Eligibility

The Language and Communications Training Unit (LCTU) is the local language programme in New York. Eligible participants based in New York can register for courses offered in the NY-based brochure. The Global brochure lists some language courses that are open globally for which eligible participants based outside New York can register.

Prospective course participants are responsible for:

- Registering using their official email address. 

- Certifying their eligibility and requisite compliance when registering.

- Understanding the "Terms and Condicions of Service"

Please click on the category below to check your eligibility.

UN Secretariat Staff Members

  1. > Eligible and free of charge: UN Secretariat staff members with temporary, continuous, or permanent contracts; and UN Secretariat staff members with WAE ("when actually employed") contracts. ​ 
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  3. When registering for the class you will be required to upload your contract, which should be valid until the last day of classes. Participants may register for a maximum of 4 courses per term or 50 hours of instruction. 
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  5. Consult the UN System Chart

Delegates and Permanent Mission Personnel

  1. ​> Eligible and free of charge for delegates of Permanent Missions with a red, gold, or silver D on their badge, and delegates of Non-Member states (Holy See and Palestine) with a letter O on their badge.
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  3. Eligible with a course fee for local staff of Permanet Missions (white D on their badge), experts of Permanent Missions (white D with a red strap), and delegates of Intergovernmental Organizations (letter O in any color on their badge). It must be paid by the individual participant at the time of registration (see rates, fees and information on how to pay). 
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  5. Delegates and Permanent Mission personnel are considered "external learners". Please use elearning.un.org to register: use your organizational email address and upload a scan of your badge, which should be valid until the last day of classes. Participants may register for a maximum of 4 courses per term or 50 hours of instruction.
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  7. Not eligible: police personnel, and military personnel. Please see Online Language Learning for language learning resources and opportunities.

Agencies, Funds, and Programmes Staff Members

  1. Eligible with a course fee (paid by the entity) for: UNDP, UNCDF, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS, and UN Women staff members. You are required to obtain internal clearance and/or approval by your entity (see rates, fees and information on how to pay).
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  3. Agencies, Funds, and Programmes staff members are considered "external learners". Please use elearning.un.org to register: use your organizational email address and upload a scan of your UN badge, which should be valid until the last day of classes. Participants may register for a maximum of 4 courses per term or 50 hours of instruction (internal restrictions from your entity might apply).
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  5. Not eligible: staff members from other angencies, funds, and programmes. Please see Online Language Learning for language learning resources and opportunities.

Spouses/partners, retirees, associated press.

  1. ​> Eligible and free of charge for UN retiress (Secretariat, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS, and UN Women).
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  3. Eligible with a course fee for UN recognized spouses/partners or staff members; spouses of delegates of Permanent Missions to the United Nations; and UN accredited press (both white and green P on their badge). It must be paid by the individual participant at the time of registration (see rates, fees and information on how to pay).
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  5. Spouses/partners, retirees, and associated press are considered "external learners". To register, please go to elearning.un.org and upload a scan of your UN badge, which should be valid until the last day of classes. Participants may register for a maximum of 4 courses per term or 50 hours of instruction.
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  7. Not eligible: retiress from other entities. Please see Online Language Learning for language learning resources and opportunities.

UN Volunteers

  1. Eligible and free of charge for UN volunteers at the UN Secretariat. Participants can take 1 instructor-led course per-term, no restrictions apply for slef-study courses. 
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  3. UN volunteers are considered "external learners". To register, please go to elearning.un.org and upload a scan of your UN letter of appointment, which should be valid until the last day of classes.
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  5. Not eligible: UN online volunteers and UN volunteers at non-Secretariat entities. Please see Online Language Learning for language learning resources and opportunities.

Personnel not eligible for LCTU language courses

  • Interns
  • Consultants and/or affiliates
  • NGO staff
  • Fellows
  • United Nations Child Care Centre staff, UN International Computing Centre (UNICC) staff, United Nations International School (UNIS) teachers
  • Children of all United Nations staff
  • Children of delegates of Permanent Missions and Observer Missions to the United Nations
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  • Note: Please see Online Language Learning for language learning resources and opportunities.