The Department of International Languages and Cultures at the University of Portland offers a window to other cultures and is a gateway to the wider world. After the first year of instruction, students are well equipped for travel or study abroad. Second-year and upper division courses broaden communicative skills through continuing language instruction, conversation, literature, cinema and theater. Our faculty is committed to excellence while fostering an environment that makes language learning fun. Students can earn a minor or major in French Studies, German Studies or Spanish. We now offer beginning Chinese as a six-credit course. Experience with a second language is a key component of any degree program and makes our UP graduates more competitive in their chosen careers. We’re here to help you go places!