Language classes for Arabic, Chinese, English, French,French Children’s Class, Swahili, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish:

The UNON Language and Communications Programme offers language classes three terms per year.(detailed calendar annexed below)


First Term 2019:       28th January to 4th April

Second term 2019:   29th April to 4th July

Third Term 2019:     24th September to 29th November

Registration for regular, special, intensive and individual courses Third Term 2019

Registration for the first term 2019 will occur from 28th November 2018 to 20th January 2019. Registrations after this date may not be accepted.

New and continuing students should download the corresponding registration form from the UNON Language Programme website available at https://languageprogramme.wordpress.com By clicking on the tab for the specific language they are registering for.

Once filled, registration forms should be submitted by e-mail (unon-hrms-languageprogramme@un.org) ) or to the Language Programme Reception, W Block East Wing. Incomplete registration forms will not be processed.

Confirmation of Enrollment

Registration applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis as space in the Language Programme is limited. Once a course is full, subsequent applicants are placed on a waiting list.  If a space becomes available within the first week of the term, the students on the waiting list may be contacted. A minimum of six students must register to enable the formation of a class. All registrants will be notified of their enrollment by 24 January 2019.

Payment of Fees

For UN organisation sponsored registrants

All staff members who wish to register for language and communication training must complete the appropriate language registration form, obtaining approval from their Supervisor and certification of fund allocation from a certifying officer (account and signature). Forms must be submitted to the Language Programme no later than 20th January 2019 for the third term beginning on 28th January 2019. UN organisations will be billed during the first week of the term for all registered students.

Staff Members sponsored by a UN organisation will not be permitted to repeat a course unless they reapply as fee paying participants.  Fee paying participants can repeat a course only once at any level.

For self-paying registrants

Forms must be submitted to the Language Programme no later than 20th January 2019 for the term beginning 28th January 2019. Incomplete registration forms will not be processed.

Self-paying registrants should submit their payment once they receive the email confirming their enrollment (five working days prior to first class).  They should have their registration form approved by Language Programme with an official stamp and signature and should take it to Standard Chartered Bank.  When payment is made, self-paying registrants are then requested to bring their paid form with their receipts back to Language Programme, W Block East Wing where a copy of their receipts will be filed.

Payment can be made through EFT, after which the proof of payment has be to be fowarded to the UNON language programme email.

The payment details are included below:

Bank Name – Standard Chartered Bank

Bank ID – 003091


Branch name – Muthaiga Branch

Street address – Muthaiga

City – Nairobi

Postal code – 00100

Country – Kenya

Account name – United Nations (KESC4) USD

Bank Account no. – 8708018789000

Only US Dollars payments will be accepted.       

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations or withdrawals from a language course are required in writing to the Language Programme Head Teacher before the 22nd Janauary 2019.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations/no-shows after this date.


Students with less than 75% attendance rate may not be allowed to sit for the final examination at the end of each term unless the language teacher so authorizes and will be considered as “repeaters” unless the absence was due to sick leave or official mission.

The language teacher must be informed of all absences, including the reason for the absence (i.e. illness, mission, or occasional pressure of work).

Students who withdraw from courses for one term or more will have to take a placement test to be readmitted to the Programme.

Placement Tests

UNON Language Programme will coordinate with students the time and place for the placement test.

Further Information

Phone Ext 24336

or Stephen Ong’alo or Mary Koech, Language Programme Receptionists: stephen.ongalo@un.org / mary.koech@un.org

or Fatma K. Gatabaki, Language Programme Assistant: fatma.Gatabaki@un.org

or Chantal Fiaferana, Language Programme Head Teacher: fiaferana@un.org

or send us an e-mail at unon-hrms-languageprogramme@un.org



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    • Thank you for your interest in our Language Programme.
      Kindly click on to the English icon at the top of our blog’s home page and click on the registration form link.
      Registration deadline is 21st January 2016. The class opens on 3rd February.

    • Dear Lorna,
      Thank you for your interest in our Language Programme.
      Unfortunately, we do not currently have online courses available.
      However, this is in the pipeline and we shall communicate once they have been approved and launched.

  1. Hi there
    I am interested in taking individual language classes as this is what will fit my schedule. I was told to contact the relevant teacher directly so I want to know am I required to fill the language programme registration forms even if set up classes with the teacher directly? Thank you!

    • Hi Sam,
      Please note that you need to fill out the registration form first before you talk to the teacher. You can download the individual registration form for second term from our website.

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