If English is not your mother tongue, this may be a source of difficulty for you… in most European languages the present tense equates to two tenses in English which are often known as the "present" and the "present progressive" tenses.
Unless you have a good knowledge of English, it is not a good idea to use a course presented in English in order to learn German.
But what you are saying doesn't make much sense; at least if your command of English is above "minimum" or beginner. As you said, in French, Italian, or, in my case, Spanish, there's no "present progressive" so in fact it's easier for us because German has the same structure for the present tense. It’s only a problem for native English speakers, and if you don’t know basic English it’s very unlikely that you’ll be here using it to learn German
You asked the question above quite a while ago, so your question may have been answered, but if not, or others have this same question, here's an answer from another thread:
Does "Du lernst." also mean "You are studying (I mean studying for an exam for example.)"?
Yes, but when you study at a university you say: ich studiere an der Universität.
Hope that answered your question if you were still wondering about "lernen" vs. "studieren."