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Business Language Resources

University of Washington students have the opportunity to enhance or develop foreign language skills by enrolling in a UW foreign language course, either during the academic year or in one of the summer intensive programs. There are over 40 languages offered at the University of Washington. For a complete list visit the UW Course Catalog.

Language Programs and Resources

The UW currently offers several Business Language courses, including SPAN 313 Business Communication in Spanish, Business Language Development Grants, and Resources for Business Language Students.

Business Language Grants for Faculty – In an effort to foster language skills for business purposes, the Global Business Center offers grants to support business language course or module development in current UW foreign language programs.

Language Diplomas – Language proficiency at the 3rd year university-level is a key component of the undergraduate CISB program, and many students exceed this minimum requirement. The Global
Business Center works to support Foster School students in obtaining language certification through internationally recognized language exams. Contact uwciber@uw.edu for more information regarding language diploma funding.


Foreign Language Conversation Groups
– Foreign Language Conversation groups are offered on- and off-campus to provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the public to practice and use foreign languages.

Overseas Intensive Summer Language Programs

The Global Business Center collect information each year on intensive summer language programs. Typically about two months long, these courses offer an opportunity to begin a new language, or increase your skill level through immersion in your chosen language.

Please visit The UW Study Abroad Office Website and use their “Advanced Program Search” to find summer programs in your language of interest. If the language you want to study is not shown, please contact us and we can check with our extensive network to see if it’s offered. These programs are open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. UW credit can be earned by petitioning the appropriate language department.

Conversation Groups

Foreign Language Conversation groups are offered on- and off-campus to provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the public to practice and use foreign languages.

You can contact the language departments directly via email by clicking the links below:
Asian Languages – Chinese, Japanese, Korean asianll@uw.edu
Slavic Languages & Literature – Russian slavicll@uw.edu
Germanics – uwgerman@uw.edu
Spanish/Portuguese Department – spsuw@uw.edu
French/Italian Department – frenital@uw.edu
Scandinavian Studies – uwscand@uw.edu

Advanced Russian Table: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm
Padelford, Room #A216

Russian Table: Mondays 3-4 pm
Padelford, Room #A216

Students of Russian, as well as Russian-speaking members and guests of the UW community, are all welcome. Bring your lunch and your interest in speaking Russian, and join the group for 15 minutes or the whole session. For more information contact the Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures at slavicll@u.washington.edu or 206.543.6848.

Czech meets sporadically. For more information, refer to the ‘Events’ section on the following
webpage: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures website. All Czech speakers are invited to visit the Czech table whenever U Czech classes are in session.
Stammtisch (off-campus German Conversation Group)
Tuesdays, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cedars Restaurant, 4759 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98005

The Seattle tradition “Stammtisch” has met every week in the U district for over ten years. Between 10 and 20 people meet every Tuesday night to speak German and have a pleasant evening together. Every week new people come and every week is a new experience. Stammtisch offers acquaintances, friendships and conviviality. Alles auf Deutsch. For more information, visit the Stammtisch website.

Tertulia (Spanish Conversation Group)
100&200 Level: Fridays 1:30-2:20 pm
Savery Hall, Room #139

300 Level: Thursdays 1:30-2:20 pm
Padelford, C-104 Conference Room

Visit the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies for more information, or join their Facebook page.

Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Suzzallo Library, Room #335.
The UW French Club is for students who want to practice their French with friends outside of class. People of all levels are welcome and encouraged to join. Find current information about conversation nights and other events on our Facebook page or visit our official website. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at parlons@uw.edu.
Informal Conversation Group
Every Sunday, 7-9 p.m.
Continental Restaurant, 4549 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Informal Conversation Group
Every other Monday, 7-9 p.m.
Continental Restaurant, 4549 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105