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Foreign languages courses for University of Bath students

Find out more about the languages we offer.

Foreign language course students taking part in a class discussion in a classroom
Develop your language and intercultural skills

All students at the University of Bath can take a language course alongside their degree.

General information about our courses is available here.

Importance of language skills

Speaking another language will give you a significant advantage in today’s competitive global employment market. Learning a language also develops a wide range of vital employability skills.

We aim to increase your cultural awareness and communication skills and build your confidence to travel, study and work abroad.

Languages available

We offer courses in eight different languages, all starting from beginner level. Where applicable, the course levels are based on the Common European Framework.

You can find information about the levels we offer by visiting the language page you are interested in:


Please read the course descriptions on each language page carefully before you enrol. You should take the placement test where available or speak to your teacher if you are unsure about your level.

Please check your timetable and make sure you have the time and commitment to attend a language course before you register.

We advise you only take one course per semester due to the time and commitment required. If you would like to join more than one, please contact as you will need approval from one of the course leaders.


Note, your language courses are registered through MySkills instead of SAMIS, so they will not show on MyTimetable or on SAMIS. Please make a note of your lesson time and location in your calendar.

Your teacher will take a register each lesson.

Completion certificate

The courses are not formally assessed. Attendance and autonomous learning are essential to make full progress.

When you successfully complete your course, you can request a completion certificate. Please contact, citing the language and level you have studied.

Cancellation policy

You have the right to cancel your enrolment within 14 days of registration. If you need to cancel your booking, please get in touch as soon as you can. We often have long waiting lists so cancelling promptly allows other students to take your place.

If you do not attend lessons two weeks after your course begins you will be marked as withdrawn.

Whilst we try to avoid changes to the published programme, we reserve the right to withdraw or amend any part of it without prior notice.

Other ways to learn languages

There are lots of other opportunities to develop your language skills:


If you have any questions, please contact us.