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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 14 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, 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 | £140

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.

The next programme of Language Development courses will commence in October 2021. 
Registration is now open


Language progression courses

October courses: 18 weeks | 2 hours per week | £250/£225*
Summer courses: 9 weeks | 2 x 2 hours per week | £250/£225*

Currently our most popular format, these courses are ideal for learners who wish to improve their language skills but have other commitments as a minimum of 2 hours of independent learning between classes is recommended.

£225 fee applies to Durham University staff and students. £250 fee applies to members of the public.

The next programme of Language Progression courses will commence in October 2021.
Registration is now open.


Language accelerator courses

19 weeks | 2 hour weekly seminar, plus lab practise at stages 1 and 2 | £450

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.

The next programme of Language Accelerator courses will commence in October 2021.
Registration is now open.


Intensive language courses

9 days | 4 hours per day | £250/£225*

These courses cover the same content as the Language Progression courses but delivered intensively over 9 consecutive weekdays. Each day comprises 4 hours of learning, equivalent to studying two sessions of the Language Progression course per day. They take place in the window between the end of examinations and the issue of results in June each year.

*£225 fee applies to Durham University staff and students. £250 fee applies to members of the public.

The next Intensive programme is to be confirmed, but likely to take place in June 2022.