Language

From the Universitat Abat Oliba we offer our students courses, workshops and resources to help you improve your language skills

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We put at your disposal courses, workshops and resources to help you improve your linguistic competences
Language Service

PRESENTATION

Abat Oliba CEU University is committed to offering excellent language training to students, both in the official languages of Catalonia and in foreign languages. Our commitment with multilingualism is key in the current globalisation context. At UAO CEU, we want to make our students aware of the importance of a solid training in languages as well as the need for consolidated communicative skills.

At the Language Service we offer a wide range of courses and workshops in partnership with international language institutes. Moreover, we offer translation and proofreading services, and language consulting.

Our services are offered to both the UAO CEU community and to external students.

 

Office hours

Monday to Thursday: 11:00-13:30 and 15:00-17:00

Friday: 11:00-13:30

servei llengues

 

DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION

 

  • Language Service
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  • Regulation on how to certify level B2.2 of English
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team
 

dra. núria gómez llauger

Director of the Language Service and associate professor at the Department of Education and Humanities

 

Enric Jofré

Language specialist

Contact

Language Service
Office 3.12
Universitat Abat Oliba CEU
Bellesguard, 30. 08022 Barcelona
Tel. no.: 932 540 900 (extension 803)
llengues@uao.es

courses

The UAO CEU Language Service offers a wide range of face-to-face, blended and online courses and workshops, which are aimed at UAO CEU students, University staff and external students.

Our courses are run by excellent professionals from international language learning institutions.

We prepare personalised learning plans that take into account each student’s language needs. At the start of their degree, first-year students take a level test that assesses their level of English.

Our course offer includes annual courses, intensive summer courses, and official exam preparation courses, as well as language workshops that focus on specific areas of language.

Below you will find more details on our courses and workshops in each language.

GENERAL ENGLISH COURSES

The Language Service has run English courses in partnership with the British Council since 2010. This partnership gives us the chance to work with highly qualified native teachers who have long experience in teaching English as a foreign language. At the same time, it allows us to use innovative learning methodologies and materials that take a communicative approach.

We offer courses from levels A2 to C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), as well as official exam preparation courses. Our B2.2 course includes the APTIS exam, which officially certifies Level B2.2. For more information on how to certify this level, check the section on Certification.

Our General English language courses are open to UAO CEU and international students only. They take place at UAO CEU.

 

University students who began their degrees after 2014-2015 can apply for PARLA3 grants (Modality B and C), which are awarded by the Catalan government.

Annual Courses
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RegistrationSeptember (on CampusNet)
Course typeFace-to-face (100 hours)
Credits10 ECTS
Course fee€900 (international students have a 50% discount).
€960 for Level B2.2 including the APTIS exam.
Timetable14:00-15:40 Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu.
Entry requirementsYou need to have taken a level test al the British Council in the last six months, or you need to have passed an English language course at UAO CEU, at another university or at an Official Language School (EOI).

 

*Each level needs a minimum number of students for the course to open. Contact us for more information.

*If these timetables do not suit you, UAO CEU students and staff have a 10% discount on courses at the British Council.

*If you are a future student at UAO CEU (you have been accepted onto a course after taking the entry test), you can register for a summer course.

INTENSIVE COURSES
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RegistrationMay-June (on CampusNet)
Course typeface-to-face (90 hours)
Credits10 ECTS
Course fee€900 (international students have a 50% discount)
€960 for Level B2.2, including the APTIS exam.
Timetable09:00-14:00 Monday to Friday
Entry requirementsYou need to have taken a level test at the British Council in the last six months, or you need to have passed an English language course at UAO CEU, at another university or at an Official Language School (EOI).

 

*Each level needs a minimum number of students to open. Contact us for more information.
*If these timetables do not suit you, UAO CEU students and staff have a 10% discount on courses at the British Council.
*If you are a future student at UAO CEU (you have been accepted onto a course after taking the entry test), you can register for a summer course.

SPECIALISED ENGLISH COURSES

In 2017-2018 we have extended our language training offer to include specialised courses in partnership with the British Council. These courses are open to UAO CEU undergraduate and postgraduate students, Alumni and external students. They are 30-hour courses and take a completely practical approach. The minimum level required to join the course is B2. This level needs to be certified through an official certificate or a level test from the British Council.

BUSINESS ENGLISH
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This new programme focuses on developing communicative competencies to interact confidently in professional situations. This course is a unique training opportunity to help you compete in international markets. You will learn how to plan meetings and presentations, write emails and reports, and use English in informal situations related to business.  You will enhance your professional image and interact with professionals of other nationalities.

With a completely practical focus, you will review your written and spoken English in different professional situations, and will learn how to stand out from the crowd at an interview.

Registrationplease fill in this form and we will contact you.
Course typeface-to-face (30 hours); the course is offered every semester and as an intensive course in the summer
Credits3 ECTS
Course fee€546 (UAO CEU students and Alumni have a 20% discount)
Timetable18:00-20:00 on Thursdays
Entry requirementsLevel B2 or higher. You can certify it with an official certificate or by taking a level test at the British Council
Catalan

These courses are open to UAO CEU students and staff members, as well as international and external students. We offer face-to-face courses leading to a certificate in the lower levels, or to refresh or improve communicative competences. There are three types of courses containing supervised sessions with tutors, which include the option to take an official Catalan exam (CLUC) organised by the Catalan Interuniversity Commission for Language Training and Certification CIFALC.

ANNUAL COURSES
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Registrationplease fill in this form
Course typeface-to-face
Creditslevels A2 and B1: 6 ECTS (one-semester course)
levels B2, C1 and C2: 8 ECTS (two-semester course)
Course feelevels A2 and B1: €100 per credit. Free for UAO CEU students, international students and staff members.
levels B2, C1 and C2: €100 per credit. UAO CEU students and international students have a 20% discount. Free for staff members.
Timetablelevels A2 and B1: 14:00-16:00 Tue/Thu
levels B2, C1 and C2: contact us for more information
Entry requirementsLevel A2: no requirements
Level B1 or higher: you need to take a level test at the Language Service or, alternatively, you an official certificate as proof of your level.
BLENDED AND ONLINE COURSES

Apart from our face-to-face courses, you can also sign up for our blended and online courses. Blended courses combine face-to-face sessions at the University with online learning carried out on Aula Mestra and parla.cat, both online learning platforms.

Online courses are taught through parla.cat and are supervised by a tutor. Apart from this option, there is a wide range of free online tools open to anyone interested in learning Catalan or improving their level. Below you will find a list of the main recommended tools.

Parla.cat. This platform also offers a free version, where you can take a level test and take courses starting at Level A2 and reaching Level C1.

Intercat.cat. IThis website lists online resources (learning materials, documents on sociolinguistics, information on language exchanges, etc.) to help you start discovering Catalan language and culture. It is designed for international students on exchange programmes at Catalan universities. It has two main areas: “I’m learning Catalan” and “I live in Catalonia”.

INTENSIVE COURSES

Intensive courses take place in the summer (from then end of June until mid-July) and last four weeks. We offer levels B2, C1 and C2. At the end of the course, students get an attendance certificate. The C2 course includes an official Catalan exam (CLUC) which officially certifies Level C2.

 

Registrationplease fill in this form
Course typeblended learning
CreditsB2 and C1: 3,5 ECTS. C2: 4 ECTS.
Course feelevels B2 and C1: €350 (20% discount for UAO CEU students; 10% discount for Alumni; free for staff members)
Level C2: €400 (20% discount for UAO CEU students; 10% discount for Alumni; free for staff members)
Timetablelevels B2 and C1: 09:00-12:00 Mon/Wed/Fri
Level C2: 15:30-18:30 Mon/Wed/Fri
Entry requirementsyou need to take a level test at the Language Service or, alternatively, have an official certificate as proof of your level.
SPANISH

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The UAO CEU Language Service also offers Spanish language courses. Every semester, when international students arrive at the University, they take a level test. According to the results of this test, we can recommend them a Spanish course that suits their language needs.

Registrationat the Language Service
Course typeface-to-face (5 hours, one semester)
Credits6 ECTS
Course feefree for UAO CEU students and international students. €100 per credit for external students.
Timetable13:30-15:30 Mon/Wed
Entry requirementsyou will need to take a level test at the International Welcome Session.
OTHER LANGUAGES

In an increasingly globalised world, it is not enough now to speak just one foreign language. More and more, university graduates need a broader training in modern languages. The Language Service has agreements with international language learning institutions so that UAO CEU students can take their courses and obtain discounts on course fees. For more information, please come and see us at the Language Service and we will give you more details.

Below you will find a list of institutions which have an agreement with UAO CEU.

 
STUDY ABROAD

Are you planning to spend your summer abroad studying a language? Here is a list of selected specialised course providers who can help you organise your stay abroad. Click on the links below and get a tailor-made course!

CERTIFICATION

Do you want to certify your level of English or Catalan with an official exam? The courses organised by the Language Service will provide you with a certificate accepted by the Catalan government, by Catalan universities and by institutions around the world. We can also give you information about other exams or certificates to certify your language level.

Remember that, at UAO CEU, before enrolling in third year (or fourth year if studying a double degree) all students need to certify that they have achieved Level B2.2 of English with an official certificate.

For more details, click on the language you are interested in below.

 

ENGLISH

At UAO CEU, before enrolling in third year (or fourth year if studying a double degree) all students need to certify that they have achieved Level B2.2 of English with an official certificate. The Catalan government has established a list of official certificates to certify this level.

For more details on how to certify Level B2.2, download this file (in Catalan)

For more information on other official exams, we provide a list of recommendations.

  • English CLUC B2
    University students can sit the exam sessions organised by the language services of Catalan universities (CLUC). Detailed information on the CLUC exam can be found on the CIFALC. website. These exams are accredited by ACLES and officially certify Level B2.

    University students who started their degree after 2014-2015 can apply for PARLA3 grants (Modality B and C) which are awarded by the Catalan government.

  • APTIS
    This is a British Council exam that certifies from Level A2 to Level C. The exam costs €74 and there are several sessions every month. This exam is accepted by the Catalan government to officially certify Level B2.

    If you have an advanced level in English, you can also take APTIS Advanced, which certifies up to Level C2.

    You can register for this exam on the British Council website. There you will also find mock exams to practise before your exam, and tutorial videos on each exam section.

  • Other exams
    Other widely accepted certificates are IELTS and Cambridge English exams (FCE, CAE, PCE).

CATALAN

Catalan language courses at UAO CEU include an official Catalan CLUC exam. The certificate obtained with this exam is accepted by the Catalan government, Catalan universities and institutions around the world. Only students who have attended the language course can sit CLUC exams.

Here you will find CLUC exam samples.

There is also the option to certify your level of Catalan by taking an open official exam. These are the Catalan certificates organised by the Catalan government. There is one session in June every year, for which registration opens in February.

SPANISH

If you would like to certify your level of Spanish, you can do it through the Spanish DELE diplomas organised by the Instituto Cervantes.

With this diploma you can certify levels A1 to C2. There are several sessions every year. In Catalonia, different institutions and language schools run this exam.

LANGUAGE RESOURCES

Through our Language Advisory Unit, we make available tools and resources to help you solve language problems or doubts in different languages.

Do you have a language problem that you cannot find an answer to? Send your query to llengues@uao.es

CATALAN

Dictionaries and terminology databases

 

Style

 

Grammar

 
SPANISH

Dictionaries and language-related websites

ENGLISH

Monolingual dictionaries

 

Multilingual dictionaries

 

Grammar

 

Style

 

Other useful tools

Tandem UAO CEU

Are you trying to up you Catalan and Spanish skills? Do you want to meet local students and practise the local languages? Or maybe you want to find out more about the local culture?

Whatever the reason, UAO CEU offers you the chance to find a language exchange partner and practice another language through the Tandem UAO programme. This is how it works:

  • Language exchange partners meet once a week for an hour to practice both languages. That is, if speak French and want to practise Catalan, your partner will be a native speaker of Catalan and will want to practise French.
  • The duration of the Tandem UAOCEU programme is ten weeks.
  • Language exchange partners decide where to meet and what to do.
  • At the start of the programme, we organise a welcome meeting with all language exchange partners to break the ice (there is food!)

In addition, language exchange partners can join the culture trips organised by the International Office.

If you are interested, tell us which language you are “offering” and which one you want to practise, and we will find your language exchange partner. To do so, fill in the form. Once everyone has signed up, we will ask you to join us in the welcome meeting where you will get to know your language exchange partner.

 

Schedule

  • First semester
    Sign-up: in September
    Duration: 10 weeks (October to December)
     
  • Second semester
    Sign-up: in February
    Duration: 10 weeks (March to May)

 

TRANSLATION SERVICES

The Language Service offers a translation and proofreading service. Below, you will find a list of rates for UAO CEU students and external clients (staff members can use this service with a 100% discount):

 
 Rate for UAO CEU students and Alumni (€/word)Rate for external clients (€/word)

Spanish or Catalan proofreading

0,020,03
English, French or Italian proofreading0,030,04
Chinese or Arabic proofreading0,100,11
Translation from Spanish into Catalan or Catalan into Spanish0,050,06
Translation from Catalan or Spanish into English, French or Italian0,080,09
Translation from English, French or Italian into Catalan or Spanish0,070,08
Translation from Chinese or Arabic into Catalan, Spanish, English or Italian0,200,30
 

Contact

Tlf. 932 540 900 (extensión 803)
llengues@uao.es

Language Service
 

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