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Language Learning

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein

BU’s exceptional course offerings in 27 different languages allow you to maximize your undergraduate experience by gaining foreign language proficiency and developing essential intercultural skills for living, studying, and working with others around the world. Learning a new language or advancing your study of a foreign language will prepare you to take full advantage of study abroad and internship opportunities through more than 75 BU programs on six continents.

At the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), you can study a wide range of languages, from Portuguese to Swahili to Japanese. And you won’t just be learning a new tongue; you’ll be delving deeply into a foreign culture. Language proficiency is an integral part of regional studies majors such as European Studies or Middle East & North Africa Studies, and an important complement to popular majors such as International Relations or History.

Our hands-on academic advising team will assist you in choosing the course of language study that is right for you, and our career services team will help you translate your language learning into success after graduation. And you can meet others with a passion for language learning through our residential language houses, student organizations focused on language and cultural study, Language Link discussion groups, and the Globally Speaking program offering fun, non-credit courses in a wide range of languages.

For the complete list of language courses offered at BU that can fulfill CAS’s second-language requirement, go here.

Language Study: Majors and Minors

Regional Studies

Language learning is an integral part of our regional studies programs offered through the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, which is housed within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Study Abroad

BU Global Programs offers close to 100 study abroad and internship opportunities in 25 countries spanning six continents. Learn more

Other Language Learning Opportunities at BU