IMPORTANT NOTICE: In an effort to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus in our community, most Five College staff will be working remotely until further notice. Our offices will therefore be closed to regular business. To contact the Five College Center for World Languages, please email We will respond to all inquiries as quickly as we are able. 

Application review for fall 2020 will begin April 6, 2020.

The Five College Center for World Languages offers instruction in less-commonly taught languages for students of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our courses feature:

  • 40+ less-commonly taught languages
  • Small group/one-on-one conversation sessions with native/fluent speakers 
  • Class meetings on all five campuses
  • Offerings for beginner, intermediate, advanced, and heritage learners 
  • Emphasis on oral proficiency and authentic communication 
  • Flexible scheduling model 
  • Academic credit

Learn more about: 
ASL Hindi-Urdu | Persian Swahili | Turkish All other languages