Top six institutes for learning foreign languages in Kolkata

Are you a resident of Kolkata? Are you planning to study a foreign language in the city? Then this article will be very useful to you. Here the best institutes of learning foreign languages in Kolkata is mentioned. Read on to know more.

In the present age of globalization, the experts working in the field of education give tremendous stress of learning foreign languages. Actually learning foreign languages will help us to broaden our own perspective and facilitates interaction that results in cultural assimilation. It also helps us to develop business. Learning languages have many other benefits at the personal level also.

Calcutta (now Kolkata) was the first capital of British India. Since the eighteenth century, many people from various countries like Europe as well as Asia have come and settled here. Many Bengali educationists have given immense stress on learning foreign languages. Calcutta has been the city of Harinath Dey, the great linguist. Even now, we note a special interest among the students of Kolkata for learning the foreign language(s). In this article, we will discuss six top institutes of Kolkata which impart teaching of foreign languages in the city.

#1: Studying foreign languages at University of Calcutta

The University of Calcutta is the oldest Indian university of the modern age. It is at the forefront of language education in Kolkata. This university provides opportunities for studying Arabic, Persian, Urdu (although not exactly a foreign language), French, German, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Tibetan. A student can acquire highest degree (i.e., PhD) on these languages from the Department of Languages (established in 1917), University of Calcutta. On the other hand, those students who are interested in acquiring only communication skills in any of the above languages, can take admission in Diploma and Post-Graduate Diploma Courses. The course fees at different levels are extremely nominal.

Relevant information

University of Calcutta, College Street Campus, Ashutosh Building, 87/1 College Street, Kolkata –700073.
University Website:

#2: Learning foreign languages at Jadavpur University

The School of Languages and Linguistics of Jadavpur University is another important center of learning languages. As this is a State Government funded university, the course fees are very nominal. The School of Languages and Linguistics offer one-year certificate courses in French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. One-year diploma courses are offered in French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. The School also offers Advanced Diploma in French and Japanese.

Relevant information

Jadavpur University, School of Languages and Linguistics, Raja Subodh Chandra Mallick Road, Kolkata-700032.
Telephone No.: 033-24572943
University Website:

#3: Learning foreign Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata

Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, School of Languages is another well-known institute of learning foreign language in Kolkata. The Institute was established in the year 1938. The School of Languages offers courses at different levels in fourteen foreign languages. These are Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Persian, Russian and Spanish. The levels are Junior, Senior, Advanced, Diploma and Communicative courses. The course fees are reasonable.

Relevant information

Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, School of Languages, Gol Park, Kolkata-700029.
Telephone Nos.: 033- 2465 2532 / 4030 1281
Institute Website:

#4: Learning French at Alliance Francaise du Bengale

This old and well-known institute is a reliable place of learning French language, communicating in this language and further having in-depth study in French. The library of this institute is an asset to the students.

Relevant information

Address: 57A, Park Street, Park Mansions, Gate 3, Flat 15, Kolkata-700016
Telephone Nos.: 033-40064801
Institute Website:

#5: Learning German language at the Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata

This also a very well-known institute in Kolkata which is known for teaching the German language. The primary goal of this institute to make people aware of German culture, literature and history. This institute also has a well-stocked library.

Relevant information

Address: Park Mansions, Gate 4, 57A, Park Street, Kolkata- 700016.
Telephone No.: 033-22646602
Institute Website:

#6: Learning Russian at Russian Center of Science and Culture, Kolkata

This place is well-known as Gorky Sadan in Kolkata. The Institute provides an excellent opportunity to learn Russian at different levels and helps students to get acquainted with various aspects of Russian literature, culture and society. The library of Gorky Sadan is famous all over the city.

Relevant information

Address: 3, Gorky Terrace, Kolkata-700017
Telephone Nos.: 033-22830742-43
Institute Website:

Thanks to these Universities and Institutes, the Kolkattans are still maintaining the proud tradition of learning different languages in the city.

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Guest Author: Puja24 Feb 2020

Another place I would like to recommend for learning foreign languages in Kolkata is A1 Palium Institute of Foreign Language. I have taken Spanish A1 and German A1 level classes here. In both cases I found them to be excellent. Classes were held regularly and the course was completed on schedule. Besides, I received my certificate in time as well. Faculty members are very qualified, knowledgeable and are confident in their respective languages.

I work in the Hotel Industry in the Maldives and was in Kolkata for a break between jobs. Hence it was very critical that the course is completed on time.

I recommend the institute for those looking for Foreign Language Classes in Kolkata and who are looking for an excellent place to learn and where classes are held as per schedule. Yes, they are not cheap but give excellent value for money!

Guest Author: Partha Kansabanik26 Feb 2020

Thanks, Ms. Puja for reading this article.

A1 Palium Foreign Language Institute is a private institute and as far as I know, it has branches at Salt Lake and at South City Complex Mall (in Kolkata). Students can learn Chinese, German, Japanese, Spanish and French languages in this institute only at the preliminary level.

This institute can't be compared with the old and reputed institutes which have been mentioned in this article. Only the future can tell whether the institute mentioned by you can become a reputed institute like the other six.

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