Continuing & Professional Education


Courses for everyone

Learn­ing a lan­guage is more than mak­ing unusu­al sounds and learn­ing a new alphabet. 

It’s about com­mu­ni­cat­ing and under­stand­ing — it is a cul­tur­al experience.

Gain an edge on the expand­ing glob­al mar­ket and con­nect with new peo­ple through devel­op­ing com­pe­tence in a sec­ond language.

Do you have a pas­sion for lan­guages? Is your job or your vaca­tion trav­el tak­ing you to oth­er coun­tries? Would you like to have a bet­ter under­stand­ing of your her­itage or anoth­er cul­ture? Or do you need to pre­pare for Uni­ver­si­ty cred­it lan­guage courses?

Par­tic­i­pants in our cours­es come from all walks of life and have their own rea­sons for study­ing a sec­ond lan­guage: work, trav­el, cul­tur­al enrich­ment, friendship/​relationships, study abroad, her­itage, or liv­ing part of the year in anoth­er country.


No application or prerequisites required – just register in a course.

Learn and practice listening, reading, and writing skills.

Develop your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation.

Explore aspects of the life and culture of different countries.

Open doors to a world of career and life possibilities.

Daytime, evening, and weekend courses held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.


This introduction to Spanish uses group work, exercises, and activities to practice vocabulary and structures in a conversational context. The basic elements include pronunciation, numbers, time and dates, greetings, descriptions, and basic sentence structure.
September 14
already started
Online learning, synchronous. With Hansy Herrera

January 11
starts in 3 months
In-person (face-to-face) learning. With Hansy Herrera
The continuation of basic Spanish uses group work, exercises, and activities to practice vocabulary and structures in a conversational context. Beginning with a review of material from Spanish I, this course covers vocabulary for dining and travel, health, business conversation, and grammar related to forms of the present tense and reflexive verbs. Completion of EXCPE 3001 is strongly recommended.
November 2
starts in 1 month
In-person (face-to-face) learning. With Ivonne Quintero

March 8
starts in 5 months
In-person (face-to-face) learning. With Teresa Castro-Albarracin
Participants will develop communicative competence through activities related to travel, business, and culture. Material will be reviewed from the two previous modules before moving on to learning the two past tenses (preterit and imperfect). There will be practice reading, understanding, and telling stories, as well as descriptions of past events. Basic techniques for speaking, listening,and reading are included as well as a brief introduction in Spanish to the world of global trade. Completion of EXCPE 3002 is strongly recommended.
January 10
starts in 3 months
In-person (face-to-face) learning. With Ivonne Quintero
Participants will explore how to interact in the Spanish world by consolidating what has already been learned, expanding this knowledge into new areas. Students will review and build upon vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar (including present, preterit, imperfect, present perfect, and future tenses). The conditional mode is reviewed and the subjunctive is introduced and practiced in the present tense forms through the use of impersonal expressions, reflexive verse, and commands. Cultural aspects such as shipping, meeting people, exploring cities, and doing business will be focused on throughout. Completion of EXCPE 3003 is strongly recommended.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Participants will explore the Hispanic world by enjoying its arts and entertainment while studying the present and past tenses of the subjunctive mode. Learn about celebrations, housing, and stories while discovering the three main concepts of subjunctive and developing your level of comprehension, writing, and conversational skills. Completion of EXCPE 3004 is strongly recommended.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep