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September 20, 2017 Wednesday 11:41:41 AM IST
Study of Foreign Languages and scope

Study of foreign languages not only enriches our life style and enhances cultural standards but also provides more career alternatives and better job experiences. We also succeed in having different perspectives and visions of life and the world around us.  The horizon of our knowledge of art, literature, music, cinema, cult and cuisine gets broadened. There is no escape that learning of foreign languages in the open economy of today's global used provides a good career.

There would be requirement of more than 1.5 million of foreign language experts in the coming two decades, especially when the multinational companies are fast mushrooming across the nations in the world. The foreign language professionals are expected to get recruited in various BPO, IT and KPO in India. These professionals may also be recruited in the companies outsourced to India from the European countries.

As per the latest trend of global job markets and corporate culture the demand for the professionals specialized in the following foreign languages may prove to be pretty bright and lucrative-French, Russian, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish.

Necessary Eligibilities

For getting the degree in a foreign language the aspirants must have passed the plus 2 examination from a recognized board. The duration of the bachelor's degree course usually is of three years. After the degree in foreign language the interested candidates can join the 2-year - Postgraduate course and thereafter Ph.D.

Package and Perks

Much like other jobs, foreign language too provides more of the compensation when a candidate is more experienced. Employments in foreign embassies and business consulates could also fetch the good amount as pay package but in case of jobs of interpretation and translation the same professionals may get considerably very high pay package. A skilled interpreter is offered between Rs. 1000 per hour to Rs. 25,000 a day. Translators may charge anywhere between Re 1 per word to Rs.10 per word. All these remunerations depend upon the nature of language and economic background of the hirers and the organizations.


Jawaharlal Nehru University provides scholarship to the students of the economically weaker students which is also called as 'Earn as you learn' via a number of part-time jobs under the aegis of the University Grant Commission. It also offers scholarships. Embassies of various countries too offer scholarship.

Where to learn Foreign Languages

Many of the education institutes have the foreign language in their syllabi so the students there start learning it from very early and that too without any special effort and at extra charge. But majority of students are also there who take step to study foreign languages only after higher secondary to further go for the graduation and post graduation courses as well as Ph.D in them. However, the diploma and certificate courses are also offered by various institutes in less time period and at lesser costs.

Institutes of Foreign Languages Learning

1.Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad

2.Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana

3.Guru Nanak Dev University, Deptt. of Foreign Languages, Amritsar, Punjab

4.Symbiosis Institute of Foreign and Indian Languages, Pune

5.Deptt. of Foreign Languages, University of Pune, Pune

6.Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai

7.St. Teresa's College, Ernakulum, Kerala

8.The School of Languages of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

9.Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

10.School of Foreign Languages, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

11.Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai University.

12.Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras

13.School of Distance Education, Mahatma Gandhi Uni.

14.Directorate of Distance & Online Education,

15.Foreign Languages Training Institute, Bangalore

16. Cochin University of Science and Technology, Ernakulam

Job Prospects

Academic degrees and proficiency of a foreign language prove to be an entry ticket to the pools of jobs in the segments of tourism, education, diplomatic services, interpretation, translation, international trade and relation, entertainment, public relations, mass media and journalism, publishing, communication, embassies, consulates and various others which are likely to unfold their wings of opportunities in the years to come. 

Multinational companies having their well-planned network across the nations in the world also recruit the foreign language experts in the various positions. Moreover, the internet revolution has also considerably helped increase the demand of foreign language professionals in the positions of online content writer, technical translator and interpreter. The various international organizations, including the important agencies of the United Nations Organization (UNO), which require the foreign language experts in large number, are Food Agriculture Organization, Ministry of External Affairs, and Reserve Bank of India. However, some of the specialized fields of jobs for the professionals of foreign languages are in the areas of -linguistics, interpretation, translation and teaching. 

Foreign Languages - Career and Job opportunities

In the present scenario of market economy, learning a foreign language may be a passion for a linguist but it is not the full stop. The skills of foreign languages provide much-needed job opportunities in today's fast-moving world. The increasing demand of the foreign language experts in the government, businesses and various entrepreneurial organizations has considerably attracted the youths of the 21st century generation- 

The Foreign Services

In the present open, global and politically-sensitive scenario of the world economy all the countries have embassies, business consulates in the countries across the world. These political organizations take care of the interest of their parent countries and so get valuable help in managing and boosting international trade as well as relations. The governments of the countries require foreign language speakers who will require to live abroad for the following assignments -

*Listening to foreign citizens, government and various other dignitaries,

*Reading, studying, translating and replying of intelligence findings and investigative reports in foreign languages.

*Liaising with the various departments in various countries.

*Conducting research activities in various foreign languages.

*Performing sundry jobs at the passport and visa issuing offices.

*Frisking the passengers at the national and international airports, places of historical importance.

International Institutes and Organizations

Many of the UNO's agencies like World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and other international organizations like the Red Cross Society, Amnesty International and various others require foreign language experts to perform various assignments which are sine qua non of the management and administration. Besides English, other languages which are in more demand in these international bodies are French, Spanish, German and Arabic.

Translation and Interpretation

In the global scenario the modus operandi of communication and knowledge-gaining has undergone drastic changes. We need linguists to translate the magnum opus of the renowned writers in a host of languages both for the commerce and welfare purpose. The translated versions of books of the authors considerably help them increase the sales very surprisingly and thus the profit goes up. In context with the maintenance of foreign and diplomatic relationship the government officials and heads of the nations make visit to the various countries and for the better communication they require the interpreters in foreign languages. The profession of interpretation is not only lucrative but also of very high limelight. The interpreters visit with the celebrities and policy makers of the governments of the various nations. So, this segment has high employment potential.