There are two types of foreign language courses in Delhi University, one is at the university level and the other is many Colleges offering a wide array of language courses in DU. They provide a cluster of part-time and full-time degree level courses.
This article covers “Foreign language courses in Delhi University“. Do read the three-part series. (Part – 1: Advantages of learning foreign language in India, Part –2: Most popular foreign language to learn in India and Part – 3: Where to learn Foreign language in Delhi)
Over the last decade or so we have witnessed a huge surge in demand for foreign language professionals. Learning is not only great for your hobby or travelling but can also broaden job prospects, business opportunities and career options in foreign languages. Established in 1922, Delhi University is the premier university consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the country. The University of Delhi is well-known for high-quality education, research, and eminent faculty.
Students who want to pursue have two options: Either part-time classes (Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) or study full-time degree level course (B.A., M.A., M.Phil, PhD). D.U. also has many departments dedicated to the study of foreign languages. In Delhi University, There are many colleges such as Hansraj, St. Stephen’s College, Daulat Ram, Zakir Husain, Jesus & Mary, Hindu, Gargi, Ramjas, Lady Shri Ram College to name just a few with a varied range of foreign language programs.
French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese remain on top in the category wish list of most of the student. However, in recent years – Demand for Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, etc. are also on the rise. Arts faculty through various departments also offers some not so popular and less common languages courses in Bulgarian, Romanian, Czech, Swahili, Polish, Tibetan, Croatian, Hungarian, etc. These language courses are not available in any Colleges affiliated to University of Delhi.
There are several colleges where one can pursue part-time / short-term foreign language courses. Delhi University’s Arts faculty does not offer part-time courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. For part-time Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in various languages, Contact respective Colleges. Every College has different admission procedure and dates. Admission is done mostly through merit list / cut-off.
List of DU colleges offering Foreign Language Courses
Delhi University – North Campus
- St. Stephen’s College, University Enclave – Certificate in Korean, Certificate & Diploma in Arabic, Chinese and Japanese, Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in French and German.
- Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Pitampura – Certificate in French, German, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
- Satyawati College, Ashok Vihar – Certificate & Diploma in French and German.
- Daulat Ram College *, Maurice Nagar – Certificate & Diploma in Chinese and Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean and Japanese.
- HansRaj College, Malka Ganj – Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in French and German.
- Ramjas College, Maurice Nagar, Delhi University – Certificate in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese & Chinese, Diploma in French, Japanese & Chinese and Advanced Diploma in French.
- Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Pitampura, Near Sainik Vihar – Certificate in French and German.
- Mata Sundri College *, Mata Sundri Lane – Certificate in French, Spanish and German.
- Miranda House *, Patel Chest Marg – Certificate in French, Spanish and German.
- SGTB Khalsa College, Mall Road – Certificate in Spanish, Russian, German, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
- Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Karampura – Certificate in Russian.
- Hindu College, University of Delhi – Certificate in French, German, Spanish and Russian.
- Zakir Husain College, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg – Certificate in Russian.
- LakshmiBai College *, Ashok Vihar – Certificate in Chinese and Japanese.
- Kalindi College *, East Patel Nagar – Certificate in Chinese language.
Delhi University – South Campus
- Jesus & Mary College *, Chanakyapuri – Certificate in French.
- College of Vocational Studies, Sheikh Sarai Ph-II – Certificate and Diploma in French and German.
- Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Netaji Nagar – Certificate in French, German & Spanish and Diploma in Spanish & German.
- Acharya Narendra Dev College, Govindpuri, Kalkaji – Certificate in Russian, Certificate & Diploma in French, Spanish and German & Advanced Diploma in Spanish.
- Kamla Nehru College *, August- Kranti Marg – Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in French
- Bharti College *, Janakpuri – Certificate in Russian, French, Chinese & German and Diploma & Advanced Diploma in French & German.
- Sri Venkateswara College, Dhaula Kuan – Certificate in German and Chinese.
- Gargi College *, Siri Road fort – Certificate in German.
- Lady Shri Ram College *, Lajpat Nagar 4 – Certificate in Russian.
* Women’s Colleges of DU.
Certificate level requires candidates to have passed 10+2. For Diploma and advanced diploma level, certification and Diploma is required respectively in the corresponding language. Admission will be given on merit or entrance test.
Arabic & Persian at Zakir Husain College
Affiliated to University of Delhi since 1925, Zakir husain Delhi College holds the distinction of being in existence well before the establishment of Delhi university. It carries within itself nearly a history of 300 years as an institute of learning and one of the best place to learn Arabic Language in India.
The Department of Persian offers full time three year B.A. (Hons.) and two year MA in Persian Language. For 2018, Total number of seats are 19 for BA (Hons.) in Arabic and Persian. The Arabic department, with its dedicated, competent and committed teachers and student-centred teaching methodology, offers B.A. programme and MA programme focusing on the study of Arabic language and literature.
Spanish at Jesus & Mary College
Over the last 4 decades, the Jesus & Mary College has expanded and reached out to thousands of young women who have graduated from the College. Jesus and Mary College became the first college to start a placement cell in 1998. Starting with one company, today there are around 55 to 60 reputed companies which hold on-campus interviews for placements. A Staff Coordinator arranges interviews by prospective employers.
Why Learn Spanish? There are plenty of benefits of learning spanish language. One main attraction is job opportunities after learning Spanish. J&M College Spanish department offers B.A. (Hons.) in Spanish Language. Total number of seats are 18 for BA course. Admission is done through written exam and merit list.
Foreign Language Courses in Delhi University (Arts Faculty)
Delhi University’s Faculty of Arts has many departments functioning under it. They are: Department of Arabic, Department of Buddhist Studies, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, Department of Persian, Department of East Asian Studies and Department of Slavonic & Finno-ugrian studies.
1) Department of Germanic and Romance Studies
Established in 1948, The Department of Germanic and Romance studies is widely recognized as one of the best place to pursue foreign language courses in Delhi university. MA programmes in French, German and and Hispanic Studies was introduced in 1988 whereas MA in Italian Studies was added in 1995. MPhil programmes was restructured in 1998 and BA (Hons) courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish was introduced in 2002.
Every year, a large number of students of the Department avail of scholarships to study or do research at universities in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, Romania, Austria, etc. The department of Germanic and Romance studies also has cooperation agreements with several universities abroad with for exchange programmes & study trips for students and research scholars. The Department offers the following courses:
- 2 Year Diploma / B.A. (Hons.) in French, German, Italian and Spanish
- MA in French, German, Hispanic (Spanish) and Italian Studies
- MPhil & PhD Programme in French, German, Hispanic (Spanish) and Italian Studies
- Intensive 1 year Full-time Advanced Diploma in Portuguese
- Part-time: Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in Portuguese & Romanian
For 2019 admission, For B.A. (Hons.) in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Total number of seats are 41 for each course. For M.A. in French, Hispanic (Spanish), Italian and German, Total number of seats are 23 for each language course.
The department also offers French, Spanish and German as Discipline Courses-II in few Colleges. (i) Jesus & Mary College – French and Spanish, (ii) Delhi College of Arts and Commerce – German and Spanish, (iii) Gargi College – German, (iv) Vivekanand College – French and (v) Ramanujan College – French.
The aim of the Discipline Courses is to teach 4 basic skills (Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading) and enable students to attain CEFR B1 level. This will be helpful for students to pursue Post Graduate course in corresponding language, Study abroad, and also promoting the study of society and culture of the countries where this language is spoken.
2) Department of Slavonic & Finno-Ugrian Studies
Delhi university’s Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies is the only place in India where one can learn Slavonic languages namely Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Polish and Hungarian from the Finno-Ugrian group of languages. The courses offered by the Department have a two-fold aim – to empower students to become fluent users of these languages and to acquaint them with the diverse and rich civilizations of the important regions of East – Central Europe and Russia.
The Department of Slavonic & Finno-ugrian studies provides an excellent environment to pursue language and literature study to some of the greatest literary works and scholarly writings produced in East-Central Europe and Russia. They also lay great emphasis on other activities like film shows, exhibitions, quiz programmes, celebration of national festivals etc. They offer 1 year part-time Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Polish and Hungarian language course in Delhi.
Thanks to the historical reasons to Learn Russian in India, Dept. is well-known for Russian Language Course in Delhi University. They also offer One Year Full Time Intensive Advanced Diploma, M.A., M.Phil and PhD in Russian. For M.A. in Russian studies, total number of seats are 30 for 2018-2020. Those who are doing M.A. in Russian can choose Polish as a complementary subject.
3) Department of Arabic
The Department of Arabic is one of the oldest departments in the University dating back to 1922, the year of the inception of Delhi University. The Department of Arabic – Arts Faculty offers 1 year Certificate, 1 year Diploma and 1 year Advanced Diploma in Modern Arabic. The center also offers B.A. (H.), M.A., M.Phil and PhD in Arabic. For M.A. in Arabic, Total number of seats are 46 for academic year 2018-2020. After Arabic Language courses in JNU, DU is the second best choice for Arabic Language course in Delhi.
4) Department of Persian
Started in 1957, The Department of Persian is one of the oldest department of University of Delhi in the field of language learning. The Department of Persian – Arts Faculty offers 1 year Certificate, 1 year Diploma and 1 year Advanced Diploma in Persian. If you’re interested in learning Persian language in India, then you can pursue BA, MA, M.Phil and PhD in Persian. For M.A. in Persian language course in Delhi campus, Total number of seats are 30 for academic year 2018-2020. After Persian Language courses in Jamia Millia Islamia, DU is another great choice in North India.
5) Department of East Asian Studies
The Department of East Asian Studies introduced Chinese Studies in 1964, Japanese Studies in 1969, and Korean Studies in 2001. The Department of East Asian studies – Arts Faculty offers One Year Full-time Post Graduate Intensive Diploma Course in Chinese (CF-1), Korean (KF-1) & Japanese (JF-1) and One Year Full-time Post Graduate Intensive Advanced Diploma Course in Chinese (CF-2), Korean (KF-2) & Japanese (JF-2).
The Department also offers MA in Japanese (MA-JL) and M.A., M.Phil, and PhD in East Asian studies. All students have to choose one language between Chinese / Korean / Japanese while pursuing M.A. / M.Phil / PhD in East Asian studies. Total number of seats are 39 for East Asian Studies and 16 for MA in Japanese respectively. For Ph.D., number of seats are decided every year. The admission procedure for PG courses consists of a written test and an interview.
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6) Department of Buddhist Studies
The Department of Buddhist Studies was established in 1957 as follow up to the action initiated by the Government of India on the occasion of the celebration of 2500 years of Buddhism on 24 May 1956. The Department of Buddhist Studies – Arts Faculty offers One year part-time Certificate and One year part-time Diploma in Pali and Tibetan language and literature.
Department also offer M.A., M.Phil and PhD in Buddhist studies with a vision of to prepare Buddhologists who would excel in knowledge, orientation, and application of Buddhist thought of peace and non-violence with high ethical standards and social relevance. Language is also part of Buddhist studies. After Tibetan and Pali Language courses in BHU, DU is the one of the excellent for Tibetan Language course in Delhi.
7) Department of African Studies
The Department of African Studies is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Delhi. It was established in December 1954. The Department of African Studies – Arts Faculty offers 1 year Certificate and 1 year Diploma in Swahili Language. Those who are doing M.Phil and PhD in African studies has to choose Swahili Language as a compulsory subject.
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Admission Procedure, Eligibility Criteria, Entrance Exam, Dates
For Admission in Under Graduate (BA Programme), You need to pass in 10+2. For few courses, admission is done on the basis of entrance exam while for some courses, admissions are based on merit list / cut-off.
If you want to pursue a part-time courses in foreign languages, then you should directly contact the College concerned. Admission is mostly done through merit list. Preference is given to existing students of the same College. Prior knowledge of the language is not required for Certificates. However, for Diploma and Advanced Diploma, Certificate and Diploma in the same language is required.
For PG Intensive Diploma / Advanced Diploma in Chinese / Japanese / Korean (CF-1, JF-1 and KF-1), Bachelor’s Degree is required followed by Common Entrance Test (SLAT) of the Department of East Asian Studies. For Advanced Diploma (CF-2, JF-2 and KF-2), Bachelor’s Degree + Diploma in the corresponding Language (KP-1) / (JP-1) / (CK-1) issued by Department of East Asian studies or Advanced Diploma in the corresponding language. Final admission is done on the basis of entrance exam.
For MA courses, Minimum Eligibility is BA in the corresponding language or any subject from D.U. or any recognized University. Good Knowledge in the same language is required since Admission is based on written exam and then viva-voce in some cases too. Question paper will be in the corresponding language.
For research courses M.Phil, The candidate should have good academic record with first or high second class Master’s Degree (at least 55% Marks) or an equivalent Degree. All the eligible candidates are required to sit for entrance test as per the dates announced by the Department. Weightage is 75 marks for written test and 25 marks for Interview. Good Knowledge in the same language is required.
For research courses Ph.D., The admission in DU will be granted on the basis of entrance examination (75 marks for written test and 25 marks for Interview). Minimum Eligibility is M.Phil or M.A. with an excellent academic from University of Delhi or any recognized University. Good Knowledge in the same language is mandatory.
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