About Us

Welcome to Language Studies at UTM 


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 U of T Mississauga 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, 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.

Languages to Learn

In addition to our programs, Language Studies offers a litany of languages that students can learn. Language Studies broadened its mandate to increase its offering to students, which now includes:

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

Visit our Elective Languages page for more information.

Study Abroad for a Broadened Learning Experience

To provide our students with a more enriched experience, Language Studies also offers the opportunity for students to study abroad. Students can choose from a variety of locations in France, Germany and Italy where they can learn the language, apply their knowledge while liaising with the locals, and immerse themselves in these vibrant cultures.

Want an equally enriching experience but prefer to stay in Canada? Language Studies offers similar opportunities in Québec.

Learn more about the experiencial learning opportunities we offer. 

Career Opportunities

The knowledge and skills graduates develop from our programs and courses will create a competitive advantage for them in the workplace. The linguistic and cultural capital our graduates have accumulated has helped them secure a wide range of opportunities. They work in an array of industries as diverse and intriguing as the languages they learned:

  • Arts
  • Business and Commerce
  • Education, including Graduate Studies
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Professions
  • Social Work
  • Travel and Tourism

Learn more about the career opportunities with your degree.