Foreign Languages & Linguistics

2022 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools

405 Colleges in the United States
30,847 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded
$29,403 Avg Early-Career Salary
Foreign Languages & Linguistics degree programs are on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of popularity. In fact, the major ranks #24 out of the 38 majors we look at each year. As such, your educational options may be more limited than if you were in a more popular field.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 405 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 30,847 degrees in foreign languages and linguistics during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Foreign Languages & Linguistics School

Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools Your choice of foreign languages and linguistics school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Foreign Languages & Linguistics School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Foreign Languages & Linguistics in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the foreign languages and linguistics degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Foreign Languages & Linguistics

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In VA
40 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in foreign languages and linguistics needs to check out Washington and Lee University. Located in the town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 40 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Washington and Lee in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
170 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in foreign languages and linguistics needs to look into University of Notre Dame. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 170 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Those foreign languages and linguistics students who get their degree from University of Notre Dame receive $20,697 more than the average foreign languages and linguistics student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
268 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Columbia University in the City of New York if you want to pursue a degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 268 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the foreign languages and linguistics major at Columbia University in the City of New York make $10,197 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#4

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL
70 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in foreign languages and linguistics has to take a look at Northwestern University. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 70 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In MA
32 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Amherst is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Amherst. A Best Schools rank of #29 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Amherst is a great college overall.

There were roughly 32 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Amherst in the most recent data year.

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#6

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
75 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 75 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Those foreign languages and linguistics students who get their degree from Duke University earn $10,597 more than the standard foreign languages and linguistics grad.

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#7

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
148 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 148 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In PA
36 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 36 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent data year.

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#9

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
53 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 5th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 53 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the foreign languages and linguistics program at Bucknell University get $15,197 above the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#10

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TN
90 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 90 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#11

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CT

Trinity Bantams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize city of Hartford. This college ranks 2nd out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were about 28 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Trinity Bantams in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
56 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Middlebury Institute is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Monterey. This school ranks 15th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 56 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury Institute in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the foreign languages and linguistics degree program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey earn $19,797 above the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#13

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In NY
44 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Hamilton is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize suburb of Clinton. This college ranks 5th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 44 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Hamilton in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
72 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Worcester. A Best Schools rank of #32 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Holy Cross is a great college overall.

There were approximately 72 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent year we have data available. Those foreign languages and linguistics students who get their degree from College of the Holy Cross earn $9,897 more than the typical foreign languages and linguistics student.

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#15

Colby College

Waterville, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In ME
36 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Waterville, Colby is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 23 schools for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were roughly 36 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Colby in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
45 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Hamilton. A Best Schools rank of #30 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Colgate is a great university overall.

There were approximately 45 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent year we have data available. Foreign Languages & Linguistics degree recipients from Colgate University get an earnings boost of about $8,897 over the typical income of foreign languages and linguistics majors.

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#17

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
205 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. This university ranks 1st out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 205 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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#18

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In RI
53 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #24 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 53 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#19

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
158 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 158 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#20

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
44 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Boston College is a large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chestnut Hill. This college ranks 8th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 44 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year. Those foreign languages and linguistics students who get their degree from Boston College earn $28,797 more than the average foreign languages and linguistics graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
381 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 381 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the foreign languages and linguistics program earn an average of $27,100 for their early career.

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#22

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VT
176 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 1st out of 13 colleges for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

There were about 176 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
99 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 99 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the foreign languages and linguistics major at University of Southern California get $11,297 above the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#24

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In MA
53 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #23 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Williams is a great college overall.

There were roughly 53 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent year we have data available.

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#25

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
55 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Statesboro, GaSou is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 80 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 55 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at GaSou in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, foreign languages and linguistics degree recipients usually make around $31,100 in the first five years of their career.

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Rest of the Top Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools

#25

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA
#26

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#27

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#28

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#29

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#30

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#31

New York University

New York, NY

#32

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

#33

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#34

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#35

Butler University

Indianapolis, IN
#37

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN
#38

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#39

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA
#40

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

#41

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

#42

Boston University

Boston, MA
#43

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#44

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#45

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#46

Connecticut College

New London, CT
#48

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#49

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 405 different United States foreign languages and linguistics schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
51 Providence College Providence, RI
52 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
53 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
54 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
55 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
56 Clemson University Clemson, SC
57 Barnard College New York, NY
58 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
59 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
60 Catholic University of America Washington, DC

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools award.

Rank College Location
61 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
62 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
63 Denison University Granville, OH
64 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
65 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
66 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
67 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
68 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
69 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
70 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
71 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
72 Emory University Atlanta, GA
73 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
74 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
75 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
76 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
77 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
78 George Washington University Washington, DC
79 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
80 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
81 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY

Foreign Languages & Linguistics by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 15,122
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 7,812
East Asian Languages 1,986
American Sign Language 1,666
Classical Languages & Literature 1,426
Germanic Languages 1,321
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 583
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 522
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 329
Second Language Learning 23

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to John Stephen Dwyer.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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