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Top foreign language courses in India which can earn you salaries in lakhs

Dec 15, 2016 10:00 IST

    The advent of 21st century marked the beginning of the global age; a time when the entire world became one entity. With globalization, the world transformed into a small interconnected village, where businesses, people, cultures and even languages crossed the geographic barriers. Talking about languages, prior to globalization, knowledge of just one language or along with the basic knowledge of English was considered sufficient to stand apart from the crowd. However, today, when English has acquired the status of being the global language; students who want to build a successful career in the global market, need to learn foreign languages as well. The expanding market of foreign language classes stands as a testimony to this trend. But still, compared to other professional courses like MBA and engineering; students still don’t look at foreign language as career option.

    Why Foreign Language Courses

    One of the first question that a student will have before joining any foreign language courses would be why another language. The answer is simple ‘Demand & Supply’. The globalization phenomenon we talked means that many foreign companies have set up their base in India. While the majority of business conducted by these MNCs is conducted in English; there are some operations that need to be run in local foreign languages. Therefore, there is demand for language professionals who can run these operations and thus job opportunities. Due to this trend, many career counsellors suggest that learning a foreign language or taking up foreign language courses during school or college studies can add significant weight to your resume.

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    Career Choices after completing Foreign Language Classes

    There are a number of career choices for students who choose to undergo formal training through foreign language institutes. The growth potential and career prospects provided by this domain have prompted many universities and colleges to start offering foreign language classes. The biggest advantage of foreign language courses is the plethora of career opportunities in different roles that it opens up. Some of the common career options that students can join after graduating from foreign language institutes include:

    • Hotel resource associate 
    • Interpreter
    • Foreign language teacher
    • government organizations
    • Interpreter
    • Translator for private as well as
    • Language specialists
    • Public Relation Officer
    • Freelance Writer, Translator,
    • Research Associate
    • Tourist guide
    • Air Hostess or Flight Steward

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    Foreign Language Courses – Salary and Package Details

    Now that we have established the fact that foreign language courses are indeed a good career choice; let’s have a look at how foreign language as career can be a lucrative option? Despite the general neglect among the students, formal training in foreign languages like Spanish, French and German can open up great employment opportunities. While many students pick up full-time graduation and postgraduate programmes offered by universities; some prefer short-term certificate or diploma programmes offered by private institutes like Max Mueller Bhavan, Instituto Hispania, Goethe Institut and Alliance Francaise.

    Although official numbers are not available, a fresher who has completed foreign language courses in India can easily look at salary package in lakhs. Starting from freelance writers and editors, who make around Rs 1000 per hour for checking basic language and grammar; foreign language teachers and interpreters can land a package of around Rs 10 to 15 lakhs. Contrary to the belief that foreign language experts are only hired by the private sector, the Ministry of External Affairs regularly hires candidates with knowledge of foreign languages for different roles in the government departments. As far as package details are concerned, you can easily look at attractive salary package along with all the perks associated with a Sarkari Naukri.

    On the other end of the things, many students who have completed their foreign language training from reputed institutes/universities have also been hired by embassies of different countries. They mostly get paid in foreign currency which can range anywhere from $20000 to $30000 for full-time employment.

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    Top Foreign Language Courses in India

    Considering the importance of the Foreign language courses in India and the variety of lucrative career options they offer; many students would be interested in joining them. Currently, there are two primary options available to students planning on joining a foreign language course in India.

    The first is to go for full-time academic programmes offered by universities and colleges in the form of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses. Some of the popular foreign language courses offered by universities/colleges are listed below:

    Foreign Language Courses – Graduate / Postgraduate Level Programmes

    University / Institute

    Courses

    Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

    B.A.(Hons.) Persian
    BA Hons Pushto
    BA (H)Arabic
    BA (H) Japanese
    BA (H) Korean
    BA (H) Chinese
    BA (H) French
    BA (H) German
    BA (H) Russian
    BA (H) Spanish

    Jamia Millia Islamia

    B.A (Hons) in Turkish Language and Literature
    B.A. (Hons) Arabic/ Urdu/ Persian

    Banaras Hindu University

    B.A. (Hons.) - Chinese and Russian

    English Foreign Language University-EFLU - Hyderabad Campus

    B.A. (Hons) Arabic
    BA (H) French
    BA (H) German
    BA (H) Russian
    BA (H) Spanish

    University of Mumbai

    B.A. in French
    B.A. in German Studies

    University of Delhi

    B.A. (H) Italian
    BA (H) French
    BA (H) German
    BA (H) Spanish

    University of Pune

    MA in German
    MA in French
    MA in Spanish
    MA in Russian
    MA in Japanese
    MPhil in German
    MPhil in French
    MPhil in Spanish
    MPhil in Russian
    MPhil in Japanese
    PhD in German
    PhD in French
    PhD in Spanish
    PhD in Russian
    PhD in Japanese

    Foreign Language Courses - Certificate Programmes

    University / Institute

    Courses

    Jawaharlal Nehru University

    Certificate of Proficiency in Mongolian/ Bahasa Indonesia

    Jamia Millia Islamia

    Certificate Course in Chinese Language/Uzbek/Modern Arabic Language/Turkemenin/Modern Persian/Pashto/Turkish/French/Russian/Italian/Portuguese/Spanish

    University of Delhi

    Certificate in French/German/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian

    Kurukshetra University

    Certificate in French and German

    Maharishi Dayanand University

    Certificate in French and Spanish

    Aligarh Muslim University

    Certificate of Proficiency in Persian/Arabic

    Punjab University

    Certificate Course in French/Russian/Chinese/Tibetan

    University of Mumbai

    Certificate in Russian/French/Spanish/Italian/Arabic/Islamic Studies/German/Japanese/Persian

    Banasthali Vidyapeeth

    Certificate in French and German

    School of Foreign Language (IGNOU)

    Certificate in Arabic

    University of Pune

    Foreign Language Certificate course in German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese

    Foreign Language Diploma Courses

    Jawaharlal Nehru University

    Diploma of Proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia

    Jamia Millia Islamia

    Diploma in French/Spanish/Russian/Italian/ Portuguese (Part Time) Diploma in Uzbek/Modern Arabic Language/ Turkemenin/ Kazhaki/ Modern Persian/Pashto/Turkish

    University of Delhi

    Diploma in French /German /Spanish/ Italian/ Portuguese /Romanian

    Kurukshetra University, Haryana

    Diploma in French and German

    Maharishi Dayanand University

    Diploma in French

    Aligarh Muslim University

    Diploma of Proficiency in Persian/Arabic

    Punjab University

    Diploma in French/Russian/Chinese/Tibetan

    University of Mumbai

    Diploma in Russian/French/Spanish/Italian Arabic/Islamic Studies/German/Japanese/Business Japanese/Conversational Japanese/Persian

    Banasthali Vidyapeeth

    Diploma in French and German

    University of Pune

    Foreign Language Diploma course in German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese
    Foreign Language Special Diploma course in German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese

     

    Foreign Language Advanced Diploma Courses

    Jamia Millia Islamia

    Advance Diploma in Modern Arabic Language/ Pashto/Spanish/Russian/Potuguese/Italian/French/Turkish/Modern Persian

    University of Delhi

    Advanced Diploma in French/German/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian

    Kurukshetra University

    Advanced Diploma in French and German

    Punjab University

    Advanced Diploma in French/Russian/Chinese

    University of Mumbai

    Advanced Diploma in Russian/French/Spanish/Italian/Arabic/German/Japanese

    Banasthali Vidyapeeth

    Advanced Diploma in French and German

    Alternatively, students who already have completed their formal education and want to add foreign language as an additional skill on their resume can join a short-term foreign language course offered by different dedicated institutes. To help you chose the right foreign language institutes, we have enlisted the top ranking foreign language classes and universities in the table below:

    Foreign Language Courses offered by Dedicated Institutes

    Institute

    Language

    Course Type

    Chinese Language Institute

    Chinese

    Diploma/ Certificate

    ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI, Tamil Nadu Centre

    Japanese

    Certifications

    The Indo-Japan Welfare and Cultural Association

    Japanese

    Diploma/ Certificate

    Chinese Language Institute

    Chinese

    Diploma/ Certificate

    Instituto Hispania

    Spanish

    Diploma/ Certificate

    The School of Foreign Languages (SFL) (Under Ministry of Defence, Government of India)

    Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese, Chinese, French, German  Hebrew, Persian, Pushto, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Tibetan

    Certificate of Proficiency (COP)/ Advanced Diploma of Proficiency (ADOP)/ Interpretership Course

    Bangalore Nihongo Kyooshi-kai (BNK)

    Chinese

    Diploma/ Certificate.

    International Lingua Institute

    French German, Mandarin, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, English

    Certificate

    Institute of Russian Language

    Russian

    Certificates

    YMCA

    Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Japanese

    Certificate/Advanced certificate

    Bangalore NihongoKyooshi- kai (BNK)

    Japanese

    Diploma/ Certificate.

    Japanese Language Teachers’ Association

    Japanese

    Diploma/ Certificate

    Alliance Française

    French

    Certification/ Diploma

    Institute of Russian Language

    Russian

    Certificates

    Goethe-Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan)

    German

    Certificates     30 weeks, Apr-Oct

    BharatiyaVidayaBhawan- Jawaharlal Nehru Academy of Languages

    Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian, English, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese,

    Diploma/ Certificate

    International Language Schools of Canada

    French, Mandarin

    Certificate

    Mombusho Scholar’s Association of India

    Japanese

    Diploma/ Certificate

    Nihongo-Bashi

    Japanese

    Elementary Course/Advanced Diploma/ Certificate of Proficiency (COP)

    We hope that the detailed analysis regarding the scope of foreign language courses in India would have helped you understand the diverse range of career prospects that they have to offer. By joining any of the aforementioned foreign language institutes, you can add an incredible asset to your resume that will help you not only get your dream job but also pay you rich dividends in terms of the salary package.

    If you feel that you have missed out on any important foreign language course or excluded any foreign language institute from our list; feel free to point the same out to us via the comments section. Your suggestions are very valuable to us.

    Happy Studying!

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