Students who choose to study a different language to fulfill the requirement will be placed in the first-year sequence in the language of their choice.
Saint Joseph's students are encouraged to study abroad to develop and support their language studies, and have a variety of program choices, ranging from ten days to one year abroad. Participating in programs that Saint Joseph's sponsors allows students to receive credits for all of the courses they take as if they were taking them at Saint Joseph's. Students may receive credit for taking part in other study abroad programs contingent upon departmental approval through a Petition process. The Center for International Programs offers a semester/year abroad program in each of the languages offered at SJU, where students can continue to develop proficiency in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish. Interested students can take an introductory language course in Czech, Danish, Hindi, Twi & Wolof during their semester abroad.
In addition to possibilities for spending extended periods of time abroad, students also have the opportunity participate in SJU faculty-led Study Tours and Summer Programs. The Study Tour language course takes place on campus and the international component can last from one to three weeks in a variety of locations. For example, the SPA 356 Study Tour to Spain is usually offered biannually. Summer Programs last 4 weeks and the courses are taught entirely abroad for a more immersive experience. For more information about study abroad opportunities, please visit the CIP website.
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. There are several language clubs at Saint Joseph's, including the Spanish Club, the Italian Club, the German Club, French Club and the Culture and Conversation Lounge. These associations sponsor film viewings, outings (such as a trip to a restaurant or to the opera), and activities such as language tables so that students can practice their skills and meet people who share their interests.