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Modern languages

City's modern language short courses cater for all learning levels. Our highly popular language courses follow the European framework (CEFR) for language learning. Our qualified and experienced native tutors teach our students to understand and be understood.

Find your Short Course

Why study a modern language at City?


We offer eight modern language short courses: Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.


You can study for one term only or up to three years from a beginner up to an intermediate level. Make sure you check your level carefully using our self-assessment tool before enrolling on a course.


You can join the course of your choice in October, January or April, provided that you have checked your level beforehand.

Teaching methods

The focus is on speaking and listening for communicative purposes with trained, qualified and experienced native tutors. Lessons are taught mostly in the language you are learning in a relaxed atmosphere but regular homework is required. Most courses will also require a purchase of a course book.


Our modern language programmes have helped thousands of students enjoy their holidays, get a job, improve their career, move abroad, and get a broader understanding of other cultures.

What’s it like to study a short course at City?

Find out more about our modern languages short courses

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