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Cultural Competency & Language Classes

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Upcoming classes

Spring Semester 2024 Registration begins October 31, 2023 and courses will be published approximately October 13, 2023 in the Course Directory and VCU Schedule of Classes

“The instructor was very patient and very good at building on our experiences, building on our interests—adapting to where we had strengths and where we needed some more support.” - Alisa 

Alisa B., VCU Cultural Competency and Language Student

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Cultural Competency and Language Classes offered through VCU Continuing and Professional Education introduce adult learners to different cultures, and include both noncredit learning opportunities, as well as classes for one academic credit.

Our noncredit courses and events are open to all learners.

In partnership with the School of World Studies, credit-based conversational language classes are offered as a benefit to VCU and VCU Health employees, and are open to community members and students not currently enrolled in VCU academic programs.

Classes for credit

Spring Semester 2024

Noncredit classes

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Why study a foreign language?

Improve travel experiences

Planning a trip abroad? Register for a class with your travel companions to learn or refresh your language skills.

Connect with other cultures

Become interculturally competent, and gain a better understanding of other cultures.

Add to your work skills

Enhance your career opportunities in our increasingly global world.

Keep your mind engaged

With an emphasis on oral fluency and listening, learning a world language makes a great hobby!

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Noncredit registration

Noncredit registration takes place online via our online registration system or by using the Noncredit Registration Form. Visit our payment and billing page for more information about noncredit courses/events.

Discounts are available on noncredit language courses for VCU alumni, VCU and VCU Health employees, active-duty military, reservists, Guard members, veterans, and military spouses. Please note, coupon codes cannot be combined with other discounts/coupons or waivers, and will not be retroactively applied.

Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

Credit registration

Visit our registration page for additional instructions on registering for undergraduate credit. The tuition and fees calculator for credit students can also be accessed on this page under 'Helpful links'. The tuition benefit or education assistance may be available to qualified employees. Contact Human Resources to determine eligibility, and refer to our payment and billing page for specific details.

Registration using a manual Credit Registration Form is available. If you are an active nondegree-seeking student, you can enroll online through eServices during the registration period. For these short courses, the add/drop is one day after the start date.

Want to find out more? Get in touch.