.

Places are available in both first and second semester and are by the University’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures, the Short Courses team, and the Confucius Institute.

Why learn a language?

Learning a new language creates opportunities that can be life changing. It sets you apart from others in the job market, giving you an international outlook as well as being a great advantage for communicating with other people or travelling the world.

Study abroad: each year many University of Glasgow students complete part of their degree in another country, exploring different cultures and lifestyles by studying or working abroad. Take this opportunity to learn a language and then go abroad: explore the world as part of your degree and develop a more international outlook! Find out more about studying abroad.


To enrol in one of the language courses you must be a 1st or 2nd year fully registered undergraduate student. You can enrol in a curricular or extra-curricular course, depending on whether you want to earn credits or not.

If you think you want to use credits from a language course within your programme of study, speak with your Advisor of Studies.

Course Delivery

Courses are taught by:

  • Short Courses (more relaxed courses with a greater emphasis on oral learning/speaking a language; credit and non-credit-bearing under the Learn a Language initiative will be available in Semester 2)
  • School of Modern Languages and Cultures (relatively intensive courses with equal focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening; credit-bearing courses)
  • Confucius Institute (non-credit bearing courses which cater to students who are complete beginners to advanced speakers. Courses under the Learn a Language initiative will be available in Semester 2).

To take advantage of this amazing opportunity, book your place through one of the following: