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Durham University

The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Language courses for students, staff & members of the public

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 18 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.

October 2020 Languages for All programme | study with us online

CFLS delivers the majority of its courses face-to-face in a classroom setting. However, due to the current social distancing measures, we will be delivering our October language programme online. Any course that starts online will be completed online.

Courses will be delivered on a teaching platform (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom or Teams), providing a virtual classroom in which learners can interact via video with their teacher and fellow students. Classes will take place at a set time each week, as per the schedule below, replicating as far as possible the regular progression and curriculum.

Teachers are been trained for online delivery and are already experienced in this mode of delivery. As a learner, you may need to adjust to new ways of working and learning, with added emphasis on the need for self-study, already an essential part of learning a language meaningfully.

To take full benefit of the classes you will need a reliable internet connection, webcam and microphone, and an effective web browser.

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
October 2020 Now open 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.

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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