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Foreign Language: A Mission Imperative

The ability to speak, read, and translate foreign languages, in addition to understanding cultural differences, is vital to the mission of the CIA. Because intelligence priorities can shift, and countries and languages can increase in importance rapidly, CIA must have employees with foreign language skills to handle both current national security requirements and potentially new missions.

Foreign Language Skills Needed

There are multiple positions available for people with foreign language skills who want to contribute to our mission of protecting America. Click here to view CIA's foreign language-professional positions.

Foreign Language Incentives

The CIA values all language skills, and many other positions could afford you the opportunity to apply your foreign language proficiency in service to our country's security. In fact, CIA has a comprehensive Foreign Language Incentive Program that fosters the acquisition and maintenance of language skills. New employees who already possess excellent foreign language skills may be eligible for a significant hiring bonus. All employees who attain tested levels and meet the minimum proficiency requirements in a qualifying language are eligible for monetary incentives. Click here to learn more about our foreign language incentives.

A Wide Variety of Languages of Interest

From the hundreds of languages that are spoken around the world, CIA has identified the following languages that are most likely to meet national security requirements and are considered qualifying languages for our Foreign Language Incentive Program.

  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Baluchi
  • Bengali
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Burmese
  • Cambodian (Khmer)
  • Cebuano
  • Chechen
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Ewe
  • Finnish
  • Flemish
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hausa
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Igbo (Ibo)
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Javanese
  • Kazakh
  • Kirghiz
  • Kissi
  • Korean
  • Kurdish
  • Lao
  • Latvian (Lettish)
  • Lingala
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Malay
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Mongolian
  • Nepali
  • Norwegian
  • Panjabi (Punjabi)
  • Pashto
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Sindhi
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swahili (Kiswahili)
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tajik
  • Tamil
  • Tausug
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Tibetan
  • Tigrinya
  • Turkish
  • Turkmen
  • Uygur
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
  • Vietnamese
  • Yoruba
  • Zulu

Posted: Feb 09, 2017 06:19 PM
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017 02:02 PM