Many nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships require nomination from Wesleyan University. As Associate Director of Fellowships, Internships and Exchanges, Kate Smith is a resource to interested applicants and supports them throughout the process. Kate is located within the Fries Center for Global Studies in order to support interested applicants connect their study abroad and language learning to future fellowships and scholarships. Fellowships and scholarships are available to applicants throughout and beyond their time at Wesleyan University. The most successful applicants start as early at their first year in an effort to ensure that academics, research, internships, independent projects, and more reflect their personal and professional interests as well as resonate with the mission and purpose of individual fellowships and scholarships. To learn or to meet with Kate, please visit: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cgs/fie/fellowships/index.html.
A warm welcome to Wesleyan from the Office of Study Abroad, located in the Fries Center for Global Studies. Wesleyan considers study abroad to be an essential part of a liberal arts education for students majoring in any subject. A meaningful cross-cultural experience sharpens our understanding of ourselves in relation to the world in which we live. It is the best means for achieving the intercultural expertise and multilingualism that our students will need for exercising leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.
It may seem early to think about something that typically happens your sophomore, junior, or senior year, but advance planning is key to making sure you are academically prepared when the time comes to apply for a program. It is important to keep up with your language courses – some programs require the equivalent of five semesters as a prerequisite. You should also work with your advisor and the Study Abroad staff to identify the best year or semester to fit study abroad into your academic plans. With this careful planning, students of any major may participate in this unique opportunity for global learning.
Dean’s Note: This is a great piece about the benefits of foreign-language study at Wesleyan. As entering first-years, you are in a prime position either to begin a new language, especially if you want to reach the level needed to study in a country whose language Wes teaches, or to build upon your previous learning for greater fluency and deeper cultural immersion.
Why Foreign-Language Study is a Good Idea for Every Student
We assume if you have reasons to learn a particular language (to study, work, travel, or live abroad or for resources not fully available in English translation), you already know why it is important. Here are reasons to study any language besides English or whatever you regard as your native language:
- Many employers, professional schools, and graduate schools see serious study of a second language (potentially, a double-major) as evidence that you can (a) put yourself more easily in others’ (colleagues’, clients’) shoes and (b) communicate more effectively even in English.
- You will never know your own language and culture more deeply than by studying another–by looking at it from the outside. Learning to thrive with the unfamiliar is often linked to creativity in many intellectual and professional contexts.
- Language learning teaches you to think more clearly and sharpens your brain’s ability to make sense of the world.
- Deep study of another culture through its language brings home how much of value will never be made available in English.
- Puzzling out another language and culture will help you understand (and empathize with) the difficulties of non-anglophone immigrants, colleagues, clients, and travelers in the U.S., even if you never leave American shores.
- Learning another language well makes it easier to learn any language in the future. Even if you never need this, the experience–especially if you study abroad–will make you far more confident in your ability to face any intellectual or professional challenge.
- Foreign-language courses fit easily into study plans: offered on highly varied schedules, they provide a stimulating (and fun!) break from problem-set driven, heavy-reading or arts courses.
Arabic language and culture: http://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/faculty/aaissa/profile.html
American Sign Language: http://www.wesleyan.edu/lctls/courses.html
Classics (Greek and Latin): http://wesleyan.edu/classics/
East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean): http://wesleyan.edu/ceas/
German studies: http://wesleyan.edu/german/
Hebrew language and culture: http://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/faculty/dkatz01/profile.html
Romance Languages & Literatures (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish): http://wesleyan.edu/romance/
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program: http://wesleyan.edu/russian/
Any other language: http://www.wesleyan.edu/lctls/silp.html
Take the Placement Exam if you have questions about the level at which you should begin, and if you have questions prior to your meeting with your faculty advisor, do not hesitate to contact Dean Brown’s office at 860-685-2758 with questions.