a group of students taking notes in a foreign languages classroomStudying a foreign language is an excellent educational choice in today's global society, whether you choose our nationally recognized program for Spanish teachers, our bachelor's degree in Spanish, a minor (in German, French, or Spanish), one of our four certificates, or classes offered  in many other languages such as Korean, Japanese, or other Critical Languages. Foreign language skills are highly marketable in many fields such as education, nursing, business, criminology, tourism, human services, and politics.





Placement Testing

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The Foreign Languages Diversity and Inclusion Series (FOLDIS) was designed to promote cultural awareness while providing unique insights into the everyday importance of embracing diversity and inclusion.

FOLDIS provided an opportunity to engage with others to better understand the people in the world around us. Participants will be able to broaden their worldview, consider new perspectives in common situations, understand how their interactions with others may be perceived, and more.

Skills learned as part of the activities, lectures, and workshops are not just important for their own sake. Increasingly, employers are looking for globally-facing employees who are able and comfortable connecting with other cultures. All FOLDIS participants were able to earn certificates of participation, which can look great on a résumé in a wide range of fields.


Appalachian Professional Language Educators' Society Hosts Foreign Language Festival at IUP

On March 23, 2024, the Appalachian Professional Language Educators' Society (APPLES) hosted its annual Foreign Language Festival on the IUP campus.

Iota Mu Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Celebrates 51st Initiation Ceremony

IUP's Iota Mu Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, celebrated its 51st initiation ceremony on Friday, December 1, 2023.

Foreign Language and Library Faculty and Students Present at State Language Conference

Christina Huhn, Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Heide Witthöft, Marjorie Zambrano-Paff (Department of Foreign Languages), Harrison Wick (IUP Special Collections), and six students attended the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association’s annual language teachers conference, held at Seven Springs resort.

Huhn Presents Collaborative Work at National Foreign Language Conference

Christina Huhn (Department of Foreign Languages) copresented the results of a collaborative research project, titled "Current Trends in Post-secondary Language Classrooms," at the annual Convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 

Liu Gives Invited Workshop on AI

Shijuan Liu, Department of Foreign Languages, gave an invited workshop for Chinese language faculty from several liberal arts colleges in the Great Lakes Colleges Association, held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 6–8, 2023.