Languages and cultural studies

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Short courses

Learn a language from scratch, or brush up old skills. 

Arabic, Classics (including Aramaic), Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek (Ancient Greek and Modern Greek), Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Language courses are offered at levels 1-6 and there are conversation classes available at intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced levels. Day, evening and weekend options are available for some languages. 

Find your language level

Weekly language classes in Oxford

With classes available during the day and in the evenings, our weekly language classes enable you to study in small groups to maximise interaction and enhance fluency in a friendly, supportive environment. Most classes are 20 sessions (two terms) with a consolidation term held during the spring term of the academic year. 

There is an option of accreditation of 20 or 10 CATS points which can be used towards the Certificate of Higher Education if your CATS points are in a language level 3 or above. Please check each individual course for accreditation.

Intensive language weekends

Held over two days in Oxford, intensive language weekend courses are offered in ItalianGermanFrench and Spanish and offer 9 hours of face-to-face teaching in small groups. Places are limited to 14 students per course. 

Active Learning 5 week courses

Held over five Saturdays, these intensive courses (offered in Italian, French and Spanish) offer 5 weeks of consolidation at intermediate level. In-class activities will aim to improve grammar accuracy, consolidate repertoire and further develop fluency for interaction. Active learning courses can be taken for credit.

Language and cultural studies

Let your studies lead you to an understanding of other cultures as well. Our cultural studies classes focus on literature, gender issues, art history, popular culture and other subjects, as seen through the lens of language.


Upcoming courses

Reading Ancient Greek Literature

  • Short courses
  • Wed 08 Jan 2020 to Wed 25 Mar 2020
  • 1:45-3:45pm 10 meetings

Arabic 1: Beginners

  • Short courses
  • Wed 15 Jan 2020 to Wed 24 Jun 2020
  • 7:30-9:30pm 20 meetings

Japanese 1: Beginners

  • Short courses
  • Thu 16 Jan 2020 to Thu 25 Jun 2020
  • 7:30-9:30pm 20 meetings

Old English Language: A Continuation

  • Short courses
  • Mon 20 Jan 2020 to Mon 23 Mar 2020
  • 7:00-9:00pm 10 meetings

An Introduction to Old English Literature

  • Short courses
  • Tue 21 Jan 2020 to Tue 24 Mar 2020
  • 7:30-9:30pm 10 meetings