To ensure that we have time to set you up with access to our Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas), please make sure you have paid no later than five working days before your course starts.

Michaelmas Term Course Timetable 2021

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, enrolment information can be found here


Mode of delivery

Course Pathway




Day and time of classes

Date of first class Date of final class
Closed for enrolment Online General 1 1

Weeks 2-7

Tuesdays 10:00 -11:00

19 October 2021 23 November 2021
Closed for enrolment Online General 1 1

Weeks 2-7

Thursdays 17:00 -18:00

21 October 2021 25 November 2021
Closed for enrolment Online General 2 1

Weeks 2-7

Thursdays 18:00 -19:00

21 October 2021 25 November 2021
Closed for enrolment Online General 5 1

Weeks 2-7

Wednesdays 17.00-18.00

20 October 2021 24 November 2021
Closed for enrolment In-person Fast Track 1+2 1,2,3

Full year

Mondays and Wednesdays 09:00-10:00

18 October 2021 15 June 2022

Enrolment is now closed. Please join our mailing list to be kept informed of when enrolment opens for our intensives courses at the end of term.

To identify which Stage is right for you, please refer to the Assess your level page or read the dedicated paragraph in the course handbook.
MT = Michaelmas Term (October - December); HT = Hilary Term (January - March); TT = Trinity Term (April-June)
*For General and Academic courses, a Stage is made up of three Parts, usually Part 1 is Michaelmas term, Part 2 is Hilary term and Part 3 is Trinity term. However, in some instances we will run another Part 1 in Hilary term due to popularity, please check the timetable carefully. Please note, complete beginners (Stage 1) cannot join Parts 2 or 3 if they have not completed Part 1.

Waiting lists, funding, enrolment and mode of delivery

If the course on which you would like to enrol is fully booked, please check the timetable to see if the same course is being offered at a different time (many of our courses have several iterations, each with a different day/time for the ‘class’). In addition, we operate a first-come, first-served waiting list, simply click on the Join the Waiting List button alongside the course of your choice and we will email you if a space becomes available.


Priority funding for Michaelmas term courses is now closed. 

If you need to learn a language to support your studies, you can ask your college, department or faculty to sponsor you via our Priority Funding scheme. You'll need to seek permission from your tutor/supervisor, obtain the email address of the financial signatory in your college/department/faculty, and click on the link to the Priority Funding Application Form below.

Please do not enrol yourself on the course prior to your application being approved. When the Language Centre receives confirmation of approval from your college/department, we will enrol you onto the course and email you to confirm.

The deadline to submit your application is 12 noon on Wednesday, 13 October 2021 (Week 1). Priority Funding is not available for Fast Track courses. See our course handbook for more information.


For Learners with an Oxford University SSO (Single Sign-On) simply click on the enrol button next to the class that you wish to join. 

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, please email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Email address and phone number
  • The name of the course you wish to study (including Stage and Part)
  • The start date and time of the course
  • Your connection to Oxford University, if any (to determine course fee)

We will then provisionally enrol you onto the course and send you a link to the Oxford University Online Store for payment. Once payment is received we will confirm your place on the course. 

What happens after I enrol?

After enrolment you will receive an automated booking email to confirm your payment. From Week 1 you will be added to the course on Canvas (Oxford University's Virtual Learning Environment). You will receive an invitation to join Canvas, please accept it and follow the instructions for your course and make sure to go through your learning pathway before your first live session with your tutor. Course materials will be available a week before each live session. Please make sure that you read the course handbook for the course you wish to take with us as this contains more detailed information.  

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, please find useful information about Canvas in the dedicated page for external learners

We teach our courses through a flexible and inclusive mode of delivery. In 2021/22 we are offering courses which are either entirely online (these courses all have ‘online’ in their title) or which have the live classes held in person at the Language Centre. 

Our courses include a combination of online learning pathways, activities and feedback using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, and small group conversation classes every week (either online or in person).  
This mode of delivery enables you to: 
•    Work flexibly at your own pace  
•    Have access to a complete set of learning materials before each class and beyond the life of the course to master and review 
•    Get high quality generic and individual feedback 
•    Interact in small groups, which gives you an excellent opportunity to put your weekly learning into practice.  

Please note that our ability to maintain the in-person course option throughout the term or academic year will depend on circumstances; we will follow government and University Covid-19 regulations and guidance and may therefore have to move in-person courses to online as required. Please see our terms and conditions for more information.



Choose the pathway that works best for you by consulting our handbooks (see right hand column) or watching the "How to Choose your Pathway" video via the link below. 


General pathway
  • Focus on communication and use of all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • Term by term commitment 
  • Entry: first-come, first-served 
  • Fully funded option available with Priority funding scheme 
  • Certificates of attendance and completion available 
  • Taught in weeks 2-7 every term (part 1 in Michaelmas, part 2 in Hilary and part 3 in Trinity)
  • Number of classes per week: 1 
  • Length of class: 1 hour
  • Learning pathway including language instruction and guided learning: 1.5 - 2 hours per week 
  • Recommended self-study and practice time: 2 hours per week
Fast Track pathway
  • Focus on communication and use of all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • Yearly commitment with possible entry point in Hilary term
  • Entry: first-come, first-served 
  • Fully funded (and contributory) options available with some programmes of Study from selected Faculties / departments (Mathematical Institute, Material Sciences, Physics and Chemistry) see appendix 3 in the Fast Track handbook for further information 
  • Part funding reimbursed by Colleges upon completion of course and assessments 
  • Certificates of attendance and completion available 
  • Number of classes per week: 2
  • Length of class: 1 hour
  • 2 learning pathways per week: 3 to 4 hours including language instruction videos and guided learning activities, communicative tasks and feedback 
  • Recommended additional self-study and practice time: 1 to 2 hours per week 
Intensive pathway

Whether you have been short of time or found it difficult to keep up with your course, or if you prefer learning in a more intensive and focussed manner, we run a selection of our most popular General and Academic courses during Weeks 8, 9 and 10 at the end of each term. Enrolments for these courses will normally open in Week 6 . 

  • Limited variety of Stages available, mostly beginner and advanced 

  • Term by term commitment 

  • Taught in Weeks 8, 9 and 10 every term (part 1 in Michaelmas, part 2 in Hilary and part 3 in Trinity) 

  • Number of classes per week: 2

  • Length of class: 1 hour

  • Expected hours of self-guided study learning outside the classroom (supported by Canvas, the University’s new Virtual Learning Environment): 12

  • Entry: first-come, first-served

  • Fully-funded Priority places available for students sponsored by their college/department (see Priority Funding box on this page for further information)

  • Certificates of course completion and attendance are available, please see the course handbook for conditions 


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