One of the main objectives of the Erasmus+ programme is language learning and linguistic diversity. We therefore encourage you to study the language of your host country before you leave. We have the following services available to help you.
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 Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish.
Any queries relating to linguistic support should be directed to Exchanges@lboro.ac.uk.
Preparatory Language Courses
If students wish to undertake preparatory work in European languages other than those listed above 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).
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-Curricular 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 £129 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.