Frequently asked queries (FAQs) – Language Courses




The information below provides answers to the most common queries on the foreign language certificate courses offered by the Centre for Foreign Languages, Department of European Studies. Below, you will find all relevant information related to German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, and Japanese language courses. For detailed information on French language classes, please contact our in-house institutional partner Alliance Française – Manipal Chapter at or on: 98809 62777). 


  1. What languages are currently being offered as certificate courses at the Department of European Studies?

We offer the following languages: German, Polish, and Japanese.  Details of Spanish classes will be shared with you shortly. Please write to our office for more information.


  1. Who can join these courses?

Our certificate courses are open to all public above the age of 14. Students and staff of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, its constituent colleges, students and staff from other educational institutions, professionals, homemakers, can all join our courses.

  1. How are courses structured?

All European languages – German, French, Spanish, Polish, and Italian – are structured along the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. This is an international standard for describing learners’ language ability and skills. The learning levels are organized along Beginner (A1 & A2), Intermediate (B1 & B2), and Advanced (C1 & C2) levels, with each level corresponding to well-defined learning outcomes and acquisition of language proficiency.

You      can       find      more     information       on        the        CEFR   levels    of         learning             here:

Japanese language courses are designed in accordance with the requirements of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which organizes learning outcomes similar to CEFR.  You can find more information on the JLPT here:

  1. What levels of foreign language learning are being currently offered at the DES?                                                                                                                              Currently, for Summer Semester, Jan 22-Apr 30, 2018, we are offering:
German A1 & A2 B1
Spanish (to be confirmed) A1 & A2 B1
Italian A1 & A2  
Polish A1  
Japanese N5.1 & N5.2  
  1. Who will be teaching these courses?

Our instructors include both native speakers and Indian teachers qualified to teach the languages you will be learning.

  1. I have already learnt German/Spanish/Italian/Polish/Japanese before. How do I know what level to join?

If you have any previous learning experience (high school, college, private institute etc.) in the foreign language you wish to study, please fix an appointment with our office so that you can meet a course instructor and be advised on the level you can join.

  1. What is the course duration?

German, Spanish (to be confirmed), Polish: Jan 22 – Apr 30

Japanese: Jan 22 – Apr 6

  1. On what days of the week will classes be held? What are the course timings?

 Classes are mainly held on alternate days of the week in the evenings.

Batch 1: Mon/Wed/Fri      Mon/Wed: 6 – 8.30 pm; Fri: 6 – 7 pm

Batch 2: Tue/Thr/Fri         Tue/Thr: 6 – 8.30 pm; Fri: 7.15 – 8.15 pm

Choose the batch most convenient to you. Seats are limited for each batch. No change of batch is possible after registration.

  1. What is the course fee?

The course fee differs for languages and the levels of study. Please see below:


German/Spanish/Polish/Italian Rs.

A1 7000  
A2 9000  
B1 10000  
N5.1   4000
N5.2   4000
  1. Is the fee inclusive of study materials and examination fees?


  1. How do I register for courses?

For Manipal Academy of Higher Education students: kindly visit  to register and pay online. Once you enter your registration number and date of birth on the SIS portal, please click on “Certificate Courses” to the left to complete the registration cum payment process. Please retain the receipt for future reference.

 For others: Please send an e-mail to indicating your full name, date of birth, language and level opted for, and fix an appointment to register in person.

Upon successful registration, an e-mail will be sent to you confirming your registration and course details.

  1. Can the course fee be paid in installments?

No, the course fee needs to be paid in full.

  1. Is the course fee refundable? Or transferable?

No, the course fee is not refundable or transferable. In some cases, an exception could be made, based on the discretion of the Head of Department, European Studies, if the same is intimated no later than two weeks or twelve hours (whichever is earlier) after the start of the program.

Transaction fees of online payments are not refundable.

  1. Where are classes held?

 Language classes are held on Campus, at Interact building (opposite KMC food court) or at the Department of European Studies (Old TAPMI building). Your classroom details will be made known to you before the start of classes.

  1. Is my language proficiency certificate recognized by employers and universities?

Our certificate courses are designed in accordance with international learning frameworks. However, some employers or universities may specify a proficiency via an international exam. For example, just as English speakers in India may have to produce an official IELTS/TOEFL score for employment/studies in English-speaking countries, it is therefore in your interests to also obtain an international accreditation for your language proficiency. German exams are conducted by the Goethe Institut (Max Mueller Bhavans) for German, Instituto Cervantes for Spanish, Alliance Française for French, etc. Upon successful completion of each level at DES, you will have the required proficiency to appear for these exams. Your course instructor can advise you further on this.

  1. What is the mode of evaluation? Is attendance compulsory?

 Your proficiency is evaluated for listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills at all learning levels. Evaluation is based on performance in the final exam. However, in order to qualify for the final exam, you require a minimum attendance of 75%.


  1. Where is your office located? What are your office timings?

 Our office is located on the ground floor of Old-TAPMI building. This building is situated behind Manipal Post Office.

Our office is open Mon-Sat: 09.00 – 13.00; 14.00 – 17.00

  1. Who do I contact for more information?

Ms. Jyothi Jithesh

Office, Department of European Studies


Ms. Nikita Joshi

Asst. Professor, Department of European Studies


Tel: 0820 – 29 23053