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Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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Language Reading Knowledge Exam

These translation exams test reading knowledge of French, German, Italian or Spanish and meet the requirements of UW–Madison graduate programs. Register at least one week prior to your chosen exam date. No refunds after registration.
Upcoming Dates
  • Dec. 13, 2021
    $65
    Self-paced

Spanish 0

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
This mini-course sets you up for success in Spanish 1 with a slow introduction to the fundamentals of the Spanish language.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 5, 2022–Feb. 9, 2022
    $110
    Live online
  • Jan. 6–31, 2022
    $110
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  • Jan. 6–31, 2022
    $110
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Spanish for Reading and Translation: Comprehensive

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Benefit from all of the materials in our basic course with additional interactive exercises, 60 percent more instructor-graded translations, more advanced readings and a final capstone project tailored to your academic or professional field. Hone your Spanish-to-English translation skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 12, 2022–May 6, 2022
    $545; Graduate students, $445
    Self-paced

Spanish 1: Intensive

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Jump back into Spanish with our popular Spanish 1 language class. Thoroughly review the basics of Spanish with a proven communicative approach that will have you speaking, reading, understanding, and speaking Spanish quickly.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 13, 2022–Feb. 17, 2022
    $215
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French for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Open to anyone who wants to study French for reading and translation. We cover essential grammar and vocabulary to provide knowledge that is especially useful for students preparing for the French graduate-level reading knowledge exam.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 19, 2022–May 7, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Group-paced

German for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Open to all students who want to study German for translation. Great for meeting graduate program language requirements or for genealogy work. Key skills you'll learn include taking advantage of similarities between English and German, expert dictionary use and recognizing easy grammar cues.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 19, 2022–May 6, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Self-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Basic

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Develop the skills you need to read and accurately translate Spanish texts to English, using texts from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Start with the basics and work your way through more challenging grammatical concepts that appear in the scholarly texts you translate.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 19, 2022–May 6, 2022
    $435; graduate students $335
    Self-paced

Spanish Book Club

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Join other advanced learners to read Isabel Allende's best selling first novel with an expert in Spanish literature. Improve your Spanish and learn about Chile's culture and history during the 20th century while discussing La casa de los espíritus.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 25, 2022–April 12, 2022
    $295
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Spanish 1

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
Explore the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world with this beginning-level language class. Master the basics of Spanish with a proven communicative approach that combines our popular in-person class with robust online resources to keep you learning between classes.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 1, 2022–April 19, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 1, 2022–April 19, 2022
    $215
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Italian 1

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Italian 1 is designed for beginning learners who wish to gain practical knowledge of the Italian language and familiarize themselves with Italian culture. Learn the vocabulary and grammar necessary to communicate effectively in key social situations and while traveling.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 2, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 2, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 7, 2022–May 2, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 7, 2022–May 2, 2022
    $215
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Portuguese 1

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Portuguese is the official language in nine countries and one of the top five languages for doing business globally. Learn to greet people and talk about daily life, work and travel. The differences between continental and Brazilian Portuguese are presented.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 2, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
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French 1

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Join other Francophiles as you learn the basics of French with listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Learn to introduce yourself, use numbers, and talk about cities, hotels and travel. Textbook and workbook required.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 5, 2022–April 30, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
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Business Spanish Certificate Program

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
In as little as six months, greatly improve your professional proficiency in Spanish and gain the cultural knowledge you need to conduct business in Spain and Latin America. Learn to communicate professionally via email, telephone, video conferencing and in-person.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 7, 2022–Nov. 7, 2022
    $925; Group of 2 or more, $810 each
    Group-paced

Spanish 2

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
This practical high-beginner's course blends the best practices of our in-person instruction with active online learning outside the classroom. Improve your ability to converse about more topics in the present tense, take your first steps in the past tense, and grow your comprehension skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2022–April 26, 2022
    $215
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  • Feb. 8, 2022–April 26, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 9, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • March 14, 2022–May 23, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • March 14, 2022–May 23, 2022
    $215
    Live online

Basics of French Pronunciation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Struggling with French pronunciation? Want to become more comfortable speaking French? This six-lesson online course contains clear explanations, practice exercises, and sets of drills to help you understand and refine the fundamentals of French pronunciation with one-on-one feedback from your instructor. Enrollment is ongoing; you’ll have two months to complete the course. A great preparation or review! No prerequisite needed. Audiobook: "Secrets of French Pronunciation" by Camille Chevalier-Karfis. Please contact your instructor for purchase information.
Upcoming Dates
  • Start Anytime
    $195
    Self-paced

Create Your Own Music

If you've ever wanted to compose your own music, this course is for you! Beginners: Complete six composition activities modeled after exercises assigned to great composers. Experienced composers: Stretch your ideas in new or already completed pieces. Prerequisite: basic music notation skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • Start Anytime
    $255
    Self-paced

How Music Works: The Tools of Music Theory

This comprehensive study of music theory provides a complete set of tools handy for either a lifelong interest in music or preparing to take college entrance exams. Explore theoretical concepts in the context of real-world projects through the repertoires of famous composers.
Upcoming Dates
  • Start Anytime
    $255
    Self-paced

Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Past Tenses

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
One of the best ways to improve your spoken Spanish is by improving your writing. Learn to tell your story in a well-written narrative. A Spanish writing expert guides you through those tricky past tenses, gives you personalized feedback, and helps you compose better sentences and paragraphs.
Upcoming Dates
  • Start Anytime
    $295
    Self-paced

Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Basics

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This refresher course has something for everyone. Brush up your Spanish writing by eliminating common errors while gaining better skills. Perfect the use of written accent marks, articles, gender, word order and tricky verb conjugations. Gain confidence by learning to proofread your own writing.
Upcoming Dates
  • Start Anytime
    $295
    Self-paced

Emeritus Faculty Lectures: Eloquence and Eminence

Celebrating over 25 years of award-winning lectures by retired University of Wisconsin faculty known for their teaching excellence and scholarship. The lecture series is free and open to the public, with no registration required. Sunday afternoons 2-3 p.m., online for 2020.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.
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