Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Language Requirements — All Areas

Typically students are admitted to the graduate program with proficiency in their primary language already at a high level*. Within each track, with the exception of the Ancient Near East and Linguistics, the language of specialty is not defined and students are encouraged to have at least working knowledge in more than one primary language and additionally demonstrate competency of a research language relevant to their field, usually French or German. A period of study abroad in the region of specialization is strongly recommended for students of living languages. With the exception of ancient Semitic languages, MES does not offer graduate level classes below advanced in any language. 



*based on ACTFL standards. 

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