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The only means of communication is language. In the market, Indian companies are rapidly progressing as global players and multinational companies are keeping a keen eye over the Indian markets, so the need of the hour is to have professionals who can remove the language barrier so that smooth communication can be facilitated for smart & efficient business deals. Hence there is a huge demand for Foreign language courses in the market. Corporate Sector has a tremendous demand for the foreign language experts who not only understand the language but also have a  good understanding of the cultures.The article is divided into following sections 

  • Eligibility Criteria & Requirements
  • Top Foreign Languages & Job Prospects
  • Types of Foreign Language Courses
  • Universities/Institutes Offering Undergraduate courses
  • Institutes offering Certificate Course
  • Institutes offering Diploma Course
  • Other Institutes offering foreign language courses

Eligibility Criteria for Foreign language Courses 


  • Bachelor’s Degree: In order to have a Bachelor’s Degree in any Foreign Language, candidates must have passed Class 12 Board Examinations or any other equivalent examination from a recognised Board.
  • Master’s Degree: In order to have Master’s Degree in any Foreign Language, candidates must have done his graduation in the same language.

Kindly Note: The above-mentioned eligibility is applicable to the Universities/Institutes offering full-time course in the Language concerned. 

  • Applicants should have a basic understanding of the English Language.
  • Many official Institute that offers a student to excel in Foreign Language has their own and different Eligibility Criteria. 

JNU Entrance Exam 2018 

Top Foreign Languages, Scope, Job


  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese and many other 

Scope after pursuing Foreign Language Course

There is a huge Scope of foreign language courses and the candidates who wish to pursue higher studies in foreign language will have abundant job opportunities offered by several top multinational companies and multilateral organizations. Language skills are essential attribute in most professions and help in the personal growth viz-a-viz the growth of the organization.  

Job Prospects


  • Once the candidates have become fluent in the language of their choice, they can also think of becoming a specialist in foreign language, interpreters and translators. Entertainment organisations, tourism department, public relation firms, international organizations and publishing houses also recruit the experts of Foreign Language.
  • Once you have attained fluency in any language a door to many golden opportunities opens automatically. One can think of working in a school as a teacher, as an interpreter, translator and freelancer. You can also try your luck in several sectors namely: publishing, tourism, public relation, mass communication and many other.
  • Many public sector organisations like Reserve Bank of India, United Nations Organisation, Ministry of External Affairs and Embassies constantly come out with the opening for the candidates who specialise in Foreign Languages.
  • If nothing suits you, last option is to become a freelance online content writer, technical translator where you can earn while working from home. 

Types of Foreign Language Courses

A person can either pursue an undergraduate degree course, diploma, certificate course and the basic Difference between these courses is given below.

  • Degree Courses
  • Diploma Course
  • Certificate Course
  • Advance Diploma

foreign language courses


Degree Courses

Diploma Courses

Certificate Courses

Advanced Diploma Courses



Class 10+2

Requires a Certificate in the language concerned

Class 10+2

Diploma in the language concerned

Mode of Admission

Some Universities conducts entrance test. Some offer direct admission on the basis of marks secured in Class 12.

Few Universities conducts entrance test. Many offers admission on the basis of marks secured in Certificate Course of the language concerned

Some Universities conducts entrance test. Some offer direct admission on the basis of marks secured in Class 12.

Marks obtained in Diploma Course or the Entrance Test


3 Years

Short Term: Varies for different Institutes and the language concerned


If differs from University to university.


University/Institutions offering Undergraduate Foreign Language Degree Courses


Name of the University/Institute

Languages Taught


Jawaharlal Nehru University- JNU Delhi 


Entrance Exam Based admission

  • B.A.(Hons.) Persian
  • BA Hons Pushto
  • BA (H)Arabic
  • BA (H) Japanese
  • BA (H) Korean
  • BA (H) Chinese
  • BA (H) French
  • BA (H) German
  • BA (H) Russian
  • BA (H) Spanish

JNU Foreign Language 

Admission on the basis of entrance exam

Banaras Hindu University- BHU Varanasi

B.A. (Hons.) - Chinese and Russian  

Jamia Millia Islamia

  • B.A (Hons) in Turkish Language and Literature
  • B.A. (Hons) Arabic/ Urdu/ Persian

English Foreign Language University-EFLU

Entrance Exam Based admission

  • B.A. (Hons) Arabic
  • BA (H) French
  • BA (H) German
  • BA (H) Russian
  • BA (H) Spanish
 EFLU Admission

Available only in Hyderabad Campus

University of Mumbai

  • B.A. in French
  • BA German Studies

University of Delhi

Merit-Based admission

  • B.A. (H) Italian
  • BA (H) French
  • BA (H) German 
  • BA (H) Spanish

DU admission

The admission process is the same as for other UG courses in DU

foreign language institiute in India

University/Institutions offering Certificate Courses


  •  Duration: Varies from language to language as well as University (But Short-Term Courses)
  • Mode of Admission: Merit Based

Name of the University/Institute

Languages Taught

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Certificate of Proficiency in Mongolian/ Bahasa Indonesia

Jamia Millia Islamia

Certificate Course in Chinese Language/Uzbek/Modern Arabic Language/Turkemenin/Modern Persian/Pashto/Turkish/French/Russian/Italian/Portuguese/Spanish

University of Delhi

Certificate in French/German/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian

Kurukshetra University

Certificate in French and German

Maharishi Dayanand University

Certificate in French and Spanish

Aligarh Muslim University

Certificate of Proficiency in Persian/Arabic

Punjab University

Certificate Course in French/Russian/Chinese/Tibetan

University of Mumbai

Certificate in Russian/French/Spanish/Italian/Arabic/Islamic Studies/German/Japanese/Persian

Banasthali Vidyapeeth

Certificate in French and German

School of Foreign Language (IGNOU)

Certificate in Arabic


University/Institutions offering Diploma Courses


Name of the University/Institute

Languages Taught

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Diploma of Proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia

Jamia Millia Islamia

Diploma in French/Spanish/Russian/Italian/ Portuguese (Part-Time)

Diploma in Uzbek/Modern Arabic Language/ Turkemenin/ Kazhaki/ Modern Persian/Pashto/Turkish

University of Delhi

Diploma in French /German /Spanish/ Italian/ Portuguese /Romanian

Kurukshetra University, Haryana

Diploma in French and German

Maharishi Dayanand University

Diploma in French

Aligarh Muslim University

Diploma of Proficiency in Persian/Arabic

Punjab University

Diploma in French/Russian/Chinese/Tibetan

University of Mumbai

Diploma in Russian/French/Spanish/Italian Arabic/Islamic Studies/German/Japanese/Business Japanese/Conversational Japanese/Persian

Banasthali Vidyapeeth

Diploma in French and German


University/Institutions offering Advanced Diploma Courses


Name of the University/Institute

Languages Taught

Jamia Millia Islamia

Advance Diploma in Modern Arabic Language/ Pashto/Spanish/Russian/Portuguese/Italian/French/Turkish/Modern Persian

University of Delhi

Advanced Diploma in French/German/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian

Kurukshetra University

Advanced Diploma in French and German

Punjab University

Advanced Diploma in French/Russian/Chinese

University of Mumbai

Advanced Diploma in Russian/French/Spanish/Italian/Arabic/German/Japanese

Banasthali Vidyapeeth

Advanced Diploma in French and German


Other Institutes offering Foreign Language Courses in Delhi

Apart from Universities for learning Foreign Language, there are various well-recognized institutes who are offering the same courses. Scroll down to check the list of the institute. 

Language Courses offered by Jawaharlal Nehru Academy

Holding the tag of one of the oldest institutes in India for foreign language, Jawaharlal Nehru Academy of Languages was established in 1958.




Started in the year

Fee Structure


3-year course divided into 6 semesters 

Started in 1958/1959/2003

Rs. 10,300-French
Rs. 9,800-Spanish


2 Years 4 Semesters

Started in 1958

Rs. 9,800 



Started in 1959/1962/1993/2013

Rs. 15,500-German Rs. 9,800-Arabic Rs. 9,800- Portuguese

Creative Communication Skills In English

Five Months course

Creative Communication skills

Rs. 13,200 

Advanced English And Creative Writing


English and Creative Writing

Rs. 13,200 


Language Courses offered by Max Muller Bhawan Delhi

The Goethe-Institut in New Delhi like all the other institutes in India is known as Max Mueller Bhavan and offers German courses and internationally recognized examinations:


Course Type




Extensive Courses

30 weeks

Level 1

Nov- June

Intensive Courses

12 weeks

Level 1

Nov-Feb March-June July-October

Blended Learning

22.5 weeks

Level 1

Jan-June and July-Dec 


Language Courses offered by YMCA 



Courses Offered


French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese.


French, German, & Spanish.

Advance Diploma

French, German & Spanish.

Get list of 
Language Courses offered by YMCA

Language Courses offered by Alliance Francaise De Delhi

Alliance française de Delhi is an Indo-French Cultural Centre which specializes in French language teaching, organizing and curating cultural events. The Courses offered are in this manner 










Superior 1

Superior 2


162 Hours

216 Hours



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