Modern Language

Discover the world!

Foreign language studies not only enhances one's life personally and professionally, but it can broaden our appreciation and understanding of the world, including our own native language and culture.  Knowing a foreign language can help prepare students in our everchanging multicultural world.  Combining foreign language skills with other areas such as business, journalism, teaching, nursing, social work, will open up many more career opportunities. 

Our international faculty and staff are experts in areas of foreign language pedagogy, literature, linguistics, and world cultures, past and present!

  • We offer the following academic programs:
    • Major - Spanish
    • Minor - German and Spanish
    • Interdisciplinary minor - Asian Studies
    • Beginning and intermediate courses - Spanish, Chinese and Japanese
  • Study abroad is an important component of our program, and many study abroad opportunities are available for students through UWRF as well as other UW System campuses.
  • There is an active club for each language, which encourages faculty-student interaction and takes advantage of the cultural diversity of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
  • Our multimedia language lab contains digital resources for language students, including high-speed Internet connectivity available for student use, language-specific CD-ROM software for language practice, foreign language videos, language dictionaries, and many other language resources.

(free virtual event)

March 12th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(U.S. CST)

First Session: 7:00 pm - 8:05 pm
Hiroshima bomb survivor testimony followed by Q&A and origami paper crane making.

Second Session: 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Presentation and group discussion by the United Nation Club of Soka University

UWRF Japanese language program together with the UWSP, UW-L, Peace Boat Japa, Soka University in Japan, and University of Teacher Education Fukuoka in Japan is proud to bring the following online free event for the UWRF community and the community!

Hear first-hand experiences from a Hirioshima atomic bomb survivor as well as a short presentation by the United Nation Club from Soka University on nuclear weapons.

Register now at  After registration a Zoom link will be sent to you for the event.

Considering a career in foreign language?  Click here for a long list of career possibilities!

Roundtables for Fall 2020
German - To be determined
Japanese - To be determined
Spanish - To be determined

Come practice your language skills with your peers in an informal setting.  You do not have to be enrolled in a language class to participate - you just have to want to speak the language.  For more information contact the Modern Language Department.

Contact Us

Department of Modern Language
284 Kleinpell Fine Arts Building
College of Arts and Sciences

Mailing address:
Modern Language Department
University of Wisconisn - River Falls
410 S. Third St.
River Falls, WI 54022 US