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Southampton Language Opportunity

The Southampton Language Opportunity provides you with the opportunity to study a language free of charge, alongside your degree programme. The scheme is funded by the Southampton Opportunity and managed by Modern Languages and Linguistics. The classes offer no formal qualification or provide any credit, but are perfect for those wanting to start a new language or polish up on previous skills.  To take a step closer to becoming a transnational graduate, you can also take part in our new Intercultural Impact Award Scheme which is being launched this September, more information on this can be found below.

What is Southampton Language Opportunity?

Studying at Southampton brings with it the opportunity to prepare yourself to be a transnational graduate. You can now study a language for free alongside your degree programme with no assessment. Whatever your area of study, whatever your time commitment, there is a language opportunity for you.

Intercultural Communication free mini-course for students

The Southampton Language Opportunity Scheme is happy to announce a new course which is offered free to all students at the University (who have not already taken a free language course under the scheme).  See below for further details.

Languages courses

Weekly language courses: These courses are available during the academic year for you to take alongside your main studies and are generally held in the evening or on a Wednesday afternoon. Contact hours are twenty hours over the term and independent study time is up to the individual. There is no formal assessment.  for location, times and to book, click on the link in the above table.

Intensive language courses: These language stage courses are available during holiday breaks (Easter and Summer). Each course comprises 20 hours of learning over five days. All courses are aimed at complete beginners and cover the basics of the given language.   

How can I book onto these courses?

Visit the online store once the bookings are opened, which is 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Term dates for 2018/19

Semester 1: Monday 1 October 2018 to Saturday 26 January 2019
Semester 2: Monday 28 January 2019 to Saturday 15 June 2019

Easter Intensives: tbc
Summer Intensives: tbc


Please note: bookings open 2 weeks before the start of the course and bookings are made directly on Online Store.

Please ensure you only book your course after your class timetable is confirmed to avoid a clash on your timetable.

Intercultural Communication free mini-course for students

Overview and outcomes
The aim of this short course is for you to enhance your intercultural awareness as it relates to your current and future experience (in life, university and work). During the course, you will engage with what intercultural communication is and why it is important. Over the six sessions, you will become more self-aware of how your experiences have influenced the choices you make when interacting with others. You will also gain a greater understanding of what influences your perceptions of others, and how others could perceive you and your communicative choices. Overall, the course aims to bring together awareness (e.g. knowledge of others, ideas and orientations), practice (enhancing intercultural communicative competence) and understanding (empathy, patience and tolerance).


The emphasis is on exploring dimensions of intercultural communication through personal reflection/experience supported by examples from academic and social contexts. Each will begin with a brief presentation of the 'problem' and ideas that form the focus of the session, which will be followed by more interactive and discussion sessions (reflection, 'problem' solving, interpretations, etc.). The six sessions will cover the areas of:

• Culture and communication - What do we mean by culture? How does it shape our behaviour/expectations? What other aspects are tied into ideas of Culture? What is the difference between identity and culture? How do these relate to communication?

• Labelling, grouping and thinking – How and why do we use labels and stereotypes? Are they useful? When can they be harmful? How are social labels used socially? How do we self-label and divide ourselves in different ways?

• Language and culture – How does language relate to culture? How does language work interculturally? What impact does language have on and around you?

• Academic life – What implications does intercultural communication have for university learning environments? What factors make cross-cultural group work and integration successful or not successful? How do trends of globalisation impact on students’ participation and networked communication?

• Working life – What role does intercultural communication have in the workplace? How is globalisation impacting on global workplaces? How can future employees prepare for this? What intercultural elements can be considered across different contexts (e.g. different nations, different employment sectors or different employment roles) and media (e.g. meetings, online communication or websites)?

• Intercultural communicative competence – What is ICC? How can it be judged? How good are you at communicating interculturally? How can you enhance your communicative competence?

This course will not be assessed and is offered in addition to any credit bearing modules you are currently taking. However, it is intended to align with an accredited module, Intercultural Communication in a Global World, which is offered in Semester 2 under the Curriculum Innovation Programme, and which covers areas of culture, communication and understanding more deeply as applies to different disciplines and applications. This will be an option for anyone who has taken this 6-week course and would like to further develop their interest, knowledge and skills in this area.

It is important that you ensure that you have sufficient time to commit to the full 6 weeks of the course before you apply.

Weekly Language Opportunity Classes

At Avenue Campus during Term 1:

Arabic 1 - Tuesday 7-9
Chinese 1 - Wednesday 2-4
Dutch 1 - Monday 7-9
French 1 - Wednesday 4-6
French 2 - Wednesday 4-6
German 1 - Wednesday 4-6
German 2 - Wednesday 4:15-6:15
Italian 1 - Wednesday 4-6
Japanese 1 - Thursday 4.45-6.45
Portuguese 1 - Wednesday 4-6
Russian 1 - Wednesday 4-6
Spanish 1 - Wednesday 2-4
Spanish 2 - Wednesday 2-4


At Winchester School of Art (WSA) during Term 1:

Italian 1 WSA - Tuesday 6-8
Spanish 1 WSA - Tuesday 4-6

Please note:

All Language Opportunities are subject to availability and places on these courses are very limited. Students are entitled to attend one free language opportunity course during their time as a student at the University of Southampton. If you have already attended a Language Opportunity course, or have not secured your place, you can still attend language courses through Lifelong Learning at a discounted student rate.

Intercultural Impact Awards:

Language Opportunity are launching a pilot scheme to strengthen intercultural connections between the University and the local community in Southampton. 30 students from the University of Southampton will be creating and developing projects that encourage cultural dialogues and intercultural interaction. For more information, please visit the intercultural awards pages.

For Language Opportunity queries:

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For Intercultural Impact Award queries:

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