School of Languages and Area Studies

Institution-wide Language Programme

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.

Classes cover a range of levels depending on students' prior knowledge, and may be taught in the daytime and/or in the evening. Languages available are: Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

Further information 

For further information, contact the IWLP Office ( or visit the IWLP student page.

Why study languages? Powerpoint, 1.3MB

A presentation answering the question "why study languages when everyone speaks English?"