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Course Formats

Evening course formats

The languages for all programmes comprise a series of non-credit-bearing language courses open to Durham University students and staff as well as members of the public. We offer a series of evening courses in 18 languages from beginners to higher advanced level. There are four course formats, of different duration according to your objectives. Courses run with start dates in January, April, June and October. Please see below for details of course availability at each point in the year.


Language Development courses

9 weeks | 2 hours per week
Internal rate (for Durham University students and staff): £140
External rate: £160

This format offers learners the opportunity to study in shorter blocks. There are more frequent start dates (early October, early January and early June) meaning language ability can be progressed with a flexible schedule. Courses comprise one 2-hour evening class per week. Two Language Development courses are equivalent to one Language Progression course. Language Development courses are delivered online.

The next programme of Language Development courses commences in April 2023. 


Language Progression courses

18 weeks | 2 hours per week
Internal rate (for Durham University students and staff): £230
External rate: £260

Currently our most popular format, these courses are ideal for learners who wish to improve their language skills but have other commitments. A minimum of 2 hours of independent learning between classes is recommended. Language Progression courses are delivered in-person or online depending on language and level (the mode of delivery will be shown in the course listing and registration page).

The next programme of Language Progression courses commences in April 2023.


Language Accelerator courses

19 weeks | 2 hour weekly seminar, plus lab practice at stages 1 and 2
Internal rate (for Durham University students and staff): £450 (for both Durham University students and staff and external participants). 

These courses follow the same curriculum as our credit-bearing modules. Designed for the more committed or motivated language learner, they are most suitable for those who wish to develop their language ability more quickly, or for a particular purpose. Stage 1 and 2 courses comprise of one 2-hour seminar each week, plus a fortnightly 2-hour tutorial. Stage 4 courses comprise of one 2-hour seminar per week. Learners are expected to undertake an independent study of typically 4-5 hours per week. Language Accelerator courses are available only as part of our October programme each year. They are delivered in-person. 

The next programme of Language Accelerator courses commences in October 2023.