Why Study a Language?

Learning a new language can expand your understanding of the world and help you excel at whatever you choose to do in it. People who know two or more languages can successfully communicate and connect with people from different countries and cultures, further their careers, and improve their cognitive abilities.

Learning a new language has many benefits. Read on to learn about some of them!

UW-MADISON IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

With over 50 modern languages offered during the academic year and additional options in the summer, UW-Madison offers robust language programs. Students can either continue studying a language, or start learning a new language from the beginning level. Language courses provide students with the benefits of small class sizes and opportunities to connect with peers of similar interests.

EXPLORE LANGUAGES

Language study is for everyone! Whether you are pursuing a language major or certificate, or taking language courses as elective credits, you can find a way to make language study work for you. Students in our language courses pursue majors in humanities, social sciences, business, and STEM fields.

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ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

U.S. employers have identified a need for multilingual talent in many industries. Language abilities will give you a competitive edge when it comes to the internship and job search.

VALUE OF LANGUAGE IN THE WORKPLACE

Language students develop essential career readiness competencies, such as intercultural and global competence, critical thinking, analytical skills, and teamwork. You will build these skills and more through your language study as you learn to problem solve in a culturally-responsive way. Our Language Directions Specialist works with students to assist them in connecting their language abilities with their career goals.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

UW-Madison language alumni apply their skills to a range of careers. They come from diverse backgrounds, have completed majors in a variety of academic fields, and have pursued careers across industries.

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LIVE THE LANGUAGE

Language students have opportunities to practice and develop their language skills outside of the classroom through study abroad, international internships, international learning communities, conversation tables, and more.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Unique scholarship opportunities at UW-Madison give language students access to awards that fund  opportunities both domestically and abroad.

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