Programmes hors Siège

ECA (Economic Commission for Africa) – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The ECA Language and Communication Skills Training Programme offers training in three of the UN official languages, the working languages of the Commission:


Num. & Type of Teaching Staff

Manuals used

No of trainees (Jan 05)


1 regular teacher and 1 on SSA

Al-Khitab and others



1 regular teacher and 6 on SSA

New Headway and others



1 regular teacher and 5 on SSA

Campus, Espaces


We have three terms per year: January-March; April-July and September-December. ECA is a site for both sessions of the LPE and administers exams in all six languages.

Please refer to our very young website for courses offered, levels (likely to be changed as of 17 April), etc. Should you need more specific information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Getaneh Anteneh (Mr.)
Language Coordinator
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ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) – Santiago, Chile

Contact Details:
Claudia Guzmán
Staff Development Assistant
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Javier Zanón
Human Resources Officer
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What we offer:
  • Regular Courses
    • Arabic: Level 1
    • English: Levels 1 - 8
    • French: Levels 1 - 8
    • Portuguese: Levels 1 - 2
  • Special courses
    • Report Writing in English
    • Report Writing in Spanish
    • Conversation intermediate in English
    • English through the media/advanced in English
    • Advanced Conversation in French
    • French LPE Preparation
    • English LPE Preparation

2006 Term:
  • 13 March-15 December

ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) – Bangkok, Thailand

Contact Information:
Staff Development Assistant
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Staff Development Officer
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  • Arabic:   Beginners' course to be offered first time in term 2 of 2006 at Level 1 (1 May - 28 Jul.)
  • Chinese:   Levels 1 - 9 and LPE Preparation
  • English:   Levels 1 - 8 and LPE Preparation
  • French:   Levels 1 - 8 and LPE Preparation 1 - 4
  • Russian:   Levels 1 - 9 and LPE Preparation
  • Spanish:   To be re-structured to be in line with curriculum of HQs. Currently offering 2 levels; i.e. elementary II and elementary IV.
2006 Terms:
  • Term 1: 9 Jan. - 31 Mar
  • Term 2: 1 May - 28 Jul.
  • Term 3: 4 Sep. - 1 Dec.
2005 Enrollment Summary:
Language # of Classes # of Students
Chinese 13 109
English 18 172
French 13 103
Russian 5 26
Spanish 4 21
Total 53 431

ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) – Beirut, Lebanon

ESCWA organizes regular language programmes in 4 out the 6 UN official languages: French, English, Spanish and Arabic. Language courses are given at officially recognized language institutions: La Mission Culturelle Française, The British Council and Instituto Cervantes for French, English and Spanish respectively. Arabic Courses are given at ESCWA premises. Courses in the other 2 UN languages, Chinese and Russian, are rarely requested and may be accommodated in one of the language training institutions in Beirut.

Contact details:
Ms. Souad Azar
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UNOG (United Nations Office at Geneva) – Geneva, Switzerland

The UNOG Staff Development and Learning Section (SDLS) focuses on supporting organizational reform and helping to build a more multi-skilled and versatile international civil service. It also promotes and supports multilingualism through its Language Training Programme.

To help staff members (at all levels) to either acquire a new language or enhance existing linguistic knowledge, SDLS proposes, in the six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), classroom based courses (from beginners to advanced levels). These courses are given 4 hours a week and focus on the four linguistic competencies of oral expression, written expression, oral comprehension and written comprehension.

At the same time, increased emphasis is being given to tailoring our programmes to suit the needs of specific groups and to work with individual teams to help improve competencies in a particular language. To answer this need, SDLS also regularly proposes specialized courses (oral expression, written expression, English in the workplace), directed self study courses (in French and in English), and provides access for participants and staff members to a Language Resources Centre where staff members can access pedagogical resources such as CD-ROMs, Cassettes, Videos, grammar, and reference books.

A full description of the language training programme and self-study opportunities is available on the Staff Development and Learning Section Intranet site: (Please note that this site is only accessible to United Nations Secretariat staff.)

Eligibility criteria for language courses are as follows:
  • United Nations Secretariat staff members who have a contract for the duration of the term for which they are applying
  • Staff members of specialized agencies and other international organizations who have had their applications authorized by their respective personnel/training section
  • Retirees, staff of permanent missions, service organizations in the Palais, non-governmental organizations accredited to the United Nations, members of the press corps, consultants and adult dependents who are accepted on a fee-paying basis (general courses, CHF 515; specialized courses, CHF 325).

For further information, please contact the language training secretariat: Email Me

Please be informed that the UNOG Staff Development and Learning Section also offers the staff of the Secretariat in Geneva the opportunity to participate in training programmes on a range of subjects including management, supervision, communication, career support, negotiation and information technology. These programmes are only open to staff members of the United Nations.

UNON (United Nations Office at Nairobi) – Nairobi, Kenya

We presently teach 5 of the United Nations official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish. We do not provide Russian classes as we do not have enough applicants in this language.

We only have 8 regular levels in French. Our terms are made of 12 weeks with 4 hours a week lessons = 48 hours a term.

Intermediate and advanced classes can be organized for the 5 languages upon request as well as intensive courses which consist of ten 2 hour sessions with small groups of students (3 to 5 students). Individual tuition is also organized upon request.

We offer courses for special skills in English:
  • Administrative Writing 1 (12 hours)
  • Administrative Writing 2 (12 hours)
  • Principles of Report Writing (15 hours)
  • Advanced Writing Skills (12 hours)
  • Preparation to the Cambridge Certificates (First, Advanced and proficiency - 48 hours each course) and Fast Effective Reading (6 hours)
New specialised courses are offered every term in English and French.

  Language Training Coordinator:
    Jean-Luc Wasse
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  Language Training Assistant:
    Fatma Gatabaki
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Find attached our Language Training Circular and Registration Form for the first term 2006.

UNOV (United Nations Office at Vienna) – Vienna, Austria

The UNOV/UNODC Language Learning and Training Programme

The UNOV/UNODC Language Learning and Training Programme functions as part of the Staff Development Unit. Located in the Vienna International Center, G building 6th Floor offers on a semester basis language training in the six United Nations official languages as well as in German as the host country language.

The programme covers all the levels up to the proficiency levels in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. Conversation and grammar workshops in the different languages are also offered each semester. Semesters last a total of 17 weeks with 51 teaching hours for standard courses or 15 hours for workshops. The spring semester runs from February to June and the autumn semester from September to February each year. Classes are normally held three times a week for 55 minutes each.

The Language programme is open for registration to Staff members of the United Nations Office at Vienna, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and of the other VIC-based Organizations, members of Permanent Missions and Embassies, their adult dependants as well as retirees of the above-mentioned organizations. Language courses in the official languages of the United Nations are offered free of charge to UNOV/UNODC staff members and UNIS Tour Guides. Other participants are required to pay the language course fee of 260 Euro. The cost of studying German is self-sustaining and as such, all participants will be required to pay 260 Euros per semester.

Contact Person: Ms. Claudia Figueroa, Language Programme Focal Point
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Address: Wagramerstrasse 5, A- 1040 Vienna