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Learning centres for foreign languages


There are a plethora of universities and institutes that offer study facilities and various courses to master foreign languages.


Plenty of options: Cochin University of Science and Technology offers various MA and diploma courses in foreign languages.

Eight universities that provide facilities for studying foreign languages had been listed earlier in these columns.

There are many more universities and other institutions with similar facilities. Let us look at some of them.

University of Pune

Address: University of Pune, Department of Foreign Languages, Ganeshkhind Road, Pune - 411 007; Phone: 020-25699232, e-mail:, Web:

Ph.D.: German, French, Russian

M.Phil.: German, French, Russian

MA: German, French, Russian

Part-time courses

Certificate: German, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish

Intensive certificate: German, French, Spanish

Diploma: German, French, Russian, Spanish

Intensive diploma: German, Spanish

Advanced diploma: German, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish

Special diploma: Russian, Spanish

Special diploma in German translation

Special diploma in teaching French

Special diploma in commercial French

Special Diploma in Japanese civilisation and translation

The pattern of the part-time programmes is in general as follows:

Certificate: one year

Intensive certificate: four and a half months

Diploma: one year

Intensive diploma: four and a half months

Advanced diploma: one year

One-year courses will be held three days a week, two hours per day.

Four-and-a-half-month long intensive courses will be held five days a week, two hours per day.

Eligibility for part-time programmes:

For beginners (certificate/ intensive certificate) courses: SSLC or equivalent.

Diploma courses: certificate or intensive certificate in the same language

Advanced diploma courses: Diploma course in the same language

Special courses: Advanced diploma or BA in the same language


Address: Cochin University of Science and Technology (Department of Culture and Heritage), Kochi - 682022; Phone: 0484-2575180, Web: .

MA Translation, 4 Semesters: German, Russian (Eligibility: Any degree and diploma-level knowledge in the language concerned)

Integrated diploma: Italian, German, French, Russian, Japanese

Diploma: German, French, Russian, Japanese

Certificate: German, French, Russian, Japanese

University of Kerala

Address: University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram – 695034; Phone:0471-2306422,, Web site:

BA: Arabic

MA: Arabic, German, Russian

Ph.D.: Russian

M.Phil.: Russian

PG Diploma: Russian

Advanced diploma in Russian translation

Certificate (After Plus Two course): Russian

University of Calicut

Address: University of Calicut, Calicut University P. O. - 673 635; Phone: 0494-2400252; Web site: www.universityofcalicut.


Ph.D.and M.Phil. Arabic

MA: Arabic

BA: Arabic

PG diploma: Translation and secretarial practice Arabic)

Kannur University

Address: Kannur University, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Thalassery Campus - 670 661; Phone: 0490-2345854, e-mail:, Web:

PG diploma in French

Certificate in French communication

MG University

Address: Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam - 686 560; Phone: 0481 2731020 / 2731050, e-mail :, Web:

MA: Arabic

BA: Arabic, French, English

B.Ed.: Arabic

Mysore University

Address: The University of Mysore, Mysore - 570006; Phone: 0821-2419361, e-mail:, Web:

Junior/ senior diploma: French, Film Direction, German, Russian.

Certificate: Arabic, French, German, Persian, Russian

Andhra University

Address: Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam – 530 003;


Diploma: French, Japanese, Russian

Lucknow University

Address: University of Lucknow - 226 007; Phone: 0522-2740412, e-mail:, Web site:


MA: Arabic, Modern Arabic, French, Persian, Russian

BA (Hons): Arabic, French, Persian

Advanced diploma: French, German, Russian

Diploma: French, German, Russian, Tibetan

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Address: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi – 110001; One of the oldest foreign language teaching institutions in the country; Phone: 011 -23382005, e-mail:, web:

French, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese: Two-year courses divided into four semesters of five months each. There will be an examination at the end of each semester. Students coming out successful in the examination after the second semester will be awarded the certificates. Those who pass the examination held after the fourth semester will be awarded diploma.

Emphasis is given in conversation and translation in the third, fourth semesters.

Arabic and Russian: One-year certificate courses divided into two semesters of five months each.

German: One semester intensive course, leading to admission at Max Mueller Bhavan for further study.

Eligibility for admission: Plus Two. Classes commence in January and August.

One-year advanced diploma course in French: Those who have cleared the fourth semester examination in French are eligible for admission.

Max Mueller Bhavan

Address: Max Mueller Bhavan (Goethe-Institut), 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001Ph: 011 23329506, Web site:

Extensive courses: 18 weeks, 10 periods of 45 minutes / week

Intensive courses: 6 weeks, 16 periods of 45 minutes / week

Super intensive courses: 6 weeks, 25 periods of 45 minutes/ week

Blended learning: 18 weeks

Further, different types of courses are being conducted as per request.

Some of these are custom courses, exam preparation courses, Small groups courses (2-8 people), individual courses (one person), company courses, and distance learning courses

All courses offered at the Max Mueller Bhavan are taught with the aim of enabling students to pass the internationally recognised exams the Goethe-Institut offers.

Max Mueller Bhavan (Goethe-Institut) has various centres in India:

4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street, Chennai 600 006; Ph: 044 28331314, e-mail:

716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage, Bangalore 560 038, Ph: 080 25205305, e-mail:

K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001; Ph: 022 22027710, e-mail:

14 / 3-B, Boat Club Road, Pune 411001; Ph: 020 261 61 340, e-mail:

8, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata 700019; Ph: 033 24866398, e-mail:

Two other centres linked to Max Mueller Bhavan:

Goethe-Zentrum Chandigarh, SCO 80-82, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh – 160022; Ph: 0172 5075781, e-mail:

Association for German Culture, Hyderabad (AGCH), 203, Hermitage Office Complex, Hill Fort Road, Nampally, Hyderabad 5000063; Ph: 040 55526443, e-mail:

(Max Mueller Bhavan is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach, promoting the knowledge of the German language and fostering international cultural cooperation.)

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