School of Modern Languages

University Wide Language Programme

University Wide Language Programme

We offer free language classes to all Newcastle University students. Join us to learn Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

‌Classes take place in the evening. Modules are worth 10 credits. You will receive two weekly contact hours. The modules will be recognised on your marks transcript as extra credit.

For more information about the University Wide Language Programme, please see the programme handbook below: 

University Wide Language Programme Handbook 2020-21 (PDF: 1.26MB)

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How to enrol

Learning a new language can be great fun but also requires time, patience and lots of effort. Many students misjudge the amount of study time they'll need to dedicate to their language modules, and eventually decide to drop out. Unfortunately, places on the programme are wasted as a result. It's important that you consider whether you can afford the time and commitment.

If you would like to go ahead, you should first:

  • read the module handbook
  • check with your DPD and your School whether you are eligible to apply
  • check the above student handbook and list of modules offered
  • if you're not applying for a beginners' module, check your language level in French, German or Spanish

Allocation of places

There are a fixed number of places on each module. They will be allocated at our discretion, usually on a first come, first serve basis. If you secure a place, we’ll email you a confirmation before the start of each semester.

Expand the UWLP Application Forms below to apply!

All applications open on Monday 10th August. Please use the appropriate language form to make your application. If you do not secure a place, you will be added to a waiting list. We will notify you if a place becomes available. If you have any queries, please contact us (UWLP enquiries). We'll reply as soon as possible.

Application form for staff

Members of staff who wish to do a UWLP course should use this form:

Please note that staff places offered will be dependent upon the remaining availability once all students have been allocated a place. Staff applications will open in late September 2020.

Other useful resources

You may also find joining the Language Resource Centre and the uTalk app useful for polishing your language skills and knowledge. 

Located in the Old Library Building, the Language Resource Centre (LRC) offers a wide range of language learning materials in over 100 languages. Most need to be used on-site, but some can be borrowed.

In the LRC, members of Newcastle University have full access to interactive language software, audio-visual materials and live online media streaming, as well as free one-to-one support sessions, conversation groups and tandem-learning opportunities.

Registration is free 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 your NU App.

  1. Download uTalk, choose “student login” > “Newcastle University”
  2. Sign up with your NU username and password.
  3. Start learning!