About Us

Welcome to the Department of Language Studies at UTM! 

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Established on July 1, 2003, the Department of Language Studies is a leader at the University of Toronto and worldwide in the use of technology to advance the learning of languages. The University of Toronto (U of T) ranked #1 in Canada for the past four years in the QS World University Rankings for Modern Languages. These rankings have also recognized U of T as a prestigious provider of Modern Languages at the continental and international levels. For 2019, U of T ranked #11 in North America and #21 in the world. The Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) is a driving force for this success.

Department's Mandate

Our Department bases its mission on the notion that language and culture are inseparable and that the study of other cultures offers new perspectives. We want our students to prosper, both during their time here and long after they graduate as they pursue careers in an increasingly competitive global environment. Whether they are learning a new language for personal interest or deepening their understanding for a professional advantage, the Department of Language Studies will help students succeed by fostering:

  • Linguistic Knowledge
  • Communicative Competence
  • Pedagogical Skills
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Students will acquire the above through the foundational language-building skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Additionally, students will deepen these skills by applying them in real communicative situations and cultural settings.

Programs to Pursue

The Department of Language Studies is renowned for its programs in: 

Additionally, any student at UTM can enroll and attain a Certificate in Global Perspectives by following a required set of courses. Upon completion of these course, students will earn a “Global Scholar” notation on their transcript.

Students completing language courses may also be eligible for a language citation.

Languages to Learn

In addition to our programs, the Department of Language Studies offers a litany of languages that students can learn. The department broadened its mandate to increase its offerings to students, which now include:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Latin
  • Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Visit our Elective Languages page for more information.

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