Language Classes

Language Classes

The Language Centre currently run a Language for Non-Specialists (LNS) programme which includes classes in over 20 languages at a variety of levels. The language taught is of a practical nature. These courses allow for progression from one level to the next, while not precluding first admission above the lowest level.

Pick a language to learn

Select from 22 languages below to see full details:

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Greek (Modern)

 ‌Polish Language Flag


 Bengali Language Flag


 ‌Hindi Language Flag


 ‌Portuguese Language Flag






Brazilian Portuguese

Portuguese (Brazilian)



Italian Language Flag Italian Russian Language Flag Russian
 Catalan Language Flag


 Japanese Language Flag


 Spanish Language Flag


 ‌Dutch Language Flag


 Korean Language Flag


 Swedish Language Flag


 French Language Flag


 Latin Language Flag


 Turkish Language Flag


German Flag


 Chinese Language Flag

Mandarin Chinese

 Ulster Scots Language Flag

Ulster Scots

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Quicklink to Timetable and Venue information for all language courses


What are the course fees?

There are different fees depending on registration type. All course fees are payable on enrolment.

  • Student fee: £20.00
  • Staff fee: £20.00
  • General Public: £88.00

How often do I attend?

Classes, which usually last two hours, are held weekly, as far as possible outside normal university teaching hours (e.g. late afternoon, early evening, some are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon) and run for 10 weeks starting in October and again in January .

How do I enrol?

Enrolment is available online from the August and November preceding the course start date. Early enrolment is recommended as courses are popular and often fill up quickly.

Before enrolling please remember to read our terms and conditions:  Terms & Conditions

Language Courses run twice per year starting in October and again in January. 

Are these courses accredited?

A Queen's Certificate will be awarded to all students who attend regularly. A minimum of 70% attendance is required for certification. All Language classes (Languages for Non-Specialist courses) now count towards the University's Degree Plus Award.  

More information on Degree Plus:


Course Terms and Conditions


  1.  The course administration fee is due with registration. This fee does not include any optional external examination.
  1. The course text book, if recommended, should be purchased.  Should a class be cancelled any texts purchased are non-refundable by the Language Centre.
  1. If you fail to attend three or more LNS classes without consulting the Language Centre office, you will be considered to have formally withdrawn and your place may be offered to someone else. This does not apply to Certificate courses.
  1. Any request for a class change can only be made in consultation with the Language Centre and depends upon the availability of places.  Any student wishing to change class must do see by Friday of the first week of classes.  Under no circumstance is it possible to join a class after week 3.
  1. The Language Centre reserves the right to change fees and charges without notice.
  1. The Language Centre reserves the right to cancel any course which does not recruit a viable number of students.  A full refund will be made in these circumstances.
  1. The Language Centre will endeavour to keep to the published timetable, but reserves the right to alter times/dates in the event of unforeseen circumstances.  Should a student consequently be unable to attend, a full refund will be made.
  1. The Language Centre reserves the right to cancel classes in the event of teacher absence.  In such cases the teacher will endeavour to find a mutually agreeable time with the majority of students to re-schedule classes.  No refunds will be made in the event of some students being unable to subsequently attend.
  1. The University does not accept responsibility for loss of personal belongings left unattended or in unlocked rooms.
  1. All refunds before the start of the course must be requested in writing and accompanied by your WorldPay receipt.  Refunds are paid as follows:

Semester 1

For QUB students and staff
before Friday 30 September – full refund
1 October to 6 October – 50% refund
No refunds available from 7 October

For members of the general public
Before Friday 30 September – full refund 
1 October to 6 October – 50% refund
No refunds available from 7 October

Semester 2

For QUB students and staff    
before Friday 5 January 2018 – full refund
6 January to 12 January 2018– 50% refund
No refunds available from 13 January2018 

For members of the general public
before Friday 5 January 2018 – full refund
6 January to 12 January 2018– 50% refund
No refunds available from 13 January 2018    

  1. For all registered students refunds are not normally paid after the beginning of classes. Any such request must be made in writing to the Manager of the Language Centre and must be related to reasons beyond your control and supported by written evidence. These refunds will be at the Language Centre Manager’s discretion.  All refunds, where agreed, will be subject to an administrative fee of £10.00 for QUB staff and students and £40 for members of the public.
  1. Where student numbers attending courses drop to below 6 the Language Centre reserves the right to cancel this class.  In this event no refunds will be made.