Language Learning 


Improve your language and communications skills! 

The Language and Communications Training Unit (LCTU) at New York Headquarters is happy to announce that the Summer (11 July -19 August) and Fall (26 September - 8 December) 2022 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for language and communications courses in all six languages! Courses are offered on a variety of topics and at different levels. Please see brochures below!


If you find a course you like:

  • Check your eligibility and verify if you are a paying or non-paying learner.
  • Pay close attention to the prerequisites and the last day to enroll for the course(s) of your choice. 
  • Carefully review the placement test information.
  • Use our registration how-to guides.


SUMMER (11 July - 19 August)

Registration period: 6 June - 6 July

Our offerings may vary according to your location:

Our first in-person event, the LCTU Language Learning Open House, will take place on 15 June from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the United Nations Learning Centre. It will be an opportunity to receive information about registration for upcoming courses, engage in learning activities, and meet our UN language learning community. 


FALL (26 September - 8 December)

Registration period: 6 June - 16 September

Our offerings vary according to your location:

The Capacity Development and Operational Training Service (CDOTS) in the Department of Operational Support is pleased to announce a phased return to in-person activities of the Language and Communications Training Unit, for all six official languages of the United Nations, subject to relevant organizational guidance and local health and safety conditions. The Fall Term will include hybrid courses, in-person learning opportunities and events.


If you are unsure about your level or have questions regarding registration, please fill out the Registration Assistance Form.  

Information for all learning managers for language learning licenses is available here.

For detailed information regarding registration, please visit our Registration page.

Our main goal continues to be offering a high-qualityprogramme, targeted to the needs of our clients, and adapted to current circumstances.


Preparation courses for the Language Proficiency Exam

LPE Preparation courses are available in the six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The courses are self-paced and designed to orient exam candidates and other interested staff to prepare for the new LPE. You will find more information about the preparation courses by watching this short video. Information about the LPE examination process can be found here.

The LPE Preparation Courses become available several months before the exam date and are open to anyone, with no eligibility restrictions. You can self-enroll via CDOTS campus. Detailed instructions on how to create an account and how to self-enroll can be found here.


Statement on Inclusivity and Diversity

The Language and Communications Training Unit (LCTU) is committed to creating a working environment that embraces equality, inclusivity and diversity, in support of the System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity.  To this end, the LCTU co-created the Gender-Inclusive Language Guidelines in the six official languages of the United Nations. Please use them and share your comments and suggestions in any of the six official UN languages through the contact form.

Terms and Conditions

Please review the current LCTU Terms and Conditions of Service of the Language and Communication Courses at Headquarters.  The Terms and Conditions contain information on the official policies of the LCTU, the types of training available (format, schedules, calendar), as well as eligibility criteria and registration procedures, responsibilities of participants and where to address enquiries.