College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Studying a foreign language at the University of Kansas is your first step toward a richer life. The human experience is a vivid and complex one, and no one language can contain all the vocabulary, literature, music or art to capture it all. Learning a second language — or third or fourth! — enriches your understanding of the world and even of yourself. You’ll open up to new ways of thinking, and new opportunities to define and express your unique experiences, feelings and thoughts.

Between our five core foreign language departments (Germanic, Slavic, East Asian, French & Italian, and Spanish & Portuguese) and 13 additional affiliated departments and resource centers, you’ll have access to:

  • Over 40 languages
  • 60 different degrees and concentrations
  • 140 study abroad programs

More and more business is conducted in languages other than English in today’s global society. Having another language under your belt multiplies your job opportunities and makes you more attractive to employers.

KU’s School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures is the first stop on your way around the world. Connect with us today, and we’ll get you ready for your journey. #KUSLLC


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One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times