Language Study

Collectively, Big Ten Academic Alliance universities offer over 100 Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) but individually, no institution teaches more than 53. To expand student access to unique and specialized language courses, Big Ten Academic Alliance members facilitate initiatives such as CourseShare and the Traveling Scholar Program.

  • CourseShare: More than 75 LCTL courses in 37 languages have been shared and delivered via live videoconference. For a complete list, please visit the CourseShare database.
  • Traveling Scholar Program: CourseShare and the Big Ten Academic Alliance Traveling Scholar Program both provide students with access to specialized courses, but the programs have distinct characteristics, as outlined in this CourseShare/Traveling Scholar Program chart.

Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions host a multitude of the US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers (NRC) and Language Resource Centers (LRC).  Collectively, 32% of NRC funding has been awarded to Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions through 2013 and 42% of LRC funding, as detailed in this PDF document of Title VI Resource Centers across the Big Ten Academic Alliance.



Dean's Report

A strategy to increase access to LCTLs

International Flags


View the database of confirmed and potential CourseShare courses

CourseShare students receiving a course via video-conferencing

Available LCTLs

LCTLs offered in the 2009-10 academic year (opens as PDF)

A bookmark listing various world languages