Speaking My Language 2016


The application deadline has now passed: 20 May 2016

This is an innovative year long integrated language & cultural competency skills development programme aimed at doctoral students. The programme provides an opportunity to learn basic Russian or Mandarin, & apply to spend time in Russia or China!


Who can apply?

Open to any PhD researcher in arts & humanities at a SGSAH member HEI in second year or above, regardless of funding source.


What is on offer?

  • Intensive language training in Russian or Mandarin from October 2016
  • Cultural awareness training to develop your understanding of life in China or Russia
  • Travel expenses & accommodation
  • The chance to apply for a travel bursary of up to £2,000 to China or Russia for up to one month in summer period of 2017.


How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed.


Language Programme in Russian - University of Glasgow

Course starts Monday 17 October 2016 University of Glasgow


  • provide students with the linguistic skills they will need to cope confidently, at a fairly basic level, with most everyday social & “survival” situations in Russian
  • develop general linguistic competence, particularly oral skills
  • encourage self-directed learning
  • insight into the culture and way of life of the target country, to enable them to integrate more easily into a foreign environment
  • A2 in the Common European Framework for Languages.

Monday 17 October 2016 – Wednesday 19 October 2016
Monday 24 October 2016 – Wednesday 26 October 2016
Monday 31 October2016 – Wednesday 2 November 2016
Friday 11 November 2016 & Friday 18 November 2016

Language Programme in Mandarin - University of Edinburgh

Course starts Monday 24 October 2016 University of Edinburgh


  • to direct students towards a practical & efficient approach to Chinese language learning
  • raise students’ cultural awareness in language learning
  • equip students with skills for future self-directed language learning
  • guide students in developing all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing) at the elementary level in a balanced manner

Course dates:
Tuesday 25 October 2016 – Friday 28 October 2016
Tuesday 1 November 2016 – Friday 4 November 2016
Tuesday 8 November 2016 – Friday 11 November 2016
Thursday 17 November 2016 – Friday 18 November 2016
An additional monthly class will be run between December 2016 & April 2017.


Travel bursaries

The choice of activity is student-led, though students will receive support from academic staff in creating an appropriate programme. Students who successfully complete* the language learning programme will have the opportunity to apply to spend up to one month in China or Russia during the summer period of 2017, completing a study trip planned around their particular interests or needs. Students accepted on to this final stage of ‘Speaking my language’ will be supported by funding of up to £2,000.
*requires full attendance unless there are special circumstances eg absence on medical grounds

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