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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.

Schedule of course programmes

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

Please see the table below for programme dates and registration information.

Programme Registration opens Course formats available Further information
June 2021 By March 2021 Language Progression The June 2021 programme will be delivered online
Language Development
October 2021 By April 2021 Language Accelerator
Language Progression
Language Development
January 2022 TBC Language Progression
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.

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.

Further information

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More information

Course formats

Guide to levels
(Includes a summary of course contents for each language)