Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Less Commonly Taught Languages
Home > Additional Programs > Less Commonly Taught Languages

Less Commonly Taught Languages Program

Welcome to the homepage of the LCTL section of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages. Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) are world languages that are less frequently studied by Americans. All languages except English, French, German, and Spanish are considered LCTLs. The MSU LCTL program coordinates those less commonly taught languages that have variable enrollments, but are considered of critical need. Some of these are taught as traditional teacher-fronted classes, and some are taught as individualized, small-group classes. Most of the language classes offered are open to everyone, but some have limited enrollment or may only be available for graduate students who have received language fellowships. Native speakers of a language, heritage speakers who have some proficiency and those who already have some instruction in a language should refer to the Placement Testing page. Many scholarships are available for study of Less Commonly Taught Languages.

Non-MSU students are welcome to enroll in these classes, usually under the Lifelong Education category. Visit MSU's Lifelong Education page. 

Please note: Because many of these courses are at least partially funded by grants, we are able to offer most of them even in the event of very low enrollments. 

Please note: Due to the nature of these courses, last minute schedule changes may occur.

All of our languages are under the LL course code in Schedule of Courses. Each section is a different language. Please contact our LCTL program coordinator Danielle Steider for more information.

Regularly Offered        

Indonesian (section 010) Persian (section 008) Tamil (section 025)
Thai (section 006) Turkish (section 007) Uzbek (section 011)
Vietnamese (section 004)    


Offered on-demand or through CIC courseshare (section number in parenthesis)

Bengali (027) Czech Dutch (018)
Finnish Haitian-Creole (016) Hungarian
Kazakh (013) Khmer (009) Krygyz
Malay (009) Mongolian (019) Nepali (012)
Pashtu Polish (014) Tibeten
Romanian Sanskrit (021) Swedish
Tagalog (005) Tajik (020) Telugu (026)


Other Languages

We hope to be able to offer the following languages in the future through CIC courseshare or in small-group tutorials for students with special circumstances. Until that time, please use the resources we have collected as a starting point. If you are interested in learning a language not listed here, please contact the less commonly taught languages program coordinator.

  • Armenian
  • Burmese
  • Gaelic
  • Hmong
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Sinhala