"Learning languages nurtures abilities and skills in communication; promotes professional growth; is essential for mobility and adaptability; and provides staff members with the experience in listening to and learning from others."

UN Secretariat Learning Strategy 2021-2025


Learn an Official UN Language -- Improve Communication Skills

Explore online language and communication-skills courses in the six UN official languages delivered from such duty stations as New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi and other locations around the world. Consult Language Learning at the United Nations to know more about local language learning possibilities. 

The Language and Communications Training Unit (LCTU) in New York publishes a global brochure of online courses for eligible participants, four times a year. Get familiar with the term dates, verify your eligibility and see how to register through Inspira. 

See the list of online courses in the LCTU brochures. Times listed are for New York (*please convert to your time zone).


Language Learning Resources for the Six UN Official Languages -- For Everyone

Learners can find a variety of authentic language resources to develop, practice and reinforce their language skills. Enjoy Learning the Six UN Official Languages on Your Devices is a package of resources featuring mobile applications for language learning and UN applications as a source of authentic language. *The package has been compiled for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement of any of the products described.

Language Learning Licenses -- For UN Learning Managers and their Personnel

To expand the geographical reach of language learning across the Organization and serve those who are located in remote duty stations, the Language and Communications Training Unit (LCTU) offers an additional programme. Visit Online Language Learning Licenses to know more.

Self-study Courses for Language Learning -- For UNHQ Eligible Participants

Language learners that are eligible for UNHQ courses can register for self-study courses that range from discovering a new language to enhancing language use in a way that is more gender-inclusive. Self-study Courses