African Languages Programs

About the Program

The Yale program offers regular courses in four major African languages: Swahili, Yoruba, Wolof, and Zulu. The courses are open to undergraduates and graduate students, and the small class size helps foster communicative competence. Swahili, Yoruba, and Zulu are taught at Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels using multimedia materials. Wolof is taught at Beginning and Intermediate levels via “live” videoconferencing from our partner institution. (For more information on Yale’s shared language course initiative with Columbia and Cornell, please see


Directed Independent Language Study

DILS supports students who want to study a less commonly taught African language through self-instruction. The DILS program assists students in obtaining materials and locating a conversation partner, and supervises instruction and examining. For more information, please see