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.

Alumni Highlights

Hector Belmont, Spanish, BA Spanish, 2016 Spotlight

Hector Belmont, Spanish, BA Spanish, 2016

Hector is currently employed at Grace Christian University in Wyoming, MI as an Undergraduate Enrollment Advisor. He regularly uses his degree from GVSU to connect with students and families whose native language is Spanish.

Danielle Snow, Spanish, BA Mathematics-Secondary Education, 2010 Spotlight

Danielle Snow, Spanish, BA Mathematics-Secondary Education, 2010

Danielle is a high school math teacher who has used Spanish to help English Language Learners in the classroom as well as to communicate with her student's families.

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Mental Health Awareness

October 18, 2021 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.

Mental Health Awareness

October 19, 2021 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.

Mental Health Awareness

October 20, 2021 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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