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Durham University

The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Language courses for students, staff & members of the public


Due to COVID-19, Durham University is suspending all face-to-face classroom activities until 3rd July 2020. We are at the present time investigating the feasibility of moving some or all of our courses scheduled to commence in June 2020 to online delivery. Details will be confirmed by the end of April 2020.

In the meantime we have temporarily suspended new course registrations. If you may wish to register for an online course in June 2020 please can you email us at expressing your interest, indicating the language, level and type of the course (Intensive/Development/Progression) you are interested in. We will then hold your expression of interest and be back in contact with you once we have finalised our changes in planning. We are grateful to everyone for your patience at this time.

Our philosophy is that anyone who wants to learn a language should be able to do so.

We offer language courses for Durham University students, staff and members of the public. Currently, courses in 14 different languages are available, ranging from Beginners to Higher Advanced level. Our courses are flexible and are offered in a variety of formats and lengths, with start dates throughout the year.

Schedule of course programmes

Our main programme of courses commences in October each year, with shorter courses also commencing in January and June. Please see the table below for programme dates and registration information.

Course programme Registration opens Course format(s) available Further information
June 2020 Registration is temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 situation. We are currently investigating options for online delivery of June 2020 courses. Details will be confirmed by the end of April 2020. TBC

All June courses start week commencing Monday 8 June 2020.

October 2020 By June 2020 Language Accelerator
Language Progression
Language Development
January 2021 By November 2020 Language Development

To be added to a contact list to receive notification when courses open for registration, please email, stating which programme(s) you are interested in.

June 2020 course programme

Languages available throughout the year

Our main October programme currently offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Courses in most of these languages are also offered in January and June.

We strive to make as many languages as possible available. If the language you wish to study is not listed, please contact to express your interest.

Course formats

Courses are available in four different formats, offering learners the opportunity to study at a pace to suit their language learning needs, as well as providing flexibility to work around other commitments.

Levels and prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for any of our courses, however it is important to choose your level carefully.

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