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A Tradition of Excellence

“‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.'”

–  Nelson Mandela

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Washington State University is as old as WSU itself. Located in the historic Thompson Hall, foreign language courses have been offered at WSU continuously since 1890. We play an integral role in WSU’s very important goal of creating global citizens by offering students a world class education in the Languages and Cultures of other countries. Follow the links on this site to find out more about studying foreign languages and cultures at WSU.

News & Events


  • International Programs International Center and the Foreign Language Department will be starting up a series of free, language conversation “tables” meeting in the CUB.   All levels of speakers are welcome, and there are no sign ups.  Just show up, and speak up.  For more information, email the International Center at:
  • Italian Conversation Table – Mondays, from 4-5 p.m., in CUB L-37.
  • Korean Conversation Table – Tuesdays, from noon-1 p.m., in CUB L-46.
  • Russian Conversation Table – Wednesdays, from 1-2 p.m., in CUB L-39.
  • Japanese Conversation Table – Fridays, from noon-1 p.m., in CUB L-43.
  • Spanish Conversation Table – Fridays, from 4-5 p.m., in CUB L-43.