Languages at Dal

Why learn a new language? 

Whether your second or your seventh, learning a new language has big benefits. It can, for example:

  • ease international trade and travel
  • make you more competitive in the job market  
  • open to you new worlds of scholarship and knowledge, whether past or present
  • allow you to immerse yourself more fully in another culture and its creative arts
  • help you learn more about history, literature, travel and media
  • allow you to gain new global perspectives

Why learn your new language at Dal? 

Whether you want to major in a language, add a language minor to another program, or simply take a course or two, you can take advantage of Dalhousie’s remarkable strengths in language teaching and scholarship.

Dal's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers programs in some of the languages most commonly spoken around the world.

We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in French; undergraduate degrees in GermanRussian and Spanish; and rich and dynamic Minors in ArabicItalian and Chinese (Mandarin). Sometimes, too, we offer courses in other important world languages, such as Portuguese.

Dalhousie also has a unique position as a centre where the Classical languages of Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, the sources of many modern languages, are taught within a programme of study of Ancient cultures which retain real relevance to contemporary world issues. We offer established study abroad opportunities and exchanges to support language learning. We also offer a Certificate in Intercultural Communication that links language learning to cultural competency in a world of rapid and intensifying exchanges.

Languages open doors. Open yours at Dalhousie.

Zainab Syed is completing an Honours degree in Classics. Learn more about why Zainab decided to pursue studies of ancient languages offered by the department of Classics.

Aaron Brimacombe is completing a Double Major in Spanish & Latin American Studies and French, with a Minor in Chinese Studies. Learn more about why studying languages is important to Aaron and why he believes all students should strongly consider learning new languages. 

Jean-Paul St. Rose did a Combined Honours in International Development Studies and Spanish and spent a semester studying abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca. Learn more about Jean-Paul's experiences and how studying Spanish and travelling abroad enriched his personal and academic life.

Bronson Grund did a Double Major in Environment, Sustainability & Society and French and he participated in the study abroad program at the Centre International d'Études Françaises (Université de Bourgogne). Learn more about Bronson's experiences which he describes as "life-changing."

Zili Pan did an Honours degree in German with a Minor in Economics and participated in the summer semester in German Literature and Language Studies at Heidelberg University in Germany. Learn more about Zili's dedication to her studies and how she plans to use her knowledge of German in her personal and professional life.