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Centre for Language Study

The Centre for Language Study (CLS), based at Avenue Campus, provides language learning for staff and students across the University.

Language students
Language students

Equipped with the very latest technology, the Centre has a wide range of courses and resources including:

Library and Learning Commons

Located at Avenue Campus, the Library boasts extensive facilities which are available to all staff and students to support their language learning requirements. The Centre includes dedicated French, English, German and Spanish resources rooms, two language laboratories, an extensive multi-media collection of topic-based materials, self-access courses in around thirty languages, reference books, multi-lingual dictionaries, international newspapers and periodicals, satellite television from around the world and a large library of multi-lingual audio and video recordings.

Learning a language as part of your degree

If your programme allows (through free elective modules or a minor hyperlink), you can take credit-bearing language modules. These are available in wide variety of languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. With the CLS, you can take a language at one of seven language stages, from absolute beginners to near-native speaker level in a range of languages. At each stage the courses are designed to develop your skills in spoken and written language and to enable you to make steady and rapid progress.

View the language modules on offer.

English for Academic Study Programme

The English for Academic Study Programme is aimed at international students who are planning to come to the U.K. for undergraduate or postgraduate study and who need to develop their English language and academic study skills before starting a degree programme.

Find out more about our English for Academic Study Programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University offers a wide range of pre-sessional courses for international students who are planning to come to the UK for undergraduate or postgraduate study at University of Southampton. These courses will help you develop the English Language skills you will need to follow a degree course or undertake research at a British university.

Find out more about the range of Pre-sessional Courses available.

Lifelong learning

We offer an extensive programme of language courses to the public including evening classes at various levels, intensive summer courses for complete beginners, lunchtime lessons (for UoS staff and students only), language clubs and study days.

Find out more about Lifelong Learning.

Language and Academic Advising

Languages and Academic English Advising sessions give students the opportunity to discuss any issues related to language learning or academic development on a one-to-one basis. Students can make appointments with advisors to talk about ways to practice foreign languages independently or how to improve in general academic English skills.

Find out more about Language Advising.


For further information on the Centre for Language Study please contact the Humanities Student Office at the following address:

Humanities Student Office
Faculty of Humanities
University of Southampton
Room 1121, Building 65, Avenue Campus
Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 2206

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