Posted by: Sarah Standish | December 5, 2012

Where to Study Critical Languages in College

College applicants who want to study Arabic–or any other critical language–at the college level need to be aware than not all universities and colleges offer more than first- and second-year Arabic courses.  If you truly want to learn the language, it’s very important to ask how many levels your prospective schools have and to make sure that they offer the third- and four-year courses you will need to take if you want to reach an advanced level.  The University of Texas at Austin, Georgetown, Middlebury, and Brigham Young have some of the best-regarded Arabic programs in the country, but many other universities also offer multi-year programs in the language–such as our very own PSU!

Want to branch out in college?  The same goes for all of the other State Department-designated “critical need languages”-like Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Korean, Portuguese, Persian, Russian, Swahili, and Turkish.  Check out this post for tips on colleges and universities where you can study these languages, with options for students with all levels of GPA, SAT scores, and financial backgrounds!


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