Become a true global citizen

Welcome to the School of International Letters and Cultures

Global Literacy is a Necessity!

In today’s global economy, multilingualism and intercultural competency is valued everywhere. Graduates with experience in these areas enjoy a wide variety of job options in many fields.

Our Languages


Discover what an international letters and cultures degree means to you

As a student in the School of International Letters and Cultures, you’ll have educational experiences that prepare you for life and citizenship in the modern world. In addition to courses taught by world-class faculty in both ancient and modern languages and cultures, you’ll be exposed to various world languages and cultures through study abroad programs, full-year or semester-long language and cultural immersion programs, on-campus international guest speakers, international student organizations, intensive language study, and mentorship by internationally recognized faculty. 

Upcoming Events

April 5, 2020 - 8:00am
Social Science Building, Room 236
April 8, 2020 - 1:30pm
Durham Language and Literature Bldg; Room 165
April 9, 2020 - 9:00am

Call for Proposals

The School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) is hosting the Media, Lingualism, and Translations Conference on November 13- 14, 2020. The theme for this conference is Technologies of Language and Power, and the keynote speakers are Jean-Noël Robert (Collège de France, Paris) and Lourdes Ortega (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.). 

SILC welcomes papers that broadly explore how translations, media, and lingualisms can place different languages in relationships of power and status to one another. SILC hopes that the conference will also engage professional interpreters and translators, and welcomes submissions that focus on these practice areas as well. 

For more information on the conference and how to submit a proposal, please visit Call for Proposals.

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Featured Programs

Intensive language courses are proficiency-oriented courses designed to achieve the maximum level of proficiency in a dynamic communicative environment. The class time is spent on a variety of fast-paced activities, focused especially on the development of speaking skills.

Chinese Names Pronunciation Introduction

Pronouncing Chinese Names

SILC has developed the perfect quick aid to help non-Chinese speakers pronounce Chinese names, we have created a webpage that provides a simple guide to pronunciation. The following begins with a simple introduction to Chinese names and the pronunciation system. It then provides clickable audio files for sounds that are more distant from those of English. 

Pronounce Chinese Names

Academic Advising

Our world-class faculty members focus on the highest quality of language and culture instruction across five language areas, and conduct research around the world.

Our Faculty

Our world-class faculty members focus on the highest quality of language and culture instruction across five language areas, and conduct research around the world.

Study Abroad

Directed by world-class faculty, our study abroad programs are among the longest-running and most prestigious at ASU. These programs give you the chance to experience and study language and culture first-hand while earning credit toward your degree.