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Foreign Language Studies

Willkommen! Bienvenue! ¡Bienvenidos! Benvenuti!

Majoring in a foreign language is much more than just learning a foreign language. Our majors and minors become proficient Spanish, French, German, or Italian readers, writers, and speakers. But, our hope for students goes deeper than that. We want our students to become even more culturally proficient – understanding how the cultures they are studying are different from their own and also accepting of the connections.

Our Faculty

Our faculty integrates exceptional instruction with a distinctive curriculum that incorporates linguistics, literature, culture, and area studies – offering students opportunities to use the language they’re studying in native and near-native settings and with each other.

Our Students

Our students take their knowledge of language and culture and put it into practice. Recent graduates:

  • Are employed in a variety of places, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Council on International Education Exchange, the Gerson Lehrman Group, and in elementary and secondary schools throughout the country;
  • Are in graduate schools, including Brown University, Indiana University, and New York Law School; and
  • Have earned prestigious Fulbright Awards to countries that include Spain, Argentina, Nepal, the Dominican Republic, Germany, and Turkey.

As you can see, our students aren’t just educated to become language-competent. They’re prepared to take everything they’ve learned and become active participants in a globalized world.

Student Point of View

Phionna-Cayola Claude ’18, is executive president of Student Congress, a psychology major, and a French minor. She recently sat down for the Providence College Podcast to discuss her experiences as a student and leader.