Language Learning at Wesleyan

Proficiency in foreign languages expands our cultural horizons and enhances our knowledge of the world and of ourselves in unpredictable and deeply gratifying ways. The Fries Center for Global Studies is founded on the principle that language acquisition in the 21st century is both ethical and practical. It is the key to true intercultural competence and is therefore essential for our being able to exercise leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.

The Office of Language and Intercultural Learning aims to help the Fries Center for Global Studies fulfill its mission in this regard by supporting Wesleyan students, faculty and staff in their pursuit of the language skills and intercultural knowledge needed for exercising such leadership.

WHY STUDY A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?

  • In today's world, knowledge of foreign languages is an essential asset for students of any discipline. Expectations are increasing for scholars and professionals to be able to converse with colleagues across the world concerning matters of mutual interest.
  • Language courses tend to be fun and offer a great way to diversify any program of study.
  • Most programs stipulate language prerequisites for interning or studying abroad. Continue your language education throughout your first two years at Wesleyan in order to leave the options open down the road.
  • Professionally, many fellowships, graduate programs, and employers consider serious commitment to second-language acquisition as evidence of advanced communication skills whether in your native or target language.
  • If you are interested in studying a language not currently offered at Wesleyan, consider the self-instructional option offered through our Less Commonly Taught Languages program.
  • Alumni who have studied abroad through the medium of a foreign language overwhelmingly identify the knowledge, skills, and self-confidence achieved thereby as their greatest sources of satisfaction regarding their university experience.