Opportunities for Foreign Language Majors

  • IUP senior Shelby Ledger on a study abroad trip

    DOUBLE THE TIME ABROAD — “My study abroad experience in Costa Rica was life-changing, as I spent a month studying, traveling, and practicing the language and culture of the native peoples,” said Shelby Ledger, Class of 2015. Ledger, who is pursing dual degrees in Spanish and Spanish Education, also volunteered abroad in Cuzco, Peru, doubling her exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures.

    What’s Happening for Foreign Language Majors

    Foreign language majors can engage in activities outside of the classroom that deepen their involvement in their area of interest. Many of these activities are open to all members of the IUP community as well.

    Spanish, Asian Studies, and International Students Highlight Global Awareness Living-Learning Community

    Located in Wallwork Hall, the Global Awareness community provides student residents with an opportunity to seek exposure to and participate in a culturally engaging environment. The Global Awareness community is home to the Asian Studies cluster, international students, and the Piso Cervantes (Spanish) cluster.

    The Piso Cervantes cluster is for those who are majoring or minoring in Spanish. Experience a moderately immersive experience that promotes the development of Spanish spoken language proficiency, discussion of international topics, and participation in holidays, cultural celebrations, and food.

    ¡Ándale! – Spanish Club

    ¡Ándale! is the IUP Spanish club. Every year, the club sponsors many activities, including movie and music nights, dancing lessons, and conversation nights. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

    French Club

    The mission of the French Club is to promote the French language and French culture and to encourage its members to improve their skills in the field of French. Membership in this club is open to all members of the IUP community.

    Asian Studies Club

    The mission of the Asian Studies Club is to promote the study and appreciation of the diverse cultures within Asia to enrich the campus community’s knowledge of the Asian world. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

    Chinese Student Association

    The primary objective of the Chinese Student Association is to create a stage for IUP’s Chinese students to communicate and socialize, and to foster a community that supports the needs of the Chinese students. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

    India Students Association

    The mission of the India Students Association is to promote awareness of socio-cultural values and traditions of India, and to provide a forum for interaction and exchange of views. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

    JAPASO: Japanese Student Association

    The mission of the Japanese Student Association is to assist with school and other activities of Japanese students of IUP, and to encourage students in IUP to engage in communication with students from other countries. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

    Korean Student Association

    The mission of the Korean Student Association is to promote a good relationship with Korean students at IUP and to provide the spirit of Korea to the IUP community. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

    Latino Student Association of IUP

    The mission of the Latino Student Association is to academically enhance Latino students’ educational work at IUP, provide professional and social activities, strengthen the Latino culture and heritage, and create a functional network that will facilitate the students’ adjustment to the IUP community. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

    Malaysian Student Association (MASA)

    The purposes of the Malaysian Student Association are to promote friendship among Malaysian students and to be open to all students; encourage mutual understanding in educational and social growth, enhance scholastic achievement, and provide recreational activities. Every student of Indiana University of Pennsylvania shall be eligible for membership.

    Pan African Student Association (PASA)

    The PASA was established to provide African students with the opportunity to experience, promote, and share African-oriented dance, music, creativity, and culture through various performances each academic year. The PASA was also created to unite the African students in the university. The organization has a mission of enlightening the general student population about the true nature of Africa and its culture, history, and people. All students and faculty registered with IUP shall be eligible for membership.

    Saudi Student Association

    The mission of this organization is to promote friendship and understanding within the Saudi community first, and to strengthen the bonds with other national and international affiliates within IUP. Membership in this organization is open to all students of IUP, especially Saudi students.

    Swahili Club of IUP

    The purpose of this organization is to further expand our knowledge of the language of Swahili and offer brief lessons on the subject to fellow students of IUP who are interested in the language or are unable to register for the class due to scheduling concerns. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

    Taiwanese Student Association

    The purpose of the Taiwanese Student Association shall be to solidify the spirit of Taiwanese students through many activities such as lectures, seminars, dinner parties, camping, etc. It also promotes non-political cultural exchange by providing activities to communicate with the student community of IUP and to create understanding and friendship between the Taiwanese and other nationalities. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

    West Indies Nation Association

    The purpose of the West Indies Nation Association is to raise awareness in the student body about countries considered part of the West Indies Nations and the struggles they face, and to assist developing countries represented by the association through various volunteer community service and/or fundraising events. Membership in this organization is open to everyone in the IUP community.

    Social Media/Facebook

    There are several IUP social media pages dedicated to communicating in a foreign language. Sign up, improve your language proficiency, and make friends with people in other countries.

    Study Abroad

    The IUP Foreign Languages Department is committed to the value of study abroad experiences. We work closely with the Office of International Education to offer a wide range of opportunities for study abroad.