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Open Language Learning Courses and other Provision in the University

Many colleges and departments throughout the University offer open language courses. If your college or department is running a language course that is open to other members of the university please email webmaster@langcen.cam.ac.uk so we can add it to the list. You can send full information about the course or just a link to your own online information.


Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic offers the following non-tripos courses open to all members of the University, during the academic year.

For more information contact asnc@hermes.cam.ac.uk.


Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Open Language Classes

If you are a graduate student with an academic need for knowledge of Modern Hebrew, Hindi or Urdu the Faculty has classes available. Please note that these classes are not normally available to those outside of the University.

Visit their website for details of classes and to complete their online registration form.

For more information contact enquiries@ames.cam.ac.uk.


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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML)

Romanian Language

This course is primarily intended for MML students following the undergraduate paper in comparative Romance languages and linguistics (CS1), but is also open to other members of the University with a particular interest in Romanian. The course assumes no previous knowledge of the language and aims to provide students with a good practical knowledge of modern Romanian by the end of the course. The course is taught through one weekly 1hour language class during Michaelmas (Thursdays 12.00) and Lent (Thursdays 10.00) and through fortnightly supervisions during Michaelmas and Lent. The course is taught through the medium of English and, as the course progresses, increasingly through the medium of Romanian.

Anybody interested in following the course should contact Prof. Adam Ledgeway at anl21@cam.ac.uk.

Department of Slavonic Studies

The Department of Slavonic Studies offers the following non-tripos courses which are open to all members of the University:

Visit their website for details of classes.

For more information contact slavon@hermes.cam.ac.uk.


Department of Engineering Language Unit

The Engineering Language Unit offers free foreign language courses (in French, Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish) to all students from the Department of Engineering. English language support is also available to postgraduate students and researchers from that department.
Foreign languages courses are available to some students from the School of Technology and the School of Physical Sciences.

Please see the Language Unit website or email language-unit@eng.cam.ac.uk for more details.


Institute of Continuing Education

The Institute of Continuing Education offers residential weekend or week-long courses at Madingley Hall in French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Modern Greek. Some are aimed at beginners while others offer aim to build on previous study. Courses are held in the target language and are taught by native speakers.

Visit their website for details of the dates and fees for the courses on offer.


CU Anglo Japanese Society - Japanese Lessons

The The Anglo Japanese Society offers Japanese lessons for anyone interested in learning the language. Currently there are three levels: beginner, advanced beginner and intermediate.

Visit the Society's website for more information.


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Wolfson College Language & Culture Society

The Wolfson Language & Culture Society offers language courses which are open to students and staff of the University of Cambridge and members of the public.

For more information contact wolfson.lcs@gmail.com.


Language Provision in other Faculties and Departments

As well as the languages taught as part of the Tripos examinations in the language teaching faculties (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages), there is language provision in many languages in other Faculties and Departments of the University. In some cases courses or tuition may be available to members of the University.

Some of the languages we are aware of are listed below. Please note that not all of the them may be available in any given year, and they are not always available to people outside the Faculty or Department.

  • Akkadian (Department of Archaeology & Anthropology)
  • Arabic (Qu'ranic) (Faculty of Divinity)
  • Aramaic (Faculty of Divinity)
  • Coptic (Faculty of Divinity)
  • Dutch (Department of German and Dutch, MML)
  • Ancient Egyptian (Department of Archaeology & Anthropology)
  • Ethiop (classical) (Faculty of Divinity)
  • Hebrew (Faculty of Divinity, Hindi Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Languages)
  • Hindi (Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Languages)
  • Icelandic (Modern) (Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic)
  • Irish (Modern) (Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic)
  • Japanese (Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Languages)
  • Latin (classical/medieval) (Faculty of Classics, Faculty of Divinity)
  • Mongolian (Mongolian and Inner Asian Studies Unit)
  • Persian (Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Languages)
  • Polish (Department of Slavonic Studies, MML)
  • Sanskrit (Faculty of Divinity, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Languages)
  • Syriac (Faculty of Divinity)
  • Sumerian (Department of Archaeology & Anthropology)
  • Ukrainian (Department of Slavonic Studies, MML)
  • Urdu (Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Languages)
  • Uzbek (Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Languages)

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If you want to learn a specific language, contact Reception ((3)35058) at the John Trim Centre, where we keep a list of all the language provision we know about throughout the University.

You can also come and see a member of the advising team in person and if there is no provision in the language you are interested we can try and help you to find a native speaker of the language with our Conversation Exchange scheme.

Learning resources in over 170 languages are available in the John Trim Centre at the Language Centre.


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