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About the Language Institute

Welcome to the website of the UW-Madison Language Institute!
The Language Institute is an initiative of the College of Letters & Science, with substantial support from The International Division, established in 2004 with the mission of promoting collaboration for research, education and community outreach in languages, literatures and cultures.
Since that time, the Institute has supported instruction and curricular innovation, conducted research that enhances the teaching and learning mission of the UW-Madison, and provided information about the wealth of opportunities to learn languages and cultures of different world regions to the campus, Wisconsin K-12 schools, and the Wisconsin business and community. 
The Language Institute is the home of the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition an interdisciplinary intellectual community of faculty and graduate students, which supports research efforts of the Institute. With the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), the Language Institute is also the home of the Russian Flagship Program, a federally funded undergraduate program that provides opportunities for highly motivated students of all majors to achieve a professional level of competence in Russian by graduation.
The Language Institute provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students interested in languages and international area studies. Contact the International Directions Advisor, Michael Kruse, to set up an appointment or meet with Michael at SOAR. 
The Language Institute also helps to connect Wisconsin high school students and teachers with expertise at UW-Madison in languages and cultures through its diverse outreach programs.