IUP senior Shelby Ledger on a study abroad trip "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.

Andale! - Spanish Club

Andale! 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.

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. 

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. 

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, including a short-term faculty-led program in Mexico and a semester in Valladolid, Spain