Language Programme

Important note: Due to the situation related to COVID-19, the delivery mode might change, except for courses advertised as online that will remain online.

Welcome to the Language Training Programme at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Multilingualism is a core value of the United Nations. Communicating in more than one language, at any level of competence, enhances  your personal and professional development and allows you to  contribute more effectively as a staff member in a multilingual Organization.

Toward this aim, we offer language courses in the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

Our programmes are fully aligned with  the  United Nations Language Framework, which includes the following levels:

UN I - Basic Language Competence

UN II - Intermediate Language Competence

UN III - Advanced Language Competence

UN IV - Expert Language Competence.

Our courses and teaching methodology take into account the needs of staff in United Nations organizations, other international organizations and permanent missions.


Multilingualism has to be in our DNA. Simply put, if we only have one way to say things, it will really reduce our ability to serve the people of the world."
Corinne Momal-Vanian, former UNOG focal point for Multilingualism