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Welcome to CFLS

It is our philosophy to encourage language learning as widely as possible, and for a variety of purposes.

Anyone who wishes to learn a language, for whatever reason, should be able to do so. We aim to deliver a broad portfolio of language courses and work collaboratively with other language centres in UK universities. We are a member of the Association of University Language Communities of the UK & Ireland (AULC) and of the confederation of language centres in higher education in Europe (CercleS).
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Registration is now open for our 2023/24 credit-bearing modules

Registration for our credit bearing modules for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students is open.  We welcome students who are coming to Durham University for the first time at the end of September.  If you have questions about language study please contact us at Otherwise, students can register on-line via Banner Self-Service, and we ask that you also complete and submit our language declaration form so that we can verify your eligibility for your chosen module.


Languages Offered

We have offered courses in the past in other languages including Polish and can possibly consider other languages including, for example, Urdu.

19 Languages offered
4 External certification bodies

Languages on offer

For further details of what is available, please select the language you are interested in from the list above. If you cannot find what you are looking for contact us at

Get in touch

Enquiries about The Centre for Foreign Language Study should be sent via the email below.

Contact us

The Centre for Foreign Language Study
School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Durham University
Elvet Riverside
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Tel: +44 (0)191 334 3415