Department-specific Courses

The Language Centre can provide Tailored courses for departments or colleges on demand. Please see the below information regarding current Tailored courses on offer.

For more information on commissioning a Tailored course please see here.

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These are department or faculty-funded classes which the Language Centre organises and runs for students of particular disciplines.

Courses typically take place once a week, in two hour sessions, over two or three academic terms. This can be altered to suit the needs of the department.

These courses are not formally assessed, unless requested by the department.

Students do not pay a fee for Tailored courses. Costs of courses are agreed with the department before the course commences.

For departments, faculties and colleges who have identified  particular language learning needs among their students, the Language Centre provides courses tailored to the relevant students. Over the course of 2018/19, it is expected that the following tailored courses will be available:

Modern languages

History of Art

  • French for History of Art Undergraduates Beginners
  • Italian for History of Art Undergraduates Beginners


  • German for Classical Archaeology Postgraduates Beginners
  • German for Classics Postgraduates Beginners
  • French for Classics Postgraduates Beginners
  • Italian for Classics Postgraduates Beginners


  • French for History Undergraduates (2 stages)
  • German for History Undergraduates (1 stage)
  • French for History Postgraduates (3 stages)
  • German for History Postgraduates (2 stages)
  • Italian for History Postgraduates Beginners


  • French for Humanities Postgraduates (2 stages)
  • German for Humanities Postgraduates (2 stages)
  • Italian for Humanities Postgraduates Beginners


  • Dutch for Law Undergraduates Beginners


  • French for Mathematics Undergraduates (2 stages)
  • German for Mathematics Undergraduates (1 stage)

Chemistry and Physics

  • French for Chemistry and Physics Undergraduates (2 stages)
  • German for Chemistry and Physics Undergraduates (1 stage)


  • German for Theology Postgraduates Beginners

Academic English

  • Academic Writing for Blavatnik School of Goverment Students
  • Thesis and Dissertation Writing for Material Scientists
  • Academic Writing for St Peter's
  • Academic Communication for St Hugh's

If your department, faculty or college has language training needs, we would welcome you contacting us for a discussion as follows:

The Language Centre will invoice the sponsoring department, faculty or college for the cost of the course shortly before or at the start of the course. Students from the department/faculty/college attending the course do not pay a course fee to the Language Centre.

Your department will send you a link to register for the relevant course at the start of term. Please contact your department if you have not received any information.

Would you like to offer your students in your department, faculty or college a language component as part of their Oxford experience? Do your students frequently ask you for priority status to attend one of our language classes?

If so, a tailor-made course is a cost-effective way to offer quality language teaching to your students, whether in one of our modern languages or Academic English. Our language tutors will work with you to create a course for you, which can be held on your own premises for maximum convenience. Students will benefit from studying with their peers, and our tutors can provide material directly relevant to their course of study as appropriate.

We can discuss offering courses of any length, both term-time and out of term, intensive or easy-paced, with or without an examined component.  Our clients, past and present, include the Faculties of, Art History, History and Classics, the Departments of Chemistry, Education, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics, and – for courses in academic English – St Peter’s College and St Hugh’s College.

Please contact Marion Sadoux ( for Modern Languages and Samuel McIlroy ( for Academic English.

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