Fluency in Dhivehi might not seem like an obvious asset for a career in law enforcement anymore, but the ever-burgeoning diversity of foreign migrant worker and tourist in the country means demand is growing for foreign-language skills in the field.

According to law enforcement experts, foreign-language skills play a role in a broad variety of situations, including: assisting crime victims; interviewing witnesses and suspects; fielding emergency calls; and conducting community outreach programs.

Although foreign-language skills often came in handy on the job, they were rarely the key to getting hired in the past. Nevertheless, in grasping an understanding of the threat to homeland security, a general understanding and working knowledge of foreign languages are becoming mandatory. The changes in the demographics and criminality in the country require us to have an understanding of the foreign communities and their languages with respect to enforcing the law, be it the police, customs, immigration or the prison service or independent bodies such as the Human Rights Commissions or individuals such as lawyers.

In this regard ISLES offers its students language study courses on the following languages:

  • - English;
  • - Chinese;
  • - Italian;
  • - German;
  • - Spanish;
  • - French;
  • - Hindi;
  • - Tamil;
  • - Urdu;
  • - Bengali;
  • - Malayalam;
  • - and Sinhalese

Some of these language study course are mandatory in some programmes offered at ISLES. All language courses would be taught by native speakers of the languages.

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Course fee: to be announced
  • Date of commencement: to be announced
  • Minimum entry requirements: Fluency in Dhivehi and English