Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I do a language course?
Mainly because it is an enriching and pleasurable experience, which may further your career prospects. Visit the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies to find 700 reasons to learn a language.
Why should I choose the University of Bath?
We specialise in teaching languages to a wide spectrum of adult learners. We have a cutting edge in the market because we offer:
- A wide range of foreign languages at various levels.
- Well-qualified, highly experienced and committed tutors.
- Friendly approach to learning.
- Sampling by prior agreement.
- Advice on appropriate level.
- Free use of the Self Access Language Centre open all week. Here you can study at your own pace using language learning media, plus: watch satellite TV channels, view weekly recordings of the news in all the languages taught on the programme and choose from a wide range of foreign language publications
What languages can I study?
We offer a wide range of foreign languages at various levels. We aim to provide a service that meets our students’ needs, and continue to introduce new courses. It is therefore advisable to check our webpage at the beginning of each term in order to find out what languages we offer.
Do I get a certificate on completion of my course?
On successful completion of your course you can apply to receive a certificate from the Foreign Languages Centre. This may be of value in increasing your employment potential in a market where language skills are highly valued, or you may simply wish to receive recognition of your achievement. We structure our courses taking the Common European Framework as a reference, so your competence will be recognised nationally and internationally.
How long does the course last?
We offer 3 terms of study. The Autumn Term starts in October and runs for 11 weeks. The Spring Term starts in February and runs for 11 weeks. The Summer Term starts in May and runs for 6 or 8 weeks. Complete beginners’ classes start in the Autumn Term and a few in the Spring Term. We may consider running complete beginners’ classes also in the Summer Term if we receive enough requests.
Do I need to enrol every term?
Yes, you do. Please, ensure that you enrol before each term’s deadline, so that you can be ensured the place of your choice. We reserve the right to cancel a course if there are not enough students enrolled, hence late enrolment is not advisable. For details on how to enrol and deadlines for the academic year, please visit our enrolment page.
What is the average class size?
Our classes range from a minimum of seven students to a maximum of 20 students.
How can I find out which level class I should enrol for?
Our webpage has up-to-date information on the entry level of each stage. If you are still unsure, we would be pleased to answer any of your queries. You can contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01225 383991.
I have enrolled and paid my fees. How do I find my class?
We will send you a confirmation of your enrolment, information about the location of your class and a map with directions. Should you for any reason, not have recieved this information, then please call us on 01225 383991.
Is there parking on campus?
Yes, there are four main car parks on campus. If your class starts after 5 pm, the car park is free. Please, visit www.bath.ac.uk/security/parking/ for more information about parking and parking restrictions.
Will I need to buy a course book? And where can I get it?
Your language tutor will advise you about the book to be used during the first lesson. Some courses may not require a book. We cannot give advice on where you can buy your books, but they can be found in main bookstores and on-line. The campus bookshop will have been advised of course materials.
How much homework will I be asked to do?
We would advise you to keep two hours a week for self-study.
What should I do if I miss a class?
We would appreciate if you let us know if you miss a class. You may do so by contacting your language tutor or the Foreign Languages Centre by e-mail (email@example.com) or by phone 01225 383991.
What happens if a class is cancelled?
In some exceptional circumstances classes are cancelled. This can happen, for instance, because the teacher is sick or as a result of bad weather conditions. If a class is cancelled, the Foreign Languages Centre will organise an alternative day/time for a replacement class and notify you as soon as possible.
How can I get in touch with my tutor?
Your language tutor will give you their contact details during the first lesson. You may also find staff e-mail addresses on our staff page.
What if there is a problem?
We aim to provide an excellent service to our students. If you have any problem with any aspect of your course, please do not hesitate to contact Isabella Stefanutti either by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01225 384193.
Students who withdraw from a course at any time will only be entitled to a refund in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Director of the Foreign Languages Centre; a £10 charge to cover administration costs will be applied. The Director may request evidence to support the request for a refund such as a doctor's certificate or a letter from an employer.