The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a national powerhouse when it comes to language education and research. The university regularly offering instruction in over 60 languages over the course of the year, including 45+ languages that are regularly taught during the academic year and an additional 20+ languages that are taught in the summer through the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes.
The study of languages is a key component of the Wisconsin Experience, preparing UW-Madison students to become outstanding leaders who are engaged locally, nationally, and globally. In fact, UW-Madison has more undergraduates who major in a language other than English than any other university in the United States, when first and second majors are taken into account.
Our dedicated faculty in UW-Madison departments of languages, literatures, linguistics and cultures, and affiliated with the university’s centers for international and area studies, are world-renowned scholars with research expertise that spans the globe.
The UW-Madison Languages website is here to help you discover which language and program are right for you.
Our online presence is managed by the Language Institute, a hub on the UW-Madison campus for collaboration in education, advising, outreach and research related to the study of human languages.
Kaitlin Koehler, our International Directions Advisor, provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students who are interested in languages and international area studies. Kaitlin is available to meet with students from across campus to help connect them with academic programs and campus resources that fit their interests, as well as to discuss professional opportunities that draw on their language-learning and international experiences.
Which UW-Madison departments teach languages?
Languages are taught at UW-Madison through a number of different departments and programs, including:
- African Cultural Studies
- Asian Languages and Cultures
- Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
- Continuing Studies
- French and Italian
- German, Nordic, and Slavic
- Spanish and Portuguese
- Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes