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Even Google Understands The Need For Foreign Language Education

The Washington Post recently reported on a 2013 Google study of its hiring, firing, and promotion data dating back to 1998. This study found that the top characteristics for success at Google are "all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas" (Strauss, 2017). These are all skills that students can develop by studying a language at the School of International Letters and Cultures. 

For information on the original study, please visit The Washington Post

Today’s global society relies on an understanding of language and culture 

Are you ready to become a citizen of the modern world? Language proficiency and cultural awareness are necessary to truly engage with the world and others. The School of International Letters and Cultures focuses on language proficiency, linguistics, literature, film, and other cultural productions. We provide students with the high levels of language skill and rich cultural knowledge that will help them function as informed citizens — and professionals — in an increasingly international and globalized world.

We offer the study of more than 20 languages as well as opportunities to experience language and culture firsthand through prestigious study abroad programs, on-campus cultural activities and opportunities to interact with the international community.

What can you do with a degree in language and culture?

Anything! Learning a language, studying culture, and participating in study abroad provides skills for every career path.

Your AP and IB exam credits transfer!

Click the links to find out how your AP and IB exam credits transfer and what classes your can skip to earn your major, minor, or certificate faster!

Don’t just consume culture. Understand it.

Internationally Recognized Faculty

The backgrounds of our world-class faculty members reflect the diversity of our school and its offerings. Hailing from various countries and continents, they deliver superior instruction in over twenty languages. In addition, they conduct research all around the world, engaging in collaborations and publishing their work in books and major journals.

Reach a Superior Level with the Chinese Language Flagship Program

A national effort to change the way Americans learn languages, The Language Flagship funds a number of institutions including ASU, helping us to offer a program in Chinese. The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in Chinese and other languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

Most Prestigious Study Abroad Programs

Studying abroad is an investment in your future: The personal, academic and professional rewards of studying abroad last a lifetime. Our study abroad programs are directed by world-class faculty members and are among the longest-running and most prestigious at ASU. The School of International Letters and Cultures offers numerous faculty-directed summer study abroad programs, which are designed give you the chance to experience and study language and culture first-hand while earning credit toward your degree.

Intensive Language Courses

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.

Language Across ASU

SILC collaborates with other academic units that offer languages across ASU, including the West campus, the Downtown campus, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. American Sign Language is offered in the College of Health Solutions, and Navajo in American Indian StudiesThe Melikian Center offers courses in Slavic and less-commonly taught languages. Language competency and knowledge of other cultures add value to a broad range of professions—and to the experience of life on our planet!


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Our School by the Numbers


percent of surveyed executive recruiters believe bilingualism is critical to global business success*


languages, literatures and cultures offered at the School of International Letters and Cultures


faculty-directed summer study abroad programs