College of Letters & Science | International Division
Study or do an internship abroad so that you can use your language skills in context. There is no substitute for actually having to use the language you're learning to get around a country, shop in a market, etc.!
I competed on the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team in the 2010 Olympics and our living quarters were directly across from the Swedes. I heard Swedish a few times and was mesmerized by the language.
I can't emphasize the value of my study abroad experiences enough. It's not just a place I've traveled to, but a place where I've learned and grown, and a place that is now a part of me.
Hebrew (Modern), Spanish, Swedish
I love being able to speak a language that so few people know!
Learning Spanish and Portuguese challenged me in a way that allowed me to come to learn a lot about myself and what I value.
Danish, German, Spanish
Studying languages has enriched my life in countless ways.
German, Russian, Spanish
It’s a small world! Learn to talk to other people in it!
My study of Korean has given me the opportunity to travel, study, and work in a foreign country, and has allowed me to experience the Korean culture in a way that would not be possible otherwise.
Learning languages has enriched my life in many ways, and has has enabled me to communicate with people with whom I would otherwise not be able to communicate.
Studying a language I was able to experience being at a large university but was able to get to know my professors and classmates well as a result of being in a small department.