Welcome to the Center for Language Studies (CLS)

Let Languages Be a Part of Your Brown Experience

Did you know there are over 20 languages offered at Brown! You can start from the beginning with a new language or continue with languages you already speak or have learned. 

Wondering where to start? 

If you want to continue learning a language, take a placement exam!  Click here to view information about placement exams for each of the languages offered at Brown and be sure to check back for updates.

If you want to start a new language, check out this list of languages offered at Brown for all three semesters of the academic year 2020-21.

What is it like to learn a language at Brown?

We've got answers to all your questions. 

How do I start a new language at Brown? What if I took the AP exam? What are language classes like in college? Can it help me get a job? 

Watch as students, faculty, Jim Kim, and Provost Locke talk about Careers, Classes, Internships and [email protected]!


See what Brown students have to say about their experience with [email protected]!

Why languages?

They are the key to cultural understanding. While proficiency in English is essential in many facets of life in the 21st century, at home and abroad, knowledge of English alone is insufficient to meet the nation’s needs in a global society. To find out more, read the report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Bridging America's Language Gap

What about the faculty?

Language faculty are amazing. Classes are small, usually fewer than 20 students!  You'll get a chance to know your faculty and they will know you.  Need a recommendation letter? They are the best faculty to ask!

Watch how our language faculty played a game of catch to wish our heartfelt congratulations to Brown Class of 2020!