ERASMUS+ and International Exchange Programmes

Language Support

Language support for ERASMUS+ exchange students

The promotion of language learning and linguistic diversity is one of the key objectives of the ERASMUS+ programme, therefore all students are encouraged to study the language of their host country before they embark on their period of study or work abroad. The following services are available to our ERASMUS+ exchange students:

Online Linguistic Support

The European Commission has implemented an Online Linguistic Support (OLS) Tool which must be used by all participating universities in order to assess the language competence of all students undertaking mobility periods of more than two months. 

The assessments are mandatory and will take place before and after the mobility period.  It is not anticipated that the results of the first assessment test (ie carried out before departure) will stop you from taking part in your planned exchange activities.  Rather, it is used to assess whether you require linguistic support before and/or during the mobility period in order to improve your knowledge of the language of the host country.  If the results indicate that some preparatory language work is required before your mobility period, you will be automatically allocated a licence for an online course.

The second assessment test is carried out at the end of the mobility period in order to measure your progress.  Please note that the payment of the final instalment (ie the remaining 20%) of your mobility grant (ie the remaining 20%) is subject to the completion of the compulsory online language assessment at the end of the mobility period.

Currently, the online assessments and courses are applicable to students who will be studying or working in countries there the main languages are Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish.

Any queries relating to linguistic support should be directed to Yasmin Burgess (email

Preparatory Language Courses

If students wish to undertake preparatory work in European languages other than those listed above (eg Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Slovene or Turkish) and can source an appropriate course, there is funding available for the reimbursement of the cost.  However, students will need to provide proof of payment and evidence that they have attended the courses.

The University’s Language Centre provides opportunities for students to learn languages through the University Wide Language Programme (ie credit-bearing modules) and the Extra-Curricular Language Programme (ie open access evening classes).  See for further details.

Language support for International exchange students

Loughborough University has a limited number of study exchange places with a selection of international institutions in Australia, Japan, Singapore and the USA.  At all of these partner institutions, the language of instruction is English.  However, with regard to Kansai University in Japan, the University’s Language Centre offers courses in Japanese as part of its Extra-Curricula Languages Programme.  Places on these courses are taken up quickly so students are advised to register at the start of the academic year and are expected to pay a fee upfront (currently £125 for 20 weeks).  At present, it is not possible to reimburse students for learning non-European languages, but potential sources of funding are being explored.
Further information about the Extra-Curricula Languages Programme please click here.

Loughborough University Language Centre

Loughborough University Language Centre offers a number of extra-curricular language programmes. Further informaiton about the Extra-Curricula Language Programmes can be found at: