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Modern Languages

OKCU Modern Languages Students:

  • have great opportunities for study abroad—and getting funds to help pay for it!
  • tutor and teach kids at area schools and are involved with other community outreach initiatives 
  • have majors and minors that pair well with other programs for a broader educational experience 
  • win Fulbright scholarships to study and teach abroad after graduation 
  • have a 100% success rate getting into post-graduate programs in law, medicine, education, etc. 
  • get great jobs in schools, mission work, local law enforcement, businesses and English programs abroad, the U.S. Foreign Service, the FBI and other government agencies

What we do for you:

  • Give you practical tools you can use in the world of business, government, and other professions,
  • Give you a broad understanding of other cultures, which is an integral part of a liberal arts education.

The program features lecture/lab classes taught by native and near-native speakers. A computer lab features Modern Language learning/review programs. Foreign study is encouraged.

Why study a foreign language?

Language Study:

  • increases test scores in English vocabulary;
  • increases your skills at drawing inferences;
  • increases your memory functions;
  • increases your test scores on creativity;
  • helps you learn how to learn;
  • provides you with marketable skills;
  • allows you to see how other cultures deal with their history, politics and art;
  • helps you to communicate with people in the U.S. whose native language is not English;
  • makes you aware of your own culture and your unique self;
  • enables you to enjoy international travel more fully.

Study Abroad

OKCU offers opportunities to study abroad including:

  • A direct student exchange with the University of Göttingen, Germany. A one-year (two semesters) exchange scholarship is available annually.
  • Summer of intensive Spanish language study in Mexico.

The department has been successful in placing students in other foreign study and work programs. German students can obtain the internationally recognized "Certificate of German as a Foreign Language" on the OKCU campus.

European Languages

European language study offers language skill classes on the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. We emphasize communicative fluency so you learn to understand, speak and write in your language area. You will also receive a solid background in cultural studies, enabling you to understand the history, traditions, and values of another culture. On the advanced level, you will be introduced to the richness of literature in the original language. Business related language courses are offered in all languages.

Asian Languages

Realizing the unparalleled employment opportunities for graduates with skills in Asian languages, OKCU has implemented a minor in Chinese. You will receive thorough training which enables you to communicate on a functional level. You may also combine language study with the minor in Asian studies giving you a deeper insight into the philosophy and historical framework of non-western civilizations.


If you score above a 22 on the ACT/1100 SAT with a 3.0 GPA, you qualify for: 

Academic scholarships from $1,700–$8,000 per year

Departmental scholarships from $3,000–$11,000 per year

Learn more about financial aid at OKCU

OKCU offers majors, minors, and certificate program in modern languages.

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