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Unlock the world with our languages and culture short courses

Whether you are studying for pleasure, to refresh your skills or to add another string to your bow, our language, culture and communication short courses are the perfect way to start your learning journey with the OU and even better you can enrol at any time.

We currently offer language short courses across various levels from beginners to advanced languages including Italian, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Welsh.

Our courses are written by our leading academics and are designed to fit around your life. The courses are entirely online and, in only a few hours’ study each week, you’ll learn to hold conversations on everyday topics in your chosen language. You’ll also develop a better understanding of the countries where these languages are spoken. All our courses follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This way you can confidently choose the right course for your level of knowledge, from absolute beginner (A1) all the way to being practically fluent (C2). Discover your starting point on the CEFR Global Scale and get started today!

In addition to language courses, we offer courses in culture and communications, such as intercultural competence to enhance your ability to work across cultures and artificial intelligence which delves into the rise (and impact) of AI on society.  

On successful completion of our short courses, you will receive a digital badge to show your participation and completion of the course. Our digital badges can be used as a certificate for your professional development, shared on social media or added to your email signature.

If you are already an OU student, contact us to register on a languages and cultures short course.

Find out more about our short courses.