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Language Centre

The Language Centre at University of the Arts London is a creative and exciting place to study, whatever your reason for learning English. The Language Centre is in central London, close to Covent Garden and Oxford Street.

Short Courses

Humanities (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The University of the Arts London has been a leader in learning and creativity for more than 150 years, and has produced many award-winning students and staff. The University has over 19,000 full-time and part-time students from 113 countries, studying at all levels from short courses, further education and undergraduate to postgraduate and research degrees.


  • The Language Centre is in High Holborn, London, and offers General English and Academic English courses, as well as English Plus Programmes, which combine English language study with practical art, fashion, design or communication courses at the Colleges. Our English programmes are accredited by the British Council, and we are members of English UK, the national association of English language centres.
  • We are very proud of our experienced and highly-qualified teachers who specialise in language teaching in an art and design context. Many of the staff hold Masters’ degrees in English Language Teaching and Linguistics and have additional qualifications in a range of academic subjects including the creative arts.


Our orientation for new students includes a placement test, induction and a tour of the building as well as presentations from staff. We will also give you a welcome pack that includes essential items such as stationery, a student guide, a guide to living in London and a Language Centre bag. We have a helpful team who are happy to help you with any questions you might have while you are studying with us and living in London.


Student services

We also have a Welfare Manager who can offer specialised advice and support. You can make new friends while you are here by joining our great social programme, which contains information about events and outings in the afternoons or evenings. If you have any questions about further study opportunities at the University including Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, we can provide information about how to apply. Just ask any of the student support staff at the Language Centre who will be happy to help you.

Housing services

  • Homestay
  • Premier Homestay
  • House Share
  • Halls of Residence - summer only
Due to British Council requirements, students who are under 18 must stay in a homestay that we will book for you.

Student Life

Campus life

Each of the Language Centre classrooms has a large flat-screen television or projector, DVD player and networked PC. Some of our classrooms also have interactive whiteboards. There are also iPads available for classroom use and a self-access space where students can use PCs for internet-based research, do activities, and borrow books and DVDs for language study. 

Student clubs

UAL has a very active Students’ Union (SUARTS) and as a Language Centre student you are invited to be a part of it. SUARTS is an arts union for arts students. They have an influence on how the University is run and support a lot of the social and networking opportunities across UAL. A Society is a group of students who share common interests or beliefs, who come together to develop and share ideas and skills and who have fun whilst they’re doing it! SUARTS Societies are run by students and supported by the Students’ Union. They meet throughout the academic year and often run different events for their members. Joining one of our societies is a great way for you to meet new people from across UAL.


  • British Council
  • English UK

London, England, United Kingdom