Languages at Harvard

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne

As a truly global university, Harvard is committed to being a pluriglossic environment for teaching and learning. We take great pride in the fact that we teach over eighty ancient and modern languages—more than any other university!  Along with teaching “foreign” languages, we teach content courses in diverse fields in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Students can choose from a range of language courses that may vary in their emphasis on particular skills or on particular topics, combining language study with literature, music, film, history, or politics. Transcultural competence in today’s world demands linguistic and cultural proficiency beyond English, and we are committed to helping students acquire it.

Why Study a Foreign Language?

Study Abroad

Planning Your Language Study

Foreign Language Citations

Foreign Languages Offered at Harvard

The 2016-17 "Languages at Harvard" Booklet