The Language Centre has a 37-year history of providing Language Training and support for students, staff and the wider community. We pride ourselves on the friendly yet professional services that we provide.
Want to learn a new language or continue your language learning?
The University of Aberdeen Language Centre offers a wide range of modern foreign language evening classes from beginners to advanced. We also offer evening IELTS preparation and English language courses for students whose first language is not English. The courses are open to University of Aberdeen staff, students and the general public. Students should note courses are for recreational purposes only and do not involve any form of assessment prior to the courses starting, during or after.
Term Dates: Academic Year 2021-2022
|Term 2 2022||February - May (12 weeks)||
Enrolment for Term 2 (2021-2022) is now closed.
|Term 1 2022||September - December (12 weeks)||Enrolement for Term 1 (2022 -2023) will open mid-June 2022|
Subject to Covid restrictions, our teaching will be done in-person in Term 2. Rather than allocate rooms at this stage, we will make decisions just before courses begin, based on the numbers enrolled and any social distancing measures that are in force at the time of the classes starting. Any Covid-related rules such as mask wearing and sanitation must be followed whenever these are in place.
Registrations for Term 2 (2021-2022) are now closed. We will reopen for Term 1 in June 2022. In the meantime, take a look at the Timetable for Term 1 2022-2023 (PDF) - this timetable is subject to change.
Please fill out this form to receive an email when registration opens.
Our 12 week Evening Classes are held once a week for two hours from 18:00-20:00.
Our 6 week Evening Classes are held twice a week for two hours from 18:00-20:00.
Please register for your course as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, especially in the level 1 classes. If your class is full when you go to book it, add your details to the waiting list as we may be able to add another class if staff availability and time permit.
Please enrol for your course on our online store. We only accept payment via our secure Online Store. Payment can be made by debit card, credit card or paypal. You will receive an email to confirm your place once we have received payment.
Please note that the cost of textbooks is not included in any course fees.
Payment for the term is due at the time of enrolment. You will not be permitted to attend classes if payment has not been made during the enrolment period and no place can be reserved for you on a course until you have paid.
Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any evening course which does not attract sufficient numbers. In this case you will have an opportunity to transfer to an alternative course or to receive a full refund
Terms and Conditions
Your registration on a evening language course will be subject to our terms and conditions.
- Language Centre - Evening Classes Terms and Conditions
Your registration on a Language Centre Evening Class course will be subject to the following terms and conditions:
1. Applicants must be over 17 years old to enrol. Participants under 17 years old will be removed from the course and will not receive a refund.
2. Couse fees payment is required in advance if the course starting - please note that a place on the course will only be confirmed upon receipt of full payment through an Online Store.
3. Applicants are responsible for selecting a level that is suitable for them. Any queries can be made to the Language Centre admin team ahead of reserving a place. Following the application and payment for a course, our course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
4. The Language Centre will seek to keep to the advertised course dates but reserves the right to alter times/dates in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Where we need to alter the course times/dates a course, we will email all students enrolled on that course to notify them of this decision.
You will have an opportunity to transfer to an alternative course or to receive a full refund. We endeavour to process all refunds within two weeks. It is not possible to attend an alternative course on a trial basis. If you request or attend an alternative course, we will not process a refund.
5. The Language Centre reserves the right to cancel any course which does not recruit a viable number of students. Where we need to cancel a course, we will email all students enrolled on that course to notify them of this decision.
You will have an opportunity to transfer to an alternative course or to receive a full refund. We endeavour to process all cancellation refunds within two weeks. It is not possible to attend an alternative course on a trial basis. If you request or attend an alternative course, we will not process a refund.
6. The Language Centre cannot accept responsibility for unforeseen changes in a participant's circumstances that may prevent attendance.
7. For courses taking place over multiple weeks, the Language Centre reserves the right to cancel a class if the tutor is absent due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances. If a class must be cancelled, the tutor will arrange a replacement class at a time to suit the majority of students. If an opportunity was given to attend a rescheduled class, the Language Centre is not liable for missed classes refunds.
8. The University does not accept responsibility for losses or expenses incurred, however caused.
If you have a query about any of these terms and conditions, please contact the Language Centre by email email@example.com.
Terms and Conditions (PDF)
I’m not sure what level I should enrol for. What can I do?
To ascertain which level is best suited for you, we recommend looking at the individual course content guides which detail the content covered in each level. If there are aspects of a certain level that you would like to improve on or have not covered yet, then that level would be most appropriate for you. Please read this content carefully and think about which level of course best suits your current knowledge of the language.
I’m still not sure. Do you offer assessments?
We do not offer language level assessment.
What if I enrol in the wrong level?
Any request to change to a different course depends upon the availability of places and may not be granted. If you are unsure what level to choose, please have a look at the description of levels or contact us before making a purchase.
When do your classes run?
Term 1 (autumn): October -December; Term 2 (winter): January-March
Where do your classes run?
Location: University of Aberdeen, King's College Campus, Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3FX
The Old Aberdeen campus map showing the location of the building where your course is held can be viewed at the following link:
You will receive detailed information around one week before the class is due to start (room number, access instructions etc.)
There is free parking on campus after 16:00 but all other regulations (double yellows, disabled bays, hatched areas, etc) apply at all times for safety and equality.
How can I apply?
If enrolment is open and there is space left in your class of choice, you will be able to pay and enrol using the online store. Completing the Online Store payment is the only step you need to take to ensure that you have a place.
When should I apply?
As soon after enrolment opens as possible! We enrol on a first-come, first-served basis.
Can you reserve places?
We do not reserve places.
Can I come to a taster lesson?
We do not offer taster session. If you are unsure what level to choose, please have a look at the description of levels or contact us before making a purchase.
Are evening language courses eligible for CAS?
The Evening Classes are not eligible for CAS. Student visas can only be issued for credit bearing courses.
Are your tutors all native speakers?
How long are your classes? How frequently do they occur?
Our classes are two hours long and occur once a week. Each course is 12 weeks long.
Can I buy any material in advance of my class?
We recommend that you do not do this; your tutor will tell you which materials to buy during your first class.
What should I do if I miss a lesson?
Contact us and we can put you in touch with your tutor. You may be able to receive some materials to complete on your own time to catch up.
Can I access the library facilities as an evening class student?
Evening Classes students do not gain access to the library facilities
- Course Credits
Can I get course credits from your evening language courses?
Our classes are not credit bearing.
Can I get a certificate of attendance?
Yes. You must have attended 70% of the classes in your course for this. If you require a certificate at the end of the course, please submit the following information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . An electronic version of the certificate will be sent to your email address.
If you require a certificate at the end of the course please submit the following information by email:
- Order No: eg. UOA12345
- Store ref no: eg. Store12345
- Your name
- Course name
Can I pay in instalments?
Do you offer discounts?
Discounts are not available currently.
Do you accept ILA funding?
What is your refund policy? What if I want to drop out?
Please read our refund policy before enrolling.
On the evening class programme, should you have a problem with any aspect of the course provision, please contact the Language Centre Admin Team if the issue cannot be resolved with the course tutor.