Illustration of a traditional Japanese temple in front of a snow-capped mountain. Learning a language opens doors in the global community. The communication and critical and creative thinking skills coupled with the global perspectives that our programs foster, are invaluable to a variety of career paths such as business, education, engineering, finance, government, health, medicine, and social work. Our students have the opportunity to study in diverse locations including Beijing, Berlin, JaƩn, Lima, Paris, Pescara, Salamanca, San Juan, Tokyo, and many more. Whether in Birmingham or abroad, our students have countless opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.

The study of a language expands the outlook and interests of the educated citizen. By providing insight into the social and intellectual life of other peoples, studying a language fosters humanistic attitudes and cultivates a spirit of tolerance and understanding.

We invite you to browse the pages of the Department of World Languages & Literatures website to learn how the University of Alabama at Birmingham is providing a world of opportunities to students of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Julian Arribas

Julian Arribas, PhD

Chair, Department of World Languages and Literatures