Interested in Foreign language courses at Doon University, Dehradun?
But aren’t you sure what specific program to choose and how to get admission for the academic session 2023-2024? Let’s find out all the relevant information.
You’ve heard all the reasons why to learn foreign languages.
From improved memory to the highest-paid language jobs to going abroad for higher study, work, or travel. The perks of studying languages are immense.
A degree in major or master’s in Foreign tongues offers varied career paths involving languages.
Of all the choices, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and German are India’s five most in-demand foreign languages.
Proficiency in these languages is an essential requirement for gaining various positions.
Table of Contents
- About Doon University
- The School of Languages
- Admission Procedure
- Final Words
About Doon University
In Uttarakhand, Doon University is a culturally rich and diverse University situated at the foothill of the Shivalik. While it may not have the popularity of JNU, DU, MU, PU, or BHU, it is an excellent place for language learners to embrace their enthusiasm.
The School of Languages (SoL) is the core center for language studies on campus and is home to the French, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Japanese programs.
If you wish to seek degree courses in foreign languages, you can consider Doon University.
The School of Languages
Started in 2010, The School of languages is one of the few Universities in India that offers 5-year integrated programs in 5 different foreign tongues.
Students have the option to exit after completing three years of graduation for a Bachelors’s language degree.
It also runs a one-year certificate course spread over two semesters, and one semester lasts for 45 hours.
The School of Languages has MoU with many International educational institutions in Europe. It has a state-of-art language multimedia laboratory, an ever-growing library, and research-oriented faculty.
Moreover, the University also provides exchange programs, scholarships to meritious students, and placement in various companies.
The School of Languages comprises six departments, including five dedicated to learning foreign languages.
1. Department of Spanish studies
If you have already decided to learn Spanish in India, you may wonder where to study.
One compelling choice is Doon University.
Since the academic sessions in 2010, the Department of Spanish Studies has provided intensive Spanish language education, literature, and history of Hispanic countries through a mosaic of workshops, forums, study circles, events, cultural activities, and academic programs.
The University offers a 1-year Certificate, 3-years BA, and 2-years MA in Spanish.
This covers a wide range of subject areas. It also incorporates the latest Spanish teaching approaches for imparting quality Spanish education to students.
2. Department of French and Francophone studies
With over 30 Francophone nations, there are plenty of benefits of learning French.
Studying French opens up a world of employment possibilities. A French degree from Doon University is developed with your future firmly in mind.
The French-speaking countries’ languages, literature, history, and cultures (France, Quebec in Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Africa, etc.) focus on teaching and researching this department.
Doon University runs the Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Master of Arts programs in French.
The Department of French and Francophone studies also conducts a one-year part-time Certificate in French.
The University also promotes learning of French and cultures through extra-curricular activities such as workshops, the celebration of popular French festivals, and seminars.
3. Department of German studies
With a degree in the German language, you can explore endless career possibilities and the jobs that require German in various professions.
Doon University’s Department of German studies, founded in 2010, is widely acknowledged as a prominent center for learning the German language.
Doon University is known for innovative cross-disciplinary research and a dynamic intellectual atmosphere. It is one of the few Indian universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
Plus, students who cannot enroll in full-time degree programs can take a one-year certificate in German.
4. Department of Japanese studies
Are you considering learning the Japanese language in India?
But you are not sure where to study?
One incredible option is the Department of Japanese studies at Doon University.
Starting in 2014, it is the only University in North India besides JNU that offers Bachelors’s in Japanese.
The long-term Japanese language course is available for students who wish to study for five years (BA and MA). It focuses on Japanese language skills, culture, current affairs of Japan, history, and literature.
You can also opt for a part-time 1-year certificate in Japanese.
While the first 3 years concentrate on Japanese language skills, culture, and history, the last 2 years, i.e., MA in Japanese, primarily emphasize advanced interpretation and translation.
If you’re looking for a fulfilling career as a Japanese expert, Doon University is the place to be!
5. Department of Chinese studies
Chinese is the most spoken mother tongue in the world.
Despite being recognized as one of the most complex languages, acquiring Mandarin in India can open a wide range of employment opportunities.
If you fancy becoming a Chinese language expert, you should consider the Department of Chinese studies at Doon University.
The Chinese BA and MA courses aim to provide students with a professional Mandarin Chinese level in language and literature.
It offers a five-year MA Integrated program in Chinese and one-year certificate classes in Mandarin.
For certificate courses, those who have cleared 10+2 are eligible to apply. They conduct the classes twice a week, and a total of 45 hours are taught in one semester.
The department encourages students to participate in extra-curricular activities like workshops, lectures, seminars, academic discussions on different topics, and events to enrich the campus-learning experience.
Let’s explore the 2023-2024 entrance exam eligibility criteria, syllabus, sample papers, total seats, dates, and fees.
1. Eligibility Criteria
Candidates appearing for Doon University admission must have completed (10+2) or equivalent examination with a minimum of 50% marks.
Due to appearing in the qualifying examination, the applicants can also apply.
For master’s programs, the minimum eligibility criteria are graduation in any stream with a minimum of 50% marks.
Besides, applicants also need the corresponding language as one of the elective subjects or a Diploma from the recognized educational institution.
2. Entrance exam
Every year in May-June, Doon University conducts an entrance exam for part-time and full-time UG and PG language courses.
The test is a gateway to get admission in its offered programs.
Since it is a state university, Uttarakhand students get a reservation of 50% of the total seats.
The entrance test is an online computer mode at authorized centers of Dehradun, Delhi, Lucknow, Haridwar, Nainital, Haldwani, and Patna.
In addition to the written test, the University also takes the interview for the master’s program.
The weightage of the written test and the interview is 70% and 30%, respectively.
3. Total seats
For BA and MA, the total number of seats for each language is 25 (As of January 2023). In contrast, the total number of seats for the certificate course is 30.
4. Syllabus for the entrance test
The BA entrance syllabus would cover Questions concerning GK and general English. It also includes elementary information on the culture and civilization of the languages or countries involved and aptitude for language abilities.
You can check the sample paper — LINK.
For MA, Question Paper is based on proficiency in the concerned language.
The knowledge equivalent to BA /Advanced Diploma or B2 of the international language test is a prerequisite to crack the entrance test.
5. Dates and Fees
Doon University usually kick-starts the admission process in April-May every year. You can apply online.
They conduct the entrance test wherever applicable in June. Then they declare the final merit list within two weeks after the examination.
The fees are not as low as some central Universities like JNU or BHU. However, it is still quite affordable.
Suppose you’re looking for a full-fledged career in foreign languages. In that case, degree-level foreign language courses at Doon University is an outstanding option.
If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section below.
Sir, I want to do a certificate course in the french language at doon university. I want to ask that do they provide placement in certificate courses as well.
Hello Sir, Goof Morning
I completed my 12th [Hindi medium govt school] from Delhi in 2012. I got 63% marks in 12th but in English, I got 33/100 only. But now I’m good at English. Am I eligible for the French language entrance exam? In my case also depends on the entrance Exam’s result. I’m very confused. and what percentage do I need to clear the entrance exam? and every year, how many students apply for foreign language?
Thank you for your precious time in advance
Check the age criteria if you are still eligible. And if you do, you can undoubtedly apply for entrance and scores in your 12th doesn’t matter much. Altrnatively, you can learn French from any private learning center.
How can students with compartment get admission to DOON university?
I guess you have to submit final mark sheet before the last date. Check with the university.
I have submitted the application form for BA French 2022. What is the date of the entrance exam?
On 31st July 2022 (Sunday).
Pls give the detailed structure of the syllabus of BA Hons Foreign Language and also the cutoffs.
For that, check the university’s website.
Sir, I had completed my B.com but now I want to do a language course. So can i apply for M.A. German after doing a certificate course from doon university?
No. You need something like BA or 3-year Advanced Diploma in German, or B2 to clear entrance for MA in German.
I have done my bachelor’s degree in political science. If I do a 1-year diploma in Japanese, will it affect my placement as I have not done a ba in Japanese?
It will matter as 1-year isn’t enough time to learn a language like Japanese for job prospects. It takes a few years to achieve the upper-intermediate or advanced level. So you need some long-term course.
Sir, I want to take admission in MA Chinese in doon uni. I have done adv. Diploma in Chinese from Delhi university. Am I eligible for MA Chinese? What will be the fees? And this year when will the admission process start i.e. in which month?
There is no direct admission to MA in foreign languages for external students. But, you are eligible to give the entrance test they might conduct in mid-2022. You can track their admission timeline, and the fee is around 15 to 20 thousand per semester.
Please tell me about Banglore university to study the Japanese language, are there placements?
I am not sure, but they hardly offer any placement for part-time courses.
I am a college student.
But I am interested in learning the German language (part-time). So, can you tell me the fees?
The fee for the certificate in German is INR 15,000.
Which level of language certificate course doon University provides?
Besides degree courses like BA and MA, it offers 1-year certificate in 5 languages.
Hello sir, I wanted to know if I got below 50% in 12th will I be applicable to apply to Doon University?
Yes, I guess. Admission is based on your score on the entrance test.
How’s a certificate in the Chinese language at Doon university? Is it compulsory to attend regular classes? What is the level of Chinese language one gets to after getting the certificate??
It is good if the aim is to cover basic level knowledge in the state. Yes, it is compulsory to attend their regular classes. So you will complete beginner’s level. If you want more comprehensive and fast-track, try some private institutes.
Sir can you tell me what are the topics for foreign language entrance in 2023?
There are no specific topics. You can refer to the previous year’s papers.
Sir, are there diploma/beginners diploma/advanced diploma courses in a language in doon university? If yes, please tell me how to apply.
No. Doon university only offers a 1-year certificate in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Chinese. They conduct the classes twice a week. You can apply online and then appear for the entrance test. Here is the link for 2021-22.
Sir, could you tell me what will be the fees for a foreign language?
Where? Doon University? It’s affordable and less than 50,000 INR per year last time I checked.
Can you please provide sample papers for BA courses in language?
You can check on the official website (LINK).
Sir, I want to do French honours from doon university, but havnt studied the subject in school. Am I still eligible for the course?
Yes, provided that you clear the entrance.
How should I register for the entrance exam please tell me?
When the forms will be available. Hopefully, very soon. You can also contact 0135-2533105/36.
Sir, still can we apply for language course?
When they will publish the forms. Hopefully soon.
I have searched everywhere but can’t find any resources to help me with Doon University’s or EFLU’s entrance exam. There is no previous year’s question paper or reference book. Could you please guide me regarding how I can prepare for these examinations? I’d be grateful. P.S. The link for the sample paper on this page is not working.
I keep updating new links, and it keeps getting broken after a while. This is the problem with most of the websites of government universities. Sadly, there is no other way. Try their sites thoroughly or try again.
Ok thanks for that.
Hii, I want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Japanese. Please can you tell me about the procedure and all? And can I pursue other courses as well at the same time?
You can apply when the forms are available. Once you paas the entrance test, you will get admission. It is a full-time regular course. So, difficult to pursue courses other than short-term or part-time courses.
In which month of 2023 entrance exam will be conducted for ba foreign language. Plzz tell me sir.
Probably between May-July.
Hii, good afternoon,
Will you please tell me that how can I apply for French and German language diplomas, because when I apply there are no options for foreign languages.
They don’t offer diplomas in French or German. But they do provide a 1-year certificate in both these languages. You can get in touch with the university.
I have cleared the C1 level of DELE in Spanish. I currently do some translation work in the language. Am I Eligible to take the MA admission test for Spanish, without doing the BA course? To which site or URL should I apply if I am eligible?
Yes, you are eligible to take the entrance and ready for entrance as you have already done C1. You can apply for the entrance test when forms are available in 1-3 months, depending on the current situation.
Sir, I want to pursue MA in Spanish language. I have done BCom from Delhi university with 68% and I have done B2 level from Instituto Cervantes. Am I eligible for applying for an MA in Spanish?
Yes, you are eligible. Since you have already completed B2, there is a good chance that you clear the entrance test for MA in Spanish.
Sir, I have done one year certificate course in Japenese from Delhi university. I want to take admission to Doon University please guide me.
Which course? You can either take the entrance for BA in Japanese or contact the University for the Diploma course.
Sir, is there any entrance test for a 1-year diploma certificate in French also? And what will be the syllabus for a 1-year diploma certificate course in French? And will it be hard?
The entrance is only for degree programs, but I’m not sure about that. You should contact the University. Even if there will be one, it won’t be difficult.
I have filled the application form for BA/MA integrated into a foreign language this year 2020. Although the results for BA Hons. in a foreign language are out. When will the results of my department be published?
They have already published the result for all BA programs. You can check the result of the various departments on their website.
Sir, I have been admitted to BA Hons Japanese at Doon University. How are the placements here, after BA in comparison to JNU?
It is not as good as JNU, but it’s fine. Also, I’d suggest pursuing an MA in Japanese after the bachelor’s program. Since it is an integrated course, you will get direct admission to masters.
Also, what is the difference between the salary package after doing BA Japanese from Doon University and the same course from JNU? I am not able to find anything related to placements for both universities.
That is difficult to know since it varies every year and depends on the company and the individual profiles.
Sir, I have completed my graduation in BSc (Hons) Food Technology. I now want to pursue a language course at Doon University. So will I have to repeat my bachelor’s if I want to apply for a master’s in a language course?
Not necessarily. But admission is based on the entrance test, and to crack the exam, you need knowledge similar to BA in the same language. After studying the particular language for 2-3 years, you can appear for the entrance exam.
Sir, it is the combined course of all the 5 above-mentioned languages, or we have to choose one of them?
You have to choose one language in which you want to do the BA program.
Please give me some information about the certification course from Doon University?
Apply and appear for the entrance test. You can check all the details in the prospectus.
Sir, what is the last date to fill the application form?
As per the latest announcement, All the information pertaining to admission for the academic session 2020-2021 will also be available on the University website from 17th August 2020.
Sir! When the entrance exam will be held for foreign languages?
Due to the spread of COVID-19, everything has been delayed. There is also a possibility that admission will be based on 12th marks, and not on entrance tests. Difficult to say. Wait for the university announcement or contact them.
Because of less Mark’s in accounts I have to give a compartment paper. But by adding the other subjects Mark’s I have scored 71%. So, I just want to know that am I eligible for admission?
I’m not sure about that. Contact the University. Also, admission is based on an entrance test.
Sir, I want to take admission in Doon University. What is the last date of application form?
They are yet to announce. You can contact the University.
Sir registration for bachelor degree when occurring? ?
If your name is on the merit list, you can contact the University. They have published the procedure, along with dates. If you are asking about when to apply, then sometime in early/mid-2021 when the forms will be available for the 2021-2022 academic session.
I am interested in a diploma in Chinese language. Pls, tell me. How to apply.
Contact the University helpline number.
Sir, after BA in the Japanese language, which JLPT level can be achieved?
Bachelor’s degree in Japanese is not comparable with JLPT. Both vary on many parameters.
Sir! When the entrance exam will be held?
Yet to be announced. Wait for the official notification.
Sir, I am not able to find out any language entrance sample paper. Which type of questions came in entrance?
The link mentioned in the article. Check the heading syllabus for the entrance test.
My son completed his CBSE 12th standard in 2016, with 83% from Science Stream. He was working for the last four years and is now intended to pursuing a degree course in Japanese. We are from Bengaluru. Registration dates for EFLU, Hyderabad is not extended for the academic year 2020-21.
He has registered for the entrance exam for the JNU UG program. He is awaiting admission announcements from Doon University and Tilak Maharashtra Vidyalaya. Meanwhile, can you name the universities/colleges (public/private) that take direct admission in BA Japanese based on CBSE 12th standard marks? Thanks in advance for your response.
To my knowledge, there isn’t an option for direct admission in BA in Japanese after 12th. JNU, DOON, EFLU, TMV, BHU, and VBU all conduct an entrance test.
Is there any college that takes direct admission without entrance test for foreign language?
Yes, there are several options. But in most such cases, the admission depends on the marks obtained in the 12th grade.
We are not able to find the sample question papers for the BA language entrance question paper.
Syllabus and links for the sample papers are mentioned in this article under heading “Syllabus for the entrance test.”
I want to learn a foreign language, i.e., Spanish. Can you please help me out knowing that my 12th result is 50%, then Doon university can give me the admission?
You can appear for the entrance test conducted by Doon University in May-June. With 50%, it is tough to get direct admission in any university for a BA in Spanish.
I have 60% in 12th board. Can I get admission in Doon University?
That will depend on how you perform in the entrance test followed by an interview.
When will the entrance exam be held?
Dates are yet to be announced. You can contact at 0135-2533105/15/36.
Can we opt for the Japanese language with a technical course in doon university?
I’m not sure, but you can try a part-time 1-year certificate in Japanese at the Dept. of Japanese studies. You can contact the University for the same.
Which is a better option between Spanish and Japanese? Spanish is easy and Japanese is hard. It doesn’t matter, but which is more beneficial in the future?
Both have their own pros and cons. The choice of language is strictly an individual perspective. Pick the one as per your understanding, interest, and goal.
Sir, in what all fields a person can land in if makes it to the college placements? Please elaborate. I would be more than grateful.
That will depend on the types of companies that come to the campus placement. It varies significantly from one university to another.
What all companies have come in the recent past?
I didn’t check that. You can search on their website.
Sir, I am post graduate in Management studies. I have DELF A2 and I teach as of now French on a visiting profile. I wish to know if I manage to get DELF B2, then can I get admission for MA in French directly as a lateral entry?
That will depend on the university as eligibility criteria vary. In most cases, you have to appear for an entrance test, and B2 is the minimum prerequisite to crack such exams. You can check — MA in French.
I want to learn a foreign language, but I am confused between German and Spanish. Can you please help me out knowing which language has a better career option? Also, can you let me know about the placements of the students studying a foreign language?
Both are good choices. You can pick as per your interest, goal, and understanding. Doon University does offer some placement but most students have to find jobs on their own.
Sir, I am B.com final year student. My exam will be held in June, and the result will be declared in October. I want to pursue the Spanish language. 1) I want to ask if I have to repeat the bachelor program? 2) I am from Uttrakhand. Is there any entrance for students from Uttrakhand?
1) Yes. Without prior knowledge in Spanish (equivalent to BA/Advanced Diploma in Spanish or DELE B2), you have to repeat the BA course. 2) While 45% of seats are reserved for SC/ST from Uttarakhand, all applicants are required to appear in the entrance test. Moreover, since your result will be declared in Oct. Thus, the last date for submitting the qualifying exam result may not last by then. You can contact the admission department for the same.
Is there a possibility to teach at this university in Italian?
Doon University does not offer any Italian course, but you can contact them if there is any such possibility.
Sir, I m graduated (BBA), but I want to pursue BA German from Doon university. 1) Is it worth it? 2) Am I eligible for the entrance of Doon university? 3) How is the placement of Doon university in the German department? Please help me with a genuine answer. I am very much confused, sir.
1) Yes, but you have to repeat the bachelor program. 2) 12th Passed 3) Some placement to meritorious students. Not all students get the job.
Dear Sir, I am a student at DU and pursuing an adv. diploma in French. After completion, I want to study an MA in French. Is there any vacancy in govt depts for French specialist? Please revert.
There are limited employment possibilities in the Government departments. You can explore opportunities in MNC and Indian companies.