Give to the Modern Languages & Literatures Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship

Established to encourage and assist language students to study abroad and gain life experience in the language they are studying at Grand Valley.

Why study foreign language?

Why language? Language is considered a critical part of a liberal arts education. Part of Grand Valley State University's vision and strategic priorities are to "inspire and equip students to be active life-long learners and global citizens" and to require global learning of all undergraduate majors. This does not mean that we expect all students to become fluent, but instead to have exposure to a second language and culture, which in turn leads to practical language skills. The Modern Languages and Literatures Department's language courses offer not just the chance to study a language, but to actively engage with another culture on its own terms. 

Multiple studies link the benefits of language learning to: 

  • enhanced cognitive ability and flexibility
  • delaying mental effects of aging
  • empathy and effective interpersonal skills
  • improved learning outcomes in other subjects

The following professions are seeing an increased need for language skills:

  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Engineering and other STEM fields
  • National Security and other government positions

Check out our majorsminors, and other language courses. Explore further reading on the importance of learning a foreign language.

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Game Night Spotlight

Game Night

On Thursday, October 21st the LRC hosted a Game Night for language students! Spearheaded by Veronica Clapp, Carol Wilson-Tiesma, Meghan Cai, and Bret Linford.

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Alumni Highlights

Grace Poquette, Spanish, BA Spanish & English, 2013 Spotlight

Grace Poquette, Spanish, BA Spanish & English, 2013

She has found many more opportunities to be available to her with foreign language experience, including being able to work on international law, and she has been able to form more powerful connections with her clients.

Adam Cuthbert, Japanese, BFA Music Composition, 2010 Spotlight

Adam Cuthbert, Japanese, BFA Music Composition, 2010

Having fallen in love with Tokyo's urban expanse during his semester abroad through the Padnos International Center, Adam Cuthbert moved to New York City (America's next-best thing) after graduating from GVSU's music program.

Jillian Everhart, Spanish, BA Spanish, 2005 Spotlight

Jillian Everhart, Spanish, BA Spanish, 2005

During the 3.5 years Jillian spent in GVSU, she studied abroad for a semester in Mexico and summer in India. She is trilingual (English, Spanish, and Hindi all at the native level). Jillian greatly benefited from studying abroad and going to GVSU.

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Mental Health Awareness

October 22, 2022 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

We have several events that are happening on the entire week of October 18th - October 22nd. Please refer to the embedded flyer for details.

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