Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Five College Language Center Director Elizabeth Mazzocco Remembered

The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages offers courses in less-commonly studied languages for students at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Course sessions meet on all five campuses. Courses are taken for academic credit and are part of a student's regular course load. Five College students are not required to pay any special fees or tuition in order to enroll.

Hindi Courses                             Swahili Courses                    Turkish Courses

Spoken Arabic Courses                               Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian Courses 

Persian Courses                     Independent Plus Urdu and Indonesian Courses


Supervised Independent Language Courses in Many Languages: 

  • African Languages: Afrikaans (South Africa), Amharic (Ethiopia), Shona (Zimbabwe), Twi (Ghana), Wolof (Senegal), Zulu (South Africa)     

  • European Languages: Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Georgian, Modern Greek, Hungarian, Modern Irish, Norwegian, Romanian, Ukrainian, NEW FOR FALL 2014:  Finnish, Icelandic, possibly Dutch

  • Asian Languages: Bangla/Bengali (Bangladesh and India), Burmese, Dari (Afghan Persian), Filipino (Philippines), Khmer, Malay (Malaysia), Mongolian, Nepali, Pashto (Afghanistan and Pakistan), Sinhala, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese. Experimental for 2014-2015: Spoken Cantonese (see special admission requirements)

  • Languages of the Americas: Haitian Creole
    Special course note: Ojibwe will be offered in a special course at UMass during the fall and spring semesters. See ANTHRO  297LC - 01   ST-Ojibwe Lang & Culture 1.

  • Other languages may be added. Some languages become unavailable for a given semester. Some languages may appear in the catalog, but only be available intermittently. If you do not see your language of interest, please e-mail for more information.

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer courses will be offered in 2015 in collaboration with Mount Holyoke Extension: Watch for course announcements for summer Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. 

Charles Mark Scholarships for Study Abroad

Two scholarships endowed by Professor Emeritus Charles Mark support study abroad by Five College Center for the Study of World Languages students. Applications are due by Jan. 5, 2015 for study abroad the following summer or academic year.