School of Literature and Languages

Global graduate award

Complement your degree by learning a new language or continuing with one you don’t want to forget. The University offers free language courses on the university-wide Global Graduate Award in Languages and the programme is open to all students in the University.

GGA at a glance

GGA classes:

  • start every year in October and run for 19 weeks, two hours per weekly session, over two semesters

  • are assessed modules, and the final module mark is based on assessed coursework tasks (60%) and a final test (40%)

  • operate a strict policy of regular attendance to help you succeed (see Terms & Conditions)

  • require you to do some work outside of class (approx. 2 hours a week, depending on the language and level)

  • award 15 co-curricular credits to undergraduate students which will appear on UG student records

  • award GGA certificates to postgraduate students upon successful completion of the course  

Languages and levels 

Language stages available 

Click on the module codes to access the module descriptors

STAGES

1

2

3

4

5

6

Arabic

ARAL009

ARAL010

 

 

 

 

British Sign Language

BSLL001

BSLL002

 

 

 

 

Chinese Mandarin

CHIL011

CHIL012

CHIL013

 

 

 

French

FREL031

FREL032

FREL033

FREL034

FREL035

FREL036

German

GERL026

GERL027

GERL028

GERL029

GERL030

 

Italian

ITAL026

ITAL027

 

 

 

 

Japanese

JAPL011

JAPL012

 

 

 

 

Korean

KORL001

KORL002

 

 

 

 

Portuguese

PORL007

PORL008

 

 

 

 

Russian

RUSL011

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish

SPAL026

SPAL027

SPAL028

SPAL029

SPAL030

  

Levels taught

Stage 1

(A1 on the Council of Europe’s proficiency scale): For students with no (or minimal) previous knowledge of the language.

Stage 2

(A1+ on the Council of Europe’s proficiency scale): For students who have had some formal tuition in the language and have achieved a modest level.

Stage 3

(A2 on the Council of Europe’s proficiency scale): For students who have at least grade A and above at GCSE or equivalent.

Stage 4

(B1 on the Council of Europe’s proficiency scale): For students who have AS level grade A or equivalent but have not reached A level standard.

Stage 5

(B2 on the Council of Europe’s proficiency scale): Post A-level, or equivalent. For students who wish to perfect the advanced skills they possess.

Stage 6

(French only) (C1 on the Council of Europe’s proficiency scale): For students with very advanced skills.

To assess your level on the CEFR and book the course most suited to your skills, please refer to the European language levels - Self Assessment Grid.

Dates and timetable

Semester dates

  • Semester 1 teaching: Monday 9th October 2017 to Friday 8th December 2017
  • Semester 2 teaching: Monday 5th February 2018 to Monday 14th May 2018 (including final test)

Timetable

Please note classes last 2 hours

Language and level Day Time Module Code
ARABIC STAGE 1 Wednesday 10:00 ARAL009
ARABIC STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 ARAL009
ARABIC STAGE 2 Wednesday 14:00 ARAL010
BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE STAGE 1 Wednesday 13:00 BSLL001
BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE STAGE 1 Friday 11:00 BSLL001
BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE STAGE 1 Friday 14:00 BSLL001
BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE STAGE 2 Wednesday 16:00 BSLL002
CHINESE STAGE 1 Tuesday 14:00 CHIL011
CHINESE STAGE 1 Thursday 12:00 CHIL011
CHINESE STAGE 1 Thursday 14:00 CHIL011
CHINESE STAGE 2 Wednesday 12:00 CHIL012
CHINESE STAGE 3 Wednesday 14:00 CHIL013
FRENCH STAGE 1 Tuesday 14:00 FREL031
FRENCH STAGE 1 Tuesday 16:00 FREL031
FRENCH STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 FREL031
FRENCH STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 FREL031
FRENCH STAGE 1 Wednesday 14:00 FREL031
FRENCH STAGE 1 Wednesday 14:00 FREL031
FRENCH STAGE 2 Monday 16:00 FREL032
FRENCH STAGE 2 Wednesday 14:00 FREL032
FRENCH STAGE 2 Wednesday 16:00 FREL032
FRENCH STAGE 3 Wednesday 12:00 FREL033
FRENCH STAGE 3 Wednesday 16:00 FREL033
FRENCH STAGE 4 Wednesday 14:00 FREL034
FRENCH STAGE 5 Wednesday 16:00 FREL035
FRENCH STAGE 6 Wednesday 14:00 FREL036
GERMAN STAGE 1 Monday 16:00 GERL026
GERMAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 GERL026
GERMAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 GERL026
GERMAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 GERL026
GERMAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 14:00 GERL026
GERMAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 16:00 GERL026
GERMAN STAGE 2 Tuesday 16:00 GERL027
GERMAN STAGE 2 Wednesday 14:00 GERL027
GERMAN STAGE 2 Wednesday 16:00 GERL027
GERMAN STAGE 3 Wednesday 14:00 GERL028
GERMAN STAGE 4 Wednesday 14:00 GERL029
GERMAN STAGE 5 Wednesday 16:00 GERL030
ITALIAN STAGE 1 Monday 17:00 ITAL026
ITALIAN STAGE 1 Tuesday 17:00 ITAL026
ITALIAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 17:00 ITAL026
ITALIAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 18:00 ITAL026
ITALIAN STAGE 2 Wednesday 16:00 ITAL027
JAPANESE STAGE 1 Monday 15:00 JAPL011
JAPANESE STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 JAPL011
JAPANESE STAGE 2 Monday 17:00 JAPL012
KOREAN STAGE 1 Monday 12:00 KORL001
KOREAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 14:00 KORL001
KOREAN STAGE 2 Wednesday 16:00 KORL002
PORTUGUESE STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 PORL007
PORTUGUESE STAGE 2 Wednesday 14:00 PORL008
RUSSIAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 14:00 RUSL011
RUSSIAN STAGE 1 Wednesday 16:00 RUSL011
SPANISH STAGE 1 Wednesday 10:00 SPAL026
SPANISH STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 SPAL026
SPANISH STAGE 1 Wednesday 12:00 SPAL026
SPANISH STAGE 1 Wednesday 14:00 SPAL026
SPANISH STAGE 1 Wednesday 16:00 SPAL026
SPANISH STAGE 1 Wednesday 16:00 SPAL026
SPANISH STAGE 1 Thursday 16:00 SPAL026
SPANISH STAGE 2 Tuesday 16:00 SPAL027
SPANISH STAGE 2 Wednesday 14:00 SPAL027
SPANISH STAGE 3 Wednesday 14:00 SPAL028
SPANISH STAGE 4 Wednesday 16:00 SPAL029
SPANISH STAGE 5 Wednesday 16:00 SPAL030

Please note that the timetable is subject to change.

How to enrol

To apply for a place on a GGA module

  • You have to apply online using the link provided
  • You have to be registered as a student with the University of Surrey
  • You have to provide a valid university username and password

Before submitting your application

  • Make sure you know which language level is right for you:
    • Read the language level descriptions and the module descriptors carefully
    • If still unsure about your level, come to the GGA advice sessions in Welcome Week
  • Check your confirmed timetable against the GGA timetable to avoid clashes
  • Read the Terms and Conditions carefully and make sure you are aware of what to expect with regards to attendance, assessment, and commitment
  • We recommend you apply as soon as you have received confirmation of your timetable. There is usually no undergraduate teaching on Wednesdays, after 12 noon
  • You can only take one GGA module per academic year but you will be able to rank your top two course options during the application process. Every effort will be made to allocate you to your preferred choice
  • Your application will initially show as “pending”. Please be patient as it might take time for your application to be processed. You can expect to receive an answer by Friday 7 October, 12 noon
  • GGA classes are very popular, and demand for certain languages or levels may exceed available spaces. If this should be the case, you may want to consider taking one of our evening language classes at a discounted student rate

Please note:

Applications for the 2017/8 academic year are now closed

Frequently asked questions

How many hours of teaching are involved?

  • One 2-hour session per week for 19 weeks over 2 semesters
  • GGA testing takes place in class during the last week of classes

How are the courses assessed?

  • 60% coursework
  • 40% end-of-course test

What is expected of me?

  • Attend classes regularly
  • Set aside independent study time outside contact hours
  • Complete all assignments
  • Pass the end-of-course tests

How many modules may I take per year?

  • You may take one module per year. Learning a language requires considerable time and effort
  • Please note that you may enrol for additional modules on the English Language Support Programme

What happens if I miss a class?

  • Regular attendance is essential. If you miss more than six classes in the academic year, you will be withdrawn from the course. This may result in a fail mark on your transcript unless you can provide evidence of extenuating circumstances

What happens if I fail a module?

  • If you are an undergraduate student, you will be registered for your language module on SITS (the University’s student registration system). This ensures that your results are recorded on your transcript at the end of the academic year. If you fail a module, the fail mark will be recorded on your transcript. You may re-sit the module the following academic year, please note that attendance is compulsory and you will need to register on the module again, specifying you wish to re-sit

My application is "pending", what does that mean?

  • It means that either we haven't had a chance to process applications for your class or that the class is full but we don't want to reject you as a place may become available if somebody drops out. If you do not wish to remain on the waiting list, please cancel your application

What are my chances of getting a place on the module of my choice?

  • We offer a considerable number of classes throughout the week, with parallel courses available for most languages. However, it is not possible to guarantee every student a place in the module of their choice. We will inform you by email whether you have been successful in securing a place. You can only take one course per year, but can initially apply for two courses, indicating 1st and 2nd choice. (Please note that it will not always be possible to secure a place on the preferred course)
  • Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for sustainability but a different set of criteria is used for languages if a class is oversubscribed. please note that you cannot apply until you have your URN and can log in to your university e-mail account.

Please note that classes only run if a sufficient number of students enrol.

I applied several days ago. Why have I not heard from you?

  • Please be patient, we probably just have not yet been able to process applications for the class you applied for

I have been rejected. Is there no chance of a place in a class?

  • If you have been rejected on your 1st choice, we will try to give you a place on your 2nd choice. Please note that some courses are very popular and we might not be able to offer you a place this year. You may want to apply for a different language altogether or apply again for your original choice next academic year

I don't have my timetable yet. Can I still apply?

  • Please wait for your timetable. There is usually no undergraduate teaching on Wednesdays from 12 noon but check with your School/Department whether any other activities (e.g. lab sessions) are planned

I am no longer free for my class at the time I applied for. What should I do?

  • You can withdraw from your GGA module up until the end of the first GGA teaching week (please refer to terms and conditions for exact date). If you are an undergraduate student and fail to withdrawn by then, the GGA module will remain on your transcript and a fail mark will be recorded
  • If you have a timetable clash in Semester 2, you will be transferred to another course where possible. (Please note that transfers will not always be possible. If there is no possibility for transfer, you will be withdrawn from the course, and no record of the course will appear on your transcript)

How many hours of independent study should I set aside?

  • You should dedicate at least three hours a week to completing assignments and to independent study. Your tutor and the Language Study Area will be happy to advise you on resources available for self study

Terms and conditions

Please read the terms and conditions carefully before submitting your application.

Terms and conditions

  1. Students must ensure that the selected course does not clash with their Semester 1 timetable or other commitments before applying for a course.
  2. Students must ensure that, to the best of their knowledge, they are able to attend for the whole duration of the course.
  3. Student attendance will be recorded as soon as their place on the GGA course is confirmed.  Students who miss more than 6 classes per academic year will be withdrawn from the course.  Unless extenuating circumstances apply, this will result in a fail mark being recorded in UG student achievement reports.
  4. Students can withdraw from the course within the first week of GGA teaching, until Thursday 12th October 12 noon.  If they wish to withdraw, it is their responsibility to withdraw their application electronically by logging onto their GGA student record.  If they fail to withdraw by the deadline, the course will appear on their records.
  5. Students with timetable clashes in Semester 2 will be transferred to another course where possible.  Please note that clashes with extra-curricular activities cannot be taken into consideration.
  6. If there is a timetable clash in Semester 2, and there is no possibility for transfer, students will be withdrawn from the course, and no record of the course will appear.
  7. To pass the course successfully, students must achieve an aggregate mark of 40%.  The final mark is based on a portfolio of assessed coursework (60%) and the final test (40%).
  8. Students must observe the deadlines for assessed coursework.  Late submission will be penalised in accordance with the University regulations.
  9. Students who are unable to meet a deadline for submission of assessed coursework or to attend a pre-scheduled in-class assessment due to extenuating circumstances must submit a request for the recognition of these extenuating circumstances in accordance with the University regulations. If extenuating circumstances apply, it will be possible for students to retake the assessment.
  10. Students who are unable to attend the final test in the last week of GGA teaching due to extenuating circumstances must submit a request for the recognition of these extenuating circumstances in accordance with the University regulations. If extenuating circumstances apply, it will be possible for students to take the test as a first sit at the next available opportunity.
  11. PG students receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.  To complete successfully, PG students must attend the required number of classes, complete the assignments, and achieve an aggregate mark of 40%. Please note that we do not issue attendance certificates for students who do not complete the course.
  12. Students who fail their GGA module can retake the components they have failed, without attendance, at the next available opportunity. Students who wish to re-sit in 2017-18 must contact the GGA Administration at gga.languages@surrey.ac.uk and notify them of their intention to re-sit by Monday, 30 October 2017, 12.00 noon.
  13. Please note that all re-sits are capped at 40%.