Welcome From the Chair

Hello and Welcome to the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech.

The School of Modern Languages works as an interdisciplinary partner with other units of the Georgia Institute of Technology community, and especially in the Ivan Allen College, to prepare Georgia Tech students to become participants in the global workforce via studies in foreign languages and intercultural comparisons that are designed to develop advanced communication skills, promote creative thinking, open access to intercultural understanding, and develop a professional competency pertinent to today's world. 

Throughout our programs, you can see connections between the languages we teach and the engineering and technology focus at Georgia Tech; we integrate into our courses and programs the kind of professional and social language skills you would expect to use after entering the international workforce. At the same time we offer opportunities to develop a broader understanding of culture, literature, the arts, and the daily life in the countries whose languages we teach. Our programs in China, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, Latin America, and Spain include language immersion, as well as the possibility of pursuing a semester of study in business and technology oriented fields (such as engineering, computer science, marketing, etc.), and can be followed by an internship in the same country. All we do in the School works exceptionally well in conjunction with Georgia Tech's International Plan.

In the School of Modern Languages, our faculty teach beginning-, intermediate- and advanced-level courses in language development. Most of our courses feature small class sizes, with small-group and one-on-one interactions prevailing. Students encounter myriad paths for developing their communication skills in the languages taught through working with various texts, participating in conversational situations, and interacting with media and technology. The flexibility of the curricula in language study allows students to complement their language/culture studies with coursework in many of the other fields taught at Georgia Tech; in addition, our students can find opportunities to supplement their coursework with internships, travel and study abroad, and on-campus activities and organizations that deal with many of the cultures represented in the School.

Our signature summer program in Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) is also highlighted on our Web site, and we encourage you to look into this program and to contact us about how to apply and to expand your international skills for your professional purposes after graduation from Georgia Tech.

Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Chair and Professor, School of Modern Languages