Tailored courses

Key facts

These are college, 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, faculty or college.

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

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


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.

Tailored courses for 2020/21 Academic Year

The below courses have been commissioned by departments and colleges for the 2020/21 academic year. If you would like to enrol on one of these courses then please speak directly to your department/faculty.

Department/Faculty/College Course
History of Art

French for History of Art Undergraduates Beginners


Italian for History of Art Undergraduates Beginners

Classics French for Classics Postgraduates Beginners
  Italian for Classics Postgraduates Beginners
  German for Classics Postgraduates Beginners
  German for Classical Archaeology Postgraduates Beginners
History French for Historians (Undergraduates and Postgraduates)
  German for Historians (Undergraduates and Postgraduates)
  Italian for Historians (Undergraduates and Postgraduates)
  Spanish for Historians (Undergraduates and Postgraduates)
Theology German for Theology Postgraduates Beginners
Blavatnik School of Government Academic Writing
St Hugh's College Academic Communication


Enquiries about Tailored courses

Academic English

Sam McIlroy

Modern Languages

Marion Sadoux

Contact us

The Language Centre
12 Woodstock Road