Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Registration for Spring 2016 starts November 9! 

Spring course details will be posted in mid-October.

The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages offers academic-year 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

American Sign Language III - pilot course

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, Dutch, Finnish, Georgian, Modern Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Modern Irish, Norwegian, Romanian, Ukrainian

  • 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 2015-2016: Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers  (see special admission requirements). ADDED FOR FALL 2015: Tamil.

  • Languages of the Americas: Haitian Creole

  • 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.

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. See scholarship descriptions for application requirements and deadlines.