Language courses for Kingston University students

Join us for a better future

At Kingston University, all students have the possibility of studying a language through the Kingston Language Scheme (KLS) for free. However, for some languages you will be required to pay for the core coursebook at the time of enrolment. For other languages, although no payment is required at the time of enrolment, students will need to purchase the core textbook independently once classes start. Please check individual language for details.

It's not just about our students learning a foreign language. It's about making learning an interesting, life-enhancing experience that will increase your employability – with a flexible approach.

Learning a language is not only enjoyable. It also gives you knowledge of other cultures, makes you more adaptable, sharpens your communications skills and makes you more attractive to employers who are operating in an increasingly globalised world. Whatever you decide to do in your future career, learning another language can only improve your career chances.

Most language modules are available from beginners through to intermediate levels of learning. You will be able to record your additional languages achievements on the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) – a record of all your achievements at university. Our courses follow a curriculum based on the internationally recognised "European Framework".

Please note: KLS modules are non-credited, they do not affect your final degree classification.

The modules consist of two-hour weekly language classes where you will learn or develop linguistic skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing.

KLS language modules will be delivered through a combination of blended learning (face-to-face at Penrhyn Road and online virtual classes via MS Teams), hybrid, face to face and fully online courses via MS Teams, depending on the language module. Please check individual language modules for details.

For information on levels on offer, timetables and methods of delivery for specific courses in the academic year 2023–24, please click on Courses and timetable 2023/24. Please note the advertised times for our language courses may be subject to change.

Please also note: a minimum of 10 students is required in order for a course to run. Should any course not recruit enough students, it will be cancelled.

Enrolment in our courses is online, links will appear on dates as per information on How to Apply section.

Meet the Kingston Language Scheme team

Find out who we are and how to contact us.

Raga Alkhalifa

Arabic lecturer

Magali Churchill

French lecturer

Caroline Giaconella

French lecturer

Jan Gore

French lecturer

Manuela Heindl

German lecturer

Vincenzo Galasso

Italian lecturer

Debora Censori

Italian lecturer

Hiroko Peterzan

Japanese lecturer

Eugene Kim

Korean lecturer

Chun Liu

Mandarin lecturer

Xuejing Lou

Mandarin lecturer

Glayson Da Cunha

Portuguese lecturer

Ira Putilova

Russian lecturer

Albert Pellicer

Spanish lecturer

Rosa Rodriguez-Garrido

Spanish lecturer and KLS Director

Contact us

Short Course Administrator
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7790

KLS Director:  Rosa Rodriguez-Garrido


Additionally to our main language programme, Kingston Language Scheme offers a range of language courses for a fee, for information please see Language courses for specific purposes or Lunchtime Learning.