Language Programmes at UNHQ

Learning Centre Mural by Sergio Baradat

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL LEARNERS (NON-UNITED NATIONS STAFF): Non-staff users including spouses and partners of Delegates of Permanent and Observer Missions to the United Nations and NYLESA members (excluding NYLESA associate 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 United Nations Headquarters offers a variety of face-to-face and online language learning opportunities in the six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


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 2017 - 3 January 2018
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 United Nations staff member? See the User Guide for United Nations Staff members.
  • If you are NOT a United Nations staff member (Spouses, Delegates of Permanent Missions, 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 a spouse of a Delegate of a Permanent or Observer Mission to the United Nations? Are you an officially recognized spouse/partner of a United Nations Staff Member? Follow the instructions in this document 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 2 January - an additional help desk will be added on Wednesday 3 January - from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Computer Room B of the Learning Centre (NL3B).  


When do classes start?
The Winter term begins on 8 January 2018 and ends the first week of April 2018. In order to enroll in the Winter 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 for a fee covered by the employer?
United Nations staff, retired United Nations staff members, and delegates of Permanent Missions and Observer States may take classes at no charge. Students' United Nations 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, UNOPS, and UN Women in New York may be sponsored by their employer to take classes. 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 organize 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.