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Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Language Entitlement Programme - Free Language Classes

Language Entitlement Programme - Free language classes!

SOAS would like all its students to possess at least a basic working knowledge of one of the languages in which tuition is available at SOAS.  Under the Language Entitlement Programme (LEP), current undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, and also Study Abroad students, regardless of department or degree, are entitled to register for one language course for free. This course is additional to your regular syllabus and is not for credit. Languages normally available include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Others are often also available. For a full list of languages taught at SOAS go to Learn a Language.

You do not need to have any prior experience of language study to take a language course as part of the LEP. Employers welcome graduates with language skills, so the LEP is a great way to enhance your CV. All LEP students will be issued with certificates of attendance stating the level attained.

There are two providers of LEP courses, both in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures: the regional departments and the Language Centre.

Courses in the regional departments (Commencing in September)

LEP courses in the regional departments are the departments’ regular 1-unit language-acquisition courses that typically run for 22 weeks from the start of the academic year. If taken as part of the LEP, these courses not for credit.

For enrolment on a language course provided by a regional department, download the LEP Application Form or pick one up from the Language and Cultures Faculty Office (Room 351) during Welcome Week.

The completed Application Form must be signed by the convenor of the language course you have chosen. The deadline for submitting the completed and signed form is the Friday of Welcome Week.

Courses in the Language Centre (Commencing in January)

LEP courses in the Language Centre run for 10 consecutive weeks in Term 2 and involve a 2-hour class once a week in the evening. There is no Reading Week in any Language Centre course. These courses do not count towards your degree.

Tuition is free but there is a £20 non-refundable administrative fee and, for some courses, you may need to buy course materials. Please look carefully at the information on the Language Centre website for each language course offered in the LEP and make the right choice as you cannot change language course after you register.

Registration for all Complete Beginner classes is through SID only, from 1st October until midnight 30 November, when the SID site closes.

Students wishing to take a class at any level higher than Complete Beginner must not go to SID but follow this link.  You will find on this webpage information about taking a level test and instructions for registration which is not done through SID.

There are no paper application forms for any LEP courses and we do not accept e-mail or in person requests for registration.

Please note:
• You may take only one LEP course during your time at SOAS*
• Demand is always high, so early registration is recommended
• Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
• Late applications cannot be considered in any circumstances

* Students who register, having previously taken a course under the LEP, will be invoiced for the additional language course(s) fees at the discounted rate.
Please read carefully our full Terms and Conditions and our LEP FAQs before you register through SID or contact the Language Centre.