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Your Ticket to the World
As a world language student at Elmhurst College, the globe is your classroom. A degree in French, German, Spanish or Multi-Language from Elmhurst will help you participate in the global conversation and reach your potential in any professional endeavor. 

Study Abroad
Elmhurst encourages all world languages students to study in another country. Faculty from the Department of World Languages lead every January Term courses to countries such as France, Spain, Costa Rica, Martinique, Puerto Rico or Argentina. You could spend January in Madrid with an Elmhurst professor who grew up there, or travel to Paris in the company of a faculty member who considers the city home. Elmhurst also sends students for a semester or year -long stay to affiliated programs in Paris, Bonn, Madrid and beyond. 

Opportunities to Connect
Beyond the classroom, world languages students are active in extra-curricular activities that help them practice their language and cultural skills. The Department of World Languages houses a Chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Honor Society). We also have German and Spanish conversation tables as well as an annual International Poetry Reading. “El Arrendajo Azul” is the Department’s Newspaper. Published every semester, it accepts articles in all world languages.

Dedicated Faculty
Whichever language you choose, you’ll work with faculty members who have deep expertise in everything from Chilean literature to second-language acquisition. But their primary passion is teaching. In small classes, your teachers will get to know you as an individual and help you reach your goals.

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