Language plays an important role at Rochester, especially for the following departments, programs, and centers.
The University of Rochester's American Sign Language (ASL) Program is a modern language, literature, and culture program, which approaches the study of signed languages from a linguistic and scientific perspective. In Rochester, students have a unique opportunity to learn and use ASL.
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC) encourage students to broaden their linguistic skills in foreign languages, as well as the acquire new languages, from elementary to advanced levels of study.
The Skalny Center for Polish and European Studies offers a variety of programs and initiatives in advanced research, undergraduate education, and community outreach. The center offers an undergraduate certificate in Polish and Central European Studies, and plays an important role in the international relations major.
In the Department of Religion and Classics, students study classical, biblical, and religious writings, either in the original language or in translation, and examine the beliefs, ideas, values, rituals, and traditions that have shaped Western and Asian cultures.
Students in all programs are encouraged to study abroad. Rochester has programs in over 40 countries including Russia, France, China, Greece, Peru, Poland, and Thailand. Students can study abroad for a semester, year or summer.
The University of Rochester, in cooperation with Educational Programmes Abroad (EPA), sponsors semester-long study programs in London, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Brussels, Edinburgh, and Madrid. These programs combine eight-credit internships with coursework throughout the semester, and offer solid work experience.
Students get a window into the world of work, a sample of life as a team player, and an unforgettable opportunity to explore what it's like to live and work in a foreign country.
The English Language Program is collaborating with the Language Center to offer Learning and Speaking About U.S. Life and Culture for English as a second language students. This ten-week module meets once a week and provides a context for participants to converse in structured and opportunistic manners, improving their spoken English. The module is free but spots are limited and registration is required.
The speaking fellows offer English conversation practice, both in individual one-on-one sessions and in group sessions facilitated by two speaking fellows. For more information about these sessions and to reserve an appointment, visit their website.