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Proficiency and fluency in a foreign language can open up the gates for a lucrative career in various sectors such as diplomatic services, entertainment, tourism, embassies, international organizations, public relations and mass communication, publishing, interpretation and translation, etc.

Professional Opportunities

  • Diplomatic Services
    Foreign Language Proficiency can prove to be a great asset for career in diplomatic services. Indian Foreign Services is a great career to be looked at. An IFS officer is expected to deal with the external affairs of the country including diplomacy, trade and cultural relations. Even for higher positions in embassies, one needs to clear the IFS exam.
  • Teaching
    One might be interested to work as a foreign language teacher in schools by having a masters in a foreign language or in colleges by pursuing a PhD in foreign language.
  • Translator/ Interpreter jobs
    The job of a translator is to convert written words from a 'source' language into a 'target' language. Interpreters convert information from one spoken language into another. After pursuing a diploma course in translation one can find jobs in the embassies or in Multi national companies. One can also consider the option of working as a freelance writer and translator.
  • Hospitality and Tourism
    A degree in foreign language is an added asset for people pursuing careers in hospitality or tourism.
  • Public relations and Mass Communication
    Learning a foreign language can pave way for a career in media, PR and Mass communication.
  • Air Hostess/Flight Steward
    Foreign languages can help provide a great foundation to the crew of airplanes. It builds a good image for the airline as well as provides ease of communication.

Career Path

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
path 1
Class XII with any stream Pursue B.A.(H) Foreign Language for 3 yearsPursue Masters in Language for 2 years in India or Abroad ( 1 year)Pursue M.Phil. in Language for 2 years and/or PhD in Language for 3-4 years
path 2
Class XII with any streamPursue B.A.(H) Language for 3 yearsPursue Post Graduate Diploma in foreign language-
path 3
Class XII with Any Stream Pursue graduation in any subject for 3 yearsPursue Certificate course/ Diploma course for 1 year-

Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII.
  • No mandatory subject in Class XII.
  • Most of the institutes for post-graduation require bachelors in any field.
  • For Lecturership in Language, National Educational Test (NET) or Ph.D. is mandatory
  • There are various other colleges in Delhi University who offer this course.

Leading Institutes

Leading Institutes in India
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Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi
St. Stephens College New Delhi
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi
University of Mumbai Mumbai
University of Calcutta Kolkata
IGNOU School of Languages All over India
English & Foreign Languages University Hyderabad
Nihongo Bashi Multiple Locations
India China Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mumbai
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Jawaharlal Nehru Academy of Languages, New Delhi Pune
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi
Alliance Francaise de Bombay Mumbai
Max Mueller Bhavan Delhi, Pune, Bangalore
University of Rajasthan Jaipur
University of Pune Pune

Work Description

  • Conduct a variety of language-based studies, experiments and consultations
  • Assist in acquiring knowledge of languages for purposes such as historical examinations, code breaking, etc.
  • Take classes in linguistics at colleges and universities
  • Give advice to marketing firms and publishing companies on what language to use in advertising and promotions
  • Predict trends in pronunciation, slang or diction
  • Develop speech recognition software, check for proper grammar or provide a better understanding of how language is affected by computer use
  • Convert concepts in the source language to equivalent concepts in the target language during translation
  • Language guides ensure that foreign visitors are able to communicate effectively during their stay.
  • Convert journal articles, books, poetry, and short stories from one language into another language

Pros & Cons

  • Wide range of scope and different areas of work to choose from
  • It is an interesting career choice and helps in understanding a language’s history
  • The demand for every language can fluctuate at different times
  • It can be difficult to learn an entirely new language
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