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University-Wide Language Programme

We offer free language classes to all current Newcastle University students.

About the programme

Always wanted to learn a new language? Join the University Wide Language Programme and take language classes for free alongside your current degree!

We offer classes in over ten languages to current Newcastle University students. For academic year 2023/24, the planned offering is as follows:

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language new!
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish for Business

Classes take place in the evenings or on Wednesday afternoons. Modules with more than one group may also have teaching on a Friday afternoon.

You'll receive two weekly contact hours of teaching. Modules are worth 10 credits but do not count towards your main degree calculation. The modules will be recognised on your transcript as extra credit.

For more information, check out the UWLP Student HandbookUWLP Student Handbook 2023-24 (PDF: 610 KB)

Please note: students may only study one language on the University-Wide Language Programme at any one time. We are unable to make exceptions to this rule.

Useful language resources

The Language Resource Centre offers free language learning facilities to all members of the University.

You can also download the uTalk language learning app. uTalk is free and allows you to learn words in 130+ languages on any device. It's also part of your list of useful apps in the Newcastle University app.

  1. Register with the Language Resource Centre
  2. Download uTalk, choose 'Student login' » 'Newcastle University'
  3. Sign up with your NCL username and password
  4. Start learning!
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Get in touch

Many general queries about the UWLP can be answered via the Student Handbook linked at the top of this page. You can also contact us on the details below:

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7513


Or come and see us at the Level 6 reception of the Old Library Building.

Please note we get very busy during term times so we might not be able to reply straight away, but we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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