South Asia is home to thousands of different languages, including some of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Faculty members of the Dhar India Studies Program regularly provide in-depth instruction to undergraduate and graduate students in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and Sanskrit. We offer classes in these languages from beginning through to advanced levels. Students may also pursue Persian or other languages appropriate to their course of study through the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.
Rebecca Manring, Director of Language Instruction; Sanskrit
Patrica Sabarwal, Lecturer in Hindi
Mizanur Rahman Babu, FLTA Instructor
Gul E Zahra, FLTA Instructor
Aditi Tandon, Associate Instructor
Jessica Merritt, Associate Instructor
Language Proficiency Testing and Certification
Dhar India Studies periodically administers language proficiency tests in South Asian languages for undergraduate students. You must, however, register for language proficiency tests in advance. We can also arrange for proficiency certification for graduate students and faculty members in connection with grant applications, for example. The languages we can offer proficiency tests for include Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, and Urdu. Proficiency testing for those registered at other institutions can also be arranged for a fee. Watch this website for announcements of upcoming tests.
International students who wish to use their native language (if their native language is not English) to establish foreign language proficiency should complete the Application for Establishment of Foreign Language Proficiency for Non-Native Speakers of English. Students interested in this option should complete the process as early in their undergraduate careers as possible by submitting an Application for Establishment of Foreign Language Proficiency for International Students who are Non-Native Speakers of English: Undergraduate Forms: College of Arts + Sciences (indiana.edu)
Please contact the program's Director of Language Instruction for additional information.
Upcoming Language Proficiency Tests
Indic language proficiency exams are offered one time at the start of each semester.
The Spring 2024 Indic language proficiency exams will be given on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 3:30 pm. You must register in advance for the exam no later than Monday, February 12, 2024. Please complete the registration form below and submit your application. You will receive addtional information from Professor Rebecca Manring the week of the exam.
Registration is now open via the Registration Form below for the Spring 2024 exam.