Short Courses

Languages FAQs

Do you have a question about our language courses? The answer may be here!

Can I sign up for a language course if I am not a University of Edinburgh student?
Yes, our courses are open to everyone and you do not have to be a student at the University of Edinburgh to enrol. Please note that the minimum age for enrolment is 16 years.
How do I sign up for language courses?

You can sign up and pay for your language course online or in person at the Centre for Open Learning on the University's Holyrood campus. For more information on how to enrol and the available payment methods, please visit our How to Enrol pages.

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Do you have any language taster sessions?

We currently offer 6-week language taster sessions for matriculated students in conjunction with the Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) in a number of languages.  You can find out more information on the EUSA website. Free Language Tasters >

We also offer free 6-week taster courses in Gaelic and British Sign Language for University of Edinburgh staff. These are advertised on the MyEd Events Channel four weeks before the start of each term.

I am not sure what my language level is - how can I find out more?

For more information about the most suitable language level, please visit our Language Levels pages. We are currently working on a placement test system which we hope to have available by the end of 2019.

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Do I need to provide a language certificate to prove my current abilities?
No, we do not require you to provide any proof of your language skills. 
Can I earn credits on language courses?
No, our language courses are not for credit.
I have enrolled, but my language course is too easy/difficult for me. Can I change?
If you think your language course is not the right level for you, you should discuss this with the teacher. Once you have agreed on the more appropriate language level, your teacher will request a transfer for you. Please note that transfer requests must be received by the end of Week 2.
Am I automatically enrolled on the progression level course?
No, you must enrol for each course individually. We strongly encourage you to book future courses 8 days before the start date of your progressive course as enrolment for courses is not automatic.
I am not able to make my language class tonight, can I attend a different session this week?
No, you can only attend the class for which you have enrolled.
Is there an exam at the end of the course and will I receive a certificate of completion?
There are no exams for our language courses. Our courses do not lead to a language qualification and no certificates are issued upon completion of the course.


Do you still have questions? Please email and our team will be able to help.