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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.
A major initiative of the Language Institute in 2017-19 is the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative to strengthen and promote language education for all Wisconsin students at all levels, K-16, to ensure that Wisconsin's future workforce is able to effectively engage and compete in increasingly interconnected global markets, serve diverse local communities, and participate in professional and personal networks that cross linguistic, cultural and national boundaries.
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.