Global learning = Learning / Using / Communicating in Foreign Languages
Why study a language?
Fulfilling the Language Requirement at Columbia
Placement and Proficiency Exam

WWW: Fall 2011: Contact Person:
Akkadian, Fall 2011 Courses in Akkadian (classes meet at NYU), contact; Stéphane Charitos
American Language Program, Fall 2011 ALP Courses, contact: Evan Chan
Ancient Egyptian, Fall 2011 Courses in Ancient Egyptian (classes meet at NYU), contact: Stéphane Charitos
Arabic, Fall 2011 Courses in Arabic (scroll to "Elementary Arabic I"), contact: May Ahmar
Aramaic, Fall 2011 Courses in Aramaic (classes meet at NYU), contact; Stéphane Charitos
Armenian, Fall 2011 Courses in Armenian (scroll to "Elementary Armenian I"), contact: Charry Karamanoukian
Bengali , Fall 2011 Courses in Bengali, contact: Dwijen Bhattachrjya
Cantonese, Fall 2011 Courses in Cantonese (classes meet at NYU), contact; Stéphane Charitos
Catalan, Fall 2011 Courses in Catalan, contact: Elsa Úbeda
Chinese, Fall 2011 Courses in Chinese, contact: Lening Liu
Czech, Fall 2011 Courses in Czech, contact: Christopher W. Harwood
Dutch, Fall 2011 Courses in Dutch, contact Wijnie de Groot
Finnish, Fall 2011 Courses in Finnish, contact: Tiina T. Haapakoski
French, Falll 2011 Courses in French, contact: Pascale Hubert-Leibler
Georgian, Fall 2011 Courses in Georgian, contact: Lauren Ninoshvili
German, Fall 2011 Courses in German, contact: Richard Korb FQA about Learning German
Greek (Classical), Fall 2011 Courses in Classical Greek, contact: Marcus Folch
Greek (Modern) Fall 2011 Courses in Modern Greek, contact: Karen R. Van Dyck
Hebrew, Fall 2011 Courses in Hebrew (scroll to Elementary Hebrew I"), contact: Rina Kreitman
Hindi/Urdu, Fall 2011 Courses in Hindi/Urdu (scroll to "Elementary Hindi/Urdu I"), contact: Rakesh Ranjan
Hungarian, Fall 2011 Courses in Hungarian, contact: Carol H. Rounds
Indonesian, Fall 2011 Courses in Indonesian, contact; Stéphane Charitos
Irish, Fall 2011 Courses in Irish (classes meet at NYU), contact; Stéphane Charitos
Italian, Fall 2011 Courses in Italian, contact: Barbara Spinelli
Japanese, Fall 2011 Courses in Japanese, contact: Fumiko Nazikian
Korean, Fall 2011 Courses in Korean, contact: Carol Schulz
Latin, Fall 2011 Courses in Latin, contact: Marcus Folch
Persian, Fall 2011 Courses in Persian (scroll to "Elementary Persian I"), contact: Ghazzal Dabiri
Polish, Fall 2011 Courses in Polish, contact: Anna Frajlich-Zajac
Portuguese, Fall 2011 Courses in Portuguese, contact: José Antonio-Castellanos Pazos
Pulaar, Fall 2011 Courses in Pulaar, contact Mariame I. Sy
Punjabi, Fall 2011 Courses in Punjabi, contact: Sandeep Singh
Quechua, Fall 2011 Courses in Quechua (classes meet at NYU), contact; Stéphane Charitos
Romanian, Fall 2011 Courses in Romanian, contact: Mona Momescu
Russian, Fall 2011 Courses in Russian, contact: Frank J. Miller
Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian, Fall 2011 Courses in Serbian-Croatia-Bosnian, contact: Radmila J. Gorup
Spanish, Fall 2011 Courses in Spanish, conact: Juan Pablo Jiménez-Caidedo
Swahili, Fall 2011 Courses in Swahili, contact Mariame I. Sy
Swedish, Fall 2011 Courses in Swedish, contact: Verne Moberg
Tagalog, Fall 2011 Courses in Tagalog (classes meet at NYU), contact; Stéphane Charitos
Tibetan (Modern), Fall 2011 Courses in Modern Tibetan, contact: Tenzin Norbu Nangsal
Tibetan (Classical), Fall 2011 Courses in Classical Tibetan, contact: Lozang Jamspal
Turkish, Fall 2011 Courses in Turkish (scroll to "Elementary Turkish I"), contact: Zuleyha Colak
Ugaritic, Fall 2011 Courses in Ugaritic (classes meet at NYU), contact: Stéphane Charitos
Ukrainian, Fall 2011 Courses in Ukrainian, contact: Yuri Shevchuk
Uzbek, Fall 2011 Courses in Uzbek, contact: Nadira Artyk
Vietnamese, Fall 2011 Courses in Vietnamese, contact: James T. Lap
Wolof, Fall 2011 Courses in Wolof, contact Mariame I. Sy
Yiddish, Fall 2011 Courses in Yiddish, contact: Jeremy Dauber
Yoruba, Fall 2011 Courses in Yoruba (classes meet at NYU), contact: Stéphane Charitos
Zulu, Fall 2011 Courses in Zulu, contact Mariame I. Sy

Regional Institutes and Centers

With five National Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education and other Centers funded internally, Columbia has the most comprehensive area studies program in the United States. The regional institutes, which are housed at the School of International and Public Affairs and cover nearly every part of the world, bring together the University's extensive resources in each geographic area and attract distinguished visiting scholars and speakers to our campus. In addition, to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century—the demands placed on the world's environment, economy, and political institutions—the school has sponsored a number of important research initiatives.

Institute of African Studies

Founded in 1959, the Institute of African Studies provides an intellectual forum for Africa-related activities, outside the classroom. It brings speakers and visiting scholars to the campus, organizes conferences, and serves as a resource center for students seeking opportunities to work, study, and travel in Africa. The institute concentrates on sub-Saharan Africa, while North Africa is included in the programs of the Middle East Institute.

The Center for Brazilian Studies

The Center for Brazilian Studies is intended to serve as a regular platform for government officials, business representatives, union leaders, and politicians visiting from Brazil. The center also attracts Brazilian academics, students, and faculty for periods of up to a year in which they focus on their research, interact with their counterparts at Columbia, as well as speak publicly about their research results. Finally, the center serves as a focal point for American students and faculty with deep interest in, and knowledge of, Brazil.

Center for Iranian Studies

The Center for Iranian Studies was founded in 1968 and is the foremost academic research center in Iranian studies in the United States. The main focus of its activities is an extensive program of scholarly publications, notably the Encyclopaedia Iranica and the Tabari Translation Series. The Center also sponsors or arranges art exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances, and occasional lectures for students, staff and the community.

Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies

The Institute for Israel and Jewish studies was founded in 2005, and brings together faculty members and students whose academic interests, divided among several disciplines and departments, are primarily concerned with the study of Jewish civilization or with the State of Israel in its historical and contemporary dimensions.

The East Central European Center

The East Central European Center was established in 1954 to promote the study of the modern history, politics, languages, cultures, and societies of the region. It does so in cooperation with various departments at the University and by arranging for supplemental instruction by visiting and adjunct professors. The center sponsors courses, symposia, conferences, and lectures by prominent scholars and practitioners.

The Harriman Institute

The Harriman Institute is the oldest and largest academic center of its kind in the United States, devoted to the interdisciplinary study of Russia and the other successor states of the former Soviet Union, East Central Europe, and the Balkans. The institute's mandate is to advance scholarly knowledge and public understanding of the polities, economies, societies, and cultures of the Eurasian landmass extending from the Elbe to the Pacific, and from the Arctic to Afghanistan. Towards this end, the institute promotes advanced research and publicly disseminates information, analysis, and opinion generated by its faculty, fellows, students, and other affiliated scholars.

The European Institute

Established in 1947 as the European Institute, the European Institute promotes research and learning on the cultural, political, and socioeconomic issues facing Europe, both inside the EU and in its wider international context. The institute organizes a wide range of activities during the academic year, including formal courses, conferences, colloquia, and lectures by distinguished academics and policymakers.

Institute of Latin American Studies

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is the center for Latin America policy development and research at Columbia University. The institute provides its students and faculty with access to the resources of one of the major policy institutions in the world. ILAS also serves as a focal point for a network of Latin American and U.S. scholars engaged in dialogue on a wide range of issues.

Middle East Institute

The Middle East Institute of Columbia University, founded in 1954, has helped to set the national pace in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East, from the rise of Islam to the present, with a primary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Fostering an interregional and multidisciplinary approach to the region, the institute focuses on the Arab countries, Armenia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, and Muslim diaspora communities.

South Asian Institute

The South Asian Institute coordinates the many activities at Columbia University that relate to Southern Asia, mainly the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Its conferences, seminars, exhibits, films, and lecture series bring together faculty and students with widely varying interests and backgrounds.

Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Since its establishment in 1949, Columbia University's East Asian Institute has been a major center for research, teaching, and publishing on modern and contemporary Asia Pacific activities, covering China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Korean peninsula, and the countries of Southeast Asia. The institute is affiliated with Columbia's schools of business, law, international and public affairs, and Arts and Sciences, bringing together over fifty full-time faculty, a diverse group of visiting scholars and professionals, and more than 250 students from the United States and abroad.


American Language Program
Department of Classics
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Department of French and Romance Philology
Department of Germanic Languages
Department of Italian
Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Department of Slavic Languages

Other Programs

Applied Linguistics at Teacher's College

Language Resource Center

The LRC was created with support from the Mellon Foundation to increase the variety of languages that could be offered to the Columbia community. The LRC strives to provide instruction in not only the less commonly taught languages, but to encourage innovative teaching pedagogy as well as support existing language departments. The LRC provides a variety of media to enhance student learning, conversation groups and tutorials among other language proficiency enhancing activities.

Columbia Global Centers

The Columbia Global Centers Initiative is part of Columbia University's effort to expand its global engagement. The Global Centers are regional hubs that host programs and activities that enhance the quality of research and learning at the University and around the world. This network of global partnerships brings together scholars, students, public officials, private enterprise, and innovators from a broad range of fields to do collaborative work.

Study Abroad

Students interested in studying abroad should contact the Office of Global Programs for further information.
For more information, CC students can also click here; GS students can click here and SEAS students can click here.
See FAQ for each language for study abroad programs specific to each language/department.

International Students and Scholars Office

Columbia University in the City of New York hosts over 10,000 international students, interns, scholars, and accompanying international family members from over 153 countries/places of origin. Columbia ranks third among the more than 2,000 US colleges and universities reporting international enrollments according to the most recent national data available continuing its tradition as a preeminent world center of learning. Columbia offers its international clientele an array of services through the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program is predicated on the belief that “the security, stability, and economic vitality of the United States in a complex global era depend upon American experts and citizens knowledgeable about world regions, foreign languages, and international affairs, as well as upon a strong research base in these areas.”FLAS fellowships strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to security threats and to compete effectively in the modern world by promoting foreign language competence and area and international knowledge and by ensuring the continuance of area expertise in a variety of fields, including academe.

For more information about FLAS scholarships, click here or here.

Fulbright Scholarships

The Fulbright Scholar Program, adminstered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) offers scholarship and grant opportunities worldwide in a variety of fields. Information on study / research opportunities extending from undergraduate language programs to faculty exchanges go to Fulbright Scholar Program.