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Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Language Contact and Email Address:

Rakesh Ranjan


The Hindi-Urdu Program in MESAAS is one of the leading programs in the country. Our Hindi-Urdu courses offer comprehensive development of all skills to learn and use Hindi and Urdu. We offer four levels of Hindi-Urdu courses in addition to accelerated courses for students of South Asian background who already possess knowledge of basic vocabulary and limited speaking and listening skills in Hindi and Urdu. 

Our program is designed for students to achieve proficiency in the fours skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We focus on developing academic and professional skills, enabling students with different backgrounds and goals to communicate with Hindi-Urdu speakers in a variety of contexts. Our curriculum is based on the widely accepted national standards (5 Cs) and proficiency guidelines as set by ACTFL.

Taking courses in Hindi and Urdu will allow you to fulfill the language requirement at Columbia.

Please check the Columbia Directory of Classes for up-to-date information on class times and locations.