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Durham University

The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Language courses for Business and Work

Building on years of experience in the training of both students and members of the public in foreign languages and inter-cultural competence, we offer short, semi-intensive language training courses to anyone for whom knowledge of a foreign language will be an asset in their work. These courses are designed and developed with business language use in mind, and for those for whom language competency may be required in provision of commercial or public services. Linking explicitly to the regional international trade and inward investment priorities, courses are available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, at Beginners and Intermediate levels. Other languages and levels can be available upon request, including Bengali, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Persian (Farsi), Polish and Swedish.

Durham University can also offer acess to internationally recognised external certification in French (DELF/DALF), German (Goethe), Italian (CILS) and Spanish (DELE).

Our core delivery model is group courses open to individual registrations, or bespoke courses delivered to companies, for language groups of typically 6-10 learners. Based on our core curriclulm, and delivered by experienced and fully trained language instructors, we deliver such courses on-line for maximum convenience, and courses may be delivered during the working day or in the evening. We can also support one-to-one language support, and can deliver courses at a buisness workplace if required.

The next programme of courses will commence in September 2020. If you are a company, an organisation, or an individual interested in studying a language please contact to discuss your requirements.

These courses are not intended for current students, but for those already in work.

Opening doors

"Being able to speak Spanish has opened doors to the Mexican oil & gas market that would otherwise have taken years to get through. Being able to write proposals in Spanish is fine, but the ability to build trust and friendships with customers not only helped earn revenue, but has allowed us to gain influence on advisory boards and steering groups as part of a long term strategy." (MC, subsea industry)