Language Studies

Center for Language Studies

Department Information: 

3086 JFSB



Advisement Center: 

1041 JFSB






General Information

The Center for Language Studies supports the College of Humanities by augmenting the list of languages taught at the university. Not all classes are taught at every level or every semester. Offerings are determined by languages taught by the Missionary Training Center (MTC), student demand, and the availability of a qualified instructor. Please see the Class Schedule for a list of classes currently offered.

The "teaching area" abbreviation for each language is listed below in parentheses.

Afrikaans (AFRIK) 

Hebrew (HEB)

Polish (POLSH)

Akan (AKAN)

Hindi (HINDI)

Portuguese (PORT)

Albanian (ALBAN)

Hmong (HMONG)

Quechua (QUECH)

American Sign Language (ASL)

Hungarian (HUNG)

Rarotongan (RAROT)

Arabic (ARAB)

Icelandic (ICLND)

Romanian (ROM)

Armenian (ARMEN)

Ilangot (ILANG)

Russian (RUSS)

Aymara (AYMRA)

Ilocano (ILOCN)

Samoan (SAMOA)

Basque (BASQ)

Ilonggo/Hiligaynon (HILIG)

Serbian (SRBIA)

Bicolano (BCLNO)

Indonesian (INDON)

Slovak (SLOVK)

Bulgarian (BULGN)

Italian (ITAL)

Slovenian (SLN)

Burmese (BURMS)

Japanese (JAPAN)

Spanish (SPAN)

Cakchiquel (CAKCQ)

Javanese (JAVNS)

Swahili (SWAHI)

Cambodian (CAMBO)

Kazakh (KAZAK)

Swedish (SWED)

Cantonese (CANT)

Kiribati (KIRIB)

Tagalog (TAGAL)

Catalan (CATLN)

K'iche' (KICHE)

Tahitian (TAHIT)

Cebuano (CEBU)

Korean (KOREA)

Taiwanese (TAIWN)

Croatian (CROAT)

Laotian (LAO)

Tamil (TAMIL)

Czech (CZECH)

Latin (LATIN)

Thai (THAI)

Danish (DANSH)

Latvian (LATVI)

Tibetan (TIBET)

Dari (DARI)

Lithuanian (LITHU)

Tongan (TONGA)

Dutch (DUTCH)

Malagasy (MALAG)

Trukese (TRUKS)

Estonian (ESTON)

Malay (MALAY)

Turkish (TURK)

Fijian (FIJI)

Mandarin (CHIN)

Twi (TWI)

Finnish (FINN)

Maori (MAORI)

Ukrainian (UKRAI)

French (FREN)

Marshallese (MARSH)

Urdu (URDU)

Ga (GA)

Maya (MAYA)

Vanuatau (VANTU)

Georgian (GEORG)

Mongolian (MONGO)

Vietnamese (VIET)

German (GERM)

Navajo (NAVAJ)

Waray-Waray (WARAY)

Greek (Classical/Modern) (GREEK)

Niuean (NIUEA)

Welsh (WELSH)

Guarani (GUARA)

Norwegian (NORWE)

Xhosa (XHOSA)

Haitian Creole (CREOL)

Pashto (PSHTO)


Hawaiian (HAWAI)

Persian (PERSI)



Advanced Language and Culture Courses

The advanced language and culture courses are a popular enrollment option for returned missionaries and others of comparable ability.

During these courses, students may be offered the opportunity to take a Challenge Exam whereby they may bypass beginning level language classes and earn up to 16 graded credits.

Note: If the course is not offered at the time the student is enrolled at BYU-Provo, the student has the option of taking the FLATS test through the Office of Digital Humanities on campus. This test offers 12 pass/fail credits. Once the FLATS test is taken for pass/fail credit it may not be reevaluated for graded credit, nor may the Challenge Exam be taken at a later date. (See for details.)

Advanced language and culture courses for returned missionaries

(Note: The "teaching area" abbreviation for each language is listed below in parentheses.)

Albanian (ALBAN) 330
Armenian (ARMEN) 330
Bulgarian (BULGN) 330
Cambodian (CAMBO) 330
Cantonese (CANT) 201*, 202
Cebuano (CEBU) 330
Croatian (CROAT) 330
Czech (CZECH) 330
Danish (DANSH) 321*
Dutch (DUTCH) 330
Estonian (ESTON) 330
Fijian (FIJI) 330
Finnish (FINN) 321*
French (FREN) 321*
Georgian (GEORG) 330
German (GERM) 330
Haitian-Creole (CREOL) 330

Hindi (HINDI) 330
Hmong (HMONG) 330
Hungarian (HUNG) 330
Icelandic (ICLND) 429
Indonesian (INDON) 330
Italian (ITAL) 321*
Japanese (JAPAN) 301, 302
Kiribati (KIRIB) 330
Korean (KOREA) 301
Laotian (LAO) 330
Latvian (LATVI) 330
Lituanian (LITHU) 330
Malagasy (MALAG) 330
Malay (MALAY) 330
Mandarin Chinese (CHIN) 112, 201, 202
Mongolian (MONGO) 330
Norwegian (NORWE) 321*
Persian (PERSI) 330

Polish (POLSH) 330
Portuguese (PORT) 321
Romanian (ROM) 330
Russian (RUSS) 330
Samoan (SAMOA) 330
Serbian (SRBIA) 330
Slovak (SLOVK) 330
Slovene (SLN) 330
Spanish (SPAN) 321
Swedish (SWED) 321*
Tagalog (TAGAL) 330
Tahitian (TAHIT) 330
Thai (THAI) 330
Tongan (TONGA) 330
Turkish (TURK) 330
Ukrainian (UKRAI) 330
Vietnamese (VIET) 330

Note: Those advanced language and culture courses that are marked with an asterisk (*) DO NOT satisfy the Languages of Learning GE requirement.

BYU Language Certificate Program

The Center for Language Studies administers the BYU Language Certificate program. This program is designed to certify a student's language proficiency (through oral and written assessments) as well as a limited academic experience (three courses are required).

We currently offer the Language Certificate in the following languages:

Arabic, Cebuano, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Haitian-Creole, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Visit the website ( to read about the program.