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Languages at UW-Madison



Quechua is a native language spoken by approximately 10 million people in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and parts of Colombia, Chile, and Argentina, as well as by diasporic communities in other South American countries, the US, and Europe. Quechua is also known as Runa Shimi or “the people’s language.” Since the social and cultural status of Quechua is different than European languages, learning the language also requires understanding the general contexts that shape it historically, politically, socially, and culturally. Learning Quechua will also provide an introduction to Andean cultures, focusing on its relevance and importance of today. 

Majors & Certificates 

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Student Organizations 

Browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


Consider an internship where you can use Quechua, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.