University-Wide Language Programme

The University-Wide Language Programme (UWLP) offers all current undergraduate students the opportunity to learn a modern language as part of their course.

The units allow you to start at the right level for you - from beginners to advanced.

UWLP courses are available to any current undergraduate student who has "open units", or the specified option to take UWLP units, as part of their degree.

Some courses are tailored to the needs of students intending to study abroad as a compulsory part of their degree programme (for example, "Study in Continental Europe").

Register for open units

Returning students in 2021/22 must contact their Home School in the first instance.

Registration for new students in 2021/22 will be made available during Welcome Week.

Student Handbook

UWLP Student Handbook 2021-2022 V2 (PDF, 449kB)

Timetables for UWLP units for 2021/22

Timetables for all UWLP subjects can be found on our UWLP Timetable 2021-2022 (PDF, 210kB).

We offer the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Modern Standard Arabic
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Please note that for 2021/22, teaching will start from Week 2.


See how the levels on offer are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR (PDF, 72kB)


The School of Modern Languages provides tailor-made UWLP units for the following programmes:

Our blended approach

In the wake of COVID-19, UWLP courses will be a mix of in-person and online.

Student resources

Computers and learning materials such as foreign magazines are available to UWLP students in the School Common Room, 17 Woodland Road. Two further computer rooms (G95 and G89, 19 Woodland Road) are also accessible to all UWLP students when not being used for teaching.

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