• What are foreign language courses?

    Do you like learning new languages? Then foreign language courses are your go-to ways, which not only allow you to pursue your hobby or love for languages but make the career in the same. The travel and tourism and hotel industries have a huge requirement for language specialists. Moreover, MNCs are in need of professionals who can break down the language barrier in order to help them conquer new markets across the globe.

    Apart from the career aspect, learning a new language gives you a chance to explore more of what the world has to offer. You will be introduced to newer cultures and you become more open-minded. Learning a new language increases your brain power and improves your decision-making skills and confidence. Read on to learn about foreign language courses offered in India.


    Skill Set Required:

    If you feel that you are cut out for foreign language courses, then you must possess the following:

    • Love for the language
    • Ability to grasp new things faster
    • Patience and perseverance


    Job Prospects at UG Level:

    Foreign language courses that have a wide scope in India include:

    Chinese: The increasing presence of China in the global market has opened newer opportunities for Chinese speakers.

    French: French is the working language of the United Nations, European Union, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and many other international organisations.

    Japanese: Japanese operates in the Indian market and they are reluctant to speak English or any other language, which creates the need for Japanese translators and interpreters. Considering this, the Japanese language has been introduced as one of the optional languages in the CBSE syllabus, which means more demand for teachers who know Japanese.

    Russian: The tourism departments of Goa, Uttarakhand and Kerala have established links with the Russian Tourism and Cultural Ministry. Russian-speaking tourist guides can take advantage of this.

    German: Germany offers cheaper education as compared to other European countries, hence foreign language courses teaching German help students who are planning to study abroad.

    Spanish: India’s relationship with Spanish-speaking countries has strengthened, thus, career prospects for Spanish teachers, translators and diplomats are growing significantly.

    Portuguese: Many MNCs or multinational companies in India are looking for Portuguese language experts because of business requirements.

    Italian: Italian companies that have set up business in India are looking for Italian speakers.

    Arabic: The presence of Middle East countries in the global market is the main reason for Arabic language gaining popularity.

    Korean: With the presence of companies like Samsung and Hyundai in India, Korean-speaking employees are like assets to the organisation.


    Job Prospects at PG Level:

    Pass outs of postgraduate foreign language courses can serve as:

    -Language specialist

    -Public relations officer

    -Foreign language teacher

    -Translator for private/Government organisations

    -Research associate


    -Tourist guide

    -Air hostess or a flight steward

    -Freelance writer

  • At Certificate Level

    At the certificate course level:

    A list of reputed institutes that offer certificate foreign language courses is given below:

    Name of the Institute

    Language taught

    Alliance Française

    Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai


    Goethe Institute

    Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Pune


    The School of Foreign Languages  (Under Ministry of Defence,
    Government of India)

    Certificate of Proficiency in Arabic/ Bahasa Indonesia/ Burmese/ Chinese/ French/German/Hebrew/Persian/Pashto/Russian/Sinhala/Spanish/Tibetian

    YMCA, New Delhi

    Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Japanese

    Bangalore Nihongo Kyooshi- Kai




    Some of these institutes offer foreign language courses in extensive, intensive and blended learning mode. The duration and fees for each mode differ accordingly.

    The syllabus of Certificate Course in German in Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak is as follows:

    Paper-I Communicative Grammar: Functional Grammar based on the text book

    Paper-II Text Comprehension and Written Expression: 1. Compression of simple texts and précis-writing 2. Essays on simple topics, questions on civilisation 3. Translation of simple passage into English and simple sentences into German.


    Paper-III Oral Expression: Reading of texts,  general questions on history, culture and civilisation of German-speaking courses.


    Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, offers Certificate courses in French, Spanish, Chinese and German. The duration of the course, fees and eligibility for these foreign language courses are tabled below:




    Fees (annual)

    Certificate Course in French

    Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) with at least 45% marks in aggregate

     1 year

    INR 11,174

    Certificate Course in Spanish

    Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) with at least 45% marks in aggregate

    1 year

    INR 11,174

    Certificate Course in Chinese

    Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) with at least 45% marks in aggregate

    1 year

    INR 11,174

    Certificate Course in German

    Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) with at least 45% marks in aggregate

    1 year

    INR 12,000


  • At Diploma Level

    Name of the Institute/University


    Duration of the course

    Languages taught

    Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi


    One year

    Diploma of proficiency in Italian, Portuguese, Pashto & Bahasa Indonesia

    Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi


    One year

    Diploma in French/Spanish/Russian/Italian/Portuguese (Part-time)

    Diploma in Uzbek/Modern Arabic/ Turkemenin/ Khazakhi/Modern Persian/ Turkish/Pashto

    University of Delhi


    Two years

    Diploma in French/German/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian

    Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi


    Two years

    Diploma in Russian/Arabic/Chinese/French/German/Persian

    Aligarh Muslim University


    One year

    Diploma in Persian/German


    The fee structure of different diploma foreign language courses offered at Jamia Millia Islamia University is listed below:


    Fees (total)

    Diploma in Russian

    INR 7,260

    Diploma in Chinese

    INR 5,720

    Diploma in Italian

    INR 7,260

    Diploma in Modern Arabic

    INR 7,260

    Diploma in Persian

    INR 5,720

    Diploma in Spanish

    INR 7,260

    Diploma in French

    INR 7,260


    The syllabus of Diploma in French offered at Jamia Millia Islamia is as follows:

    Listening comprehension

    Functional grammar as per the prescribed textbook

    Lexical items for written and oral communication

    Cultural life of the people and salient features of history and society of the countries where the language is spoken, contemporary issues of general interest


    Banaras Hindu University offers two years Diploma in Chinese. The syllabus of the diploma course is as follows:



    Paper – I  ( Chinese Language I ): Phonetics, Grammar & Character writings                                                       

    Paper – VI   ( Chinese Language – III ): Text, Translation & Grammar

    Paper – II ( Introduction to China – I ): The paper shall introduce the language, land and people of China                    

    Paper – VII  ( Composition & Translation I )



    Paper III (Chinese Language – II): Phonetics, Grammar & Character writing, Text & Translation                        

    Paper VIII  ( Chinese Language IV ): Text, Grammar & Translation

    Paper IV (Introduction to China – II): The paper shall introduce history and Culture of China.

    Paper IX  ( Composition & Translation II )

    Paper V   (Viva-voce) 

    Paper X (Viva – Voce)


  • At Postgraduate Level



    Admission Process

    Eligibility Criteria


    Delivery Type

    Fee Structure

    Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

    Master of Arts in Arabic/Persian/ Japanese/Chinese/ French/ German/ Russian/Spanish

    Entrance exam

    10+2 and bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 45 percent marks with proficiency in the concerned language

    Two years or five years integrated program


    INR 675 for 2 years

    Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

    Master of Arts in Chinese/Russian

    Entrance exam

    10+2 and bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50 percent marks with proficiency in the concerned language

    Two years


    INR 3,645 per annum

    Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

    Master of Arts in Arabic/ Persian

    Entrance exam

    10+2 and bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 45 percent marks with proficiency in the concerned language

    Two years

    Distance learning mode

    INR 13,100 for 2 years


    No data is available as of now. Keep watching this space for more information soon !

  • Specialisations at UG Level

    Following are the areas of specialisation offered to students pursuing undergraduate foreign language courses:

    Foreign Linguistics:

    Branches of linguistics include phonetics (study of the sounds of speech), phonology (study of how sounds are organized and used in Foreign), morphology (study of words, and their formation and relationship to other words), syntax (study of how phrases, clauses and sentences are constructed and combined in Foreign), semantics (study of meaning), sociolinguistics (study of society and language) and historical linguistics (study of how Foreign language has changed over time).

    Film studies:

    This area of specialisation helps students explore, analyse and understand the history, theory and criticism of films and television with a focus on novel forms of interactive media. Students will be shown a selection of foreign films so that they can develop analytical skills in artistic representations and cultural issues.


    This area of specialisation in foreign language courses will expose students to a wide range of cultural artefacts in a historical and contextual perspective.

    Media studies:

    This area of specialisation under foreign language courses will help students learn theoretical and practical aspects of the media world.


    This is quite a common specialisation and involves in-depth study of a number of literary texts written in the language. It concentrates on imparting knowledge of key cultural, social and political issues relating to the countries where Foreign is spoken.


  • Specialisations at PG Level

    Choosing the right specialisation paves the way to a promising career. Students pursuing postgraduate foreign language courses can choose from a variety of options for specialising in a particular area. Though options remain the same as offered at the undergraduate level, students enrolled in postgraduate degree will be exposed to in-depth knowledge of the field they choose to dedicate themselves to.

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