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Languages at UW-Madison



75 million people speak Turkish as their first language, making it one of the world’s most widely spoken first languages. By studying Turkish, you will be immersed in various and rich aspects of Turkish cultural heritage and gain linguistic access to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The study of Turkish allows you to experience a rare synthesis of East and West. Turkey’s pending membership in the European Union, its global economic importance and its democracy model in the region will only enhance this experience. Studying Turkish is becoming increasingly valuable with regard to rapidly growing local and international business opportunities in Turkey. Learning Turkish helps students to gain deeper understanding of Turkish culture beyond stereotypes. Proficiency in Turkish is valuable to corporations, government, and other organizations promoting alliances and leadership with the Middle East.

Majors & Certificates 

Bridget Sutton,

Language Conversation Table 

Every Tuesday; 5-6 pm at Memorial Union (Lakeview)

Contact Nalan Erbil,

Study Abroad 

You can study Turkish in Turkey. Contact International Academic Programs for more information. Additional opportunities are available through the College of Engineering.

Student Organizations 

Madison Association of Turkish Students; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


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