Catalan courses

Before starting a Catalan course, you can take a level test to find out what course is best for you. Ask your university’s Language Service for information. You can also find out your Catalan level by taking the test on the Catalan virtual learning platform Parla.cat (you will need to register on the website first, this is free). The results of the test will enable you to pick the right course for you. The Consorci per a la Normalització Lingüística also offers a level test you can take before registering for one of its courses.

University of Barcelona

UB

Autonomous University of Barcelona

UAB

The UAB offers Catalan language courses to new students at beginner’s level. The courses aim to facilitate linguistic and socio-cultural immersion at the UAB and offer a progressive introduction to the language, tailored to the need of the students.

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

UPC

We offer Catalan courses for all levels, from beginner to advanced. For a first taste of our language, sign up for an introductory beginners' course.

Pompeu Fabra University

UPF

Idiomes UPF provides Catalan courses with a range of formats and timetables for all levels, from beginner (A1) to proficient (C2), according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The courses available are constantly updated to meet students’ needs, and may be provided by the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) itself or by others. Students can access courses held every term covering levels A1, A2 and B1, enabling them to study an entire CEFR level in just 45 hours, while courses are provided every month to prepare for the official inter-university exam for level C1, or once every six months for level C2.

University of Girona

UdG

As a continuation of the training received in the initial welcome, or if you already have any prior knowledge of Catalan, you can follow an A2 level Catalan course. This course consists of a virtual online block of tutored work, and a face-to-face conversation block.

University of Lleida

UdL

The UdL offers Catalan courses at all levels, with the possibility of obtaining an official certificate. For those who have had no contact with the Catalan language, at the beginning of each semester an intensive introductory course is organised, so that learners can acquire the basic knowledge they need to attend the university.

Rovira i Virgili University

URV

At the URV you can study Catalan (in face-to-face or online classes) and obtain an official Catalan language certificate. The Language Service offers a range of courses at levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 (as well as other, specific, courses).

Ramon Llull University

URL

Open University of Catalonia

UOC

The online Catalan courses organised by the UOC are aimed at those who wish to study the language at a basic level (A1 or A2) or who are able to use Catalan in everyday or relatively formal situations (levels B2 and C1). All online courses are asynchronous and at all levels learning is adapted to your availability and day-to-day activities.

University of Vic

UVic

Did you know that the main language spoken in Vic and the surrounding area is Catalan? If you are on an international exchange programme, you will, of course, attend classes in other languages, but you will be aware that your fellow students communicate among themselves in Catalan. Get learning! Sign up for a free course with the Language Service. If you already speak a romance language, you will find there are many similarities. Learning Catalan will help you meet new people and discover a new culture.

Find out about courses at sl@uvic.cat.

International University of Catalonia

UIC

It does not matter if you have just arrived in Catalonia and don’t know any Catalan at all. At UIC Barcelona, we offer one-semester Catalan courses at all levels, using different types of learning. You can also take the official examinations linked to our courses to obtain an official Catalan language certificate.

Abat Oliba CEU University

UAO

We offer blended and online courses leading to a certificate in the lower levels, or to refresh or improve communicative competences. Our courses include supervised sessions with tutors and the option to take an official Catalan exam (CLUC).

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Learning Catalan outside Catalonia.

More than 150 universities around the world teach Catalan studies.

The University network for Catalan studies abroad coordinates Catalan university studies outside Catalonia. The network is managed by the Institut Ramon Llull, which promotes Catalan language and culture outside the Catalan-speaking regions. The Institute also provides support for universities, teachers and students.

You can study Catalan through courses offered by public bodies such as Catalan universities,  the Consorci per a la Normalització Lingüística or, if you live outside Catalonia, through the courses organised by the Institut Ramon Llull.

Or you can sign up for the free on-line courses offered by Intercat.

The online Catalan courses on the Intercat website are completely free, apart from courses taken with a tutor through the Parla.cat website. The Consorci per a la Normalització Lingüística also offers free courses at beginner and basic levels.

Each university’s website gives details of the Catalan language courses it offers.Check out this page to find out what courses are available at each university.

Yes, the Intercat website’s resources section lists the free online Catalan courses available. Use the filters to find the course that best suits you.

Before starting a Catalan course, you can take a level test to find out what course is best for you. Ask your university’s Language Service for information. You can also find out your Catalan level by taking the test on the Catalan virtual learning platform Parla.cat (you will need to register on the website first, this is free). The results of the test will enable you to pick the right course for you. The Consorci per a la Normalització Lingüística also offers a level test you can take before registering for one of its courses.

Most Catalan universities offer face-to-face Catalan courses and issue certificates which are equivalent to the official qualifications, even if you are not a student there. Contact the language services of each university for details.

The certificates you will be awarded if you take these courses and pass the official examinations are issued by the Catalan universities and are organised by the Catalan Interuniversity Commission for Language Education and Certification (CIFALC). The university where you take the course and exams will issue the official certificate. These certificates are approved by the Directorate General for Language Policy of the Government of Catalonia.

The Intercat courses are online tools to help you learn Catalan easily and at your own pace, but they do not lead automatically to an official qualification.

The Courses and certificates page gives details of all the ways to obtain official certificates of Catalan.