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World Languages

Since its birth, the U.S. has been a melting pot of diverse cultures and languages. Today more than ever, businesses are marketing to those cultures, and bilingual employees are a prized commodity. Kirkwood Community College offers several foreign language choices. And, no matter which language you study, you will learn to speak conversationally -- not just read and write it.

Our curriculum is based on proficiency levels established by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and our courses transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Although Kirkwood does not have a foreign language requirement, most four-year colleges do, so transfer students may want to take foreign language prior to transferring.

If you'd like to study Spanish at Kirkwood, you should go to one of our testing centers to take the Spanish Placement Exam. You can take the exam at main campus or our Iowa City campus:

Main Campus: 2055 Cedar Hall
Iowa City Campus: 243 Credit Center

Students wishing to transfer to a four-year school and major in Foreign Language can take related course work at Kirkwood as part of a Liberal Arts program. Students enrolled in Liberal Arts complete general education and elective courses that prepare them for transfer and allow them to sample a variety of courses before choosing a major. Foreign Language courses can be taken as History/Culture or elective credits as part of the Liberal Arts program core requirements.

As a Kirkwood student, you will work with your advisor to determine which foreign language courses are appropriate for your transfer college choice. Check EagleNet to see which foreign language courses are offered each semester.


For more information contact:

Advising & Transfer Center
108 Iowa Hall

Arts & Humanities Department
336 Cedar Hall