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Language Courses at UC San Diego

Learn about language courses and programs available at UC San Diego, and how to enroll in them.

UC San Diego is known for its innovative, non-traditional approach to language instruction. Multiple units share language instruction rather than having individual departments for English, French, Spanish, or Asian or Romance languages.

These units provide language instruction:

Departments Programs School

See a list of languages offered at UC San Diego.

UC San Diego students can also enroll in distance learning courses, including those offered by the UC Consortium for Language Learning & Teaching.

Requirements and placement

Previous experience with foreign languages may fulfill your requirements or prerequisites. See a list of colleges, majors, and minors with language requirements.

Additional resources

UCSD offers multiple programs to help you develop your language skills.

For more information, see:


Use the Virtual Advising Center if you have any questions to contact your college advisor, your major advisor, and the department, program, or school offering the language or course you need.

If you have suggestions or comments about these language Web pages, contact Marie Sidney in Academic Affairs.