The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University Malaya, was initially set up as a Language Centre on 9 March 1972 and was responsible for conducting language courses relevant to the needs of the Faculties, Academies and other Centres of the university. Among the languages offered are Malay, English, Arabic, Burmese, Dutch, French, Iban, Italian, Japanese, Korea, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese.
On 27 April 1996 the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics began to offer courses for its undergraduate Programme, the Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics. The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics received its first enrolment of 145 students for the 1998/99 session. Nine language specializations were offered - Arab, Chinese, Tamil,English, Italian. Japanese, German, French and Spanish.
Since its elevation to the level of Faculty in 1996, the institution has developed signifi-cantly in terms of the provision of resources for teaching, learning and research. The faculty has more than 120 academicians who are dedicated to research and teaching in languages and linguistics as well as a wide range of facilities and resource to support learning and research.