Auditing Foreign Languages at The New School

The Department of Foreign Languages at The New School offers courses in 11 languages spoken in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas that may be taken by current Milano students without charge. These courses do not carry academic credit and are not graded, but do appear on student transcripts as audits.

The Foreign Language Department is composed of experienced language teachers, most of whom are native speakers. Our teaching philosophy is to focus on the living language in its cultural context and our goal is to help our students to communicate in the target language as soon as possible.  Our classes are small so that every student has the opportunity to participate actively in class activities.  We offer courses for absolute beginners, as well as for students at the intermediate and advanced levels, and all our courses are taught entirely in the target language.

How to Register:

Starting summer 2014, graduate students interested in registering for a foreign language course will no longer have to register in-person. The new process is as follows:

  • Identify the language course you wish to audit.
  • Send an email to Vanessa Reich at [email protected] from your New School email address, with your name, student ID#, the CRN# and name of the class for which you would like to register.
  • You will receive a return email confirming receipt of your request. You should then check your MyNewSchool account within 24 hours after receiving the confirmation email to make sure your registration is complete. You will receive no other communication from me unless there is an issue with the course (ie: the course is closed).


Important Notes:
Language courses are taken by students from across the University. Though you won’t receive a grade or credit for the course, you are still expected to attend regularly, participate in all classroom activities, purchase the necessary course materials and complete all assignments. Please consider your degree course workload and other commitments carefully when deciding to sign up for a foreign language course audit.
  • You will be able to register for a spring language course audit starting on January 5th, 2015. Any email requests sent before this date will not be viewed or processed.
  • If you are unsure of your foreign language proficiency level, please contact the Foreign Languages office at (212) 229-5676 prior to sending me your request.
  • Only students enrolled in graduate studies during spring 2015 are eligible to register to audit a language course for free.