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Choose from 8 languages

Studying for personal interest and for credits you can put towards your degree

Learning another language at uni is a great way to meet people, make yourself more employable, and immerse yourself in another culture.

The ability to communicate confidently with people who speak another language is also useful when you work, study or take a holiday abroad.

When you study with us on campus, you can learn a language for free alongside your course with our Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP).

You have the flexibility to choose to study a language for personal interest as well as for credits towards your degree when studying a full-time Bachelor's degree.

Languages you can study

You can choose from 8 languages:

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Registration is now closed for teaching block 1.

For more information on the application process, and to download the application form, read our MyPort article.

Classes

Classes take place weekly during term time in the evenings and on Wednesday afternoons at times when there's usually no other scheduled teaching. This makes it easy to fit in classes alongside your main studies.

There are 11 classes in teaching block 1 before the Christmas break and 12 classes in teaching block 2. Classes are 2 hours long if you study at beginner or intermediate level or 3 hours long if you studied the language at A level.

You're assessed so that you're put in the right group for your level of experience.

Course length

Each IWLP module lasts 1 teaching block, giving you flexibility to choose when you study.

You can study more than 1 language a year, but most students focus on 1 or 2 languages throughout their time at university.

20-credit option in year 2

You can achieve credits for studying a language via IWLP in the second year of a full-time Bachelor's degree. You have the option to choose it as a 20-credit module in the first or second semester.

This means it counts towards your degree, even if it's your first time studying the language.

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Extra support and resources

Away from language classes, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get extra help and support, and practise your language skills.

Language Corner

The Language Corner service is an optional weekly drop-in session.

You can meet with a language tutor, get help with specific challenges and practise your skills with proficient speakers of your chosen language.

Global Cafe

The Global Café meets in-person and online on Wednesday afternoons. Students from all over the world meet here to learn about each other's cultures and practise speaking in each other's languages. 

Moodle

Moodle is the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You can access all IWLP study resources on Moodle from anywhere with a Web connection.


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Get in touch
  • Institution Wide Language Programme
  • iwlp@port.ac.uk

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