Welcome to the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) Program in the
Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures. 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, some are taught as individualized, small-group
classes, and some are offered as online courses with weekly virtual
meetings. 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.

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. However, due to the nature of
these courses, last minute schedule changes may occur.

Regularly Offered LCTLs

Other Possible LCTL Languages

  • Bengali
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Indonesian
  • Kazakh
  • Khmer
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil

Less Commonly Taught Languages Not Listed Here

If you are interested in learning a language not listed here, please contact the LCTL program coordinator.

 If the language is an African Language, please contact The African Languages Coordinator.

Program Availability

Non-MSU Students

Non-MSU students are welcome to enroll in these classes, usually under the Lifelong Education category. Visit MSU’s Lifelong Education page. Tuition varies based on residency and graduate or undergraduate status. As a starting point, check out these tuition tables and contact Lifelong Education for confirmation of costs.

Transferring credits back to your institution:  Talk to your advisor at your institution. If you need a syllabi or other documentation to facilitate the transfer, please contact the LCTL coordinator.

High School Students

High school students may be eligible for dual enrollment through the Gifted and Talented Education Program.  Please contact the program coordinator to set up a placement test if the student has previous experience with the language.


Looking for the LCTL Partnership Mellon Program?

This project is housed within another College of Arts & Letters unit, the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). For more information, see the LCTL Partnership homepage.