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Languages at UW-Madison



Zulu is the native language of the Zulu people, spoken predominantly in South Africa where it is an official language, as well as in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and Swaziland. Suppressed for many years under the official policy of racial separation known as apartheid, Zulu is now becoming a major language on the eastern coast of South Africa and a significant language on the African continent. Zulu is also a truly foreign language to native speakers of English and other Western languages. The skills demonstrated by mastery of less commonly taught languages such as Zulu are valuable to employers and graduate programs, and fluency in Zulu itself is sought by government agencies and international non-governmental organizations.

Majors & Certificates 

African Languages & Literatures Major, African Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


Toni Landis,

Katrina Daly Thompson,

Language Conversation Table 

Zulu table, Mondays 12-1pm, Memorial Union 

Study Abroad 

You can study Zulu in South Africa. Visit the International Academic Programs Majors Advising Page to learn more. Additional opportunities are available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Student Organizations 

African Cultural Studies Student Association; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


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