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Language Studies

Open doors to new professional possibilities through the study of a language. You will develop vocabulary and communication skills to enhance your academic studies and advance your career.

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Languages of Study

Our robust language studies program, emphasizing current political and economic topics, trains you to achieve language proficiency in a non-native language. Small class sizes provide an ideal environment for individualized attention from experienced instructors. Through interactive and communicative language activities such as debates, simulations and political discussions, students are given the opportunity to build, develop, and enhance their language acquisition. Classes incorporate the use of foreign newspapers, video and radio documentaries, blogs, and newscasts. Classroom topics range from current events to domestic and international politics and may focus on economics, national security and culture.

  • Arabic
  • Chinese*
  • French
  • German **
  • Indonesian*
  • Italian **
  • Japanese*
  • Korean*
  • Persian (Farsi)*
  • Portuguese **
  • Russian
  • Spanish

*Taught at Washington DC only.

**Taught at SAIS Europe only. May be available through virtual instruction for students in Washington DC.

English is the medium of instruction at Johns Hopkins SAIS. As such, students who do not meet the minimum requirement for English, or who wish to use English as their language of proficiency, will be required to enroll in English classes. English courses are not included in the cost of tuition and a fee will be charged to enroll.   

Johns Hopkins SAIS may accept alternate languages for the proficiency curricular requirement (MAIR and PhD). Students will have the opportunity to request additional languages not taught at the school and if accepted, will need to show formal proof of reaching proficiency. PhD students only need to pass reading proficiency exam to meet their second foreign language graduation requirement.  

*Taught at SAIS Europe only. May be available through virtual instruction for students in Washington DC.