Inside Linfield - First Year Advising

International Programs & Language Study

At Linfield University you will be challenged to look beyond the familiar to understand world issues and appreciate the differences that make all cultures and individuals unique. As part of your Linfield education, you will have the opportunity to participate in exciting study abroad programs as early as the sophomore year. To further encourage you to study abroad, for those who qualify, the college pays the round trip air fare from Portland International Airport to the destination of your first study abroad experience as long as you meet the academic qualifications (listed below).

You may study abroad during January Term, for a semester, or for a year

January Term Abroad

Led by Linfield faculty, approximately 10-12 courses are offered each year on-site in locations in other countries during January term.

Semester Abroad

Linfield coordinates study abroad opportunities at 32 locations in 15 countries around the world. To be eligible a cumulative 2.75 GPA is required; some locations require a 3.0 or higher. Many locations, including Australia, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, and Norway, do not require previous language study to participate.

Many international study locations do require experience in college-level language courses. All Year-Abroad programs require language study and are most commonly taken by language majors.

A semester abroad is required for students pursuing a minor in a language or a major in international business, intercultural communication, international relations or anthropology.

Learn more about Jan Term and Semester Abroad options in International Programs.

Plan for your international experience – take a language course

Consider the study abroad experiences that you’d like to have as part of your Linfield education. How might international experiences and proficiency in a language fit your long term academic and professional goals? What are the language requirements for the study abroad programs that interest you?

How would majoring in a language fit in with your personal and professional goals?

Linfield recognizes language learning as an integral part of a liberal arts education. The aim is to provide experience in all phases of language learning and insight into foreign cultures and literatures.

Proficiency in a foreign language and familiarity with another culture dramatically increase our awareness of our own interests and intellectual direction. Through insights into foreign languages and cultures we become more tolerant and sensitive to the needs and ideas of others; we sharpen our perspective on written and spoken English and on American culture; and we gain important self-knowledge and the intellectual mobility and flexibility which are the keys to success in the modern world.

Language study at Linfield is enhanced by small classes to ensure close interpersonal relations between the faculty and students. Students are given individual attention and guidance by the faculty. The development of oral and written proficiency is stressed on all levels. Regular tutorials are available for students who wish additional practice or help. The offerings of the Department of Global Languages and Culture Studies are strengthened by junior year abroad programs for majors and by a variety of one-semester foreign study programs that allow students to experience other cultures first hand.

Students with majors in foreign languages, especially those who have combined their language skills with other areas of interest, can enter a broad spectrum of professions, such as business, law, international relations, medicine, journalism, and teaching.

Prepare yourself for international experiences by taking a language course in your first semester.

Learn more about languages offered by Global Languages and Cultural Studies.

Refer to the language placement information to determine the appropriate language course to take in your first semester.