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Global Language


Studying global language, through level 3, students consider the nature and structure of their native language and reflect upon their own cultural norms while gaining functional linguistic proficiency in the language of study, as well as an appreciation of the cultures and worldviews represented.

Students are strongly encouraged to begin Global Language during their first year. Explore languages at UNC!

The University currently offers courses, through level 3, in 25 languages! Students can continue taking courses in the language they studied in high school or begin a new language. Please note that not all language courses are offered every semester or every year.

The Language Placement website offers additional information about courses offered, placement testing, and registration.

  • Arabic
  • Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
  • Cherokee
  • Chinese
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Greek – Ancient
  • Hebrew – Modern
  • Hindi-Urdu
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • Yoruba
  • Wolof

Learning Outcomes

These are the learning outcomes that are expected of students after completing a course.


Communicate orally (as appropriate) and in writing in a foreign language about a variety of situations with a variety of audiences.


Demonstrate comprehension of oral (as appropriate) and written texts in a foreign language on a wide range of topics to aspects of human experience, as well as life in a cross-cultural context.


Apply perspectives, practices, and ideas associated with the culture/s of a foreign language.

Course Offerings

There are a variety of courses you can take to meet the Global Language requirement:

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