School of World Languages and Cultures

The Program in German, Russian, and Hebrew will connect you to millions of speakers across the globe and prepare you for a career with a global reach! At UVM, our innovative curriculum engages students of German, Russian, and Hebrew in highly relevant contemporary issues. Cultural concerns such as migration, sustainability, and food politics are highlighted across our classes at all levels. Plus, a number of our courses are interdisciplinary so you can foster skills in areas like film studies, comic studies, media production, literary analysis, visual art, and music. So, when you choose to learn German, Russian, and/or Hebrew, you not only discover how to speak a new language, but you also broaden your skillset while exploring key cultural issues.

Why study German, Russian and Hebrew at UVM?

There are many reasons to take one (or more!) of these languages. Germany and Russia, for example, are countries that possess rich cultural heritages and whose people have made significant contributions to philosophy, music, arts, film, science, business, and technology. Their languages are among the most commonly spoken in the world, and fluent speakers are highly sought after by businesses and the non-profit sector. And modern Hebrew, which derives from Classical Hebrew (one of the oldest languages in the world), will help you better understand the culture and politics of contemporary Israel, a country of continuing importance on the world stage.

Learn more about the Program in German, Russian and Hebrew.



Studying German at UVM opens the door to your engagement with the vibrant, exciting world of German-speaking Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). You’ll explore multifaceted literary, philosophical, historical, artistic, musical, and pop culture works and contemplate timely and critical contemporary issues while building your German communication skills.

Explore our B.A. and minor in German.


Study Russian and you’ll open yourself up to a unique world culture while acquiring a critical-need language that’s highly sought after in the job market. Whether you’re more interested in the novels of Dostoevsky or in the age of Putin and current socio-political developments, you’ll encounter Russian language and culture from the very first week in our program.


At UVM, we offer two full years of Hebrew instruction, including two semesters each of elementary Hebrew and intermediate Hebrew. Students studying Hebrew gain nuanced insights into Jewish history and culture across the globe while also studying modern Israel, exploring both its historic roots and contemporary challenges.

Explore our minor in Jewish Studies