Guilford strives to impart a sense of global community in its students, a goal greatly served by the Foreign Languages Department.
From introductory language classes to cultural explorations taught exclusively in the language of study, Guilford excels. The Foreign Languages Department offers courses in:
Courses put great emphasis on the cultures in which these languages are spoken. Students examine a wide range of aspects from the political, social, and historical to the artistic and literary elements of these cultures.
All students at Guilford, especially those interested in foreign languages, are encouraged to study abroad. Guilford College offers programs around the world providing many opportunities for students to experience diverse cultures.
The Guilford College commitment to community, both on a local and global scale, is evident in the many clubs and activities in which foreign language students are involved. Organizing activities ranging from conversation tables to festivals, Foreign Languages students and faculty are active members of the community.
All majors are expected to study abroad with an appropriate Guilford program before graduating. Approval of the department is necessary to either waive this requirement or to participate in another program abroad.
“I was able to study abroad in Osaka Prefecture in the Fall of 2007. The experience was amazing and I frequently find myself reminiscing and missing being there. My host family didn’t speak any English and I lived in a rural community at the foot of a mountain range, so I was definitely immersed in the culture.” – Heydn Ericson
A few of the programs offered at Guilford:
- Beijing, China
- Paris, France
- Rennes, France
- Munich, Germany
- Hirakata, Japan
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Dakar, Senegal
- Alicante, Spain
- Madrid, Spain
Internships and Independent Studies
Foreign languages students may choose to enhance their coursework with an internship and/ or independent study to pursue in depth research or further a particular line of inquiry. Students work closely with faculty to plan their study and conduct research. Seniors have the option of writing a senior thesis; one semester is devoted to advanced research and the second to writing.
Guilford students are encouraged to develop a global perspective and foreign languages students are encouraged to broaden their study through study abroad and opportunities to become involved right here in the international community of Greensboro.
Local internship opportunities:
- helping to integrate refugees into the community at Lutheran Family Services
- working for the African Services Coalition and Casa Guadalupe
- serving as ESL tutors at the Newcomers School, Glenwood library and Reading Connections
Global internship opportunities:
- Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program
- Internships at French and Francophone Embassies
- Greenheart Travel Internships
- Cultural Embrace Internships in France
Clubs and Organizations:
- German Club
- French Club
- Hispanos Unidos de Guilford (HUG)
- International Club