Frequently asked queries (FAQs)



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, Italian, Mandarin 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).


  • What languages are offered as certificate courses at the Department of European Studies?

 We offer the following languages: German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, and Japanese.

  •  Who can join these courses?

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

  •  How are the courses structured?

All European languages – German, French, Spanish, 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:

 Chinese language courses are designed in accordance with the Test of Chinese as Foreign Language (TOCFL)

  •  What levels of foreign language learning are being currently offered at the DES?

 Currently, during Monsoon Semester 2016, we are offering:

German A1 & A2 B1
Spanish A1
Italian A1
Japanese N5
Mandarin Level 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.


  • I have already learnt German/Spanish/Italian/Mandarin/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 the office so that you can meet a course instructor and be advised which level is most suitable for you.


  • What is the course duration?

Each language and each level have specific course durations. Please refer to the table below:

Language-   Level- Duration Dates
Batch (hours)
German 110 Sep 1 – Dec 5
Batches 1, 2, & 3
German 120 Sep 1 – Dec 5
German 120 Sep 1 – Dec 5
Spanish 110 Sep 1 – Dec 5
Spanish 120 Sep 1 – Dec 5
Italian 110 Sep 1 – Dec 5
Japanese 110 Sep 1 – Dec 5
Japanese 40 Aug 23 – Oct 27
Mandarin 110 Sep 1 – Dec 5
  • On what days of the week will classes be held? What are the course timings?

 Again, this depends on the language and level. However, most of our classes are held on alternate days of the week in the evenings. Please refer to the table below:

Language Days – Timings
GERMAN Mon, Wed & Fri
A1 6 – 8 pm
GERMAN Tue, Thr & Sat
A1 6 – 8 pm
GERMAN Mon & Wed + Alternate Fri
A2 6 – 8 pm
GERMAN Tue & Thr + Alternate Fri
B1 6 – 8 pm
SPANISH Mon, Wed & Fri
A1 6 – 8 pm
SPANISH Tue, Thr & Sat
A2 6 – 8.30 pm
ITALIAN Mon, Wed & Thr
A1 6 – 8 pm


Mon, Wed, & Fri
N5.1 6 – 8 pm


N5.2 6 – 8 pm
MANDARIN Mon, Wed, & Fri
LEVEL 1 6 – 8 pm


  • What is the course fee?

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

 Beginner level [A1 (for European languages); N5.1 (Japanese); Level 1 (Mandarin)]: Rs. 6,000/-Advanced Beginner level [A2 levels (for European languages)]: Rs. 8,000/-;

Japanese N5.2: Rs. 4,000/-

 Intermediate level [B1 (for European languages)]: Rs. 9,000/-

  •  Are the fees inclusive of study materials and examination fees?


  •  How do I register for courses?

 For MU 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 draw a Demand Draft in favor of “Manipal University” for the course fee specified above. Due to high demand and limited seats, please contact our office before drawing a Demand Draft.

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

  •  Can the course fee be paid in installments?

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

  •  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 week or twelve hours (whichever is earlier) after the start of the program.

Transaction fees of online payments are not refundable.


  • Where are classes held?

All language classes are held on Manipal University 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 at the time of registration or during the Orientation Program organized before the start of classes.


  • Is my language proficiency certificate recognized by employers and universities?

Our certificate courses are designed in accordance with international learning standards and proficiency levels. This is to say that the learning outcomes delivered via each level at the DES put you on par with a learner of the same level anywhere else in the world. However, some employers and universities may insist on an additional official score via an international exam. For example, just as English speakers in India have to produce an official IELTS/TOEFL score for employment/studies in an English-speaking country, it is in your interests to also get an international accreditation for the desired level via the proficiency exams 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 will advise you if you are interested in obtaining an international proficiency score. Most universities/employers ask for a B1/B2-level proficiency.

  • What is the mode of evaluation? Is attendance compulsory? 

Our language courses are designed to ensure proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills along all learning levels. Evaluation is based on class participation, performance in class tests, and the final exam. You will be evaluated (cumulative) based on all the four components – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – which will be mentioned in the certificate from the DES (Manipal University) upon completion of the course. As class presence is a criterion for the final evaluation, an attendance of 75% is necessary.


  • Where is your office located? What are your office timings?

Our office is located on the ground floor (corridor to the left) of Old-TAPMI building. This building is situated next to Manipal Police Station.Our office is open Mon-Sat: 9 am -1 pm; 2 pm-5 pm.


  • Who do I contact for more information?
    For registrations and course information:Ms. Prathima Kalmady
    Office, Department of European Studies
    Telephone: 0820 2923053

    For further details:
    Mr. Rahul Putty Coordinator
    Centre for Foreign Languages, Department of European Studies