Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth

Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth

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The KU Language Training Center began offering foreign language courses at the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in the fall of 2013 and became the exclusive provider of on-site language training in the fall of 2019.  KU LTC courses provide elective credit towards CGSC program completion as well as 3 college credits from the University of Kansas for each course.  The KU LTC forwards all enrollment and course completion information to CGSC to ensure proper elective credits are applied to CGSOC requirements.

Courses offered by the KU LTC are funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense that covers all instructional costs, including tuition, fees and textbooks.  Service members will have no costs associated with LTC courses.  There is no requirement for a service member to be a military linguist, or to have had any prior experience with a foreign language to take courses offered through the KU LTC.

For AY 2020-21 the KU LTC will provide introductory language courses that span the fall and spring terms.  Courses typically meet twice per week (M/W or T/Th) from 1630-1800 CT in a face-to-face format at CGSC, but some degree of distance instruction is likely during Fall 2020 due to social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19.  If instruction is moved to distance format, enrollment will be capped at 12 students per course.

Language offerings for fall 2020 include:

  • Beginning Arabic (Modern Standard)
  • Beginning Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Beginning French
  • Beginning German
  • Beginning Italian
  • Beginning Japanese
  • Beginning Korean
  • Beginning Russian
  • Beginning Spanish

All courses are taught by advanced and native speakers of the target language who are regular instructors at KU during the academic year.  Because students will receive permanent KU academic credit, there will be some additional requirements for enrollment that can be easily accomplished over any web-capable device.

The first step in indicating your interest in taking a language course through the KU LTC is to fill out the initial registration formStudents wishing to enroll in classes for Fall 2020 are asked to complete this form no later than Monday, 17 August.

Once your initial registration is received, you will be contacted with specific information about applying to the program.  The entire process should take no more than 10-15 minutes.  If you have any questions about the KU LTC, languages offered, or adminstrative processes, please contact us at

KU also has a longstanding Education Partnership Agreement with Fort Leavenworth.  Through this initiative, KU accepts transfer credit from CGSC and applies it towards military-specific graduate degrees that can be earned while attending CGSC.  More information about these graduate degrees opportunities can be found at  You may also contact our LTC Director of Military Relations, Lt Col Trent Williams (USAF, ret.) at