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

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.

Dec 15, 2016 10:00 IST
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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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