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).
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.