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Application for language training

The objective of the language training is linguistic preparation prior to the posting abroad.

Training is offered in the working languages that are relevant to the post. The number of lessons during pre-departure as well as the form of teaching will depend on the individual staff member’s level and needs, on how difficult the language is, on how relevant the language is to the performance of tasks, and on the time and budget available.

In connection with the MFA’s posting confirmation letter, the MFA staff member will receive information on how to apply for language training for his/her accompanying family. 

The objective of language training for partners (spouses/cohabitants) and children is to prepare linguistically and culturally for the posting. The service is to underpin the MFA’s family policy goals that aim at making conditions easier for accompanying family members during the posting.

Accompanying partners

During the pre-departure period, accompanying partners may receive 50 individual lessons in English, Danish or the local language.

Training in local languages takes place at, for example, Studieskolen and may be offered outside normal working hours. Alternatively, accompanying partners may receive the 50 language lessons granted on the location. However, the lessons must have been received by the end of the posting year. 

Partners (together with their MFA partner) are, moreover, offered the possibility of participating in a regional and country course in Denmark. 

Accompanying children

The objective of language training for accompanying children is to prepare for the child’s schooling. Therefore, language training offered to children is generally in English. If the school language is another language than English, the MFA will decide on the individual case. Children must be born in the period 1995-2011 to be able to receive language training during pre-departure 2016. If the child reaches the age of five prior to departure, the MFA may, however, in exceptional cases decide to grant language training.

Language training in English is offered in the form of 20 individual lessons. In Denmark, training is offered to the youngest as home schooling and to older children at the Competence Centre. If the school language is French, training in this language is instead offered to older children at French-speaking posts abroad. Language training in French is offered to children born between 1995-2003: a total of 20 individual lessons to be received in Denmark or on the post.

With respect to 2017:

English training is offered to children born between 2007-2012 in the form of 20 individual lessons provided as home schooling. The training may take place Monday-Saturday for a minimum of two lessons every time. Provided more children live at the same address, the training of the children must take place in continuation of each other. A training schedule will be drawn up in collaboration with UMKC and the language teacher.

Children born between 1996-2006 are also offered 20 individual lessons at the MFA’s Competence Centre. Alternatively, the training may take place at home, but only provided more children live at the same address and the training of the children takes place in continuation of each other.

Children born between 2001-2012 are, moreover, offered the possibility of  1-2 weeks’  summer school at Copenhagen International School, Hellerup, probably end of June/beginning of July 2017. Please find more about CIS: – enrolment is subject to agreement with UMKC. 

Training offered to non-Danish speaking Family members

If it is a matter of accompanying family members whose mother tongue is not Danish, it will be possible to receive lessons in Danish prior to departure as an alternative to the above services.

Transfer between two postings

If the MFA finds that the training cannot be completed in Denmark (for example in connection with transfer between two postings), the pre-departure training may take place on the post abroad. Before the training commences, it must be approved by the MFA that will pay the course fees as well as expenses for course material. No other expenses can be covered (including per diems, travel, stays, etc.).

Language training after pre-departure

The MFA does not cover expenses in connection with language training on the post (apart from training under the pre-departure financial frame). In case of a need for language training after a staff member has taken up his/her duties, application must be made to the Head of Mission who may decide to spend funds earmarked for competence development paid by the Mission itself.
Furthermore, HR/Udeteam administers a special allocation for Danish language training targeted at children during the posting. For information on this, please contact HR/Udeteam.

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