Studying languages has taken Lily Herbert ’16 to places she never imagined she’d go. Herbert, who is from Raleigh, North Carolina, is majoring in global studies and geography. She’s studying Persian and Turkish on campus and has learned Tatar through a Foreign Language and Area Studies award.

“Studying languages at UNC has been extremely valuable,” says Herbert. “It’s opened entirely different paths to me–like traveling to places I never thought I would. So my advice to new students is to take the time, take a risk, and make an investment in a new language—or several!”

Film produced by Katie Bowler Young and directed, shot and edited by Phil Daquila. Assistance provided by Zawadi Barskile.

Language Study at UNC

In academic year 2016-17, UNC offered 25 languages, from Chinese to Russian to Lingala. The majority of languages listed below are taught at Carolina, with offerings varying by academic year. Some languages are taught “on-demand” depending on the number of students requesting a specific language or are available through partner institutions and organizations.

Arabic, Cherokee, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lingala, Macedonia, Maya, Polish, Portuguese, Persian, Russian, Serbian-Croatian, Spanish, Kiswahili, Turkish, Wolof

Languages Across the Curriculum

Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) is a program designed to integrate the study and use of languages into the mainstream curriculum for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. LAC enhances the visibility and utility of foreign languages by employing them to make primary materials and complex concepts accessible to students in various disciplines.


Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Students study the results of linguistic research and its relevance to such diverse fields as psychology, philosophy, English, foreign languages, anthropology, communication, speech and hearing sciences and computer science.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships support students taking less-commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above.