Language Programmes at UNHQ

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL LEARNERS (NON-UN STAFF): Non-staff users including NYLESA members, please use this guide and sign up for courses. If you are new to language learning, please start on the first page. If you have already registered on, please proceed directly to page 4. Please note that access through inspira is no longer possible. 

The Language and Communications Programme at UNHQ offers a variety of face-to-face and online language learning opportunities in the six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish (The linked brochures are for the fall term. The winter term brochures will be provided soon).


When is the upcoming term? 
8 January - 30 March 2018
End-of-term examinations: 2 - 5 April 2018

When is the registration period for the upcoming term? 
For placement tests: From 6 November 2017
For courses beginning 8 January 2018: 28 November - 21 December 2017
All other courses: Two weeks prior to course start
Deadline to drop a regular course: 12 January 2018
Deadline to drop specialized courses: 24 hours after the first class

How do I register?

  • Are you a UN staff member? See the User Guide for UN Staff members.
  • If you are NOT a UN staff member (NYLESA members, Delegates of Permanent Missions, Retirees, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNOPS, UN WOMEN Staff and Retirees...), please see the User Guide for Non-Staff Members on how to register on
  • Are you an officially recognized spouse/partner of a UN Staff Member click here for instructions or contact


How can I get registration help?
Our office at the UN Learning Centre will offer personalized registration support. The registration Help Desk schedule is as follows: every Tuesday and Thursday from 28 November to 21 December from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Computer Room B of the Learning Center (NL3B).  


When do classes start?
The Winter term begins on 8 January 2018 and ends the last week of March 2018. In order to enroll in the Fall term, staff members must register in Inspira.


What time do classes take place?
Classes are usually offered before work, at lunch time, or after work in each thirteen-week term. The Winter term is a 12 week term.


Where are the classrooms located?
Our United Nations Learning Centre is located at the 3rd basement of the General Assembly Building (NL-3B).


Who can take these courses?
UN staff, retired UN staff members, and delegates of Permanent Missions and Observer States may take classes at no charge. Students' UN grounds pass must be valid until the end of the course(s) for which they will register. If it's not, to be allowed to register, students must attach a signed letter from their supervisor or executive officer when submitting their online registration, indicating that it is expected that their contract will be extended through the end of the course(s). Staff members of UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNOPS in New York are eligible to take classes for a fee. If you are unsure if you can take our courses, please refer to our eligibility table.


Where can I find information on placement tests?
More information on placement tests can be found here.


More Frequently Asked Questions


Web-based language courses



What do we do? The Language Learning Services Unit (LLSU) can help you organise language or communication skills training or testing for staff at your location. 

Who do we support? We serve UN Secretariat learning managers and HR partners in charge of language training for staff in different offices, as well as peacekeeping and political missions. We can also support UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes through collaboration agreements. Find out more.