The University of Chicago is renowned for its breadth and depth of course offereings in Middle Eastern languages.  With support from CMES, the university currently offers Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek, in addition to a wide variety of ancient languages.

As a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center, CMES supports instruction in less- and least-commonly-taught languages.  Through curricular support, language circles, language instructor training, and student services, the center contributes to the university's singular position in foreign language instruction.

CMES supports regular language circles in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.