University courses

University Courses


Free university language courses available online for anyone to follow.


Carnegie Mellon
French 101 & 102
Time: 30 weeks
Level: Beginner
Technical: Free registration required
- Video based course with interactive exercises on comprehension & production. 30 lessons covering a wide range of subjects. The videos are high quality and the course seems like a great substitute to those who can't attend classes themselves.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chinese I
Level: Foundation
Technical: Tutorial program Flashcube required
- A downloadable textbook with audio, info on grammar, characters and tones. Also has assignments and a downloadable program for listening exercises and testing yourself. Probably more useful as a revision/supplementary course.
Chinese II
Level: Foundation
Technical: Tutorial program Flashcube required
- A downloadable textbook, audio files for exercises, songs & rhymes in Chinese, character lessons etc.
Chinese III
Level: Foundation
Technical: Tutorial program Flashcube required
- A downloadable textbook with audio, character lessons, interactive program for exercises etc.
Chinese IV
Level: Foundation
Technical: Tutorial program Flashcube required
- A downloadable textbook with audio and Flashcube for exercises. The course is also based on two other books, which are not available online.


Open University - Open Learn
Ancient Greek: Getting started on Classical Greek
Time: 10 hours
Level: Introductory
Technical: Free registration required
- Designed as a springboard for people interested in Ancient Greek, it gives an overview of the pronunciation, alphabet and grammar of Ancient Greek. Supplementary interactive material available here.
French: Ouverture
Time: 20 hours
Level: Introductory
Technical: Free registration required
- This course focuses on holidays and at the end you should be able to ask people about their plans, write a postcard etc. There are diverse activities based on signs, videos, handwritten French, spoken & written production etc.
French: Le quatorze juillet
Time: 10 hours
Level: Introductory
Technical: Free registration required
- The second unit of Ouverture, this focuses on the French national holiday on the 14th of July. It teaches you to talk about events in the past and intentions. Nicely presented explanations and activites.
French: En ville
Time: 15 hours
Level: Intermediate
Technical: Free registration required
- You will be able to ask directions, tell the time and deal with numbers on completing this course. There are lots of activities and clearly presented explanations, as well as a forum and journal for registered students.
French: Bien dans sa peau
Time: 15 hours
Level: Intermediate
Technical: Free registration required
- This course aims to increase your grammatical and written skills in French and increase your vocabulary.
German: Lebensumstände
Time: 12 hours
Level: Intermediate
Technical: Free registration required
- This course focuses on the family & parents, as well as teaching you conjuntions and improving your speaking ability. Lessons and activities are based on videos, interviews, audio etc.
German: Regionen, Traditionen und Geschichte
Time: 12 hours
Level: Advanced
Technical: Free registration required
- This course looks at culture and history in Germany. By the end of this course, you should have an increased knowledge of German societies, culture and improved your language skills. Lessons use authentic historical materials.
Latin: Getting started on Classical Latin
Time: 10 hours
Level: Introductory
Technical: Free registration required
- Designed to function as a springboard for people interested in starting to learn Latin. It gives an overview of English words derived from Latin, Latin pronunciation and grammar, with accompanying exercises.
Latin: Continuing Classical Latin
Time: 20 hours
Level: Intermediate
Technical: Free registration required
- A revision course for those who have completed another Latin course, or who wish to prepare for higher study. Downloadable PDF materials on grammar with exercises. Supplementary interactive activities are available here.
Spanish: Espacios públicos
Time: 20 hours
Level: Introductory
Technical: Free registration required
- This course teaches you about finding your way around a city, directions, describing places, talking about transport etc. Lots of exercises, audio and clearly presented explanations.
Spanish: La historia piedra a piedra
Time: 12 hours
Level: Intermediate
Technical: Free registration required
- 7 lessons on how to talk about events in the past, with special lessons on pronunciation, vocabulary etc. Taught almost entirely in Spanish.
Spanish: Con mis proprias manos
Time: 12 hours
Level: Intermediate
Technical: Free registration required
- A course on art, culture and the history of art, with exercises on listening, reading etc.
Spanish: Perspectivas porteñas
Time: 4 hours
Level: Advanced
Technical: Free registration required
- A shorter course based around a documentary about artists in Buenos Aires, designed to improve your listening comprehension.
Beginner's Chinese
Time: 6 hours
Level: Introductory
Technical: Free registration required
- An beginner's course that introduces the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, as well as giving insights into Chinese society and culture. It teaches you how to introduce yourself, describe some of your activities and order food and drink, with listening exercises and quizzes. For absolute beginners, give a taste of the language.
Creoso: Beginner's Welsh
Time: 4 hours
Level: Introductory
Technical: Free registration required
- A basic course teaching basic greetings, introductions, days of the week and numbers, with audio and supplementary transcripts and various exercises.


Utah State University
First Year Chinese I
Level: Introductory
Technical: Windows Media Player & QuickTime player required
- Textbook and reader with exercises, assignments and videos for writing lessons can be downloaded. The focus is on pronunciation and basic character writing.
First Year Chinese II
Level: Introductory
Technical: Windows Media Player & QuickTime player required
- Builds on Chinese I with downloadable lessons and exercises. Provides an understanding of the basic principles of Chinese speaking and writing.
Beginning Latin: Grammar
Level: Introductory
- Based on Wheelock's 'An Introduction to Latin', there are 40 chapters with grammar summaries, exercises, readings, worksheets and vocabulary sheets.