Unique New Opportunities to Learn a Critical Language

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The Georgia Institute of Technology is becoming a U.S. leader in language education. The School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with the Atlanta Global Studies Center, has rapidly expanded its program in U.S. critical languages. The School now offers Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Wolof, in addition to its nationally recognized B.S. and M.S. degrees.


With the Jan. 22 deadline for Phase II registration fast approaching, now is the time to research your options: visit and select your language of interest under the Languages tab.


Why Study a “Critical Language”?

Critical Languages are those that are strategically important for the U.S. and in demand by employers and the U.S. State Department, but which have very few speakers available in the United States. Students who study critical languages are highly sought in diplomacy and gain crucial skills for today’s global economy. As one of a select group of higher education institutions in Georgia to offer courses in a full range of critical languages, the School of Modern Languages empowers students to leave their mark on the world through the power of language.


Many students at Georgia Tech choose to study multiple languages during their studies.

“We have some incredible students who have taken three or more languages with us and go on to positions in research, risk assessment, or at leading organizations like the Carter Center, working on some the most urgent events and issues taking place around the world today,” said Mirla Gonzalez, assistant director of undergraduate studies and online professional education.


Your Future Opportunities with Critical Languages

Speakers of critical languages at Georgia Tech are eligible for various study abroad opportunities, including Project Global Officer (Project GO), the Critical Language Scholarship Program, and scholarships through the FLAS  program administered by the Atlanta Global Studies Center. These intensive programs immerse students in their selected language and help them gain fluency more quickly. By studying these languages at Georgia Tech, students also cultivate essential skills such as cross-cultural exchange, creative thinking, and professional competence, opening many opportunities in diplomacy and the private sector.


Learn more about Spring 2021 course offerings by visiting; select your language of interest under the Languages tab. Courses are open through Phase II Registration, Friday, Jan. 22.


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