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The Centre for Language Studies teaches thirteen languages: Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Spanish, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese. Currently it offers a number of language modules ranging from elementary to advanced levels.

Students majoring in the following subjects may be required to read the respective languages to fulfil their major requirements*:


Majors Language Requirements
European Studies French or German
Global Studies Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Malay, German, French, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi or Thai and Spanish.
Japanese Studies Japanese
South Asian Studies Tamil or Hindi
Southeast Asian Studies Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Thai or Vietnamese


 * Please refer to the respective Departments’ Degree Requirements at Section 2.2.2 for more information.

FASS and Cross-Faculty students may choose to read language modules as unrestricted electives outside of their majors or as Breadth modules outside their faculties respectively. FASS graduate students who need to learn a foreign language for the purpose of their studies or research may apply through their departments.

There are no pre-requisites or qualifying test for Level 1000 language modules. But these modules are meant only for students without any prior knowledge. Those who have learned the language through formal and informal means (incl. through external courses, self-study or an extended stay in the target language country) must contact CLS to take a placement test.