Open Languages

A new way to learn a modern language

Open Languages, the University of Liverpool’s Institution-Wide Language Programme, will launch a suite of language modules for students, staff, and the general public. Covering Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, we have a varied choice of languages, with a flexible new learning system. 

Flexible Learning to fit around you

Open Languages (OL) is available to UG and PG students who can choose to study a language as part of their degree programme** and also to those who wish to take a language in addition to it. OL is also available to staff and members of the public.

Regardless of the study mode, all Open Languages modules:

  • carry 15 credits,
  • follow the standard UG calendar of 12 weeks of teaching,
  • are available in Semesters 1 and 2,
  • are delivered via one weekly 2-hour seminar on campus, supported with asynchronous materials on Canvas,  
  • if necessary, modules could be taught entirely online - moving the 2-hour seminar to a synchronous Zoom session, but with no hybrid option.

**Currently, subjects offering Open Languages as electives are: Chemistry, Geography, History, International Business, International Relations, Film Studies, Maths and Planning.

**Currently Departments offering Open Languages as electives are: Chemistry, Geography, International Business, Maths and Planning. Please note, elective modules in languages are not available under the International Business with a Year in Industry programme, although you will have the option to sign up for one of our Open Languages short courses on top of your degree for a small fee.

OL are not available as an elective module for students on the International Business with a Year in Industry programme.

Open Languages - as part of your degree (options, electives and minors) Find a language

Open Languages Options (as part of your degree: electives and minors)

Explore our range of global languages and register for your chosen modules

Open Languages - short courses as extra-curricular for students and for the public

Open Languages Short Courses

Open Languages provide short courses as extra-curricular study for students, staff and the general public.

Find your language level

We offer modules for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners.