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Learning a foreign language at the University of Bath

General information about our foreign language courses.

A group of students sitting in a row in an in-person foreign language class.
Develop your language and intercultural skills

All students at the University of Bath can take a language course alongside their degree. Members of staff and the general public can also attend our classes.

We have been running language courses for over twenty years. Our highly experienced teachers are passionate about the importance of foreign languages in today's global society.

About our language classes

We offer courses in eight different languages, all starting from beginner level.

The course levels are based on the Common European Framework.

My language classes at the University of Bath have given me a passion which will last far beyond my time at this university, and have had an impact both on my professional and personal life. (Michal Nalepa, BEng Civil Engineering)

Class delivery

The courses run for 10 weeks each semester. If you wish to continue learning the language you can register for the next level (if available) at the start of the following semester. Your teacher will let you know what your next level will be.

Lessons are between 50 minutes and 120 minutes long, depending on the language and level. You are also expected to study independently between lessons to make the best possible progress. Your teacher will tell you what is required.

For the Academic Year 2022/23, we are running a mix of in-person and online classes, which gives you the flexibility to choose a class that best suits you.


Moodle is our main Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). On the Moodle course pages you will find an overview of the course content. The courses are structured lesson by lesson and learning objectives and resources for each lesson are provided.

Class sizes

We keep our class sizes small (maximum 25 students per class) so we can give you as much individual support as possible. All classes are inclusive, accessible and will develop your language learning in an informal, but structured way.

Course materials

Following your enrolment we will email you details of the course textbook you will need to buy and how to order it. This is an essential requirement for the course. If you have any difficulties buying the textbook, please speak to your teacher.


Regular attendance is essential and attendance registers are kept. Language learning requires a commitment to participate fully and carry out the activities set by your teacher.

Students who attend regularly will progress more quickly and get the most out of their language learning experience.

Completion certificate

If you successfully complete your course, you can request a completion certificate. In a job market which highly values language skills, you can use this to demonstrate your achievement.

Other ways to explore languages

As well as the language courses, there are lots of other ways you can develop your language skills.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) for languages (University of Bath students only)

PAL sessions are facilitated by PAL leaders, who are native or near native speakers of the language you are learning. Through the PAL sessions you can practise your language skills informally with other students.

Find out more about the PAL programme.

Virtual Exchange (University of Bath students only)

A Virtual Exchange is a short project that allows students from Bath to connect with a student from a partner university overseas to practise a language and share an intercultural experience.

Find out more about the Virtual Exchange programme.

Language Café

The Language Café is a chance for all members of the University community to get together informally and speak in different languages.

Find out more about the Language Café.


You can find information and tips on learning languages, and to read our students' experiences, in these blogs on foreign languages.

Find out more about our language courses


If you have any questions, please contact us.