A key requirement for engaging with the world is the ability to speak in more than one language. For this reason, the BGInS program expects students to complete a second-language requirement. We require that students achieve at least an intermediate level of competence, such that they will be able to have meaningful social and cultural interaction in one modern language other than English.  We believe that cultural differences and realities are deeply embedded in the structures and signifying practices of languages; learning a second language will therefore serve to strengthen the cultural competences of BGInS graduates.

Note: For students enrolled in one of the geographically-defined regional Specializations or Streams, only certain languages relevant to that region of the world may be used to satisfy the language requirement.  See the program requirements in each of the regional Specializations and Streams for further details.

Students in the BGInS Honours and General degrees must satisfy the language requirement in one of two ways: