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Learning a foreign language
The International Academy offers a variety of exciting ways to fit language learning into your life:
- Accredited courses as part of your degree programme
- Non-accredited short courses (Languages for You)
Why study a language?
There are a whole host of reasons why it’s important to speak a language other than English. We are part of the European Union, in which we can live, work or study in any one of 27 countries. The balance of the world economy is changing as countries like China, India, Russia and Brazil grow in importance. Speaking the language of other nations will be a huge factor in how successful we are in the future. So in the world of work, language skills are going to be increasingly important in organisations and businesses who want to remain competitive on an international level.
But economics and employability aren’t the only factors at play. By speaking a language other than English, the world opens up to you. You have an asset for life! Languages help us build friendships with people across the globe, and understand and experience different cultures in a way that enriches our own lives, too. They open up travel opportunities, the chance to study or live abroad and, ultimately, allow us to experience things that speaking English alone we simply wouldn’t be capable of.
CILT, the National Centre for Languages
View our short introduction to languages videos:
Did you know?
“49% of employers are dissatisfied with school leavers’ language skills”
Council for Industry and Higher Education
“One in four (43%) recruiters say speaking a second language gives a candidate the x-factor when applying for a job. “
Department for Children, Schools and Families and the National Centre for Languages.
English as a foreign language
We offer a range of English as a foreign language courses for our students, both in the UK and overseas. Follow the links below for further information:
- BA (Hons) International Business Communication - top up
- Presessional courses
- For Undergraduates
- For Postgraduates
- Summer courses
Language consultancy and research
The International Academy provides language solutions for teachers, schools, local authorities and other educational professionals on a national and international basis. Although language-based predominantly, our work is increasingly covering other subject areas. Further information on our work.
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