Students at Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology can now enroll in elementary Hindi, a widely spoken but rarely taught language used in two of the world’s top 10 economies. Hindi is one of the most commonly spoken first languages in the world, with 341 million native speakers worldwide, including India—the world’s seventh largest economy. The School of Modern Languages’ Hindi program was launched in Fall 2019 and classes are taught by faculty of Georgia Tech’s School of Modern Languages in collaboration with Georgia State’s Department of World Languages and Cultures. Some sections of the Hindi courses are co-taught with Georgia State through video conference, while others are offered as standalone online classes.
The offerings are part of the universities’ partnership in the AGSC, funded through a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Students attending colleges and universities affiliated with the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) may join Georgia State and Georgia Tech students in taking the new classes through the council’s cross-registration program. Students at other institutions should check with their school’s registration office for details. Students will attend classes in state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with videoconferencing technology, making them accessible to registered students on other campuses.