Proficiency in an indigenous African language constitutes a key component in our program. Our Master’s students are required to achieve proficiency in their language of choice up to the third year, while undergraduate students can take African languages to fulfill their general education language requirement, complete an undergraduate minor, an individual plan of study major, or a Certificate in Global Business Culture with Area Specialization. The blue section of the menu on the left offers links to information about these programs of study.
All four languages are taught regularly through the second year, with Swahili offered through the third year, and some languages taught through the fifth year. Contact the Department of Linguistics for more information. Our African language lecturers and instructors include native speakers.
- Swahili Language
- Arabic Program
- Swahili Proverbs
- Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW): The Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim world (SILMW) is a program offered by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program at the University of Illinois. SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World while interacting with experts on the region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW offers a variety of extra-curricular learning activities designed to enhance and enrich the language learning process, provides additional channels for language contact, and exposes students to the traditions of the communities of the Muslim World. Please visit the Department of Linguistics' website for more information: https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/summer-institute-languages-muslim-world
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