Course icon Learn English 

         For those in New York seeking to develop their English proficiency, we offer an Engish placement test and courses. 

  • Beginners and high beginners can enroll in our Level 1&2 courses (no placement test needed). 
  • Others can take our Placement Test to determine their level, or submit evidence of proficiency level to the English Programme Coordinator.

Regular Level Courses

Develop your English proficiency with courses from Level 1&2 (beginner / A1*) to Level 9 (advanced / B2-C1*) that include all skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar.

Specialized Courses

Enhance a specific skill - in speaking, listening, reading or writing. In-person courses available to those in New York.

See all specialized courses (in New York)

  • Intermediate English Conversation
  • Intermediate English Grammar
  • Intermediate English Vocabulary
  • English for Living in New York
  • English Guided Self Study
  • Advanced English Conversation
  • English Through Cinema
  • Pronunciation Skills, part 1


Other options

Not in New York?  Check with your local Learning Manager about your local English language learning options, which may include online language learning licenses.

Communications icon Develop your communication skills 

          For those in New York who work in English English proficiency, we offer an Engish placement test and courses. 

Level icon  Self-Paced Courses

Learn how to communicate in the United Nations context and prepare for the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) - whenever you have time, on your own computer with an Internet connection.

See all self-paced courses

  • Foundations of Writing for the United Nations
  • Action through Words:  Learning English Through Learning about the United Nations
  • UN  English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) Self Study materials

Level icon  Teacher-led Online Courses

Develop your communication skills for work via online lessons, and often with individual coaching sessions.

See all regular courses

  • Intermediate English Writing
  • Exploring the United Nations
  • Advanced English Grammar
  • Summary Writing Webinar
  • Summary Writing Intensive
  • Advanced Summary Writing
  • Presentation Skills for Giving Online Presentations
  • E-mail Etiquette
  • Correspondence Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Writing for iSeek
  • Social Media and the United Nations

Communication icon  Face-to-Face courses in New York

Do you work in New York?  Develop your communication skills while also meeting colleagues from other work teams.

See all face-to-face courses

  • Advanced English Grammar
  • Effective Minutes Writing
  • Correspondence Writing
  • Summary Writing
  • Advanced Summary Writing

Assessment icon Assessment
       To pass a course, you must attend the minimum required lessons (65-75%) or more, and complete the homework and classroom requirements.
       Also, those who complete Level 1&2 courses and want to move on the Level 3 must also pass the "Level 3 Entrance Exam".

Methodology icon Methodology
        At UNHQ, we use the Communicative Approach.  Our goal is to give you as many opportunities as possible to communicate in English

Teachers icon Click here to meet our teachers at UNHQ

  Other Resources

  • Request a tailor-made learning solution for the communication needs of your office or department. 

    • Be ready to answer these planning questions.
    • Contact the English Programme Focal Point Rodrigo Bergamasco Bottura, at 
  • Explore recommended English learning opportunities - for those who cannot take our courses or want more ways to study.
    • English learning opportunities -  in New York (link)
    • English learning opportunities - available globally (link)
  • Prepare for the ELPE (English Language Proficiency Exam), an internal United Nations exam.
    • Register for the exam following the instructions on the LPE page of the HR Portal (this website)
    • Prepare for the exam by taking one or more of our courses - see above for options.