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Important Notice

In accordance to the University of Rochester Covid-19 policy, the Language Center will be virtually open from Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All staff is currently working remotely and unable to accept phone calls for the time being. You can reach out to us via our virtual office or send an email to Teresa Valdez , or to Carlotta Gambato.

We are working to offer virtual/online services to students, faculty, and staff. Please check our virtual/remote learning support page for continuous updates.


The University currently offers classes in 17 different languages housed across campus.

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The Language Center virtual office's schedule for the week starting August 10th: Monday through Thursday from 9:15 am to 3:15 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Community Spotlight

Poetry a ‘powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace’

The United Nations created World Poetry Day in 1999 to celebrate poetic expression in the world’s many languages and to laud poetry as a “powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.”  In honor of the day and the consonance of its values with those of University’s own Language Center and Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, students—including Yuxing (Estele) Li ’19, pictured here—share some favorite poems in the languages in which they were written.

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