Center for Language Studies

Resources for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students get involved with languages and cultures at Brown in a variety of ways.

From enrolling in one of our amazing languages courses with small-sized classes where the professor gets to know you really well and where you learn, collaborate and become friends with fellow students from a variety of concentrations to the CLS Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) and weekly Open Hours for language practice and community-building, the CLS has something for all interests.

The mission of the CLS DUG is to bring undergraduate language enthusiasts together and to demonstrate the value of language learning to the Brown community.
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Students hoping to study a language with which they have some familiarity - whether through formal classroom study, significant exposure to the language through extended stay abroad or use in your family - are invited to take a language placement test.
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Brown is home to numerous academic departments that specialize in modern and ancient languages.

Did you know there are over 25 languages offered at Brown? Let languages be part of your Brown experience by starting a new language or continuing with languages you already know. Wondering where to start? Take a placement exam!
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Languages open doors! Alumni often report how important language classes were for their undergraduate experience and for their careers afterward. Explore this page to find out how languages can play a role in your pathways at Brown and beyond.
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Students are encouraged to deepen their cultural knowledge and awareness and improve their proficiency in modern languages through study and internship in the countries where the languages are spoken.
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Meet our Language Ambassadors, who play an essential role in creating positive experiences for language learning at Brown.
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Join us every Monday on the 6th floor of the SciLi at 6pm for a peer-facilitated language hour. Meet people who speak the language you are learning.
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Students who wish to study a language not offered on campus may petition to create an Independent Study Project or Group Independent Study Project.

In the past, students have studied the following languages independently: Danish, Dutch, Armenian, Romanian, Tagalog, Esperanto, Georgian, Hungarian, Thai, Vietnamese.
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