School of Languages and Area Studies

Institution-wide Language Programme

Do you want to study a language in addition to your degree? 

The Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP) offers accredited language units to students of any subject across the university. This means that classes usually include students from a wide range of courses. Our purpose is to help students equip themselves for the opportunities open to graduates who are able to offer employers a foreign language skill - an important asset as globalisation continues. Students may continue studying a language they already know or start a new one. Classes cover a range of levels depending on students' prior knowledge, and may be taught in the daytime and/or in the evening. 

All full-time students may take an IWLP unit for interest in level 4 of an undergraduate programme and most degrees allow you to study a foreign language for credits at level 5. We encourage you to sign up for the two-year SLAS/IWLP certificate. This is normally obtained by students who successfully complete a foreign language unit at Levels 4 and 5 or 5 and 6 as follows:

CERTIFICATE ROUTE A: you can learn a language for interest in addition to your degree units in your first year and progress in the same language by selecting it as one of your 20-credit options in your second year.

CERTIFICATE ROUTE B: you can select a language as one of your 20-credit options in your second year and progress in the same language for interest in addition to your degree units in your final year.

Note that SLAS/IWLP certificates are aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

About us

SLAS provides the University of Portsmouth's Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP), allowing students to learn a language, for credit or interest, as part of any course - for free. This can enhance career prospects, underpin a year abroad with the University's Erasmus scheme, or simply satisfy the urge to speak another language.

More information

For more information and registration, please access MyPort and follow the links through 'Language & International' to the IWLP topics. Alternatively, please email iwlp@port.ac.uk.

Launch a video guide to finding IWLP in MyPort