University of Oxford Language Centre

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University of Oxford Language Centre

University of Oxford Language Centre

The Language Centre opened in 1980 as an independent university-wide service. It moved to its present well-equipped home at 12 Woodstock Road, near Somerville College, in 1992. For over thirty years, we have supported members of the University and Colleges who need foreign languages for study and research, for academic exchange, and for personal and professional development, through excellent library resources and a mixture of paid and free courses. In August 2015 the Language Centre was moved to sit alongside the Oxford Learning Institute in the Academic Administration Division.

Foreign language skills and learning opportunities have historically been of crucial importance to the individual goals of both students and staff in study and research and are at the very heart of the university’s international strategy. In any one year, about 3,000 students and staff take courses in twelve foreign languages and English or use its library resources for independent study in any of the 200 languages on offer. During the Long Vacation, we run Pre-sessional English Language Courses for international students, especially those offered places at Oxford.

The Language Centre also promotes innovation and excellence in language teaching and learning through research, training and consultancy. We collaborate in and support initiatives within the University and outside to develop and encourage language learning as an essential element in a University education and as a key skill for lifelong learning. We enjoy particularly strong links with the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, with which we share Faculty Language Instructors.


Term weeks 0 and 9
Monday – Friday 8.45 – 18.30

Term weeks 1 to 8
Monday – Thursday 8.45 – 20.00
Friday 8.45 – 19:00
Saturday 10.00 – 13.00

Summer vacation Monday – Friday
8.45 – 17.00

Language Centre
12 Woodstock Road
OX2 6HT Oxford