Modern Foreign Language Courses & Applications

Modern Foreign Language Courses & Applications

The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Unit aims to make foreign languages accessible and enjoyable to everyone. Our mission is to promote, encourage and support the learning of languages for academic, personal and professional purposes.


Students interested in learning a language may choose to study with either SMLC or Open Studies.

SMLC offers the Languages for International Mobility range, aimed at students interested in a language to support their international experience but for whom courses in SMLC’s language degree provision may be unsuitable or unavailable.

Open Studies offer a wide range of language course at various levels. The focus, particularly at the earlier levels, is on learning the language for everyday purpose, with an emphasis on speaking skills.

The key features of each of the two sets of courses are summarised below. This should help you decide which type of course better meets your needs. You can find more information on each option by using the hyperlinks at the foot of the table

Languages for International Mobilty

- 10 credits per semester (up to 20 credits in an academic year)
- 22 hours of class time per semester
- Covers fours skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with a focus on communication
- Also provides some cultural awareness - Formal assessment including an end of term examination and award of a grade
- Courses are subject to External Examination for quality assurance purposes
- Classes take place in the day time or early evening
- Attended only by University of Glasgow undergraduates or postgraduates
- Funded by a share of the University fee (i.e. no further charge)
- Languages offered are Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish

Languages for International Mobility are suitable for students interested in studying or working abroad and who require language skills
to make the most of their international experience. There is formal assessment and a grade is awarded at the end of the course.
Credits would contribute towards the attainment of a student’s degree.

Further information about International Mobilty can be found within the University's Course Catalogue

Credits would contribute towards the attainment of a student’s degree. It is therefore important that you check with your Adviser of Studies that
the courses are a suitable addition to your programme before registering on My Campus

Open Studies Language Courses

If you would like further information on the courses offered by Open Studies please follow the link below:

Open studies -

Current programme -


Members of staff should note that SMLC no longer offers non-credit bearing language courses for personal development purposes. Staff interested in learning a language are encouraged to consider the courses offered by Open Studies.

Our Translation and Interpreting Department provides a range of services which are tailored to individual client requirements.

The MFL Unit can also offer customised courses for Professional and Specific Purposes.

Have you ever thought about seeing more of the world as part of you degree? Follow our link to Study Abroad & Exchange.