We're here to help! Email us at alteclanguageclasses@colorado.edu if you can't find the answer to your question below.

What are the classes like and which level should I take?

Classes are collegial, fun, non-credit, with emphasis on conversation. There are no tests, required homework or grades. Read what our students have to say!

Not sure which level is appropriate? View our placement guide for assistance.

Can undergraduate students take these classes?

Yes! These engaging evening classes are perfect for undergraduate students who have already completed their language requirement to graduate but cannot accommodate more credits in their class schedule. These classes are non-credit with no tests or grades, and our students are highly motivated to learn new languages and cultures for use in their profession, social life and travels.

Please note that our language classes are for enrichment only and students do not receive a certificate of completion. Students seeking credit to fulfill their degree or graduation requirements can enroll in for-credit language courses through CU departments.

You might be surprised how quickly you fall in love with language learning, at which point you should consider taking for-credit courses to pursue a language major, minor or certificate! More information about for-credit language courses and degree programs can be found on the following CU department websites:

Community members can enroll in these courses through the following Continuing Education programs:

  • ACCESS enables non-degree students to take Boulder main campus undergraduate or graduate courses for personal or professional development.
  • The High School Concurrent Program is intended for high school students interested in the challenge of completing college courses at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • The Community Auditors program allows you the opportunity to attend university classes for no academic credit.
  • The Senior Auditors program is open to Colorado residents ages 55 and over.
What is the attendance policy?

As our classes meet a total of 20 hours, your learning is fully dependent on attending each class session. We appreciate your commitment not only to your own learning, but also to your classmates who depend on your presence to practice the language during pair and group work activities. We are pleased to reward this commitment with priority registration for future classes.

Where are the classes taught and where can I park?

Remote classes are taught on Zoom and in-person classes are taught in the Hellems building on the CU Boulder campus. A wheelchair accessible entrance is located at the northwest corner of the Hellems building.

Here are a few options for parking, but you can also take the bus to Broadway and Euclid (stops 12432 & 12433). For up-to-date parking maps and pricing, visit the Parking & Transportation website.

  • The Euclid parking garage is an hourly pay-to park option and typically has space available.
  • Lot 204 is in front of the Euclid garage and lot 208 is closest to our building. Both are available after 5pm. Note that lot 208 is also used by museum visitors, and may be full.
  • Lot 306 is about a 10–15 minute walk from our building and is the next closest hourly pay-to-park option.
  • Alternatively, you can potentially find free street parking on the streets south of Hellems or to the west on the Hill.
Do I need a textbook and what is Canvas?

ALTEC language classes use Canvas to host the class syllabus, documents, online links, interactive games and assignments, discussion boards, practice quizzes and communication with the instructor. We believe using this robust online learning management system allows a high degree of flexibility. This is integral to our program, as our classes are customized to meet our students' unique learning needs.

ALTEC students are enrolled in the Canvas course prior to the start of class. Community members are asked a few additional questions during the registration process in order to issue them a CU Identikey and thus allow them to also be enrolled in the Canvas course.

Instructors may recommend learning guides or provide other resources; at the same time, students are not required to purchase materials. Students enrolled in ALTEC language classes also have access to a large collection of language learning materials from The HIVE @ALTEC (Hellems 159). Contact your instructor if you have specific questions.

What happens if class is canceled due to weather or instructor illness?

ALTEC in-person classes follow the same weather policies as main campus. ALTEC classes will not be canceled unless main campus closes early or for the entire day. If class should be canceled due to instructor emergency or illness, the instructor will email the students directly. If any class should be canceled due to weather or instructor emergency, the instructor will teach an additional class on a date/time that accommodates the majority of the students' schedules.

How to find information about campus closures:

  • On your mobile device—Watch for text or e-mail alerts in the case of a campus closure.
  • On your computer—Download Alertus and watch for alert pop-ups on your computer for information regarding campus safety.
  • On the web—Visit www.colorado.edu for detailed campus closure information and updates.
  • On the phone—Call the campus info line at 303-492-INFO (4636) for recorded information and updates relating to campus alerts.
  • By e-mail—Check your official university e-mail for updates and information.
  • On social media—Like CU Boulder on Facebook and follow @cuboulder and @cuboulderalerts on Twitter.
Why is there a cost difference and how can I pay?

The ALTEC language class program was initially set up as a type of benefit for CU personnel. As part of the university's internationalization efforts, this program receives financial support from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, which enables us to subsidize the tuition for CU affiliates (current faculty, staff and students). We welcome alumni, retirees, spouses and dependents to register as community members.

Payment with credit card is required at the time of registration. This payment will appear on your credit card statement as "UNIV OF COLORADO EVENTS." Please email alteclanguageclasses@colorado.edu if you need to use an alternative payment method or if you or your organization is interested in providing a tuition subsidy for employees and/or members.

What is the refund policy?

In case of a canceled class, students will be notified by email on the Thursday before the start of classes and tuition will be refunded.

If the class you signed up for is too simple or difficult, you may switch to another class offered during the same semester or another language, if space is available. View our placement guide for assistance with selecting the appropriate level. You may also contact the instructor for further guidance.

You may contact us by the Thursday before classes begin to either apply your paid tuition to the following semester or request a refund minus $20 in transaction and registration fees. In all other cases tuition is non-refundable.

Do you offer English language classes?

The CU Employee English Program run through the International English Center provides language instruction for front-line service employees at the University of Colorado Boulder.