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MFL Certificate Course Programme

Whether you are a student at LSE, member of staff, alumni or somebody who is just looking to take a language course the LSE Language Centre could have the right course for you.

We currently offer Arabic, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. 

There are five levels of ability offered in most of the languages we teach, with possibly some further sub-divisions. 

This programme runs from October through to April each year. However, registration begins in September.

By following the How to Register section and looking through the course guides you will be able to get a general idea of which course to take but this will be confirmed by one of our specialist language teachers before you register and pay.

How much does it cost?

Most courses have the same fee, i.e. all Standard and Fast Track courses. There are some courses with more contact time, i.e. more hours of classes, or that involve an externally accredited examination and therefore cost more than the 'normal' fee but the vast majority of courses, in fact approximately 95%, are all charged at the 'normal' fee rate.

MFL Rates

Type/Fee (2016-17)

LSE members*

UoL students

 Anybody Else

Normal Fee




Super Standard




* This includes LSE alumni

  • Payment can be made by Debit Card (Delta, Switch & Solo only), Credit Card (Visa, JCB & MasterCard only) American Express & Diners are not accepted or cash
  • If your Department, another section of the LSE, or the Courtauld Institue of Art (and you are not a BA History of Art students taking the course as part of your programme) is paying some of or all of your course fee and they would like us to raise an internal charge please also complete the Internal Payment Form. Bring this along with you to the Language Centre Reception on the ground floor of 20 Kingsway when you complete your registration. Please make sure this form is authorised by the budget holder/controller
  • If you are a member of staff in receipt of Learn for You funding then please bring a copy of your confirmation email when you come to pay your course fee. All you need to pay is the course fee, minus the funding and we will sort out the rest
  • If you are a student of the Department of International Relations, and are in receipt of funding towards the cost of an extra curricular MFL course, you should bring your completed Financial Undertaking Form when you come to register. This should be in your handbook. You will also have to pay any balance due at that time too (i.e. the course fee minus the funding you will receive)

LSE Language Policy

As part of the LSE Language Policy, if you are a UK/EU undergraduate student at LSE please remember you can claim your entitlement to a free language course during your time at LSE if you do not have a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in a language which is not your mother tongue. You will need to make this declaration when you come to register otherwise please follow the normal registration procedure to choose your course.

Please remember English is a foreign language if it is not your mother tongue!

How many hours of classes will I receive?

The vast majority of courses are 2 hours per week for 20 weeks (i.e. in total 40 hours of classes). A few languages offer a Super Standard option involving more class time at 3 hours per week for 20 weeks (i.e. in total 60 hours of classes). Level 5 courses are 1 hour per week for 20 weeks (i.e. in total 20 hours of classes). To confirm the exact details for your chosen course please check the LSE Timetable.

When do these courses start and end?

The vast majority of courses start in week 4 of the Michaelmas term and run until the end of April. They follow the LSE Term dates. A few do start earlier and some level 5 courses are taught over 10 weeks as opposed to 20 weeks so please check the LSE Timetable for confirmation of these exceptions.

LSE's Personal Development Aide Memoire - PDAM

A way for LSE students to track activities and skills.

LSE's Personal Development Aide Memoire - PDAM - allows you to build a personalised record of the extra-curricular activities (including these language courses) you undertake during your time at LSE. A completed PDAM will enable you to provide information and evidence about how these activities have helped you develop skills in areas such as team working and communication, making it a useful reference for job applications, interviews and networking.