Short Courses


Explore our Language Courses.

Language Short Courses

Whether you are an absolute beginner or have studied and used the language for several years, there's sure to be a language course for you at COL.

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.

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

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All our language courses will be taught in-person for the academic year 22/23.

Please note that for the academic year 22/23, we will not be able to offer Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Polish, Russian and Swedish courses. We no longer offer Czech courses anymore. We apologise for the inconvenience and will advise you if anything changes for the following academic year. 

We are delighted to confirm that we will be offering Swahili courses again this year.


British Sign Language







Modern Greek






Language Levels

Information on the language level structure at COL.

Open Languages for Credit Study

We offer a variety of courses at credit level

Term Dates


Languages for All

Summer Term: 29 August - 15 September 2022

Term 1: 3 October - 9 December 2022

Term 2: 23 January - 31 March 2023

Term 3: 17 April - 23 June 2023


Booking Deadline

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

Study Languages for Credit at Edinburgh 

A variety of languages are also available to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) as an Open Language Course and include a credit element. There are options for complete beginners and more advanced learners. 

Browse Open Language Credit Courses