• Why Study Languages?

    • The ability to use another language and effectively function in other cultures is key to being a global educated citizen in the 21st century.

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    • Our Students

    • Yale-NUS students are curious about the world and its many cultures. Learn why our students decided to pursue the study of another language.

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    • Our Faculty

    • Our language courses are taught by experienced faculty with many years of teaching experience.

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    • Our Students' Experiences

    • Yale-NUS students continue their study of another language through internships, study abroad opportunities, and involvement in student organisations.

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  • 23 February 2018

    Summer Travel Fellowship 2018 Application Open (CIPE)
    CIPE’s Travel Fellowship offers the opportunity to create your own journey, a purposeful exploration of a new horizon or academic pursuit. The fellowship should be centred around answering an academic question, and this learning should be shared with the Yale-NUS Community in a meaningful way. End products have ranged from documentaries to art exhibitions to academic articles. The application for the Travel Fellowship is now open and the deadline closes February 23, 2018. To apply, you must create a Travel Fellowship proposal and submit it to Annette Wu <annette.wu@yale-nus.edu.sg> by the deadline. Click here for details on the application process, resources for building a compelling proposal and examples of past Travel Fellowship proposals.

  • 07 November 2017

    CLS Placement Exam Dates have been published:


  • 30 August 2017

    Language courses via Yale to start this week on Wednesday, 30 August.
    DLS courses follow the Yale academic calendar with classes starting on Wed, 30 August and ending on Fri, 8 December 2017.

    Beginning Italian 2
    Venue: Global Learning Room 2
    Mondays 2000 – 2100hr
    Tuesdays 1930 – 2100hr
    Wednesdays 1930 – 2100hr

    Beginning Russian 2
    Venue : Global Learning Room 1
    Mon Tue 1930-2100 Thu 2000-2100

    Intermediate Sanskrit
    Venue: Global Learning Room 1
    10:30 AM Singapore time Monday Wednesday and Friday.

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    • Senior Lecturer, Chinese & Linguistics
    • Hu Jing
    What do you enjoy the most about teaching Chinese at Yale-NUS?

    Teaching Chinese at Yale-NUS College has been a dream come true. Because of the high quality of the students, I constantly learn from them while teaching. In pre-modern China, people believed that “the mutual stimulation of teaching and Learning教學相長” was the ideal intellectual setting (Book of Rites 禮記). So do I. The pre-modern Chinese also developed a pedagogical model which parallels modern scholarly methods: “Read ten-thousand volumes and travel ten-thousand miles 讀萬卷書行萬里路” (Dong Qichang 董其昌: “Principles in Painting” 画旨). My students have benefited from opportunities provided by Yale-NUS College, allowing them to study Chinese in the language’s native land. 

    • Class of 2019
    • Gabriel Lek
    Why did you decide to study a language at Yale-NUS?

    In high school, I was excited about the literary devices English authors used to manipulate the sound of their voices, and spent my days attempting to replicate their styles. But I realized I could not really understand the way the English language works as I have never had to puzzle my head over subjunctives or verb-preposition conjugations. I wanted to figure out its rhythms, and the best way to do that is to relearn the language in working through another.

    • Senior Lecturer (Spanish) & Associate Director of Language Studies
    • Eduardo Lage-Otero
    Why is learning another language central to the Liberal Arts experience?

    One of the goals of a Liberal Arts education is to foster critical thinking and lifelong learning. Learning a new language provides students with the tools to do just that as they work on their majors and minors. Many students study a language as part of their major (e.g. Anthropology, Global Affairs, Literature), others need it to conduct research for their capstone projects (e.g., History, Philosophy), while others study a language as part of their personal development and to complement their goals in the major. Whatever the case may be, learning a new language is an adventure that will transform your life, much like a Liberal Arts education.