Published: Aug. 16, 2018

For those who want to learn or brush up on a foreign language without the pressure of earning a grade, the University of Colorado Boulder offers a range of courses this fall. 

The Anderson Language and Technology Center (ALTEC) offers multiple levels of French, Italian and Spanish in fall, along with Directed Independent Language Study courses in Danish, Indonesian, Swedish, Thai and Tibetan. 

ALTEC language classes are non-credit and for enrichment only. Classes run for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 10 and meet once a week for two hours. 

Community members can register for these classes and pay $200 per class. Current CU Boulder faculty, staff and graduate students receive a 50-percent discount. Payments can be made by credit card, cash or check. Interdepartmental invoices are also accepted, should a department wish to sponsor tuition. 

Students have access to a large collection of foreign language materials at the ALTEC Multimedia Library, in Hellems 159. 

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, closing on Friday, Aug. 31. 

With smaller class sizes and more individualized attention from the instructor, the Directed Independent Language Study(DILS) program makes possible the study of less commonly taught languages. This fall, ALTEC will offer three-credit-hour classes in Danish, Indonesian and Swedish and non-credit courses in Thai and Tibetan. 

University staff can use their tuition benefit to register online in MyCUInfo for the Danish, Indonesian and Swedish courses. Staff may take the Thai and Tibetan classes at no charge by emailing

Visit the DILS program page to learn more about Danish, Indonesian and Swedish courses. Register for French, Spanish or Italian courses on the ALTEC language classes web page.