Lifelong Learning (formerly Short Courses)

Travel The World From Home!

Visit the world from your sofa with these Term 3 Short Courses and explore a range of different countries and eras.

We might not be able to physically leave the country yet, but our Term 3 online Short Courses mean anyone can join us on a mini world tour from the comfort of your home.

From learning the lingo in Japan to delving deep into Polish film, we’ve highlighted some courses to help you expand your cultural horizons this spring – without having to quarantine!

Remember all University of Edinburgh students, staff and alumni are eligible for discounts.  Visit our Discount and Help with Fees page for more information.


language learning

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book: Homer

Be transported back to Ancient Greece and get to know the different narrative strategies and storytelling traditions of Homer’s epic mythological legends. This literature course aims to make these notoriously ‘difficult’ readings accessible and enjoyable. You’ll also discuss the social, political and cultural influences present in these classic texts. 

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Auteurs of Polish Cinema

Take a tour of post-war Poland and learn about iconic directors and their styles from Kieslowki to Polanski in this 10-week online course. You’ll also learn how to analyse the socio-cultural and political aspects of this era of Polish film.

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Art in Europe: 1000-Present

Get a glimpse of a millennium of dramatic change across the continent as we take you on a journey of European Art. Starting from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and then onto modernism and postmodernism, you'll end exploring present day works. From architecture to paintings, by the end of the course, you’ll be able to identify various European styles and creators.

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Japanese Beginners 1 

What could immerse you more into a culture than learning the language? Our 10-week Japanese courses start in April and offer a range of beginners courses for those starting their language journey. For more advanced linguists, there are also elementary and intermediate levels available.

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Women in Early Modern Italy 

Step back in time to Renaissance Italy and examine the history of women in early modern Italy. This 10-week course explores women within the social, cultural, religious, political and economic developments that made up this era.

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This is just a taster of what’s available this spring. Follow the link below to explore the full list of Term 3 courses available.


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