SOAS University of London

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. Please note: this course is additional to your regular study programme and is not for credit. 

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. On completion, LEP students may request a certificate of attendance stating the level attained. Transcripts and formal accreditation are not available.

 A preview timetable of all the Beginner LEP classes intended to be offered by the Language Centre can be viewed here:

LEP 2018 Draft Timetable

Please note that classes are subject to a quorum and not all of these classes are guaranteed to run.

Further information about LEP classes will be given at talks scheduled during Welcome Week.

All Language Centre LEP classes are in Term 2 starting Week Beginning 15th January 2018. There will be a 6 week enrolment period from October 23rd 2017 till December 3rd 2017. You cannot enrol outside of this period. No early or late enrolments will be accepted.

You are advised to enrol as soon as possible AFTER enrolment opens on October 23rd .

After that date, please address any enquiries you may have about LEP to the LEP Administrator by e-mail:

Ms Romany Luckcock

The LEP Administrator will deal with enquiries in the order in which they are received but cannot answer any enquiries before October 23rd.

Please read and make sure you accept the LEP Terms and Conditions before you register through SID.


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

Courses in the regional departments (Commencing in September)

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

For enrolment on a language module provided by a regional department, download the LEP Application Form from this page 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 module 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)

The Language Centre LEP courses 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 Timetable (once confirmed in October) for each language course offered in the Language Centre LEP and make the right choice. You cannot change course after you register.

Please note:

  • You may take only one free 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 before you register either through SID or through the Language Centre LEP Administrator.