Languages

Whether you want to conduct international business, discover your family heritage, explore new cultures or travel the world, the ability to communicate in another language enhances your experience and gives you the confidence you need to accomplish your goals. In addition, it can help to improve your decision-making ability, enhance your creativity, boost brain function, and more (see Six ways learning a language can make your life easier).

Our conversational courses are offered in several languages, including French, SpanishChinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and American Sign Language. We also offer 100% online courses in several languages in reading and writing.

We offer courses from introductory to advanced. Not sure which level is right for you? Read our overview of course language levels to find the level that suits your experience and skills.

Courses and Programs

Courses

Course Name
Dutch Beginner 1 (AD010)   
French Beginner 1 (AF010)   
French Beginner 2 (AF020)   
French Intermediate and Advanced (AF045)   
French Introduction (AF000)   
French Lower Intermediate (AF030)   
French One-week Summer Institute at Point Grey (SI710)   
French One-week Summer Institute at Robson Square (SI740)   
French Three-week Summer Institute: Full Day (SI730)   
French Three-week Summer Institute: Mornings Only (SI720)   
French Two-week Summer Institute at Robson Square (SI745)   
German Beginner 1 (AG010)   
German Beginner 2 and Lower Intermediate (AG025)   
German Intermediate and Advanced (AG045)   
Italian Beginner 1 (AI010)   
Italian Beginner 2 and Lower Intermediate (AI025)   
Italian Intermediate and Advanced (AI045)   
Japanese Advanced (AJ050)   
Japanese Beginner 1 (AJ010)   
Japanese Beginner 2 (AJ020)   
Japanese Lower Intermediate and Intermediate (AJ040)   
Latin American Culture (AS616)   
Latin American Culture 2 (AS617)   
Mandarin Beginner 1 (AM010)   
Mandarin Beginner 2 (AM020)   
Mandarin Intermediate and Advanced (AM045)   
Mandarin Lower Intermediate (AM030)   
Portuguese Beginner 1 (AP010)   
Portuguese Beginner 2 and Lower Intermediate (AP025)   
Reading and Writing Chinese Characters - Beginner 1 (AM615)   
Reading and Writing Chinese Characters - Beginner 2 (AM616)   
Reading and Writing French - Advanced 1 (AF503)   
Reading and Writing French - Advanced 2 (AF504)   
Reading and Writing French - Advanced 3 (AF505)   
Reading and Writing French - Beginner 2 (AF500)   
Reading and Writing French - Intermediate (AF502)   
Reading and Writing French - Lower Intermediate (AF501)   
Reading and Writing Spanish - Advanced 1 (AS503)   
Reading and Writing Spanish - Advanced 2 (AS504)   
Reading and Writing Spanish - Beginner 2 (AS500)   
Reading and Writing Spanish - Intermediate (AS502)   
Reading and Writing Spanish - Lower Intermediate (AS501)   
Sign Language Beginner 1 (DS010)   
Sign Language Beginner 2 (DS020)   
Sign Language Intermediate (DS040)   
Sign Language Lower Intermediate (DS030)   
Sign Language One-week Summer Institute at Robson Square - Beginner 1 (SI795)   
Sign Language One-week Summer Institute at Robson Square - Beginner 2 (SI796)   
Spanish Beginner 1 (AS010)   
Spanish Beginner 2 (AS020)   
Spanish Intermediate and Advanced (AS045)   
Spanish Lower Intermediate (AS030)   
Spanish One-week Summer Institute at Robson Square (SI750)   
Two-week Sign Language Summer Institute at Robson Square (SI797)   

Programs

Chinese

UBC Award of Achievement Program
The UBC Award of Achievement in Chinese is a part-time program that helps you improve your language skills, enhance your knowledge of Chinese culture, prepare for travel and increase your career opportunities. LEARN MORE

French

UBC Award of Achievement Program
The UBC Award of Achievement in French is a part-time program that offers you the opportunity to improve your skills in one of Canada's official languages. LEARN MORE

French Language and Culture

UBC Certificate Program
The UBC Certificate in French Language and Culture will help you expand your French language skills and prepare for study, travel or doing business at home and throughout the French-speaking world. LEARN MORE

Sign Language (American)

UBC Award of Achievement Program
The UBC Award of Achievement in American Sign Language (ASL) develops your fluency in the predominate sign language used by half a million North Americans. LEARN MORE

Spanish

UBC Award of Achievement Program
The UBC Award of Achievement in Spanish helps you expand your knowledge of the Spanish language and increase understanding of Hispanic cultures. LEARN MORE

Spanish, Practical and Business

UBC Certificate Program
The UBC Certificate in Practical and Business Spanish helps you hone your Spanish language skills for a business environment. LEARN MORE