Categories/Affiliations eligible and not eligible to take language courses at UNHQ

Eligible (Non-paying)

  • United Nations Secretariat staff members (Secretariat, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNDP*, UN Women*), including those at other duty stations for online courses (with contracts ending after the last class of the course)  (See Note)
  • Delegates of the Permanent Missions to the United Nations
  • Delegates of Non-Member States with a standing invitation to participate as an observer (Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See and Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine)
  • All ICSC staff (Secretariat and Permanent Missions to the United Nations)
  • All ACABQ members
  • United Nations Tour Guides
  • United Nations Retirees (Secretariat, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNOPS, UN Women)

Note: The United Nations is reimbursed for the permitted students under separate arrangements with the Fund, Programme or Agency. There is no cost to the student unless they incur penalty fees (no-show, incomplete attendance).

*With approval from their HR.

Eligible (Paying - see rates per course)

  • Mission staff of Permanent Missions to the United Nations (White D on badge)
  • Mission experts of Permanent mission to the United Nations (White D with red stripe across it on badge)
  • Delegates of Intergovernmental organizations (as listed here)
  • Specialised agencies and related organizations maintaining liaison offices at Headquarters
  • UNFCU (Up to 10 participants) with approval from their HR
  • United Nations accredited Press (both White and Green P on badge)
  • United Nations recognized Spouses/Partners of staff members
  • NYLESA members (excluding NYLESA associate members)
  • Spouses of Delegates of Permanent and Observer Missions to the United Nations - NEW!

Not Eligible

  • Consultants and/or affiliates
  • United Nations Child Care Centre
  • NATO representatives
  • Embassies and consulates to the United States
  • Children of all United Nations Staff 
  • Children of Delegates of Permanent and Observer Missions to the United Nations
  • Interns
  • NGO staff
  • UNIS teachers
  • United States Committee for UNICEF
  • Women's Guild
  • Restaurant Associates
  • American Express
  • Various church affiliations
  • When Actually Employed (WAE staff)