Experience Learning

For beginners, a sequence of four courses gets students swiftly to the point where they can study abroad and be immersed in their language. Students are encouraged to study abroad for at least one semester in any of our programs in more than 30 countries. Advanced students will delve deeper into the subtleties of language. Students seeking teacher certification also take education classes, have field experiences and a semester of student teaching. Interactive teaching and learning take students far beyond books and classrooms.

Career Excellence

Knowing a language opens exciting career opportunities. Our graduates are employed in government positions and non-government organizations; education; finance and marketing firms; international business consulting; travel and tourism; public relations; publishing; and many other fields.

Mission Statement

As a welcoming community of international scholars, we provide a crucial component of NMU's undergraduate curriculum. Our courses and programs challenge students to cultivate global competencies in languages, literatures and cultures. The knowledge and skills students gain with us prepare them for a variety of professions, and are complementary and invaluable to fields and careers students pursue across campus and around the world.

View our Department Bylaws here. 

Online Language Placement Test

Do you have previous language experience? Click here to take our free online placement test! This will help you determine the ideal French, German, or Spanish course based on your language skills.

Northern students love to explore: Learn a new language! We also offer introductory classes in American Sign Language, Chinese, and Russian. Many of our language courses also count towards General Education requirements.

We also recommend incoming students check out the following videos to begin your language and international studies journey at Northern!

Languages & International Studies Video
Deaf Studies Video

Language Resource Center

Are you taking a language course this semester? Visit our language tutors!

Starting the second week of the fall semester, we're offering virtual Zoom tutoring and in-person tutoring in the Language Resource Center located at 111i Harden Hall. For the Fall 2022 semester, we'll be offering tutoring in ASL, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. 

Check out our tutoring homepage!

Click the Language Resource Center button below for the Fall 2021 tutoring schedule, a list of this semester's tutors, and helpful tutoring FAQs.

Degrees Offered


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What you'll do at NMU

Harness technology to see, hear and create multi-media in our Language Resource Center or on your NMU-issued notebook computer. Immerse yourself in novels, newspapers and magazines from around the world in our library. Join a language club and cook, dance and converse together. Study art, language and culture all over the world. Compete on campus in Spanish Day. Intern as an English teacher in France. Or just enjoy weekly food and fun at one of the “language tables” at a local restaurant. The opportunities for involvement and growth are as unlimited as your adventurous spirit!

Contact Information



If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit