College of Letters & Science | International Division
Learning about Scandinavian culture and politics has really shaped my views on the world—and I owe my marriage to my Norwegian class! It doesn't get much better than that.
If you enjoy learning a language, pursue it fully and experience some of the cultures that speak that language. It will enrich your life.
Being able to talk to someone and being forced to rack your brain for how to say something is the best way to learn a language.
Greek (Ancient), Italian, Latin
The language classes were a good place to find a sense of community within the large university.
Danish, German, Greek (Ancient), Russian, Spanish
Even if your priority in school is not language learning, one class can make all the difference in some unforeseeable future situation.
My Spanish classes seemed more engaging than my non-language courses —I was always excited to go and could always count on my professors being excited as well.
Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
I really would not be where I am today without my knowledge of the Spanish language.
More than the ability to communicate in Spanish that has benefited my career, I know that my Spanish Language major immeasurably improved my ability to communicate in English.
I credit UW-Madison for preparing me to develop a well-rounded, people-based approach to language, history and literature.
Language classes were different because they were so immediately applicable -- you learned a skill you could practice right away.