About the Foreign Language Program

The small group classes, averaging twelve students per class, are designed to develop conversational skills. Progressive levels of each language are offered in evening classes throughout the year. Corporate programs are also available. The program attracts a variety of adult participants, including business people, international visitors, world travelers, young adults and retirees. Persons applying for these courses must have graduated from secondary school.

Course Information

  • Four sessions of evening language classes are offered yearly. Winter, spring, summer and fall sessions are eight weeks long with three hours of class per week.
  • Classes meet either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:45-7:15 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m. on the Rice campus.

If you are enrolling in Spanish or French and are not a beginner, you must take the placement test. See the calendar for scheduled test dates. Non-beginning students of other languages will be contacted during the week before classes begin for an interview to determine placement.

Class Schedule

The schedule for each session takes into consideration placement test results, teacher assignments, and classroom availability.

You will receive an e-mail from the Language Programs office regarding your schedule no later than the last business day before classes begin.

Schedule Information

Evening Classes


Class Days

Monday and Wednesday
Tuesday and Thursday


Spanish | French | Arabic | Chinese | Japanese | Russian | Italian | Portuguese


Level I | Level II | Level III | Level IV | Level V | Level VI | Advanced


Foreign Language Program instructors are experienced teachers with advanced degrees who employ the most recent advances in second language methodology. They frequently incorporate current, culturally relevant articles and multi-media materials to supplement regular assignments.