Welcome to the Center for Language Studies (CLS)

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 houses the Language Resource Center and affiliates include language faculty from every language department on campus.

Language Placement Exams

Be sure to take the placement exam for the language(s) you will be studying. View the procedures and links to placement exams for each language offered at Brown here.

What languages can I learn at Brown? 

We offer over 20 languages at Brown. You can even start a new language at Brown! For a complete list of these languages, please click here.

What do students think about learning languages at Brown?