The Language House Immersion Program, created in 1989, was the first living-learning program established at the University of Maryland. Open to sophomores and above (second-semester freshmen can be admitted only as exceptions), it provides students, who are serious about language learning, with the opportunity for daily language and cultural immersion in an organized study environment. Students who choose this program will develop communication skills in both academic and daily life settings through diverse organized activities, informal daily contacts, annual Language House events, and supplemental coursework in the target language.
The Language House (LH) also provides an international community atmosphere in which residents work together to develop language fluency under the direction of a live-in mentor and a faculty liaison from the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students also acquire an appreciation of the specific historical, geographical, and sociological world of the target culture(s). Ten language clusters are available: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.