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A new opportunity for Imperial College members and others to take a one-hour class once a week over 20 weeks in their lunch break.
Shown below are course options, course descriptions, class times, term dates and enrolment information. Web enrolment starts 1 September 2017 via a link on this page.

Programme information




  • 12.00-13.00 | Italian Beginners (Tutor TBC)
  • 13.00-14.00 | Italian Conversation (Tutor TBC)
  • 13.00-14.00 | Spanish Conversation (Virtu Tomas)


  • 12.00-13.00 | French Conversation (Tutor TBC)
  • 13.00-14.00 French Beginners (Didier Occhipinti)
  • 13.00-14.00 | Music for Listening (Roderick Swanston)


  • 12.00-13.00 | Spanish Beginners (Javier Pardo Gendre)
  • 12.00-13.00 | The Joy of Art (Michael Paraskos)
  • 13.00-14.00 | Creative Writing (Ronnie McGrath)
  • 13.00-14.00 Photography: Digital Devices (Honey Salvadori)
  • 13.00-14.00 | London: Art, Literature & People (Michael Paraskos)
term dates

Term dates

Courses run 20 weeks (two terms). One 1-hour session per week

Autumn term     (9 weeks | sessions)

w/c 16 October - 14 December 2017

Christmas break, then continuing

Spring term     (11 weeks | sessions)

w/c 8 January - 22 March 2018

Programme information

Fees, Enrolment & Payment

Rate category A  |  Fee per course for current Imperial College members (Lunchtime Learning fees explained [pdf])

  • £98 (if enrolling 1-30 September)
  • £108 (if enrolling from 1 October)

Rate category B  |  Fee per course for current students elsewhere, and others (Lunchtime Learning fees explained [pdf])

  • £128 (if enrolling 1-30 September)
  • £140 (if enrolling from 1 October)

Rate category C  |  Fee per course for all applicants not category A or B (Lunchtime Learning fees explained [pdf])

  • £165 (if enrolling 1-30 September)
  • £183 (if enrolling from 1 October)

Web enrolment &payment is made via a portal the link to which will be posted here nearer the time.

Where to find us

location imageLunchtime Learning takes place at the South Kensington campus of Imperial College. For directions please use the Transport for London (TfL) journey planner where you can search either for "Imperial College", "South Kensington" or postcode SW7 2AZ. Courses are run by the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication which is located on level 3 of the Sherfield building. Most of the Lunchtime Learning classrooms are also located in this building which is shown highlighted here: Campus map - Sherfield [pdf].


Q: Can I eat my lunch in the classroom?

A: That depends on the rules for that particular classroom! Please also check with the tutor whether he or she finds it disruptive.

Q: Is there a test at the end?

A: No, but if you attend 70% of the course (14 sessions) you can receive a certificate of attendance in the final session.

Q: What is the maximum number of students in any class?

A: It depends on the type of class: the lowest is 16 for Spanish Conversation, and the highest is 22 for the non-language classes.

Q: What if my circumstances change, will I get my fee back?

A: Unfortunately not. Once we engage the lecturer, we can't pay money back.

Q: Will I have a chance to give feedback?

A: Yes, there will be a feedback exercise in November.

Q: You also have a separate Evening Class Programme. What is the difference and are the Lunchtime Learning courses compatible?

A: The evening classes are also open to all, also run once weekly from October to March but classes meet 2 hours per week (6-8pm). The Lunchtime Learning courses only give one hour per week. Should you desire to progress from a 1-hour lunchtime language course to an evening course in the same language the following year, please contact the relevant language coordinator for advice.