Department of International Languages & Cultures

The Department of International Languages and Cultures at the University of Portland offers a window to other cultures and is a gateway to the wider world. After the first year of instruction, students are well equipped for travel or study abroad. Second-year and upper division courses broaden communicative skills through continuing language instruction, conversation, literature, cinema and theater. Our faculty is committed to excellence while fostering an environment that makes language learning fun.

Students can earn a major in French studies, German studies or Spanish. We now offer beginning Chinese as a six-credit course as well as minor programs for French, German, and Spanish. The University also offers a Spanish medical certification. Experience with a second language is a key component of any degree program and makes our UP graduates more competitive in their chosen careers.

Information about the ILC Language Placement tests can be found here

Undergraduate Programs

View of tourists sitting in the park surrounding the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

French Studies

Why study the language of Moliere?  French is spoken by over 200 million people on five continents. It is the first or second official language in more than 40 countries around the world...


The Mirabell Gardens with a  view of the Festung, Hohensalzburg, in Salzburg, Austria.

German Studies

The German studies major provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in German language while also becoming knowledgeable about social, historical, and political factors that shape and define German-speaking cultures...


UP students stands in a walking-street in Granada, Spain.


The Spanish program seeks to prepare students for living and working with individuals from Spanish-speaking countries either overseas or within the borders of the United States...


Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

Beginning Chinese

In our increasingly global economy and culture, learning Chinese opens doors to new opportunities in business, education, and the sciences, and helps us to understand the world we live in more deeply...



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