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Learn a language with IWLP

Open yourself up to a world of opportunities – as a student at Reading, you can learn a language either as part of your degree or for personal development.

Whatever goals you have in life – from travelling the world to leading a global corporation – being able to communicate in more than one language has many benefits. It:

  • expands your understanding and appreciation of other cultures – their values, attitudes and customs
  • develops your critical thinking and observation skills
  • allows you to practise gathering, analysing and assessing information
  • transforms you into a global citizen, comfortable and confident wherever you are.

For these reasons, learning another language not only helps you in your university studies, it also gives you skills that are highly valued by potential employers.

"IWLP gave me an opportunity to meet a ton of new people all doing a variety of different courses and grow my friendship circle. The module not only helped me learn French and introduced me to French culture, but also was a great social experience too."

Gabriele Kavaliauskaite – BSc Food Science with Business

As we now operate in a global environment, understanding another language puts you on a par with your multilingual, international peers.

Language modules at Reading

You can learn a language during your time at Reading through the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP).

Please note: IWLP Modules are ONLY available to those either studying or working at the University. We do not offer provision to the general public.

Modules are offered at up to four different levels (from beginner onwards), and you can learn the following languages – click on the links to find out which modules are available and how to apply:

Languages available in 2021/22


British sign language


Chinese (Mandarin)

Modern Greek

German Russian
French Spanish

Modules start in the autumn term and involve three contact hours each week (excluding week 6 of the autumn and spring terms), as well as study activities outside the classroom. Modules include revision classes during the summer term.


As a student at Reading, you may be able to take a language class as an optional module on your undergraduate or postgraduate programme. And, in many cases, this will be worth 20 credits towards your degree:

Type of student Credits available Conditions



If offered as an optional module on your programme

Postgraduate – Taught


If offered as an optional module on your programme

Postgraduate – Research

Requires agreement by your Director of Postgraduate Studies using this form

Study Abroad students 

20 (10 ECTS)

Approval required from your home university and University of Reading departments

Alternatively, you can pay a subsidised fee of £340 to enrol on a class as a non-credit bearing module.

Make sure you have read our rules and regulations before applying.

University of Reading staff

You can join a language class by paying a subsidised fee of £340. Your department may agree to pay this fee for you; if so, please complete and return this form.  


Apply now

Find out how to apply for a language module with the IWLP at Reading.

Information for Schools and Departments

We work closely with Schools and Departments to help ensure students from across the University can benefit from our modules. If you are:

  • an academic tutor – find out more about your role in supporting students taking IWLP language classes
  • responsible for developing your students' employability and internationalisation – contact us to discuss collaborative projects.


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