Planning Your Language Study

“Uma língua é o lugar donde se vê o Mundo e em que se traçam os limites do nosso pensar e sentir.” - Vergílio Ferreira, writer

Do you continue with a language you have already studied, or begin a new one? Should you choose a language that is relatively familiar to you, or step outside of your previous experience to study one that is entirely new? Perhaps you already know the answers to these questions, but in any case it may be helpful to discuss your options with knowledgeable people at Harvard.

The best place to get more information about language offerings is in the departments where the languages themselves are taught. Many departments have Directors of Language Programs who are well informed about course offerings and students’ experiences. They can discuss course content, refer you to specific instructors, relate experiences of other students in their courses, and assist with placement questions. Don’t be shy about approaching such faculty, even if your questions are exploratory. They are eager to share their experience and their interest with new students.

Students can also take advantage of Harvard’s state-of-the-art Language Resource Center in Lamont Library with a multitude of digital resources like online language learning software, non-English-language DVDs and videos, international HD TV, audio and video materials for coursework, and computers for multilingual web-browsing.