Beginners Languages

The UNIQ Beginners' Languages Course is a wonderful opportunity to experience what it would be like to study a language from scratch at university. Just as for current students, your week will involve language classes, lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as opportunity for private study in the world-class libraries in Oxford, such as the Taylorian Modern Languages Library and the Bodleian Library.

For the first three days you will attend language classes for Portuguese, Italian, and Russian; languages which many students begin studying at Oxford. You will also have lectures which offer an insight into the breadth of fascinating topics you could explore as a language student. These lectures could be on subjects as diverse as South American writing, 19th century Russian poetry, or Italian film.

As well as having the opportunity to get a feel for what each of the languages has to offer, you will spend the last two days focusing on one of the three in more depth. You will have further classes and time for more detailed discussion when you have a tutorial or seminar in small groups. This provides an opportunity to explore material and topics for yourselves and then to discuss your ideas with specialists in their fields.

The course offers the chance to experience the range of skills and interests you would be able to explore and develop if you were to study a beginners' language at Oxford, and to hear about the courses directly from current students and the tutors who teach them. 

Course Details and Requirements
16 July - 21 July 2017
15 places available
Students must be studying at least one language to A2
Other languages are beneficial but not essential
Places to Applicants: 1 in 3
Typical Lessons for this course
The Radical Art of Italian Futurism
Italian Poetry on the Frontline
The Portuguese Renaissance’
Learning to read Russian
Turgenev’s Fathers and Children and Russia in the 1860s