Why Study a Foreign Language? Language study plays an important part in a liberal education. The study of languages is essential to understanding highly globalized world we live in. Studying another language provides unique insights into how people from different cultural traditions think, communicate, and organize their world. Such study combats the insularity of an ethnocentric cultural perspective. It also makes new areas accessible to you for research and exploration, opening opportunities for international internships and study abroad. Learning a foreign language will also deepen the human connections you make in college and beyond.
- Harvard offers instruction, from beginning to advanced levels, in over 80 languages, including Arabic, Czech, Hebrew, Irish, Latin, Nepali, Swedish, Vietnamese, Zulu, and more. Learn more at the Academic Fair held during Opening Days.
- The language requirement must be met by the beginning of your junior year.
- Check out one of Harvard’s key language-learning resources, its state-of-the-art Language Resource Center.