It’s essential that we have a generation of rising leaders who have the background, the knowledge, the understanding, and the inclination to engage globally.

Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and former U.S. Ambassador to Poland

80+ languages taught at IU

  • Akan
  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Aramaic
  • Avestan
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bamana
  • Bengali
  • Catalan
  • Chaghatay
  • Chinese
  • Czech
  • Dari
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  • Egyptian (Demotic)
  • Egyptian (Hieroglyphic)
  • Egyptian (Middle)
  • Egyptian (Late)
  • English
  • English (ESL)
  • Estonian
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  • Finnish
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Gothic
  • Greek (Attic)
  • Greek (Classical)
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  • Haitian Creole
  • Hebrew (Modern)
  • Hebrew (Biblical)
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Imperial Old Tibetan
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kazakh
  • Korean
  • Kurdish
  • Kyrgyz
  • Lakota (Sioux)
  • Latin
  • Latin (Classical)
  • Latvian
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  • Maliseet-Passamaquoddy
  • Manchu
  • Mongolian
  • Mongolian (Classical)
  • Norwegian
  • Old Church Slavonic
  • Old English
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  • OId Irish
  • Old Saxon
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  • Pashto
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  • Quechua
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  • Sanskrit
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili (Kiswahili)
  • Tatar
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  • Tibetan
  • Tokharian
  • Turkish (Modern)
  • Turkish (Ottoman)
  • Turkmen
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uyghur
  • Uzbek
  • Wolof
  • Yiddish
  • Yoruba
  • Yucatec Maya
  • Zulu

At the beginning of the Flagship program, I certainly didn’t expect to remain in Asia after graduation. But walking through one door opened by the program after another has led me to where I am today.

Stephen Hopkins, IU Chinese Flagship Program alumnus and product associate at Assured Asset Management in Hong Kong

Record Title VI funding in 2018

  • African Studies Program
  • Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Center for the Study of Global Change
  • Center for the Study of the Middle East
  • East Asian Studies Center
  • Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center
  • Institute for European Studies
  • Islamic Studies Program
  • National African Language Resource Center
  • Russian and East European Institute

We create extraordinary opportunities for our students to graduate as sophisticated global thinkers and collaborators. Those who possess the language fluency and cultural skills to forge meaningful connections will determine the shape of our future.

Rick Van Kooten, executive dean of the IU College of Arts and Sciences

Reclaiming a culture

Helping an indigenous community restore its endangered language

The Assiniboine people of the Northern Great Plains of North America have only a handful of native speakers of their language, Nakoda.

We’re helping change that.

Researchers at our American Indian Studies Research Institute are working closely with the Assiniboine people to create instructional materials, dictionaries, and storybooks for use in reservation schools and households. They’re even developing an educational app—and they hope to create a Nakoda keyboard for smartphones so the community can text in their native language.

The project is the result of decades of relationship-building, which included IU faculty recording Assiniboine stories in the 1970s and 1980s. The American Indian Studies Research Institute has a long history of projects that attempt to fully understand the language, culture, or history of the native people of the Americas.

Because to change the world, you have to understand it.

At Indiana University, we go all in

Changing the world is what we do.

For 200 years, we have pursued knowledge and innovation to improve lives. See how the work we’re doing every day continues to change tomorrow.

Learn about IU’s impact