Languages of Catalonia
The official languages in Catalonia are Catalan and Spanish. Catalan is the region's own language, versions of which are also spoken in Andorra, the Balearic Islands, Valencia, the eastern areas of Aragon, the Department of Pyrénées Orientales in France and the Sardinian city of Alghero. Catalan is one of the group of western neo-Latin languages, together with Spanish, Portuguese and French and should not present much difficulty to anyone who speaks either of those languages, or any other Romantic language for that matter. Bear in mind also that the Catalan-speaking population is bilingual and understands and speaks Spanish.
Languages of the University of Lleida
Catalan, Spanish and English are the three official working languages at the University of Lleida. The language that is most commonly used at the University of Lleida is Catalan. Lectures may be taught in Catalan or Spanish, depending on the teacher who must not change the language once the course has already begun. The language of the instruction is specified in the description of each course. Nevertheless, if students or professors share the knowledge of a not scheduled language, they can agree to use it.
In general, someone who can speak Spanish will also be able to understand Catalan within a short time. So a student who spends several months in Lleida can improve and at the same time, learn another European language. The International Relations Office tries to help students with their linguistic integration into the university community.
Courses in English
The School of Agrifood and Forestry Science and Engineering, the Polytechnics School and the Faculty of Educational Sciences offer some courses taught in English. Better and further information is available at this website.
Spanish and Catalan courses for exchange students
Before their arrival, exchange students can get used to Catalan by looking at this website
Vives Network offers EILC Catalan Language courses under the programme ERASMUS STUDIO. Students interested can check the information at this website.
Other interesting on-line resource is the multilingual University Phrase Book available on this website.
Two weeks before lectures begin, the Language Institute organises an elementary course in Catalan, as well as other orientation activities. Spanish and Catalan courses for exchange students are also organised during the academic year to complement their studies. Complete information about Spanish and Catalan language courses is available as well as other resources to improve these languages are available at the web site of the Language Institute.