Welcome to the Center for Language Studies (CLS)

What languages can I learn at Brown? Can I start a new language?

We offer over 20 languages at Brown and yes, you can start from scratch! For a complete list of these languages, please click here.

Language Placement Exams

Be sure to take the placement exam for the language(s) you will be studying, if you have studied it before. You can learn about placement exams for languages offered at Brown here.

What do students think about learning languages at Brown?



Since 1987, Brown's Center for Language Studies (CLS) has worked to strengthen language study at Brown University. By promoting research on language pedagogy and offering programming relating to the teaching and learning of languages, the CLS strives to facilitate communication among language faculty at Brown and to encourage students to pursue the innovative language-learning opportunities Brown makes available. CLS currently houses 6 World Languages and includes affiliates from every language department on campus.