We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the umuc.edu website that may cause performance issues for users. We are working to remedy this, and we ask that you please bear with us. Thank you for your patience.

Study a foreign language at University of Maryland University College and polish a well-rounded skillset with the communication skills you need to traverse today's world. UMUC offers undergraduate-level courses in several languages.

Arabic

In your Arabic courses at UMUC, you will focus on learning how to read, write, and speak Modern Standard Arabic. You will focus on mastering these skills, as well as typing, within the first few weeks of the introductory Arabic course. In addition, you will learn several Arabic dialects and practice using Arabic in everyday situations.

Chinese

In your Chinese courses at UMUC, you begin by learning the pinyin transliteration system, followed by study of both simplified and traditional characters. You can expect to read approximately 70 new characters per term, while at the same time learning important vocabulary and essential grammar needed to communicate in Chinese. Our introductory course, CHIN 111, features animated videos with multiple playback options.

French

French courses at UMUC are rich with media and feature video shot in France and Quebec with professional actors. You will have ample opportunities to listen to and speak French, and practice your reading and writing.

German

German courses at UMUC can help you navigate the differences between colloquial spoken and formal written German. If you successfully complete GERM 111 and GERM 112, you can expect to master most of the tenses and cases in German and have a sound grasp of essential aspects of the language. GERM 211 and GERM 212 continue to develop skills and fluency.

Japanese

In your Japanese courses at UMUC, you begin by reading and writing hiragana in JAPN 111, katakana in JAPN 112, and about 150 Chinese characters (kanji) in JAPN 114.  In JAPN 115 and beyond, you continue to develop character recognition and solidify grammar structures in applied situations. The courses aim to introduce essential vocabulary and grammar that provide a sound base for everyday conversation and continued study.

If you are interested in Japanese language courses, you may consider taking ASTD 135, a language and culture familiarization course that teaches basic Japanese pronunciation, common greetings, and a few essential expressions. If you have taken JAPN 111 or higher or have prior experience with Japanese, you are not permitted to take ASTD 135.

Korean

UMUC's KORN classes, dedicated to the instruction of Korean language, are only available at specific UMUC Asia locations. If you are stateside and interested in Korean language courses, you can take ASTD 155, a language and culture familiarization course offered on-site and online that teaches basic Korean pronunciation, common greetings, and a few essential expressions. If you have taken KORN 111 or higher or have prior experience with Korean, you are not permitted to take ASTD 155.

Spanish

In UMUC's Spanish language courses, you will find instruction for students of all levels, from beginners to native speakers. Native speakers are not allowed into most UMUC language courses, with the exception of SPAN 314, SPAN 418, and SPAN 419.

If you plan on taking multiple UMUC Spanish language courses, you may be interested in the Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish for Business and the Professions, a 16-credit program that consists entirely of Spanish courses.

Proficiency and Placement Testing

Please e-mail languages@umuc.edu if you have questions about placement into language courses due to your proficiency level. If you have no prior experience with a language, please enroll in the introductory course.

UMUC offers placement testing for French, German, and Spanish. Courses may not be available for very advanced and native French, German, and Spanish speakers.