College of Letters & Science | International Division
If possible, I recommend everyone spending some time in another country during their time at UW-Madison.
I feel passionate about understanding the world!
By knowing another language and living abroad, not only did my intellect grow and deepen, my heart also opened.
My choice of language has taken me to some of the most amazing places in the world.
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Take every opportunity to practice your secondary language, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Living or working in the country of the language you are studying is a "must." Only then can you appreciate the culture and fully develop a knowledge of the language.
Finnish, Spanish, Swedish
Professionally, studying languages have shown my potential employers my dedication to learning and my cognitive abilities..they definitely stand out on a resume and make you a memorable candidate.
Learning a new language or learning about your own language will help you discover so much about that culture.
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.
German, Russian, Spanish
It’s a small world! Learn to talk to other people in it!