Short Courses


Explore our Language Courses.

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Whether you are an absolute beginner or have studied and used the language for several years there will be a language course for you. Courses are for all adult learners, from 16 to 99+ year old.

Language tutors are expert language teachers passionate about teaching you how to communicate in your chosen language. All language courses focus on communication skills through task-based learning, with a particular emphasis on listening and speaking.


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Please note that our language courses will be taught in-person in Term 2, with the exception of a very limited number of courses which will remain online.

Our in-person courses will follow the latest Scottish Government and University of Edinburgh guidance on health and hygiene in teaching spaces. More details will be made available prior to the start of courses in Term 2.  

Find out more about the University's latest response to COVID-19 here


Language Levels

Information on the language level structure at COL.

Languages FAQs

Got a question about our language courses? Find the answer here.

Term Dates

Term 2: 24 January 2022 - 01 April 2022 (10 weeks)

Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!