Learning a Language at York University

By York University Modified on March 10, 2021
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Additional language skills can be an excellent asset to your future career.

Learning a Language at York University

York University thrives on its multiculturalism, which is why we strongly encourage students to take advantage of the many opportunities to broaden their perspectives and enhance their education experience. You can sharpen your Spanish speaking and writing skills or learn Hebrew from the very basics, and obtain a Certificate of Proficiency that will prove you with an outstanding edge in a professional environment. Whether you'd like to obtain a Certificate or simply take a few language courses, learn more about the language courses we offer at York University below:

Language courses at York University

There are a variety of ways in which you can expand on your language knowledge and skills at York University. From adding a major/minor to your degree or by taking courses as part of your general elective degree requirements.

Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (DLLL)

The DLLL has a vast collection of course offerings, degree and certificate programs for languages such as Arabic, Latin, Portuguese, Jamaican Creole, Greek, Swahili, American Sign Language and more!

Obtain a Language Degree

You can obtain a degree in a language of your interest within the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies or at Glendon. Additionally, you can double major or minor in a language if you have a primary interest in another program of study.

Certificate of Proficiency

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies offers the opportunity of obtaining a Certificate in Proficiency in a language as you complete your degree. This is an excellent way to expand your career horizons as you will have proof of proficiency in an additional language.

What are language courses like?

There are a few things that make language courses at York University different than other courses:


Most language courses at York U are smaller than the average course size. Often, you work with a group of 20 to 30 students in a seminar-like environment. Because of the smaller size, the course is quite interactive; there is more one-to-one support and the professors often tailor the courses to meet the students' needs. Smaller course size means closer connections with your professor and fellow students!


The best way to learn a language is to practice it frequently. To give students this opportunity, language courses are often held twice a week. This is something to keep in mind when trying to figure out how to incorporate a language course into your schedule.

Access to the Multimedia Language Centre

The Multimedia Language Centre, located at the Keele campus, is a lab designed for language-learning students. With your classmates, you can access software to improve your pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar along with an endless number of education materials and cultural sites.

York University takes pride in providing students with opportunities to leverage their skills and knowledge as they prepare to launch their careers. Learning an additional language is not an opportunity to take for granted, as you never know the excellent opportunity that it could grant you.

Learn more about York University's programs on our Future Students website, and don't hesitate to contact us via Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions.

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