Students wishing to major in NELC should contact the director of undergraduate studies. The DUS will then assign the student a faculty adviser, who will guide the student with track and course selection.

Languages currently offered by the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations include Akkadian, Arabic, Egyptian, Hebrew, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Syriac, and Turkish. Students who take a foreign language during a term, year, or summer abroad must complete a departmental placement examination after they return to Yale; there are no exceptions to this requirement.

Well-qualified students who have acquired the requisite background in undergraduate courses may, with the permission of the instructor, the DUS, and the director of graduate studies, be admitted to graduate courses where no suitable undergraduate courses exist.