A prestigious institution in the country, the University of Delhi (DU) is a hub for students looking to make a career, and houses the best colleges in the field of science, commerce and arts courses in the country.

The University of Delhi not only offers the mainstream courses, but also offers certificate and diploma courses in languages such as Romanian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian. As the world is turning into a global village and different foreign firms are entering the Indian markets, there are a large number of job opportunities that are being created to tackle the demand by these firms.

There are many factors that one should consider while choosing a foreign language to learn in DU, some of these factors being: difficulty level, personal preference, interest, target country or region, sectors or industries, possible immigration, and future goals, etc. French, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Japanese remain the most sought-after languages for most of the students interested in pursuing foreign language courses in DU. However, in recent years, demand for Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Korean and Arabic has also been on the rise.

Ayush, a Literature student from Kirorimal College who pursued Mandarin language from St. Stephen’s College found the experience to be ‘mixed’ and said, “The faculty was brilliant and I was able to learn the language as well as the culture, since our teachers made sure we celebrated Chinese festivals and devoured Chinese cuisine. Although, it was a task to handle the academics as the exams for the language courses start around ten days before the semester exam. Over all, it was worth it!”

Another student of Philosophy from Miranda House, Rupali Gujral, who pursued Spanish language from Hansraj College stated, “The fees was very feasible and although it did become a little hectic to juggle academics and language course, it was pretty amazing. I would advise students to go for it preferably in the first year itself as it is less tedious then.”

Application forms for the courses can be obtained from the respective colleges. St. Stephen’s College has made their registration process completely online. Colleges release merit lists based on the composite scores of best four subjects studied at Higher Secondary level. Once enlisted in the said merit list, students are required to report to the respective college and complete their admission. Self-attested documents including class 12 marksheets and class 10 marksheet-cum-certificate are required to be submitted along with the fees.

Considering the myriad options that DU has to offer and its wide-ranging opportunities, DU Beat brings you all the information you need about Language courses at DU.

(i) Delhi University – North Campus Colleges

  1. St. Stephen’s College, University Enclave – Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese. Certificate and Diploma in Arabic, and Certificate in Persian.
  2. Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Pitampura – Certificate in French, German, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
  3. Satyawati College, Ashok Vihar – Certificate & Diploma in French and German.
  4. Daulat Ram College*, Maurice Nagar – Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
  5. Hansraj College, Malka Ganj – Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in French and German.
  6. Ramjas College, Maurice Nagar, Delhi University – Certificate course in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese & Chinese, Diploma in French, Japanese & Chinese and Advanced Diploma in French.
  7. Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Pitampura, Near Sainik Vihar – Certificate course in French and German.
  8. Mata Sundri College*, Mata Sundri Lane – Certificate course in French, Spanish and German.
  9. Miranda House*, Patel Chest Marg – Certificate course in French, Spanish and German.
  10. SGTB Khalsa College, Mall Road – Certificate course in Spanish, Russian, German, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
  11. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Karampura – Certificate course in Russian.
  12. Hindu College, University of Delhi – Certificate course in French, German, Spanish and Russian.
  13. Zakir Husain College, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg – Certificate course in Russian.
  14. LakshmiBai College*, Ashok Vihar – Certificate course in Chinese and Japanese.
  15. Kalindi College*, East Patel Nagar – Certificate course in Chinese language.

(ii) Delhi University – South Campus Colleges

  1. Jesus & Mary College*, Chanakyapuri – Certificate course in French.
  2. College of Vocational Studies, Sheikh Sarai Ph-II – Certificate course and Diploma in French and German.
  3. Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Netaji Nagar – Certificate course in French, German and Spanish, and Diploma in Spanish and  German.
  4. Acharya Narendra Dev College, Govindpuri, Kalkaji – Certificate in Russian; Certificate & Diploma in French, Spanish and German & Advanced Diploma in Spanish.
  5. Kamla Nehru College*, August- Kranti Marg – Certificate, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in French
  6. Bharati College*, Janakpuri – Certificate in Russian, French, Chinese and German, and Diploma and Advanced Diploma in French and German.
  7. Sri Venkateswara College, Dhaula Kuan – Certificate course in German and Chinese.
  8. Gargi College*, Siri Fort Road – Certificate course  in German.
  9. Lady Shri Ram College*, Lajpat Nagar 4 – Certificate course in Russian.

*Women’s  colleges of DU.

Certificate level requires candidates to have passed 10+2. For Diploma and Advanced Diploma level, certification and Diploma is required respectively in the corresponding language. Admission will be given on merit or entrance test.

All the colleges offer convenient time slots for the classes on all the days. The fee structure too is pocket friendly  varying from INR 12,000- INR 19,000 depending on the course and time slot one chooses.

It’s time to finally replace your ‘Proficiency in English’ to ‘Proficiency in Spanish/French/any other language’ that you want!

Happy learning!

Feature Image Credits: Hindustan Times

Bhagyashree Chatterjee                                   [email protected]


If you’re one of the many students aspiring to study in the prestigious institutes in Germany, learning German is pivotal. These programmes require students to have a good command of the language. Hence, the question arises: How much time does it take to learn German?

The answer is actually quite straight-forward. It just requires, of course, a little planning, but if you are prepared to spend about 4-6 hours in class each week, you will soon be able to have your first conversations in German. Heiko Pfeiffer, Head, Language Must, a language institute based in Shahpur Jat, tells us more:

“I need German A1 Level” (3 months) – This is easy. Plan about 3 months to get it done. At Goethe Institute, this level equals one semester of German. When studying with us, this is a 50 hour course and takes about 8-10 weeks. The A1 exam is very manageable if you prepare with a little focus.

“I need German A2 Level” (6 months) – Plan about 6 months (or 2 semesters) to get this done in a group. We teach A1 & A2 within 100 hours (2 courses).

At the initial levels A1 & A2, students learn to communicate familiar, routine topics, such as introducing themselves, asking for directions and going shopping. By completing these two levels, you will experience that you will not feel like a total stranger in Germany. Asking for help or reading signs at the station, while shopping or reading instructions will be easy for you. You will be able to make yourself understood, express your needs and to exchange information on common and familiar topics. Especially – but not only – in smaller German cities, this will be a huge plus point.

“I need German B1 Level” (9 months) – Plan about 9 months (or 3 semesters) to accomplish B1. We teach these 3 levels within 150 hours or, if you have already completed A2 level, in 50 hours.

“I need German B2 Level” (15 months) – This level is slightly more challenging. As an absolute beginner you should plan about 15 months (or 5 semesters) to accomplish B2 level. B2 is split into 2 courses: B2.1 and B2.2, taking 1 semester each.

As students progress through B1 & B2 levels, they learn to express themselves in more complex situations, e.g. stating and explaining their opinions. Developing a feel for the language, students communicate with increasing fluency and require less help during conversations.

“I have completed this level but need help passing the exam” – If you are struggling to prepare your exam, or are still unsure about any of the exam modules (that is speaking, writing, reading or listening), you can go for tailor-made exam preparation classes. Ranging in between 10-20 hours, our teachers can help you overcome your specific challenges with German. Often it is not necessary to redo an entire course to pass the exam. Tailor-made German classes help you achieve your goal more effectively.

The examinations for the official German certificates, proving that you have acquired a certain proficiency of German (A1, A2, B1, B2, etc.), can only be taken at Goethe Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan in India). There are a number of Goethe Institutes all over India (for example in Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh). Call your closest centre to find out about the next exam dates.

While learning German from the Goethe Institute is the most common way to learn German, learning from our language school, Language Must, has other advantages:

– Teachers from Germany: Native Speakers
– Small Groups of only 4-8 Students, starting whenever demand is there
– Customised Groups available, offering you flexibility with your schedule

To find out about the next opportunities to learn German, please go to our website to view Upcoming Courses or call us at 011-2648 1817.

Heiko Pfeiffer
(Head, Language Must)

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