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University of Chicago Languages

At the University of Chicago you can choose from over 50 languages to study. You can explore the University's full language offerings here.

Other languages may be accessible through CourseShare. The University is an active member of the CIC CourseShare initiative. This initiative allows students within the CIC—the fourteen Big Ten schools and the University of Chicago—to enroll in selected courses offered at other institutions. This expands the number of languages offered to our students, while also bolstering enrollment in our least commonly taught languages.

Language Competency

Students in the College must demonstrate competence in a language other than English and are expected to complete this requirement in the first two years of their education. Please refer to the College Catalog for further details on the language competency requirement.

Foreign nationals may meet this requirement if their formal schooling experience in a country other than the United States allows them to demonstrate cultural understanding and language competence. They must submit a form along with supporting documentation to Catherine Baumann at The form can be found here.

Graduate students may satisfy their language reading exam requirements by taking comprehension or translation exams. For more information, go to our Graduate Reading Exam page.

Summer Language Institute

Every summer the University of Chicago Summer Language Institute offers a number of intensive language courses.

Beginning and Intermediate courses in the modern languages are designed for students wishing to develop proficiency across all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Our courses often enable students to progress at a speed that is the equivalent of a year or more of instruction during the regular academic year.

In our Summer Ancient Languages program, faculty from the University of Chicago’s renowned ancient and classical language departments guide students in building and honing their reading abilities and their familiarity with ancient texts and culture.

Reading and research courses focus on the skills graduate students need to access secondary literature in other languages.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute provides rigorous, creative and pedagogically cutting edge English language programming for international students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Chicago. The ELI offers courses in Pronunciation and Fluency Building, Spontaneous Speaking, North American Academic Writing, and Writing Fundamentals. For a full list of Academic Year Courses, click here.