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Many of our students take advantage of the variety of learning opportunities our department and the university offer - from on-campus conversation groups and residential learning communities to study abroad programs.


Study Abroad

study abroad students
Students in our department take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities available through UVM’s membership in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). Other opportunities include taking part in the bilateral exchange with the University of León in northwest Spain or studying a semester abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico.
UVM also offers short (up to 3 weeks) programs traveling to nations that speak one of the languages we teach. All courses are led by experienced UVM faculty who share their knowledge while exposing students to international settings. Our Travel Study programs combine classroom learning with experiential learning. Students benefit from the experience of interacting with a local culture. Courses are offered year-round, during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Cultural Crossroads

UVM students walking

The Cultural Crossroads residential learning communities are for students interested in exploring a community of language and cultural houses, each with diverse programming. Students have an opportunity to learn outside the classroom in order to fully understand and to learn a language in a social, communal setting. Part of learning a language is being pushed outside of your comfort zone, and we hope to give members both support and challenges along the way!

Honor Societies and Student Groups

Two UVM students
Ongoing Conversation Groups
French - Maison Française Conversation Group
Spanish - La Tertulia Spanish Conversation Group
Linguistics Club
Honor Societies
French - Pi Delta Phi
Italian - Gamma Kappa Alpha
Spanish - Sigma Delta Pi
Questions about the meeting times for a conversation group, or how to join a club? Contact us!

Careers and Internships

Linguistics Club students
Our majors and minors are popular choices among students with a wide variety of interests and career goals. Some plan to pursue graduate studies or a career directly relating to their degree program. Others value the broad liberal arts scope and perspective on human experience that comes from exploring language and culture, or wish to combine study of one of our languages or linguistics with other fields of study where language skills are in high demand. Recent graduates are now working in international business, social work, teaching, law, community development, travel promotion, speech-language pathology, the diplomatic service, and more.
Student internships are also popular. Some pursue these projects during their study abroad experience, while others find rewarding opportunities right here in the Burlington area. Recent internships have included: work with local immigrant populations, after-school programs in areas schools, translation and interpretation for area import/export companies, and contacts with Québec and regional Spanish-speaking communities.