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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 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

January 2020

Now open

Language Development

Courses start either week commencing Monday 13 January 2020 or Monday 20 January 2020 depending on language and level. For further details, please view listings for individual languages using the links below.


By April 2020

Language Development

All June courses start week commencing Monday 8 June 2020.

Durham University students may wish to note that Intensive courses take place between the end of the exam period and the publication of results, meaning they can be completed before leaving Durham for the summer vacation.


We also may offer a small number of Language Progression courses in selected languages.

October 2020

By June 2020

Language Accelerator
Language Development
Language Progression

View details of next courses available

January 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.

Further information

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