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MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of the Department of Languages and Cultures at Utah Valley University is to prepare students to interact effectively in a global community by acquiring competent communicative skills, and developing sensitivity toward cultural differences. By engaging with linguistic and cultural artifacts such as history, literature, and contemporary social structures and systems, language and culture, students learn to think critically and behave ethically as they mature in linguistic and cultural literacy. This department prepares students to enter the global work force, further graduate studies and to enjoy lifelong enrichment.


Already have language experience?  Served a church mission? Earn credit and apply for experiential credit for classes you skipped.

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Let us help you find the right class. To schedule an Academic Advising appointment please call:

(801) 863-8518


  • "Practice makes perfect"-An ancient adage, but it is as true as ever. A language comes through lots and lots of practice. Use it in your daily life - take advantage of our wonderful tutors in our language lab.
  • Don't be embarrassed - Many people are reluctant to practice because they feel shy or are anxious about making mistakes. People will not mock you if you make an error - they will be pleased and impressed at your ability, however limited.
  • Have fun and enjoy the experience- If approached like a dull task, your study will not be effective and your motivation will weaken.
  • Customize your learning experience- Experiment until you find what works for you and your daily routine.
  • Use your language regularly- Failing to us it regularly can make it sluggish and rusty.
  • Be realistic- Set clear and realistic targets to learn.
  • New thinking- Learning a language also entails learning to understand other ways of thinking and doing things.
  • Immerse yourself- Expose yourself to target language as much as possible. Become a member of a language club and socialize.
  • Savor the culture- through books, music, films, audiobooks, etc.
  • Get a pen pal- enhance your skills and learn about local society & culture.



Spring Break March 19-24, 2018 What are your plans???? 

What are your plans for Spring Break this year???  When anyone thinks of spring break, they think of wild partying on a beach all week.  Will you be going to a sunny location? After Orlando, the most popular spring break destinations this year are 2. Phoenix, 3. Honolulu, 4. Fort Lauderdale 5. Las Vegas, 6. Fort Myers, 7. New York City, 8. Los Angeles, 9. Miami and 10. Maui.  If you're going abroad, the most popular places this year are: 1. Cancun, Mexico, 2. San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 3. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 4. Higuey, Dominican Republic, 5. Montego Bay, Jamaica, 6. Aruba, 7. Nassau, Bahamas, 8. Turks and Caicos Islands, 9. Cayman Islands, 10. London, England. 

 Many groups and organizations use the week of spring break to do mission or charity work in a different region of the U.S. or abroad.  This is obviously one of the most fulfilling experiences to have, because students are reaching out and helping less fortunate people live a better life.  It's not to say students serving on mission trips don't have fun, but they do at least get to say they made a difference in someone's life.  Though it's not the driving reason to go, it's a good note to consider that you can add your volunteer experience to your resume. Employers, especially ones with a driven social mission, will be interested to hear about your volunteer work and the skills gained. 

Will you spend your week relaxing at home with the family?  Are you traveling to somewhere you've never been?  For our language students, are you venturing to a place to practice your language skills???  We'd love to see what our Languages students are doing on spring break this year. Post your adventures to our Languages Facebook Page:    



Classes begin May 9th for the Summer 2018 semester.  Registration begins February 26 for continuing and readmitted students by Credit Hour Priority.  New student Registration begins March 7th.  Registration closes April 26th.  Please do not wait to register for Language classes as low enrollment means classes will be cancelled before the end of registration!  Register EARLY!!!!!  We look forward to seeing you back again for your next classes and meeting all of our NEW students entering our department to learn a new language or work on perfecting a language they speak but will now learn so much more about in our various classes.  Please contact our Admins in the Languages office if you have any questions.  Our Academic Advisors, Kyle and Sarah, are ready to help you prepare your schedules for the next several semesters to achieve your goals. 


PURO CUENTO Grupo de Lectura

PURO CUENTO invites Spanish speakers and students of Spanish for an hour of reading and conversation every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Come join us for engaging conversation and discussion of some of the great (short) literary texts ever written in Spanish.  Texts and treats provided.  PURO CUENTO is a service-learning experience for students of advanced Spanish and literature. FL 421 - Timpanogos Room





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