Inalco offers a huge diversity of courses in languages and cultures—over 100 languages and cultures and five professional streams.
Students at Inalco benefit from quality, research-led teaching with a strong concern for employability. Inalco’s programs are open to students from all backgrounds

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Inalco awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and diplomas in languages and cultural studies. The Institute also offers continuing education (evening and Saturday classes).

Degree and diploma programs

Bachelor's Degrees (licences)

Programs by language and world region or by professional concentration.

Master's Degrees

Inalco offers eight master’s degree programs: Foreign and Regional Languages, Literatures & Cultures (LLCER), Science of Language (SDL), Language Teaching (DDL), Natural Language Processing (TAL), International Relations (RI), International Business (CI), Translation and Interpretation (TI), and Language Teaching with Teaching Credentials(MEEF), entitled to 3 registrations. Master's courses include advanced language courses, seminars relating to the area studied, disciplinary seminars and free or open courses.

Doctoral Degrees

At Inalco, the World Languages, Literature and Societies Doctoral School (No. 265), brings together 15 research units, eight Inalco-specific research teams, and seven joint research units (UMR). The Doctoral School trains some 300 doctoral students across these units, supervised by over 100 professors.

Inalco diplomas

Our introductory diplomas, language and culture diplomas, and other Inalco diplomas are recognized and accredited.

Langues O' Passeport

There is no auditor status at Inalco, but with the Langues O’ Passport, you can choose from Inalco’s course offerings in language or cultural studies to make a tailor-made program worth up to 24 ECTS credits per year.

Distance learning

Inalco is involved in several major e-learning projects concerning Inuktitut and Swahili. Other languages, such as Estonian, are to follow soon.


Continuing education

We offer employees, individuals, and companies quality training suited to their needs.

Language courses

You can choose to take evening classes from beginner to advanced level, earn a certificate in Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese in two years, perfect your oral skills, or do an intensive course.

Train and stay informed

Train and stay informed about the world through professional seminars, individual training, or a series of cultural lectures.

Customized training

We offer private language courses, tailor-made seminars, tailor-made lectures, consulting for businesses, and other forms of training on request.
Our language and culture experts and our network are at your service.

Return to study & accreditation of prior experiential learning

Anyone with the necessary qualifications (or equivalent experience) to start a program may return to study in higher education.

Language tests

We offer classes to prepare for the JLPT (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test) and HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test). The JLPT is organized by Inalco.

Practical information about continuing education

Find all the information you need about schedules, registration procedures, general terms and conditions of sale, and any other questions you may have in this section.